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U.N.: Mass Graves Found in South Sudan

As violence and civil unrest grows in the country of South Sudan, the U.N. has made a disturbing announcement, saying investigators have uncovered mass graves and signs of ethnically-motivated killings. The most recent grisly discovery was a grave that contained the bodies of at least 75 people, all from a single local ethnic group. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said that there is also evidence of more mass graves in the country. According to a BBC report, “Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that soldiers in Juba sometimes asked individuals about their ethnicity before killing or releasing them, or identified them from facial scarification.”

Rebel groups within the country have seized control of a key city, as ethnic clashes and disputes over oil reserves threaten to send the country into a civil war. According to the U.N., more than 60,000 residents have been displaced by on-going violence, as the international organization contemplates sending more peacekeeping troops into the young nation. The U.S. has announced that it is preparing to send 150 Marines into South Sudan, to help evacuate American citizens and protect the local embassy …

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