Sophia Dawkins

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A teacher leads a mixed class of South Sudanese refugee children and Ugandan children in singing during class in a tarpaulin tent on June 7 at the Ombechi Primary School in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. (Ben Curtis/AP)

South Sudan is 6. The government has canceled its birthday party. The treasury is empty. Neither the army nor rebels have command and control in a civil war that stumps peace mediators. Three million have fled their homes.

This situation escalated from a shootout in the presidential guard on the night of Dec. 15, 2013. The misunderstanding spread through the army barracks, to the capital, and then the rest of the country.

But the civil war has older roots, in 50 years of Sudanese conflicts. When British colonizers left Sudan in 1956, Khartoum’s carousel of military juntas continued a British policy of mistreating southerners.…  Seguir leyendo »