Last week, it was announced that the South Sudan oil rich town of Bentiu had been seized by rebels.

What was not announced was the piles of bodies left during this undertaking. Photos have emerged showing tens of bodies lying dead on streets, in the most shocking incident yet from our war-torn neighbours.

The rebels are from the nuer tribe, the same ethnic group that former Vice President Riek Machar, who is now a rebel leader, comes from. A top humanitarian official, Toby Lanzer told the Associated Press that he counted 150 bodies, despite arriving on the third day of the operation. It is believed up to 1000 may have lost their lives last week, with CNN reporting that 200 were killed in just one Mosque.

Most of the dead are defenceless civilians whose only mistake was being born in the wrong tribe.

President Uhuru recently apologised for Kenya’s failure to intervene during Rwanda’s genocide. Perhaps this is his chance to spare his successor a similar predicament.

The following images are very graphic and only proceed if you’re comfortable.

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