On 15 December 2013, simmering tensions within the army and ruling party of newly-independent South Sudan came to a head in a blaze of gunfire in the capital, Juba.
Violence spread quickly across the city and far beyond, turning communities against each other in a spiral of killing which has claimed thousands of lives.
The crisis has affected more than three million people, almost a third of whom have fled their homes. The UN estimates US$1.2 billion is needed to address humanitarian needs.
In South Sudan: Shattered Dreams IRIN presents three films exploring the causes, effects and potential aftermath of the current conflict.