The militarization of cattle raiding in South Sudan: How a traditional practice became a tool for political violence

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Jok Madut Jok
The Sudd Institute
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Cattle raiding, a longstanding practice among pastoralists in South Sudan, was historically governed by cultural authorities and ritual prohibitions. However, after decades of on-and-off integration into armed forces, raiders are now heavily armed, and military-style attacks claim dozens if not hundreds of lives at a time.
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