Three years ago, South Sudan became independent. But the hope of the new nation has given way to brutal realities — war, and now impending famine.
Things are not looking very good in South Sudan on this Christmas Eve. There are reports of newly-discovered mass graves, as well as mass killings and violence.
Africa's newest country, South Sudan, appears to be in the grip of a violent power struggle. Hundreds of deaths have been reported. The president accuses his former vice president of trying to stage a coup.