World Vision suspends operations in key South Sudan state over escalating violence

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Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in the Upper Nile capital Malakal wait at a World Food Program (WFP) outpost where thousands have taken shelter in Kuernyang Payam, South Sudan, on May 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Denis Dumo
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SUDAN-VISION, originally transmitted on May 13, 2015.

Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in the Upper Nile capital Malakal wait at a World Food Program (WFP) outpost where thousands have taken shelter in Kuernyang Payam, South Sudan, on May 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Denis Dumo *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SUDAN-VISION, originally transmitted on May 13, 2015.

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(RNS) Africa’s newest nation descended into chaos in December 2013 after a dispute in the ruling party, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.