Uganda military personnel are seen on military and police trucks as they drive towards Juba, South Sudan, at Nimule border point on July 14, 2016. / AFP / ISAAC KASAMANI
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I felt unsafe and, like many others, I feared a return to the civil war that had recently shattered South Sudan.Tens of thousands of people fled their homes to U.N. bases and other sites, but others were leaving the country, scared that the fighting would once again spark ethnic violence.We set off, a mix of 20 foreigners and South Sudanese in a three-vehicle convoy, along the Juba-Nimule road, the 200-kilometer artery which connects South Sudan to the Ugandan border.It normally takes three hours to drive to the border, but it took us more than six hours because of the many roadblocks along the way.The forces stole and extorted money from people trying to leave South Sudan.Three people traveling with us were sent back to Juba at different checkpoints. Two young women who had bribed their way right to the border were turned away and not allowed to leave South Sudan. They were sent back because the identity documents they presented were South Sudanese.At the town of Nesitu, soldiers ordered a minibus carrying South Sudanese to return to Juba.
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