Government soldiers have retaken Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state in northern South Sudan, but the town has been burned down and destroyed since rebels took it over on December 21st. The population remains in a UN refugee camp.
Half of all South Sudanese depend on food aid. This is not only because of droughts, but also bloody power struggles. The main victims in this cycle of violence and hunger are women and children.
Three South Sudanese officials have been slapped with economic sanctions by the United States over profiting from the country’s civil war. Meanwhile, South Sudan released its new budget with a heavy military bias.
UN human rights experts say women have suffered more violence than anyone else in South Sudan. The UN's refugee agency also announced that there are now over one million South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries.
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