African Leaders Meet To Push Peace Talks In South Sudan

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December 26, 2013 AT 11:37 AM
Fighting continued Thursday as African leaders met in an attempt to bring an end to the hostilities that are threatening to erupt into civil war. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Thursday to push peace talks between the president and the rebels Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, was retaken Wednesday after a week-long fight by the Sudan People Liberation Army, leaving thousands near starvation, government officials said. "Thousands of civilians in Bor are left desperate without hope of food," said South Sudanese Minister of Information Michael Makui, who visited Bor and appealed for humanitarian organizations to help. The international community remains concerned about the situation in the country in which thousands are believed to have been killed and more than 100,000 displaced since Dec. 15 when a fight broke out among the presidential guard. The agency also said the country urgently needs more than $150 million in aid to prevent starvation and to provide shelter and health care. "Emergency latrines are being dug, high-energy biscuits provided to meet urgent nutritional needs of children and other vulnerable people, and emergency surgical supplies, drugs and reproductive health kits delivered to hospitals," said the U.N.