South Sudan's civil war rages, bringing complaints of abuses

November 10, 2017 - 4:40 am

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's army is steadily capturing more rebel-held territory, even as peace talks try to find a resolution to the nearly four-year-old civil war.

The Associated Press recently spoke with several rebel soldiers who had been on the front lines and all recounted similar events: government forces gang-raping women, killing children and burning houses with people inside.

Inconclusive peace talks were held in the capital, Juba, in October. The negotiations should resume in December, and experts say by that time opposition forces probably will have lost more ground.

What was once the opposition heartland, Upper Nile state, is now mostly under government control.

Both sides have been accused of atrocities in South Sudan's civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and forced more than two million people to flee.

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