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Peace and security in South Sudan depend on a fully functioning, peaceful and democratic government in Khartoum
Troops under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan on patrol in Juba.
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The UN voted to extend its presence in South Sudan for another year. However, its success in the country faces many challenges.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) and his deputy Riek Machar shake hands in Addis Ababa to signify a peace deal in September, 2018.
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Kiir and Machar have been pivotal figures in most of South Sudan’s short history as an independent nation.
South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (right) and first vice president Riek Machar.
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South Sudan wants to create a professional army from rival forces in under 12 months. It’s a lofty timeline that faces many challenges.
Checkpoint in rural South Sudan. This has been set up by government security forces.
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Barges transporting goods can end up paying up to US$10,000 in taxes for one trip.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir
Africa’s youngest state has a long way to go before it can put conflict behind it for good.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) meets with former rebel leader Riek Machar in Juba.
South Sudan has had many opportunities to create a lasting peace but so far all efforts have been unsuccessful.
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 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.
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.