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RENEWED HOPE FOR LASTING PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN

Singers, flags, and drums staged a joyous celebration before regional dignitaries gathered for the festivities marking the new peace deal signed in South Sudan. President Salva Kiir spoke at the festive event, and in unprecedented humility, he apologized for the 5-year civil war that has gripped the world’s newest nation. “As your president, I want to apologize on behalf of all the parties for what we have caused you, our people. I deeply regret the physical and psychological wounds you have had. Today marks the end of the war in the Republic of South Sudan,” he said.

Rebel leader and former Vice-President, Riek Machar returned to the capital, Juba, to take part in the ceremony. “We came for peace and to end the suffering of people, “ Machar said. Skeptics that the peace agreement will hold abound, as they see little difference in it and previous attempts. Thousands have been killed in the conflict, mostly innocent civilians. Both sides have committed unspeakable atrocities. One-third of the population has been displaced. As many as 2 ½ million people have fled as refugees. Those who have stayed have struggled to survive famines caused by the inability to plant and harvest amid so much turmoil.

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Source: Windows International Network (19/11/18)