In this photo taken Monday, June 29, 2015, newly-arrived displaced people register to receive food and other aid at the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)
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The U.N. Human Rights Council Thursday decided to send monitors to conflict-ravaged South Sudan amid allegations of horrific abuses, including soldiers allegedly gang raping young girls and burning them alive.South Sudan's civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that have split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.The conflict has plunged the world's newest nation into a dire humanitarian crisis, with more than 2.5 million people facing severe food shortages and two million driven from their homes.The resolution passed a day after the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on six commanders from both sides of South Sudan's conflict for their role in the spiraling violence.
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