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South Sudan is not Africa

By Gwynne Dyer      

South Sudan is unlikely to achieve a lasting peace settlement any time soon, but it is not representative of sub-Saharan Africa. Out of 48 countries south of the Sahara, only Somalia, Burundi, and South Sudan are currently suffering from large-scale internal violence.

Refugees from South Sudan arrive at a centre in Adjumani district in Northern Uganda earlier this year. Photograph courtesy of the United Nations by F. Noy.

This is not an article on South Sudan, which is just as well because the conflicts there are almost fractal in their complexity. The mini-war two weeks ago between the forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar—which killed more than 270 people and saw tanks, artillery, and helicopter gunships used in the capital of Juba—is part of a pattern that embraces the whole country. The four days of heavy fighting began on Friday, July 8 with

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