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Global Journalist: South Sudan's Standoff

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When South Sudan became a country in 2011, there was a lot of optimism in a nation where people had endured decades of conflict to win independence from Sudan.

But within three years, the country had descended into its own civil war – a war that continues to this day.

Today more than a third of South Sudan’s population has been forced from their homes. Children are used as soldiers and mass rape as a weapon of war.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at why the government and the main rebel group have been unable to make peace, and whether a policy shift by the Trump administration may lead to a deal.

Joining the program:

  • Eyder Peralta, East Africa correspondent for NPR News
  • Jehanne Henry, a team leader in the Africa division of Human Rights Watch
  • James Butty, managing editor and host of "Daybreak Africa" for Voice of America

Producers: Rosemary Belson, Edom Kassaye

Jason left Global Journalist in 2019
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