There were words of peace from the government on Christmas Day in South Sudan but violence continued to rage. Civilians did their best to enjoy the day despite the fear and uncertainty.
UNICEF has said the children are the first of a group of 700 due to be freed in the coming weeks. Even after the release, thousands of children are forced to carry guns and fight in the conflict-torn country.
The South African retired army colonel was a former adviser to Riek Machar, South Sudan's vice president-turned-rebel leader. Five years into South Sudan's civil war, thousands have been killed and 2 million displaced.
UN peacekeepers from Ghana have been recalled from their base in South Sudan following allegations of sexual exploitation of women at the site. It is the latest in a spate similar such disclosures.
South Sudan’s government has summoned a top US diplomat in Juba to protest recent remarks made by US ambassador Nikki Haley while addressing the UN Security Council on the peace process in South Sudan.
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