At least 58 killed in S. Sudan tribal clashesת UN says

August 20, 2011 20:05

UBA - At least 58 people were killed in clashes between tribes over cattle in South Sudan, a United Nations spokesman in Juba said on Saturday, a further sign of instability weeks after the region gained independence.

Ethnic groups in South Sudan have fought each other over cattle -- a vital part of the indigenous economy -- for centuries. But the numbers of deaths are increasing after decades of civil war left the territory awash with small arms.

Analysts say South Sudan, which became independent on July 9, risks becoming a failed state if it cannot control insurgencies and blood feuds that divide its tribes.

The UN spokesman said violence between the Murle and Lou Nuer tribes broke out on Thursday.

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