Civilians in South Sudan have been the main target of recent ethnic violence that likely killed thousands and subjected thousands more to rape, arbitrary arrest, torture and the looting of their homes, the United Nations has said.
South Sudan risks losing hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid if its government and rebel leaders do not end a wave of violence in the fledgling democracy formed with Washington`s strong support, US officials said on Thursday.
South Sudan`s warring parties arrived in Addis Ababa Wednesday for talks aimed at ending nearly three weeks of conflict that has left thousands dead, even as fighting continued in the world`s newest nation.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday that leaders would join hands against forces allied to South Sudanese ex-vice president Riek Machar , if he failed to respond to a ceasefire agreement offered to him.
South Sudanese rebels allied to ex-vice president Riek Machar sought to retake control of a key town on Monday, the army said, as hopes faded that an upcoming ceasefire deadline will be obeyed in the violence-wracked nation.
The United Nations has discovered a mass grave containing about 75 bodies in South Sudan, the world body said on Tuesday, evidence of the wave of ethnic killings taking place in the world`s newest country over the last week.
The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a "foiled coup".