Political fight in South Sudan targets civilians

by Nicholas Kulish

JUBA, South Sudan — As heavy fighting between government forces and rebels continued in South Sudan on Wednesday, President Salva Kiir spoke out against ethnically motivated killings in a Christmas address.

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have sought refuge in United Nations compounds across the country amid violence that is believed to have claimed thousands of lives, shaking a young nation that gained independence from Sudan in 2011.