Photography: Médecins Sans Frontières: South Sudan: Peace, What Peace
In January 2010, South Sudan marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ending 21 years of war. And on July 9, 2011, South Sudan finally celebrated independence, bringing a fragile peace to the region, but violence across the South is escalating.
Despite the international community's attempt to develop South Sudan in the past 7 years, the country remains trapped in a cycle of war. For over a year now, internal tribal clashes and cattle raids have grown increasingly organized and brutal.
Since the first attack on 5 March 2009, over 2,000 people have been killed, and thousands more displaced - more than those in Darfur. Adding to internal conflicts and cattle raids, the LRA attacks on Congolese and South Sudanese villages have continued relentlessly in the Equatorias since December 2008.
Some believe that Khartoum is orchestrating the violence, proving to the international community that South Sudan cannot manage the responsibility of independence - cannot provide a safe environment for South Sudanese people, or the refugees they are now hosting. What is definite is that each attack, each massacre, moves the country further away from peace.