Women displaced by recent violence carry water on their heads past a UN police officer patrolling in Tomping United Nations camp for internally displaced persons in Juba January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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Regional nations heaped pressure on South Sudan's warring parties Tuesday to reach a cease-fire to end weeks of bitter fighting and atrocities on both sides that have devastated the young nation.Thousands have been killed and half a million civilians have been forced to flee the fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied to his sacked deputy Riek Machar.Fighting has spiralled into ethnic killings between members of Kiir's Dinka people -- the country's largest group -- and Machar's Nuer.A separate draft deal urges Kiir to pardon and release 11 key political detainees, one of the key sticking points.IGAD includes Uganda as a key member, whose forces have a taken a key role in the fighting in support of Kiir.
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