Some had survived and gained some privileges, others unfortunately have not come back alive. Why do we need a semicolon after "privileges" instead of a comma?
Because those are both Independent Clauses. Complete senteces in their own right. Using only a comma to divide them creates a "comma splice". I try to avoid semi-colons in my writing (as a matter of style, not because they are incorrect). I would use a period and make two sentences. Actually, I would rephrase it a make it more concise. You repeated the word 'some' in the first sentence, which makes it uncomfortable (in my opinion).
Some survived and gained privilege, others did not.
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