Political disputes last month created a volatile situation in the young nation of South Sudan. Violence has spread killing more than 1,000 and has driven hundreds of thousand from their homes. Talks continue and UN peacekeepers were mobilized to try to stop the crisis from escalating further. —Leanne Burden Seidel (

One of the few to have a mosquito net, a displaced family who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, sit under it after waking up in the morning in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, Jan. 2. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)