Deaths in South Sudan tribal clash

Rising wave of tribal violence in South Sudan has killed more than 2,000 people.

    Tribal disputes caused by cattle rustling and long-running feuds have displaced 250,000 people

    Fears

    Rival tribes from Sudan's underdeveloped south have clashed for years in disputes often caused by cattle rustling and long-running feuds, but violence has soared this year.

    The United Nations said the attacks could mar preparations for Sudan's for national and presidential elections due in April 2010.

    Lise Grady, a UN Humanitarian Coordinator for southern Sudan, told Al Jazeera that “The area was not previously affected by the food crisis or inter-tribal violence and it’s not inconceivable that this is a politically motivated attack linked to the upcoming elections."

    The elections are required under the 2005 peace deal that ended the north-south civil war.

    Sudan is also scheduled to hold a referendum in January 2011 on whether South Sudan should become independent.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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