The United Nations has sent a contingent of peacekeepers to an area of central South Sudan where about 80 people have been killed in a bout of fighting between two ethnic communities, the the UN and a local official said on Tuesday.
Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country’s leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its people.
South Sudan’s president and a former rebel leader agreed on Thursday to delay forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the November 12 deadline, buying time after concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed.
South Sudan’s main opposition accused the government on Wednesday of failing to push through a peace deal and called for a six-month delay in the formation of a unity administration, casting a shadow over efforts to end years of fighting.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar signed a peace deal in September last year bringing a glimmer of hope that the peace process would be renewed, but now Machar says the process has stalled.