Child abductions rise as South Sudan war incites desperation

AKOBO, South Sudan -- It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. "Child abductions and trafficking in South Sudan is a real issue that requires an urgent response by the government," said Edmund Yakani, executive director of the nonprofit Community Empowerment for Progress Organization. Although inter-clan fighting, cattle raiding and abductions are deep-seated throughout this East African country, Yakani called it a particular problem in Jonglei state, where the town of Akobo is located and where many in the Murle tribe base "their livelihood" on selling children.

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