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Dr. Lam Akol, representative of the Shilluk people within the SPLA (Sudanese People's Liberation Army). In recent months villages along the river Nile in Shilluk Kingdom in the south of Sudan have been attacked by militias backed by the government. They provided weapons and logistics to local militias in order to have local people chased away, their villages burned and cattle stolen. With the world's attention on the war in the west of the country, the atrocities in the south have gone largely unnoticed. But they illustrate the gap between the positive impression given at the north-south peace talks and the reality on the ground.