FAQ: Crisis in South Sudan

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  • The Birth of a New Nation
  • A Shaky Foundation Paves the Way for Future Downfall
  • An Attempted Coup
  • Curfew Imposed
  • From Failed Coup to Nationwide Violence
  • Kiir vs. Machar
  • Parties Divided
  • Machar on the Run
  • Dinka vs. Nuer: A History of Bloodshed?
  • Ethnic Cleansing?
  • What Is the Reason Behind the Violence?
  • Nobody's Safe
  • U.S. Marines Sent to Evacuate More Americans
  • Mass Graves and More U.N. Troops
  • Weeks of Violence Affects the Economy
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Delivers a Christmas Message
  • European Union Gets Involved
  • Neighboring African Nations Join Forces to Mediate Tensions
  • Ceasefire Signed
  • Kicked Out
  • A Slaughter in Bentiu
  • Sanctions & Peace Talks
  • Famine Fears
  • Sudanese-Americans Fear the Worst
  • How You Can Help South Sudanese Refugees
  • Violence in South Sudan: A Timeline
  • Years of Warfare Leave Little Hope for Peace

An Attempted Coup

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, the largest tribe, announced a failed coup d'etat attempt near the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) headquarters in Juba on Dec. 15. The coup was said to be led by soldiers loyal to Kiir's former deputy, ex-vice president Riek Machar, a Nuer, the second largest tribe of 500 in South Sudan. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

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