A way forward is for the national government of South Sudan and Unity State government to work together to address the crisis.
Local institutions and systems of governance and peace-building are working despite insurmountable challenges.
Trust and confidence-building are vital in divided nations where various and often antagonist constituencies are brought together.
Africa’s youngest state has a long way to go before it can put conflict behind it for good.
South Sudan has had many opportunities to create a lasting peace but so far all efforts have been unsuccessful.
As pockets of conflict continue to destablise South Sudan, much hope has been placed on the most recent peace deal.
South Sudan’s chiefs wield real power, administering customary laws to resolve local disputes. But they often reinforce gender inequalities – could the new chief change this?
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.