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South Sudan at risk for famine

Fighting between the South Sudanese army and rebels continued on Monday in the town of Bentiu, an important oil town. The violence that has plagued the country for the last several months began as a power struggle between the current president, Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar. Thousands of people have been forced from the homes due to the increasing violence and the UN has warned about the potential for famine in many parts of the country. We’ll get an update on the humanitarian situation with Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. PHOTO: (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)2- In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, rebels proclaiming to be part of the Nuer tribe's infamous 'White Army' stand in the grounds of the hospital in Malakal, South Sudan. A week ago forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar retook Malakal in a bloody assault that forced the government army to make what it labeled a tactical withdrawal, while Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are responsible for serious abuses that may amount to war crimes for atrocities committed in Malakal and Bentiu, another capital of an oil-producing state, despite a cease-fire signed in January.

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