• Sawa Shabab producer Alsanosi Osman and actors playing "Winnie" and "Hakim" record episode 3 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Dinka and Nuer language actors had to go to Nairobi because of the violence in South Sudan. Photo courtesy of Sawa Shabab
    June 2, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    A new radio drama in South Sudan called Sawa Shabab coaches young listeners on life skills and getting along with others. But just as production was set to begin, violence erupted in the country — the same violence the show’s creators were hoping to prevent. Continue reading

  • In this photo from January, South Sudanese People's Liberation Army soldiers patrol the streets of Bentiu where its forces had killed several hundred civilians. The U.N. Security Council may be willing to impose sanctions if attacks on civilians continue. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images
    April 23, 2014  

    The slaughter of hundreds of civilians is just the latest act of reprisal violence in South Sudan that began as a rivalry between two politicians of different ethnic groups. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the root of the crisis, tensions over natural resources and the urgency of humanitarian aid and regional diplomacy with Nancy Lindborg of USAID and Khalid Medani of McGill University. Continue reading

  • South Sudan massacre
    April 23, 2014  

    Bodies were strewn in the streets of the city of Bentiu, South Sudan, when a U.N. convoy arrived in the aftermath of a massacre of civilians. South Sudan’s foreign minister charged that rebels of the Nuer ethnic group are behind the violence. President Obama called the killings an “abomination” and a betrayal of trust for the South Sudanese people. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    April 22, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, hundreds of people in South Sudan have been killed in what the United Nations is calling ethnic slaughter. Rebels from the ethnic Nuer group seized the city of Bentiu last week and murdered people who sought safety in a mosque, say U.N. officials. Also, the death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster climbed to at least 113, with about 190 still missing. Continue reading

  • December 17, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko 

    The State Department urged U.S. citizens in South Sudan to “depart immediately” and suspended embassy operations until further notice because of increasingly violent activity in the capital Juba and elsewhere. Continue reading