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The South Sudan government is accused of having recaptured and burned rebel leader Riek Machar’s hometown, Leer, after signing a cease-fire agreement.
According to the AFP, Lul Ruai Koang, a rebel spokesman, accused the government of hunting down and killing women, children, and the elderly, who hid in the bushes and surrounding swamps.
Koang went on to say that "The latest destruction of Leer town...has no strategic, operational or tactical importance," before accusing President Salva Kiir of having merely derived "satisfaction" from destroying Machar's hometown.
South Sudan became independent from North Sudan in 2011, after being in a civil war with them for decades. It’s a fairly new country. Over 800,000 citizens have left their homes, and many more have been killed.
Reuters reports that approximately a quarter of South Sudan's population, some 3.2 million people, are facing food shortages, per the United Nations.
Peace talks between Kiir and Machar have been held and will resume in Ethiopia this week.