Long Road Ahead for South Sudan's Peace Process
Nearly a year after President Salva Kiir formed a unity government with opposition leader Riek Machar - now the vice-president - key parts of the agreement have not been implemented amid entrenched distrust between the two men, funding shortages, and renewed fighting that cost thousands of lives in 2020, writes Sam Mednick for the New Humanitarian. While fighting between forces loyal to the two men has largely subsided over the past 12 months, inter-communal violence - stirred by political elites in Juba - displaced thousands in places like Pibor, a town in Jonglei state. Deadly clashes have also broken out between government troops and militia groups who refused to join the power-sharing deal, which was signed in September 2018.
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Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan, right, with Riek Machar, left (file photo).