The world’s newest country, South Sudan, seems to be on the brink of civil war, and thousands of refugees are crowding camps set up by the UN Peacekeeping Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) looking for safety. Earlier this week, President Obama committed 45 U.S. troops “for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property.”

America’s U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, weighed in on the turmoil Wednesday.

U.N. bases have come under attack, and U.N. peacekeepers have been reported among those killed in the violence.

South Sudan recently won independence from Sudan’s Muslim-dominated Khartoum regime. Juba is South Sudan’s capital.

This amazing photo shows foreign nationals packed in a plane to escape the country.

Editor’s note: Ambassador Samantha Power was mistakenly identified earlier as Susan Power. Twitchy regrets the error.