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Fleeing Violence in South Sudan, Scores Drown in White Nile: WPF's Alex de Waal Comments in NYT

The New York Times

Alex de Waal

It happened during a panic that has unfolded with frightening regularity in recent weeks. Fighters were advancing. Crowds of civilians fled to the river to escape the violence, rushing into barges to cross the White Nile. Amid the frenzy, officials said Tuesday, more than 200 people were killed when the ferry carrying them to safety went down.

After a month of fighting in South Sudan, nearly half a million people have fled their homes and thousands have been killed…

...“If this isn’t civil war what is a civil war?” said Alex de Waal, the executive director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He said there were organized forces on both sides with clear command and control, both administering territory and both with political leadership.

“It fits the definition in every textbook,” Mr. de Waal said.

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