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Thursday, January 2, 2014

South Sudan Peace Talks Begin

Citizens from Ethiopia and Sudan queue before boarding a plane on December 31, 2013 as they leave Malakal in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan, following the intervention by the South Sudan soldiers. South Sudan's warring parties are set to begin peace talks in Addis Ababa aimed at bringing an end to a nearly three-week-old civil war that has already left thousands dead. (Samir Bol/AFP/Getty Images)

Citizens from Ethiopia and Sudan queue before boarding a plane on December 31, 2013 as they leave Malakal in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan, following the intervention by the South Sudan soldiers. South Sudan’s warring parties are set to begin peace talks in Addis Ababa aimed at bringing an end to a nearly three-week-old civil war that has already left thousands dead. (Samir Bol/AFP/Getty Images)

Delegations meet for the first time in Ethiopia to try to negotiate and end to the violence in South Sudan, but the fighting there continues.

The violence has exposed the ethnic rivalry between the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Dinka and the Nuer.

The country’s president is Dinka, his rival the former vice president is Nuer.

So far more than 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 200,000 have been displaced by the fighting.

Gregory Warner, NPR’s East Africa correspondent, joins Here & Now’Robin Young to discuss the latest from South Sudan.

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