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South Sudan Peace Deal Can Work – if Leaders Can Cooperate

South Sudanese leaders have once again agreed to end the country’s five-year civil war and work towards peace.

The deal, signed by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Macahr, agreed to end hostilities and to work together in a transitional government scheduled to last for three years. As part of the deal, Machar will return as vice president.

The document signed by the leaders says the president will collaborate, but will have duties and powers in accordance with a 2015 peace deal. The agreement allows the president to consult with people like Machar, but final decisions rest with Kiir.

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Scared for the Future of South Sudan

Various agencies are attempting to portray the situation as hopeful in South Sudan, but having seen the horrors firsthand, I can tell you that it is a grim portrait. These poor refugees are stuck in a lifestyle of hunger, homelessness, and despair.