South Sudan Conflict Spawns Fear, Insecurity

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Thousands have been killed and an estimated half million have fled fighting in South Sudan, pitting the government of President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against former Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer. (Jan. 21)

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Malakal, South Sudan - January 21, 2014

++THIS MATERIAL WAS FILMED ON A MEDIA FACILITY SUPERVISED BY THE SOUTH SUDANESE GOVERNMENT++

1. Various family walking down deserted road

Juba, South Sudan - January 20, 2014

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan (Transcript Below)

3. Wide internally displaced persons (IDPs) fetching water in UNMISS compound

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Grace, internally displaced person (Transcript Below)

Malakal, South Sudan - January 21, 2014

5. Mid injured man with bandaged arm and other injured

6. Wide deserted Malakal street, showing burnt buildings and debris

Juba, South Sudan - January 21, 2014

7. Mid humanitarian aid being taken off of a plane

8. Wide humanitarian aid being transported away from plane

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dermot Carty, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Operations (Transcript Below)

Berlin - January 21, 2014

10. Wide news conference held by Human Rights Watch (HRW)

11. Tight reporters at HRW news conference

12. Wide HRW news conference

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (Transcript Below)

++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED WITH B-ROLL++

Juba, South Sudan - January 20, 2014

14. Wide internally displaced persons in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound

15. Mid woman and children sitting under a tent in the UNMISS compound

Malakal, South Sudan - January 21, 2014

16. Wide women carrying a dead body on a stretcher

17. Various displaced people camping out at Malakal Teaching Hospital

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

AS CITIES FALL BACK UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL IN SOUTH SUDAN, THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED STILL DO NOT FEEL SAFE.

ON MONDAY, THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN ASKED THE DISPLACED TO LEAVE UN CAMPS AND RETURN HOME.

SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir, South Sudanese President:

"I call upon the political leaders of this country and the citizens who took refuge in the UN camps in the country, particularly in Juba, to return to their homes. Law enforcement agencies, plus the army, national security, have to ensure safety, and maintenance of law and order."

BUT SOME CLAIM THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.

SOUNDBITE, (English) Grace, internally displaced person

"Because if you go back home, they will just come and kill you, they want us to go back home to kill us."

VIOLENCE ERUPTED IN DECEMBER WHEN REBEL GROUPS LED BY THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT TOOK CONTROL OF MAJOR CITIES.

THE CONFLICT HAS CREATED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, AND DUE TO SECURITY ISSUES, GETTING SUPPLIES TO THE DISPLACED IS INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dermot Carty, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Operations:

"For example, yesterday, we were trying to get people and supplies to Awerial but the security situation changed and therefore we had to change our plans."

ACCORDING TO HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, WHO RELEASED THEIR ANNUAL WORLD REPORT TUESDAY, THE SITUATION IN SOUTH SUDAN AND OTHER WAR TORN AFRICAN NATIONS COULD BE A LOT WORSE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch:

"In the Central African Republic, in South Sudan, and in eastern Congo. In each case there was the deployment or reinforcement of peacekeepers, there was active political engagement, and while none of those problems is solved, in each case there was a serious contribution made to diminishing or avoiding mass atrocities."

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AND AN ESTIMATED HALF MILLION PEOPLE HAVE FLED THE FIGHTING IN THE WORLD'S YOUNGEST COUNTRY SINCE THE VIOLENCE BEGAN OVER A MONTH AGO.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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