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Nick Turse, South Sudan, next time they'll come to count the dead

Ghost Nation: An Ethnic-Cleansing Campaign by the Government Threatens to Empty South Sudan

In his heart, Simon Yakida knew he was digging his own grave.

A few days earlier, clashes between government troops and rebel forces near Bamurye, Yakida’s village in South Sudan, had left three soldiers dead. Now the local military commander stood before him, gesturing at one of the bodies. He told Yakida, “Killing you is payback for this soldier.”

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