UN Agencies Start Distributing Aid to S. Sudan's Victims of Inter-Tribal Clashes

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The UN says more than 20,000 people have fled to safety in Pibor County.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has launched an attempt to locate thousands of people fleeing inter-ethnic conflict in Jonglei State to deliver basic relief supplies.

The UN says more than 20,000 people have fled to safety in Pibor County.

According to a statement issued on Friday Morning, The World Food Programme is also preparing to air lift emergency food deliveries to Pibor town today.

The UN says that thousands of armed masked youth from the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked the town of Likwangole two days ago.

The Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General and UN humanitarian coordinator, Lise Grande says the town was burnt to the ground.

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Ethnic tensions between the Lou Nuer and the Murle have been aggravated by the high levels of cattle rustling and the demand for high bridal dowry.

The Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has been in Lukwangole trying to convince the Lou Nuer militant youths to withdraw from the town they captured two days ago and return to their homes.

The youths however said that they would only withdraw if their wounded causalities are evacuated. The evacuation was carried out on Thursday.