78 dead after attack in South Sudan

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Boy covered in dung-ash to ward off mosquitos in a cattle camp in Terekeka, South Sudan

A cattle raid in Warrap State, South Sudan has left 78 people dead and 40,000 without livelihoods, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

It says unidentified men from Mayendit County in neighbouring Unity State are reported to have suddenly attacked a cattle camp in an area known as Bul early this week.

OHCHR Spokesman, Rupert Colville, says the attack which reportedly targeted villages belonging mainly to the Luac Jang ethnic community also left 72 people wounded and nine missing.

"Reportedly, about three-quarters of those who were killed were women and children. Most of the killing appears to have been inflicted by pangas. The county commissioner in Warrap State has informed a UN team that visited the affected areas that more than 70,000 head of cattle were looted. This is extremely worrying because an exclusively worrying because an extremely pastoralist economy means that around 40,000 people have now been left without a livelihood. There are shortages of water, food, shelter and medicine for those displaced by the attack."

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