Kiir, Machar to meet again next week
Written by: George Kalisa
Friday, June 22nd, 2018, 5:45
South Sudanese government has today said that rebel leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir will meet again in Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
The statement released by South Sudanese Foreign Minister follows the meeting of the two leaders in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this week that reportedly never reached tangible solutions to one of the longest civil wars on the continent.
The men at the centre of the unending conflict last met to seal a peace deal that virtually remained on paper close two years ago.
Africa’s youngest nation has not seen peace since its birth in 2011.
South Sudanese ended 2017 and entered 2018 without any hope of returning to the country they call home due to the war that started in 2013 following the firing of President Salva Kiir’s former Deputy, Riek Machar. Since then, the number of IDPS and South Sudanese refugees in host countries has been on the rise, hitting probably the highest last year according to the UNHCR updates as of December31, 2017.
There are 2, 435,120 refugees, I, 037,898 of them in Ugandan the biggest host while 772,715, 421,867, 111, 612 took refuge in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya and many others in countries like DRC and CAR. They fled from escalating violence and alarming food insecurity with the deadliest fight between forces loyal to Juba government and rebels in Pagak near the Ethiopian border in August, 2017.