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Panel Opens Probe into South Sudan Atrocities

A family at the Kalma refugee camp near Nyala, Sudan, takes shelter under a donkey cart in this photo by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) March 9, 2014.
A family at the Kalma refugee camp near Nyala, Sudan, takes shelter under a donkey cart in this photo by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) March 9, 2014.
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The head of a newly established commission that will probe atrocities in South Sudan has pledged to leave "no stone unturned" as the panel investigates alleged human rights violations and other abuses.

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke on Wednesday, shortly after the five-member African Union commission was sworn in.

Obasanjo said both "Africans and non-Africans" worldwide would be watching how his panel approached its work. He said the panel would work to prove that "Africa has come of age" and can manage its own issues.

The panel will investigate atrocities that have occurred since an armed conflict erupted in mid-December.

South Sudan's government accused former vice president Riek Machar of leading an alleged coup attempt in mid-December. The accusation set off weeks of deadly fighting, including clashes between pro- and anti-government troops, and alleged ethnic violence between the Dinka and the Nuer, the country's two largest tribes.

The violence has left thousands dead and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

In January, the government and rebel forces signed a cease-fire, but clashes have continued.

The commission is expected to submit its report to the African Union Peace and Security Council in three months.

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by: nyakor chamjock from: U.S
March 12, 2014 9:10 PM
Yuol Akek, my brother in christ, jesus. The number one evil or uncureable disease in South Sudan are the Dinkas. What's going on in South Sudan is between the Dinka and the Nuer. It is clear because of the killing of the Nuer in Juba. No matter how you guys try to cover it by inviting Ugandians and using some of the Nuer to kill there on brothers because they were paid by your president Kirr. The time will come soon that you all will realize that God is a God of all. You Dinka need to stop hating only the Nuer. They are part of South Sudan.

by: yuol akek from: cueibet
March 12, 2014 2:31 PM
Let the world understand,what is going on in south Sudan is not between dinka and nuer it is between them rebel and the government.what a bout greater equatoria are they donnas?.there are so many nuer in the government today and they are treated as nuer.
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by: King Kun from: s.s
March 12, 2014 8:21 PM
this damp lair people in the world wide are dinka. dinka always all the times like to deny something whole world knew. first of all the denial of fact that war between tribal is not tribal what is it about. those nuer in y government are following their money and not carry about lives of other nuer. killing of nuer would not bring s. Sudanese together else Mother f--- president resign from his post if not no peace for sure. how Kir killed nuer for no reason. this is something without forgive and forget. How many tribes in s. Sudanese and why Kirr decided to kirr nuer innocent while Riek is Politian like other Politian's other different including Dinka Politian's who opposite his ruled. this is something nuer would fight for whether Uganda is there doesn't matter.

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