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South Sudan’s Jan. 23 ceasefire was supposed to put an end to more than a month of violence that killed roughly 10,000 people, displaced more than 800,000 others, and threatened to unravel the fragile social fabric of a fledgling state that has been independent for just 31 months. The warring parties — the government of President Salva Kiir and rebel groups loosely arrayed behind sacked former vice president Riek Machar — agreed in neighboring Ethiopia to a truce. New rounds of talks were set to restore order to the world’s newest country.
But there is no peace in Malakal, a key city in an oil-producing region in the country’s northeast. The city has borne the brunt of violence that has persisted across the country, putting the fate of the truce in jeopardy. Last week – despite a ceasefire that both sides have been accused of violating – rebel forces attacked…
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