The state of South Sudan, created in 2011 after a 30-year civil war in Sudan, is now riven by internal fighting.
More than 1,000 people have died since sections of the army rose up against president Salva Kiir.
The government rapidly became unpopular because it made sure bank loans were repaid while most of the population faced severe austerity.
The real danger is that the fighting will descend into ethnic conflict rather than do anything to help the poor.
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