July 12, 2016
South Sudan: Ceasefire? But We Just Got Started
After days of intense fighting that left over 200 people dead, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and first Vice-President Riek Machar ordered a ceasefire in Juba. While it’s not confirmed how well the ceasefire is sticking, it still doesn’t look like a ceasefire. What started out as a shootout between rival soldiers at a checkpoint has turned into an all-out war in the capital city, where use of heavy artillery, tanks and helicopters are charging through Juba. According to the UN, this weekend’s violence prompted hundreds of internally displaced people to seek refuge in UN premises, and people in Juba are urged not to leave their homes for the time being.
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