Is it time for South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (right) and former vice-president Riek Machar to meet face to face?
South Sudan has been in the business of building peace for years but is no closer to implementing the roadmap to peace than when it drafted the first agreement.
It will be difficult to make the current peace agreement stick in South Sudan.
Warring factions in South Sudan have signed numerous peace deals none of which have held.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir (right) shaking hands with former rebel leader and Vice President, Riek Machar.
South Sudan's road to peace has been bumpy but there's hope.
South Sudan’s Riek Machar after peace talks with South Sudan President Salva Kiir in July 2018.
The return of South Sudan's opposition leader
is likely to solidify the permanent ceasefire.
South Sudan can be stabilised, but great effort is needed from numerous players.
South Sudan faces numerous and serious challenges contributing to instability. But there are potential solutions.
South Sudanese children playing football in the capital Juba.
Today in South Sudan's political climate, footballing success may wield more symbolic importance than anything else.
South Sudanese fighters patrol rebel controlled territory in Upper Nile State which has seen fighting for years.
The numerous opposition groups battling to unseat President Salva Kiir lack a shared agenda and common approach. Sadly, too, no group is working towards a unified future for South Sudan.
Food is delivered by the UN in South Sudan.
Last month South Sudan announced a dramatic increase in the cost of aid-worker permits from $100 to $10,000. It's now backtracked on the decision.
One of the worst humanitarian disasters in decades is well underway in East Africa.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir presides over a state on the brink of war.
South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 after a protracted war of independence that started in 1955. One internal struggle in this war was between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s (SPLA) leadership…
Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces on patrol following deadly fighting close to Malakal in October 16, 2016.
There’s still hope South Sudan can avoid becoming a full failed state. This will require radical changes in Juba's mindset and bolder action from regional and international players.
People who fled fighting in South Sudan arrive on the border with Uganda.
The risk factors at the heart of vulnerability to conflict can be resolved. But the first step is a ceasefire founded on an inclusive and credible agreement underwritten by the international community
Graves of unidentified people killed during fighting in Juba, South Sudan, in 2016. There are fears the country could descend into genocide.
The world needs to take urgent steps to stop the threat of mass massacres in South Sudan with tough measures that must include direct legal and financial sanctions against the main protagonists.
Women flee into the United Nations civilian protection site in Juba. The capacity of UN peacekeepers to shield civilians is now in doubt.
If fighting continues and controversial policies are not reversed, it's only a matter of time before full scale fighting breaks out again in South Sudan.
The South Sudanese capital, Juba, has seen a serious uptick in violence.
Betrayed by corrupt mismanagement and personalised leadership, the world's youngest country is in danger of total collapse.
A new phase of South Sudan’s civil war seems to have begun.
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Despite President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar’s calls for calm, hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in renewed fighting in Juba.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signs a peace agreement in the capital Juba, on August 26, 2015.
The Sudanese government and its armed opposition are both unhappy with the ceasefire they signed. Senior military officers have also publicly voiced their disapproval of the induced deal.