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Violence in South Sudan

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 file photo, Dr. Lam Akol, head of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Democratic Change party, listens during a discussion of southern unity and cooperation, during an all-southern-parties meeting in Juba, in then southern Sudan. South Sudanese opposition leader Lam Akol told The Associated Press Friday, April 24, 2015, that his house in the capital Juba was surrounded overnight by the country's security forces with security operatives closing the two roads leading to it, although they had not forced their way into his property. (AP Photo/Pete Muller, File)

FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 file photo, Dr. Lam Akol, head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Change party, listens during a discussion of southern unity and cooperation, during an all-southern-parties meeting in Juba, in then southern Sudan. South Sudanese opposition leader Lam Akol told The Associated Press Friday, April 24, 2015, that his house in the capital Juba was surrounded overnight by the country’s security forces with security operatives closing the two roads leading to it, although they had not forced their way into his property. (AP Photo/Pete Muller, File)

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency says dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity state over a two-week period.

UNICEF said in a statement Monday that witnesses believe the attacks were carried out by armed groups aligned with South Sudan’s military.

South Sudan’s army recently launched an offensive against rebel forces, drawing concern from watchdog groups and humanitarian organizations.

Doctors Without Borders reported Sunday that health workers had fled with their patients into swamps as clashes hit the rebel stronghold of Leer in Unity state.

The International Committee of the Red Cross warned Monday that many people forced to flee fighting will suffer from a lack of food and health care while on the run.

 

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