With hundreds dead from fighting in South Sudan, thousands seek refuge inside UN peacekeeping bases

REUTERS/Hakim George

REUTERS/Hakim George


In less than a week, South Sudan, the world's youngest country, has been brought to the brink of war.

There have been reports of widespread ethnic killing. It comes after President Salva Kiir -- an ethnic Dinka -- accused his former deputy and an ethnic Nuer, of attempting a coup on the weekend.  

Since then, at least 500 people are believed to have been killed. The United States and Britain have sent military planes to remove foreign nationals from the country. And 34,000 South Sudanese have taken refuge at UN peacekeeping bases. 

John is one of them. He is with other ethnic Nuers who fled to a base in the capital, Juba.  He describes a harrowing and dangous situation. We're not identifying him for his safety. Listen to John's interview here:

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