Report says nearly 400,000 ‘excess deaths’ in South Sudan

By SAM MEDNICKAssociated PressJUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s civil war has caused nearly 400,000 “excess deaths” since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the U.S. State Department said Wednesday after years of uncertainty.

The report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine estimates that “violent injuries” caused about half of those 382,900 deaths. Increased risk of disease and reduced access to health care contributed to others, it said.

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