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After weeks of fighting, rebel forces and President Salva Kiir’s government forces have killed over 1,000 people, and have forced 230,000 to flee from their homes. Three African envoys went to South Sudan to ask rebel leader, Riek Machar to cease fire.
This conflict has sent South Sudan, a young nation, into a civil war. According to Reuters, Kiir’s information minister believes that the cease fire contract will be signed once the African Envoys return to Addis Ababa, the capitol of Ethiopia.
South Sudan had to fight with North Sudan in a First and Second Sudanese Civil War, which lasted 50 years, before gaining independence, reports International Medical Corps. This civil war ended in 2005 with a signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which gave the country the right to self-government, and its people the right to self-determination. Although the CPA was signed, South Sudan remains underdeveloped, and in need of help.
The ceasefire contract has been delayed as rebel forces are asking that the 11 politicians who have been detained since December be freed.
Machar’s location has been held tightly by his delegation members, who are in Addis Ababa, however sources say that he could be in a town close to the border of Ethiopia, according to Reuters.
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