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Fighting in South Sudan dispalces Thousands of Civilians

The Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, the Rt. Rev. Santo Loku Pio Doggale, has said fighting between the troops of the government of South Sudan and troops loyal to former Vice President, Riek Machar, has displaced thousands of people. The Catholic Cathedral in Juba has received 5,000 of them. Bishop Doggale said the displaced people are sleeping in the open and many of them, especially children, have contracted diseases. The presence of such a large number of people is also creating serious health problems, especially the risk of a cholera outbreak. The United Nations mission in South Sudan said also that it had received 35,000 displaced people. In the meantime, diplomatic efforts are underway to persuade the fighting parties to cease hostilities. A delegation of ministers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Sudan arrived in Juba at the weekend to attempt a mediation. The United States of America said also that it was sending an envoy to the country. The President of South Sudan Salva Kiir last week that he was willing to talk with his rival, Riek Machar, without conditions. Fighting started last Sunday December 15th in what appears to be a power struggle within the ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement Party. President Kiir told reporters that it was a coup attempt engineered by Riek Machar.


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