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South Sudan violence now genocide says UK international development secretary

The violence in South Sudan has now escalated to genocide, the UK’s International Development Secretary has said.

The Secretary, Priti Patel visited South Sudan this week and said there is a “scorched earth policy” with “massacres taking place, people’s throats are being slit”.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Ms Patel said villages were being burned down, women being raped and food being used as a weapon of war.

“It’s tribal, it’s absolutely tribal, so on that basis it’s genocide,” she said.

Ms Patel also said there was a need for increased International pressure to bring peace and reconciliation, especially from the African Union.

Read more on the The Independent.