FAQ: Crisis in South Sudan

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  • Violence in South Sudan: A Timeline
  • Years of Warfare Leave Little Hope for Peace
  • 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

The Birth of a New Nation

South Sudan is a land-locked nation bordered by Sudan, Central African Republic, Kenya and Ethiopia. It gained its independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011 after years of resistance. The oil rich country is highly diverse in language and ethnicity, with the Dinka, Nuer and Shilluk among the larger ethnic groups.

(Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Landov)

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