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South Sudan: Killing for culture

She cannot say her name. The South Sudanese girl was shot in jaw with an AK-47. But the reason she cannot communicate her identity isn't because ... of the bullet wound. It's because she has yet to learn how to speak. Only four months old, the little girl is a victim of a new wave of violence in South Sudan, which experts have described as genocidal. While inter tribal conflicts are not uncommon, a worrying trend of this fighting is the somewhat deliberate attacks on women and children.

Dozos and Other Irregulars

Controversy arose in Côte d'Ivoire in early 2011 over the participation of dozo hunters in the battle between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. ... In April, the United Nations mission in Côte d'Ivoire accused dozos of having participated in the massacre of at least 330 people in the western town of Duékoué. Dozos were fighting on behalf of Alassane Ouattara. Then in July, Amnesty International followed suite, accused dozos of having constituted a militia during the rebellion and of participating in ongoing intimidation and atrocities against civilian populations in the western region of the country. The news gave me cause for concern.