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U.S journalist among those killed in S. Sudan clashes


August 27, 2017 (JUBA) - An American freelance journalist covering the civil war in South Sudan died on Saturday during a battle between rebels and government troops.

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Christopher Allen (The War Zone Freelance Project)

Christopher Allen, 26, was killed in heavy fighting in the town of Kaya near the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

At least 16 rebels, according to South Sudanese army (SPLA) officials, were also killed in the fighting, adding that the journalist’s body was taken to the military hospital in the country’s capital, Juba.

The U.S embassy in Juba confirmed Allen’s death in a statement.

A 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Allen was reportedly involved with Sudan’s rebel forces for the past week.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict broke out in 2014, and over a million have fled across the border into Uganda because of the fighting within the border area.

Before working in South Sudan, Allen reportedly covered the war in Ukraine.


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  • 27 August 2017 10:35, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let him die because they are recording nonsense against president Kiir.

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    • 27 August 2017 11:47, by jubaone

      The SPLAnyors killed the journalist in cold blood and took his body as a pretext. The US govt must know now that the jienge regime is a grop of rogue and lawless bandits who only understand force. So the international community should now support the opposition to remove the jienge rogue regime. Period. They love war and NOT peace.

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      • 27 August 2017 13:40, by Majesty

        You will be dreaming for very long time if you think America will fight your war. Do you think Americans don’t know it’s risky for anyone to go to another country and involve with armed and fighting groups? You hate Dinka but lack of them there is very reason your rebellions are useless. Americans know very well power hungry animals such as Riek Machar can’t gain support of Dinka.

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      • 27 August 2017 13:56, by South South


        Coward, you just came to the open like a big snake when it sense earthquake. " So the international community should now support the opposition to remove the jienge rogue regime. Period." If you can not do then stay in DIASPORA. You are nothing but disgrace person.

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        • 27 August 2017 16:53, by jubaone

          South South,
          Jienge! Prepare to return to Abyei, Gogrial or whichever stinking luak. It was Obama and John Kerry that made it possible for the Kiirminal to stay in power. Now even M7 has no interest in supporting a useless jienge republic. Your time is over, MTN. We need Vivacell.

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      • 28 August 2017 06:14, by Mike Mike

        Jobzero,That Jurnalist was not killed in cold blood as u allegedly put it so.The guy was killed in crossing fire and the bullet that killed him was not known whether it was the bullet from the rebel site or was from mighty SPLA IG.u need to make up your brain to think well and give accurate information to the public instead to be misleading them with such media fake news that have no benefit.

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  • 27 August 2017 10:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This is evidence that Western World and international community are fighting against Salva Kiir government.

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    • 28 August 2017 06:28, by Mike Mike

      Ayuiu, this was not the first time in the story of a war for the Journalist to be killed.Many Journalist have lost their lives in the war even I can remember when SPLM/A was in the bush fighting with Khartoum, many local and International Journalists were killed but no site can be blame on that killing.Bullets has no eye to hit the one you intended to kill.So let him died what brought him here.

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  • 27 August 2017 11:26, by Lenin Bull

    Christoper Allen was an American CIA sent under the cover of a freelance journalist to help SPLA-IO with scientific guerilla warfare to topple the government of South Sudan. He waskilled in action. This was the hoak that SPLA-IO propagandists reported 6 days ago that Gabrile Lam was kidnapped by security agents of South Sudan in Kampala. let me hope that Gabriel Lam is lucky again and is alive!!

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  • 27 August 2017 11:34, by Lenin Bull

    This American thought that war in South Sudan is like World boxing champion competition or Beauty Catwalk!! No. It isn’t. It is deadly here and the foreigners should keep away from it. Trying to film the current mindless war for SPLA-IO propaganda purpose is war itself against the government and people of South Sudan and we don’t regret or owe apology to anybody.

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    • 28 August 2017 02:55, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Lenin Bull,

      Note that SPLM/IO and SPLM/IG are South Sudanese. If logic prevailed there shouldn’t have been war in the country in the first place. It is because bulls like you are in our J1 that is why humanity is undermined. The question is for how long will citizens and foreigners alike will continue to perish under the sword of Dinkaism? The world shoukd take note of this.

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  • 27 August 2017 11:39, by Lenin Bull

    How will the US government and people feel if South Sudanese are found among terrorist dead bodies conducting suicide bombs in the US soil or against US interests in any part of the world? Something fishy is happening and the US should act quickly and stop it before it is too late. Expect Alqeida, Al shabab , Bokoharam, NIF/Khartoum will be helped also in their projects. Survival strategy.

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  • 27 August 2017 12:52, by Adok son

    Rest in peace, journalist Christopher Allen.
    Juba regime is always killing the innocent nuer and equatorians even the western people who tells the truth on South Sudan conflict.
    This man was killed in Juba not in kaya.

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  • 27 August 2017 15:43, by Uncle J

    Americans deserve dying in South Sudan because we South Sudanese didn’t take anything from them, it is their hidden interest that is making them getting killed like feral dogs. Americans put our country into invasion through UN and that is why we should deal with them until they leave our country

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    • 27 August 2017 18:26, by jubaone

      Uncle Jienge (J),
      Soon America must put the rogue jienge republic in the list of terrorist countries. US knows now that the kiirminal is for war not peace. The Kiirminal even looks more like an ISIS except hr still has to wear a himma or jellaba turban.

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  • 28 August 2017 01:53, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Dear: Brothers/sisters of South Sudan.

    It is very risky to cover the front line war documentary while the bullets are flying everywhere.

    Bullets have no knowledge of Press in Action films scenes. The company he was working with, will cover his life insurance to the family. Directly war zone is not a jokes place to be in.

    my condolence to his family.

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    • 28 August 2017 02:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      Why should the bullets fly everywhere anyway? We hear that the transitional government of Taban and Kiir is implementing peace agreement that was signed on 2015. Why is war going on? Kiir government lacks legitimacy as long as he continues to kill citizens as well as foreigners.

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