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War-torn South Sudan marks third anniversary as famine looms

Children race onto the drop zone after an air drop by the International Red Cross in Leer, South Sudan, on July 5, 2014South Sudan marks its third anniversary of independence on Wednesday, with civil war raging, the young nation divided by ethnic atrocities and on the brink of famine. The streets of the capital have been lined with banners proclaiming “One People, One Nation”, with the government of President Salva Kiir due to put on a show of force with a military parade and speeches delivered to celebrate the breakaway from the repressive government in Khartoum. South Sudan has been wracked by war since mid-December, when presidential guards loyal to Kiir clashed with troops supporting ousted vice-president Riek Machar, who fled to the bush and rallied a huge rebel army.

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