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January 10, 2014

Crisis in South Sudan

Political disputes last month created a volatile situation in the young nation of South Sudan. Violence has spread killing more than 1,000 and has driven hundreds of thousand from their homes. Talks continue and UN peacekeepers were mobilized to try to stop the crisis from escalating further. --Leanne Burden Seidel (
One of the few to have a mosquito net, a displaced family who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, sit under it after waking up in the morning in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, Jan. 2. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)

South Sudan army soldiers in Bor, 180 km (108 miles) northwest from capital Juba Dec. 25. South Sudanese troops have retaken the flashpoint town of Bor in Jonglei state, a week after the town fell to rebels loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar. (James Akena/Reuters) #

Women and children carry water in a water point, in Minkammen, 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Bor, on Jan. 8, due to lack of water available for the thousands who have fled to Awerial region, leaving many to collect water from the Nile River. (Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images) #


South Sudanese men shelter under disused mobile staircases as young children play on top at an makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba Dec. 22. World leaders have stepped up calls for South Sudan's feuding politicians to end fighting that has pushed the country to the brink of civil war, after four US servicemen were wounded when their aircraft came under fire. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called Sunday for an immediate end to violence in South Sudan, where the death toll is mounting from fighting between rival forces loyal to the president and his sacked deputy. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) #

SPLA soldiers jump from a vehicle in Juba Dec. 21. African mediators sought on Saturday to meet rivals to South Sudan's president in a bid to end fighting that threatens to drag the world's newest country into an ethnic civil war. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

An internally displaced man holds his son inside a United Nations Missions in Sudan (UNMIS) compound in Juba Dec. 19. South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area on Thursday, the fifth day of a conflict that that has deepended ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Residents of Juba arrive at the UN compound on Dec. 20 where they sought shelter. African diplomats made a push for peace in South Sudan as bitter fighting spread across the world's youngest nation, with US President Barack Obama warning the oil-rich state was on the brink of civil war. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images #

A SPLA soldier walks in Juba Dec. 21. African mediators sought on Saturday to meet rivals to South Sudan's president in a bid to end fighting that threatens to drag the world's newest country into an ethnic civil war. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

The body of a dead rebel killed by South Sudan army soldiers during a gunfight, lies on the ground near Bor Airport, 180km (108 miles) northwest from capital Juba Dec. 25. South Sudanese troops have retaken the flashpoint town of Bor in Jonglei state, a week after the town fell to rebels loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar. (James Akena/Reuters) #

People unload the few belongings on Jan. 9, at Minkammen, South Sudan that they were able to bring with them to the camps. Hundreds of civilians fleeing violence in Bor region arrive at dawn to one of the many small ports that run alongside the camps in Awerial region, having crossed over the Nile River by night. Thousands of exhausted civilians are crowding into the fishing village of Minkammen, a once-tiny riverbank settlement of a few thatch huts 25 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Bor. (Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images) #

A monument for fallen peacekeepers stands amidst makeshift tents in a spontaneous camp for internally displaced persons at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Juba, on Jan. 9. Over 17,000 people are living at the base, with new arrivals every day, due to ongoing conflict in the world's youngest nation. (Phil Moor/AFP/Getty Images) #

A girl sleeps as people go about their daily life in Minkammen, 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Bor, on Jan. 8. An AFP reporter reached the town and said the area was flooded with fleeing civilians and that the rumble of heavy artillery fire could be heard in the distance. Some 80,000 displaced people from South Sudan's volatile Bor region have fled to safety in sprawling, dusty camps in Awerial region across the Nile River. (Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images) #

A South Sudan army soldier sweats as he holds his weapon during a flight from the capital Juba to Bor town, 180 km (108 miles) northwest from capital, Dec. 25. (James Akena/Reuters) #

Displaced people bathe and wash clothes in a stream inside a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 27. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

A man walks in a ward of mainly soldiers with gunshot wounds inside the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 28. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #


Atem Apieth, 6, who received a gunshot wound to his shoulder during the recent fighting in Bor and managed to travel for treatment to the capital by boat, sits on his hospital bed at the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 28. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

A pirogue packed with passengers arrives at a dock after crossing a waterway near the town of Malakal, seen from an airplane over South Sudan, Dec. 30. When violence broke out in Juba on Dec. 15 life remained calm but tense in Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile state, but the violence then radiated outward from Juba and full-fledged war broke out in the town on Christmas Day, as army commanders defected and pledged allegiance to the country's ousted vice president, in most cases pitting the ethnic group of President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, against ethnic Nuers. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

Displaced people arrive with what belongings they had time to gather by river barge from Bor, some of the thousands who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, in the town of Awerial, South Sudan. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

A United Nations camp that has become home to the displaced living in makeshift tents is seen from an airplane over Malakal, South Sudan Dec. 30. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

A displaced girl stands on her flip-flops on a sheet of sacking as she tries to wash herself from a bottle of water filled from a nearby water truck, on a muddy patch of ground in a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 29. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

Three children walk through a spontaneous camp for internally displaced persons at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Juba, on Jan. 9. Over 17,000 people are living at the base, with new arrivals every day, due to ongoing conflict in the world's youngest nation. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images) #

South Sudanese women jostle to get at the head of a queue for water being distributed from a UN reservoir at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound where tension remains high fueling an exodus of both local and foreign residents from the south Sudanese capital. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Medical workers tend to a sick child from a displaced family at United Nations hospital at Tomping camp, where some 15,000 displaced people who fled their homes are sheltered by the UN near South Sudan's capital Juba, Jan. 7.(James Akena/Reuters) #

A man unloads food assistance supplied by the international Red Cross which arrived in the morning by truck to help the thousands who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, Jan. 2. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

A South Sudanese girl puts her family's laundry out to dry on a barbed fence at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba, Dec. 22. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A small cross made of sticks and a religious blanket lie on top of the grave of a small child who was wounded during recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor but who died after fleeing by river barge across the Nile river to the town of Awerial, South Sudan. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor, South Sudan prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 1. The International Red Cross said that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area "is lined with thousands of people" waiting for boats so they could cross the Nile River. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

People displaced by the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor, queue for medical care at a clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) set up in a school building in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 2. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #
 
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