South Sudan

Volatile nation

Print edition : January 24, 2014

Riek Machar, the former Vice-President, and Salva Kiir, South Sudan President, pay their respects at the grave of Sudanese rebel leader John Garang in Juba in this May 2010 picture. Photo: Pete Muller/AP

Government soldiers after re-taking Bor, north-west of capital Juba, on December 25. Photo: JAMES AKENA/REUTERS

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (second, right) meeting with South Sudanese political detainees held in government custody during a visit to Juba on December 26. Photo: AFP

The country seems all set to implode once again as hostilities between two major ethnic groups, one supporting President Salva Kiir and the other backing the former Vice-President, escalate.

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