New report estimates 380K have died in South Sudan civil war

New report estimates 380K have died in South Sudan civil war

At least 383,000 people have died since 2013 as a result of the civil war in South Sudan according to a new report conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine released Wednesday.

The report, which was commissioned by the U.S. Institute for Peace in collaboration with the State Department, far exceeds previous estimates of bloodshed.

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A March 2016 United Nations report estimated a death toll of 50,000 from the conflict, a number which had gone undisputed till now.

A State Department spokesperson said the report confirms the conflict's incredible damage.

"The findings of [the report] show starkly the human costs of the war in South Sudan," they spokesperson said.

“Civilians have borne the enormous brunt of the war as a result of displacement, denial of humanitarian access, attacks on medical facilities and other basic services, and destruction of community infrastructure, property, and livelihoods.”

 The new report compiled a wide array of data from humanitarian organizations and media reports to create mortality estimates compared to baseline population projections assuming no conflict.

Out of the 383,000 estimated war-related deaths, 190,000 were killed in conflict, according to the report. The other deaths can be attributed to increased incidence of disease, starvation and forced displacement.

Gordon Buay, deputy chief of mission at the South Sudanese Embassy in Washington, told The Washington Post he thinks the estimate is “not accurate,” and that he would put the death toll at fewer than 20,000 people.

Klem Ryan, a former official with the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, said in an interview that his personal experience with the conflict makes this calculation seems plausible.

“I personally saw hundreds of dead,” he said. “I attended to two major massacres. That figure feels right if you look at all the stuff we saw, which was only a fraction.”

South Sudan became a state in 2011 after a brutal Sudanese civil war, and the new nation soon after found itself in its own conflict.