Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) soldiers loyal to rebel leader Riek machar sit in vehicle at the airport in Juba on April 20, 2016. AFP / CARL DE SOUZA
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The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, has cancelled its fifth independence celebrations as it struggles to end a civil war that has left thousands dead and ravaged the economy, the government said Tuesday.Makuei said this year the party would not happen.President Salva Kiir is still expected to address the nation on July 9, five years after the world celebrated with South Sudan as it broke away from old enemies in the rump state of Sudan after decades of conflict.Civil war erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 but rebel chief Riek Machar returned to the capital in April as part of a peace deal which saw him become vice-president, forging a unity government with Kiir.More than 40 people died last week in days of fighting in the town of Wau, Makuei said, with aid agencies warning of dire conditions for over 10,000 people sheltering at a UN base there.
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