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March 13, 2012 6:04 PM

In South Sudan's violence, U.S.-backed army part of the problem

Martha Meroi escaped one nightmare only to fall straight into another. Fleeing a column of 10,000 enemies in South Sudan's tribal wars, Meroi, eight months pregnant, and her family darted across the parched wilderness for four days before rival militiamen caught up and pinned them against a riverbank. Children were bludgeoned, and old men hacked to bits. The air was alive with bullets and screams. Meroi survived, fleeing across the river.

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