Action needed "right now" to stop ethnic killings in South Sudan

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Children have been killed, raped and abducted in a series of recent attacks in South Sudan's Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/Porter

Serious action is needed "right now" to stop ethnically-based killings in South Sudan, where the UN has warned of the possibility of genocide.

That warning comes from the UN Mission in the east African country, UNMISS, which published a report on Monday documenting major human rights violations which took place over five days last July in the capital, Juba.

Fighting erupted between rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar, leaving hundreds dead.

The UNMISS report, in conjunction with the UN Human Rights Office, found that "the belligerents blatantly ignored international human rights law and humanitarian law."

Matthew Wells spoke to the Human Rights Director for UNMISS in Juba, Eugene Nindorera.

Duration: 5'04"

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