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Minn. Man Reacts to Violence Erupting in Homeland, World's Youngest Country

Updated: 12/28/2013 5:24 PM
Created: 12/28/2013 1:31 PM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner

There is turmoil in the world's youngest country.

Hundreds of Southern Sudanese people are dead due to fighting between the government and rebel forces in South Sudan.

Violence has plagued the three-year-old country for nearly two weeks. Last week,  four U.S. troops were wounded in an evacuation attempt of dozens of American citizens, as violence in South Sudan escalates.

A Minnesota man from Sudan warns the international community to watch closely for ethnic killings.

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, says a coup tried to overthrow his government on December 15th. He said the coup was made of Neur tribe people.

Denay Chagor is from the Neur tribe and said it's not what it seems.

"It is not a civil war, it is a genocide, but it is a genocide where the Neur side that is being killed is fighting back. That's what make it seem like a civil war," said Denay Chagor.

Chagor moved to Minnesota from Sudan seven years ago. He was educated in the state and works in finance, but his heart is still in his homeland.

Chargor's greatest joy was in 2011.

"When they get their own independence, their own country, it was more than you can imagine to all of us," said Chagor.

He said it's hard for him to hear from loved ones in South Sudan claims of violence that the unstable country has been experiencing over these past couple weeks.

"They went door-to-door while people were sleeping, pulled them out, just because they're Neur, they killed them," said Chagor.

Reports are surfacing that at least one thousand people died in possible ethnic killings by President Salva Kiir's Dinka-led government.

Chagor said his cousin was killed right after delivering a baby.

In the midst of the violence, Chargor believes the young country, that the international community celebrated the building of just three years ago, is now facing growing pains that has reached a catastrophic level. 


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