"In September there was no fuel anywhere," Samson Kamuya says.
"It was death," says Charlie Chiong, tracing his fingers over the jagged stones that once served as his cage.
As the United States considers lifting sanctions on Sudan, one of the most sensitive issues is on display in these tense borderlands: weapons.
The only foreigner to come forward and testify in a high-profile South Sudan trial where army troops are accused of gang-rape and murder in a hotel rampage a year ago is urging other survivors to speak up, especially men.
There was no indication that an American shot dead over the weekend was a journalist, South Sudan's army said Tuesday, accusing him of entering the country with rebel forces.
"If I'd have refused, my father and brothers would have killed me," Eliza says.
The killing of an American journalist in South Sudan violates international humanitarian law and should be investigated, according to an international human rights group.
For the second year in a row, the world's youngest nation will not have any official celebrations to mark the anniversary of its birth because of the widespread suffering caused by its ongoing civil war.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced and aid workers evacuated as rebels accuse government troops of advancing on their stronghold and killing civilians along the way.
South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between June and July, according to reports by the government and the U.N. released Wednesday.
Albin Koolekheh watched his 4-year-old son die in his arms.
South Sudan has the world's fastest growing displaced population and more needs to be done to help them, says the director of the United Nations refugee agency.
More than 1 million disabled people are vulnerable to the increasing violence of South Sudan's brutal civil war.
The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.