In this file photo of Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, South Sudan government soldiers in the town of Koch, Unity state, South Sudan. ((AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)
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The United Nations was powerless to stop war breaking out in South Sudan in December 2013, its former head of mission said Friday, because no one believed such widespread ethnic violence would erupt and its leaders dismissed her mediation efforts.Hilde Johnson, head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan between July 2011 and July 2014, was speaking at an event in Nairobi, following renewed clashes in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Thursday.Almost 200,000 people are still sheltering in U.N. bases, too scared to return home amid ongoing fighting.Machar, an ethnic Nuer, hinted that he might challenge Kiir – a member of the dominant Dinka ethnic group – for the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement leadership.
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