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African leaders to hold crisis talks over S. Sudan

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 - 01:15

Dec. 27 - East Africa's leaders are to meet in Kenya to discuss growing violence in South Sudan, where more than 1,000 people are believed to have died. Sarah Toms reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES South Sudan's President Salva Kir meets the prime ministers of Kenya and Ethiopia to try to end the fighting in Juba. They decide to meet in Kenya to discuss the issues raised during this meeting about the growing violence in South Sudan. The UN says the first peacekeeping reinforcements were expected to arrive in 48 hours. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HILDE JOHNSON, UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, SAYING: "These past 11 days have been a very trying time for South Sudan and for all citizens of this newborn nation. What has happened this last week has for many of them brought back the nightmares of the past. The nation's that was painstakingly built over decades of conflict and strife is at stake." Violence erupted 12 days ago between forces loyal to Kir and those backing his ex-deputy Riek Machar. More than 1,000 people are believed to have died. Here bodies lie scattered across the city of Bor.....A bombed out rebel truck lies in the middle of the street More than 50,000 civilians have sought refuge at UN compounds in South Sudan. The country has struggled to achieve a stable government since becoming independent from Sudan in 2011. But instead the oil-rich country remains ethnically and politically divided.

African leaders to hold crisis talks over S. Sudan

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 - 01:15

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