South Sudan is teetering on the edge of genocide and experiencing ethnic cleansing, according to a new United Nations report.
The seven-month inquiry by the UN Commission on Human Rights into South Sudan is the most comprehensive report so far into ethnic cleansing and conditions that could lead to genocide in the nation deep in civil war.
It offers a stark portrayal of a nation whose crises now include famine.
The report includes new details on deliberate starvation and bombardment of civilians.
It also describes the use of hate speech by top officials, including president Salva Kiir.
The report said South Sudanese security forces are mainly to blame for violations, and warns that if no-one is held to account, ‘the viability of South Sudan…will be stymied’.
Picture: In this Monday 6th March 2017 photo, South Sudanese men carry food distributed by the World Food Programme in Leer County Southern Leich State in South Sudan. (Charles Atiki Lomodong AP/Press Association Images).