Civil war and prolonged drought are causing food shortages in South Sudan, raising the specter of famine. Will the world's youngest country be able to sustain the hopes brought with independence as it faces a difficult future?
The UN says armed groups in South Sudan have released more than 200 children who have been serving as fighters. The children’s agency UNICEF estimates that there are some 19,000 child soldiers in the country.
Paul Malong, a former ally of President Salva Kiir, has announced his new opposition party will participate in upcoming peace talks. The move has been seen as a form of rebellion during an already-fractured civil war.
Up to six million people in South Sudan face extreme hunger a report by the UN says, that's an increase of 40 percent since 2017. The report warns that famine could return to the country in the throes of civil war.
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.
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