Violence over ethnic tensions mounts in South Sudan

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A Dinka cattle camp in South Sudan. Cattle rustling has caused instability in Jonglei state.

Leaders of two ethnic communities in the Jonglei state of South Sudan are being urged to stop violence.

The call has come from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following reports of deadly clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's deeply concerned about tensions in South Sudan between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities.

According to the UN mission in the newly independent country, ethnic tensions in Jonglei have been exacerbated by high levels of cattle rustling and demand for high bridal dowries.

There are also claims that thousands of armed youths from the two communities are preparing for attacks on rival communities.

The Secretary-General is urging the leaders of the Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic groups to work with the government to find a lasting solution to the root causes of their hostilities.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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