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S Sudan violence 'escalating'

2009-12-14 16:58

Juba - Violence in southern Sudan is "escalating" with an inadequate response to support those affected, medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned on Monday.

"The people of southern Sudan are trapped in a worsening crisis, following the most violent year since the 2005 peace agreement that ended more than two decades of civil war with the north," MSF said in a statement.

"However, the response to the escalating emergency is inadequate," it added.

MSF director of operations for Sudan, Stephan Goetghebuer, said that "violence is surging, plunging people from one disaster to the next".

"Yet immediate needs are not being met", in the semi-autonomous south, Goetghebuer added.

South Sudan has been hit by a series of bloody inter-ethnic clashes as well as rebel attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), with more than 2 000 killed and over 250 000 forced from their homes in 2009, according to the UN.

The rate of violent deaths now surpasses that in the western region of Darfur, the UN says.

Clashes between rival ethnic groups in south Sudan erupt frequently - often sparked by cattle raids and disputes over natural resources, while others are retaliation for previous attacks.