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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. Sitting in South Sudan’s opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet.

“They were playing right there,” Machar said. “It would be easier if they were dead because then I could forget.”