Women look at an International Red Cross dropping emergency food supplies in Leer, South Sudan, on July 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Nichole Sobecki
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South Sudan marks its third birthday this week in a state of civil war, carved up along ethnic lines, locked in a cycle of atrocities and on the brink of famine.Banners on the streets of Juba proclaim "One People, One Nation," but with war raging across the country and nearly a fifth of the population forced from their homes, any talk of national unity rings hollow and there will be little to celebrate.The initial fighting saw hundreds of members of the Nuer tribe, to which Machar belongs, massacred by troops and civilians from the Dinka group, the single largest tribe and that of President Kiir.For some, life in the capital of old enemy Sudan – from which South Sudan won independence in 2011 – is more attractive.Zachariah Diing Akol, a researcher with South Sudan's SUDD Institute, an independent think tank, said the picture today could not be more different than three years ago.
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