400,000 people killed during South Sudan’s civil war: report

A South Sudanese soldiers being preyed by birds after he was killed by rival forces. Many civilians and soldiers are dying in the current fighting. The leaders have failed to stop the war but they decided hang on fighting to stay in power(Photo: file)

A South Sudanese soldiers being preyed by birds after he was killed by rival forces. Many civilians and soldiers are dying in the current fighting. The leaders have failed to stop the war but they decided hang on fighting to stay in power(Photo: file)

September 26th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – More than 400,000 people have died as result of the ongoing South Sudanese civil war since December 2013, new statistical analysis seen by Nyamilepedia has shown.

According to the report,  more than half of the deaths were caused by violence and deliberate killings along ethnic lines while the other half died as result of famine imposed by the war.

The report published today by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said most cases of killings occurred in and perpetrated by the warring parties took place on northeast and southern regions of the country and peaked up between 2016 and 2017 following the worsening of the violence following the second out break of civil war in July 2016.

The research funded by the United States Institute of Peace pointed out that those who have died since the outbreak of violence in Africa’s youngest nation were mostly adult males but also included women and children.

The statistical analysis of the report, estimated that the rate of infant mortality was low, and children at the age of or under-five death rate were no higher during the war period than before it.

As of January this year, the report said the conflict has caused the displacement of about two million people within South Sudan and a further 2.5 million as refugees to neighbouring Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The research has discovered that, despite the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan in 2015, and before the resumption of clashes in 2016 between South Sudan’s warring factions, the conflict has intensified rapidly and spread geographically.

The report further said that, in response to this humanitarian crisis a total of nearly $1.7 billion is needed to meet the targeted emergency response for the country’s six million people.

The experts and researchers called on South Sudan Government and opposition groups to seek amicable solutions to this crisis.