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.
After months of back and forth, President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have inked a final peace deal. Western ceasefire brokers remain skeptical that the pair can stick to a ceasefire agreement.
A plane crashed into a lake in South Sudan, killing nineteen people. There were four survivors. According to a regional minister, the plane was attempting to land in foggy weather.
Rebel leader Riek Machar has said that the deal presented is not what he previously agreed to. The government of Sudan has been keen to broker peace, but a final deal remains elusive.
Ten South Sudanese soldiers have been given prison sentences over a brutal assault on foreign aid workers in 2016. Rights groups say troops need to be held accountable for crimes committed during the country's civil war.
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