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US Journalist Dead in South Sudan

Freelancer Christopher Allen is killed in fighting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2017 9:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – A brutal civil war in the world's youngest country has claimed the life of an American journalist. Freelancer Christopher Allen, who had been embedded with rebel troops, was killed during a battle with government soldiers in the South Sudan town of Kaya, reports Reuters. The State Department has confirmed Allen's death and occupation, though few details were available about him.

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“We are sad for his family," said one rebel. "He came here to tell our story." He added that Allen had been wearing jacket labeled PRESS. South Sudan has been a nation only since 2011, but it has been embroiled a civil war for four years now. The UN estimates that in addition to tens of thousands of people killed, more than 1 million people have fled into neighboring Uganda, per CNN. (More on the conflict here.)

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