Today marks four years since South Sudan became an independent nation-a triumphant moment for the country and for the international community. But vicious fighting and deliberate attacks on civilians have overshadowed today’s Independence Day celebrations.
Last week, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) released a report detailing appalling human rights violations committed during renewed fighting since April in South Sudan’s Unity state. The report raises serious concerns about the recent increase in the intensity and brutality of fighting and highlights the mounting pressures placed on the UN peacekeeping mission as it attempts to fulfill its mandate to protect civilians from violence.
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