Christopher Allen, a freelance journalist who has worked with different news outlets in different parts of the world has reportedly killed in South Sudan. The U.S. Embassy in South Sudan has confirmed his death Saturday.
An Aljazeera report claims that Christopher Allen was embedded with rebel forces when fighting broke out between South Sudan forces and the opposition SPLA rebels.
At least 18 other people also lost their lives in the fight that was concentrated near Kaya in Yei River State on Saturday. “On the ground, about 16 [bodies] have been found around the defensive position of the SPLA including this white man,” military spokesman Santo Domic Chol told Reuters news agency, referring to the SPLA national army.
While confirming the death of the American journalist South Sudan army spokesman Col. Domic Chol Santo was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that Allen lost his life when opposition rebels attacked the town of Kaya near the borders with Uganda and Congo.
Christopher Allen has been in the midst of fighting in different flashpoints across the globe. He covered the fight between rebel and government forces in Ukraine and in other countries. Opposition spokesman William Gatjiath Deng told the media that Allen and two other journalists had spent two weeks with rebel forces in Bazi, near Kaya, and were in the barracks there when South Sudanese troops attacked. He said that Allen was shot dead, and two opposition fighters were killed, Deng said.
Allen who worked with Telegraph London, Independent and Vice News Besides, Al-Jazeera received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in History and an MA in European history through a program with Oxford University (UK) the University of Leiden, (The Netherlands) and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France).