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Southern Sudan suffers several bouts of deadly violence

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A survivor of a massacre by rebel forces on the town of Fangak displays a bullet in front of burnt houses in Fangak, southern Sudan Thursday, April 7. The attack by rebel leader George Athor happened February, and officials said 241 people died, most of them civilians. Athor, a former high-ranking officer in the southern army, launched an insurrection after losing his bid for governor of Jonglei state last April.



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A Southern Sudanese solider practices martial arts on the banks of the Sobat River in the town of Canal, currently filled with southern soldiers, many of whom are involved in military operations against rebel leader George Athor. Communities living in the swampy territory within the "no-go areas" where the southern military is pursuing the rebel forces largely lack access to basic services such as health care and clean water. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

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A young boy untangles fishing nets on the banks of the Sobat River in the town of Canal.

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A young river taxi driver dons a mask on the banks of the Sobat River in the town of Canal.

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A survivor of a massacre by rebel forces, whose home was destroyed when it was struck by a rocket propelled grenade, is seen in Fangak, Southern Sudan.

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Deng Choul Padol, a senior Dinka chief, is seen in the town of Khorfulus, Jonglei state, Southern Sudan.

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A mother and her children who recently fled heavy fighting stand inside a schoolroom that has been transformed into a makeshift camp for displaced persons in the town of Khorfulus, Jonglei state, Southern Sudan.

 The AP says: Helicopter gunships and tanks have been deployed by Sudan's military near the disputed region of Abyei, a region that could spark renewed conflict between the north and south, a U.S. group said Thursday. Thirteen people died elsewhere in tribal violence.  Read the full story here.