Herders with machine guns intensify South Sudan land, food woes

January 2, 2015 5:05 PM

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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tensions are rising in South Sudan as displaced pastoralists migrate onto lands occupied by farming communities, stoking a new series of conflicts in the war-torn nation and threatening food supplies, a United Nations official said on Friday.

Due to changes in migration patterns because of violence, the world's youngest country is seeing increased strife in once reasonably peaceful areas, said Sue Lautze, a representative of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in South Sudan.

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