South Sudan political crisis took "violent turn" after failed mediation

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Hilde F. Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret

Efforts made by the United Nations and many others to prevent a political crisis within South Sudan's leadership from taking "a violent turn" have failed.

That's what Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said as her three-year term in office comes to an end.

Government forces have been battling rebels loyal to the former Vice-President Riek Machar since December last year.

The special envoy said she felt the country's leaders needed to take collective responsibility for what happened and "stop pointing fingers" at each other.

Ms Johnson shared with Elizabeth Philip the lessons learned about managing crises.

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