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South Sudan: War and misery 1 year later; group says ethnic revenge killings demand justice

  • FILE In this file photo of Saturday, Dec. 28 2013 file photo, a soldier who received three gunshot wounds sits with another wounded colleague in a ward at the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    FILE In this file photo of Saturday, Dec. 28 2013 file photo, a soldier who received three gunshot wounds sits with another wounded colleague in a ward at the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file photo of Sunday Dec. 29, 2013 file photo,  displaced people gather around a water truck to fill containers at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    FILE - In this file photo of Sunday Dec. 29, 2013 file photo, displaced people gather around a water truck to fill containers at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE In Tuesday Dec,31, 2013 file photo, Nyanhial, 5, is comforted by her mother as she is treated for fever and vomiting at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical tent, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the Jebel area on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    FILE In Tuesday Dec,31, 2013 file photo, Nyanhial, 5, is comforted by her mother as she is treated for fever and vomiting at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical tent, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the Jebel area on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebels continue, and aid officials say international assistance is needed to help residents stave off hunger.

Government troops and armed youths have been battling in Upper Nile state in recent days, a sign that widespread violence could return with the end of the six-month rainy season. Several peace deals have been signed but none have held since fighting began in the capital, Juba, one year ago.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday that concern about South Sudan is waning internationally and that the country risks becoming "yet another forgotten state."

Human Rights Watch said the cycle of ethnic revenge killings creates an urgent need to hold those responsible to account.