Villagers retrieve food aid following an air drop in Dablual, Mayendit County on July 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/WAAKHE WUDU
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The sacks of grain falling from the sky are the first food aid the people of Dablual have seen in months since fighting cut the South Sudanese village off in April.Here in the northern battleground state of Unity, fighting in South Sudan's 19-month civil war has escalated since April, with government and rebel forces accused of burning people alive, gang rape and recruiting large numbers of child soldiers.U.S. President Barack Obama, who wrapped up a two-nation Africa tour Tuesday, has focused attention on South Sudan, holding talks with regional leaders in Ethiopia and raising the issue in an address to the African Union.Despite so far failing to halt the fighting, the east African regional bloc IGAD remains the best bet for a peace deal, analysts say.At the end of a four-day visit last week, U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien spoke of the enormous struggles of ordinary South Sudanese he had met.
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