Exiled South Sudanese rebel general Thomas Cirillo poses for a photograph inside his hotel room in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Thomas Cirillo Swaka, known as Cirillo, resigned as deputy chief of staff of South Sudan's military in February, citing rights abuses in a war that has split the world's youngest nation, often along ethnic lines, since 2013 .Cirillo said the program was organized out of Kiir's ranch outside the capital, Juba, in Luri – an area described as a "marshaling point and training area for Dinka militia" in a 2016 U.N. Panel of Experts report on South Sudan.Cirillo said Kiir and army chief Paul Malong, another Dinka, held meetings at their homes, rather than at the ministry or military headquarters, excluding military officers of other ethnic backgrounds.Cirillo said that less than a week after signing an internationally backed peace deal with Machar in August 2015, Kiir called 60 top generals, including Cirillo, to his palace and ordered them not to withdraw from the capital as the deal stipulated.Machar returned to Juba in April last year, but was forced to flee in August after fighting between his forces and Kiir's broke out in the capital.
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