UN peacekeepers deployed to troubled town in South Sudan

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Dinka tribe children in Jonglei state

A battalion of United Nations peacekeepers has been deployed to the town of Pibor in the Jonglei State of South Sudan to deter ethnic attacks.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that a column of 6,000 young people from the Lou Nuer ethnic group has been marching on the town to attack the Murle community.

Three days ago, the town of Likwangole was attacked forcing thousands of members of the Murle community to flee, many of them to Pibor.

Lise Grande the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan says the young men are now on the outskirts of Pibor.

"The column is 6,000 strong. Already the first advance party probably in the range of 500 young men are right on the outskirts and they have been there for several hours. We were so alarmed by the situation that during the course of the afternoon we have reinforced our positions in Pibor. All of this is in support of the government of South Sudan's primary responsibility to protect."

The peacekeepers are from India, Bangladesh and Kenya.

(Duration: 26")

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