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People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

A power struggle between South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, a member of the Dinka ethnic group, and his ex-vice president, Riek Machar, who belongs to the Nuer ethnic group, has escalated into violence along ethnic lines.

Witnesses tell the BBC that more than 200 people, mostly Nuer, were shot by government security forces.

Another man in the capital city, Juba, says gunmen from the majority Dinka ethnic group were shooting people in a Nuer area.

James Copnall, the BBC's Africa analyst joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the violence in South Sudan.

Guest

  • James Copnall, South Sudan analyst for the BBC. He tweets @JamesCopnall.

This segment aired on December 24, 2013.

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