"Guns will not help" peace in South Sudan

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Displaced civilians seeking refuge at the UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) base in UN House. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

"Guns will not help" to bring peace in South Sudan; that's the view of one prominent elder in the world's newest nation.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 in a referendum in which almost 99 per cent of the population voted to secede.

The most recent upsurge in fighting is just the latest incident in the civil conflict that broke out in December 2013.

Up to 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and more than one million people have been displaced inside South Sudan; around 400,000 people have fled to the neighbouring countries.

Felix Francis Katie reports from Western Equatoria state.

Duration: 2'37"

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