The U.N. estimates at least 36,000 people have been displaced in South Sudan's capital of Juba, as a recent ceasefire silences days of heavy fighting between rival forces. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The raging battle has quieted in South Sudan's capital, with both President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar ordering their rival forces to ceasefire. Like thousands of civilians, U.N. peacekeepers have been caught in the crossfire. China's state broadcaster reports these peacekeepers are receiving medical treatment after attacks on the U.N. compound in Juba. The U.N. estimates at least 36,000 people have been displaced by the fighting... And says those seeking shelter are having problems doing so. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR), CECILE POUILLY, SAYING: "We are deeply concerned at reports of civilians being prevented from seeking refuge in the premises of the U.N. Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, and in some cases being shot at while trying to do so" The U.N. wants to see camps like these protected, with an easy movement of humanitarian supplies. The recent days of heavy violence have raised fears of a collapse of a nearly one-year-old peace deal that was supposed to end two years of an ethnically charged civil war. Officials from Machar's side said the former rebel leader was ready for talks... but there were no details of a meeting with President Kiir quite yet.