FAQ: Crisis in South Sudan

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  • 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
  • Violence in South Sudan: A Timeline

A Shaky Foundation Paves the Way for Future Downfall

Although it was a time to rejoice, many feared South Sudan was ill-prepared to stand on its own as it is one of the poorest and least developed places on earth. Additionally, there was still unresolved conflict with the North, issues delegating power among ethnic military groups and challenges diversifying the oil-based economy.

(Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Landov)

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