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Following Riek Machar’s reported reappearance in Khartoum, the South Sudanese government has started laying down conditions for the eventual return home of the former vice president and rebel leader.
A cease-fire called by South Sudan’s leadership seemed to be holding on Tuesday. Civilians in Juba ventured out of make-shift shelters for the first time in days. Many took advantage of the truce to leave the capital.
Heavy fighting, hundreds dead, thousands on the run and urgent appeals from the international community for an end to the violence: the story unfolding in South Sudan seems sadly familiar.
Embassies have begun evacuating non-essential staff as violence continues to spiral in South Sudan. Fighting continues to rage between troops loyal to the president and vice president sparking fears of civil war
In South Sudan, ceasefire monitors have warned of “appalling” violence in breach of a peace deal, despite the formation of a unity government under former rivals President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.