South Sudan’s Fragile Peace Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

South Sudanese rebel soldiers stand to attention at a military camp, Juba, South Sudan, April 7, 2016 (AP photo by Jason Patinkin).
South Sudanese rebel soldiers stand to attention at a military camp, Juba, South Sudan, April 7, 2016 (AP photo by Jason Patinkin).

Security officials from South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s government allegedly attacked and detained 16 members of rebel leader and former Vice President Riek Machar’s publicity team Tuesday. The publicity team was in Juba in advance of Machar’s return to South Sudan’s capital on April 18, when he is set to assume the office of vice president again in a unity government with Kiir as part of a fledgling peace deal. Tuesday’s violence is only the latest round of renewed fighting in South Sudan. The U.S. State Department issued a statement Monday condemning recent attacks on rebels in the northwest of […]

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