Despite a recently signed, and barely honoured ceasefire, the positions of Riek Machar and Salva Kiir remain apparently irreconcilable, while evidence of organised massacres and looting continue to emerge from Juba, Bor and elsewhere. Richard Stupart discusses the state of the South Sudanese conflict with journalist Adriane Ohanesian in the first of a two-part podcast on the region. Part two can be found here.
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South Sudan’s political crisis and subsequent fighting, which started in Juba over a month ago, has left in its wake almost half a million uprooted from their homes; thousands dead and scores injured. The escalating internal conflict and violence across many parts of the world’s newest country, which gained independence almost three years ago, has pitted pro and anti government forces has also forced some 85,000 Southern Sudanese to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, roughly half of those in Uganda. European Commission DG ECHO