Thousands Feared Killed in South Sudan, UN reports

Christian leaders appeal for end to violence, offer to negotiate beween Dinka and Nuer.
Thousands Feared Killed in South Sudan, UN reports
Image: UNMISS
Seeking Refuge: South Sudanese by the thousands are flooding UN compounds.

Revised & Updated: Wed., Dec. 25:

A top UN official in South Sudan fears that thousands of South Sudanese may have died since the Sunday, Dec. 15, surge of political and ethnic violence. Earlier on Christmas eve, Toby Lanzer, one of the UN's top humanitarian officials in South Sudan, told the BBC:

"I think it's undeniable at this stage that there must have been thousands of people who have lost their lives. When I've looked at the hospitals in key towns and I've looked at the hospitals in the capital itself, the range of injuries, this is no longer a situation where we can merely say it's hundreds of people who've lost their lives." The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said: "There is a palpable fear among civilians of both Dinka and Nuer backgrounds that they will be killed on the basis of their ethnicity."

Initial reports from the UN Human Rights office that officials have discovered mass graves of people killed ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview
To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.
Already a CT subscriber?
or your full digital access.
July/August
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.

Read These Next

hide this
Access The Archives

In the Archives

This article is available to CT subscribers only. To continue reading, please subscribe. You'll get immediate access to this article and the entire Christianity Today archives.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?
or to continue reading.