Study: South Sudan war has killed almost 400,000 people


A new study looking into South Sudan’s civil conflict says the countries war has killed almost 400,000 people since it began in 2013 – far higher than previous estimates.

The report from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine attributes  383,000 deaths to the South Sudanese war. More than half of the victims lost their lives in violence while the rest died due to the increased risk of disease and reduced access to health care, the study says.

Almost 400,000 killed by South Sudan war

The findings from the study are calculated by using statistical models which compare the number of recorded deaths with the total number of expected deaths based on census projections and previously existing mortality data.

The exact number of those killed in the conflict will likely never be known but UN officials put the death toll at 50,000 in 2016.

Now, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine says 190,000 people have been killed directly as a result of the conflict and a total of 383,000 have died from other factors caused by the war such as displacement, food shortages and disruption of health services.

The study also says the war has displaced around two million people in the country and a further 2.5 million as refugees in neighbouring countries.

South Sudan’s leaders signed the final draft a tentative peace agreement earlier this month after multiple failed peace attempts in recent years.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.