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UN: 120,000 people displaced by South Sudan violence; African leaders seek political solution

In this photo released by the Kenyan Presidential Press Service, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Dessalegn, middle, sitting, talk to some of the South Sudanese detainees after they visited them in Juba, South Sudan. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. The leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia arrived in South Sudan on Thursday to try and mediate between the country's president and the political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup that the government insists sparked violence threatening to destroy the world's newest country. (AP Photo/Kenyan Presidential Press Service)
December 27, 2013 - 12:21 AM

The United Nations says more than 120,000 people have been displaced by continuing violence in South Sudan, and about half are now sheltering at U.N. compounds.

The number of internally displaced people has been rising since fighting started on Dec. 15 in the capital, Juba, before spreading across the oil-producing East African nation.

Aid agencies now need at least $166 million to save lives, according to the U.N., which has urged South Sudan's leaders to start talks.

Regional leaders under a bloc called IGAD are meeting Friday in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to discuss the crisis in South Sudan. That meeting is expected to produce a roadmap for peace talks between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the political rival he accuses of mounting a failed coup.

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