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Over 100 killed in oil tanker explosion in South Sudan

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Khartoum: An oil tanker explosion has killed over 100 people and injured many in South Sudan.

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“More than 100 people were killed when an oil truck exploded as a crowd tried to gather fuel from the vehicle after it had veered off the road,” Information Minister of Western Equatoria State Charles Kisagna said on Thursday.

Kisagna said the incident occurred on Wednesday, adding that around 50 people were seriously injured.

The minister said that “those people may not survive because we do not have the facilities to treat the highly burnt people”.

“The hospital desperately needs more supplies of basics such as IV fluids, oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, anti-tetanus, and pain relievers,” said Chandi Savior, the medical director of the Maridi Civil Hospital.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Amid South Sudan’s War, Miss World Pageant Carries On

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In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, the winner of Miss World South Sudan 2017, Arual Longar, poses for a portrait at a shelter for street children in Juba, South Sudan. VOA

Amid the ethnic violence, famine and mass displacement in South Sudan’s war, a Miss World pageant carries on in one of the world’s most devastated countries.

Dozens of young women are using the international beauty pageants to advocate for peace at home and abroad. Contestants call the pageant a way to help others and change global perceptions.

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“They think we’re just a war-torn country and then they see our girls,” one former supermodel says. Pixabay

 

Women and girls have been targets of horrific violence in South Sudan’s war. For the vast majority of people in the deeply impoverished East African country, the annual beauty pageants are unknown or simply a dream.

But organizers are determined to deliver on the theme “beauty with a purpose.” (VOA)

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