Podcast: In South Sudan, a Violent Conflict Breeds Mass Displacement

By Shawn Bender

audio-03-18 at 12.47.27 PMPhoto Credit: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

March 18 (Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis wrought by war. According to the United Nations, nearly a million people have been displaced since mid-December, when a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar, led to clashes among troops loyal to each and sparked ethnic strife that engulfs much of the country. Now, as the spring rainy season approaches, the people of South Sudan face yet another worry: whether they will be able to grow the food they need to sustain themselves.

In this podcast, WSJ Africa reporter Patrick McGroarty and analyst Eric Reeves examine the origins and evolution of the violent conflict gripping the world’s youngest nation, and the toll it is taking on the country’s civilian population.

“When you are displaced in South Sudan, you don’t take anything of value with you,” Mr. Reeves says. “And wherever you go, you’re going to find it very difficult to find a place to live, to work, to farm.”

The podcast is based on reporting by Mr. McGroarty, Heidi Vogt and Nicholas Bariyo, and was produced by Shawn Bender. To listen, press the play button above,

Originally posted on the Wall Street Journal, 13-03-2013

The voice of Patrick McGroarty and Eric Reeves

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