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Rival politicians signed a deal on Thursday to end violence, but many worry fighting could continue.
Last updated: 25 Jan 2014 07:58
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The government of South Sudan and rebels loyal to Riek Mashar on Thursday evening signed a long awaited cease-fire agreement in Addis Ababa ending almost 6 weeks of bitter fighting across the country.

US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council all welcomed the news, but many, both in the world’s youngest nation and abroad, are worried the killing could continue.

Since hostilities began in the capital Juba on December 15th, thousands in South Sudan have been killed and half a million civilians have been forced to flee the fighting between government troops and rebels forces composed of army defectors and the Nuer militia known as the “White Army”, named so due to the Nuer practice of smearing one's skin with a light-coloured ash as a protection against biting insects.

What started out as a political power struggle between the two men quickly escalated into a full-scale conflict, which has at times had tribal undertones. Human rights groups have reported atrocities committed by both sides, including mass killings, summary executions, sexual violence and the recruitment of child soldiers.


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President Salva Kiir announced the recapture of the city of Malakal at a press conference in Juba on Monday.



/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
Security was on high alert during the Minister of Defence's first trip to Malakal since the SPLA recaptured the town.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
With the help of UPDF, the SPLA has in the last week made important gains on the battlefield.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
The UN has accused both sides of recruiting child soldiers, something the government strongly denies.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera

Rebels still control large areas of the countryside.



/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera

Victories in Bor and Malakal strenghtened the government's negotiating hand in Addis Ababa.



/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
Much of the city centre has been looted and burned down.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
Many people in South Sudan are still reluctant to return to their homes.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
Army spokesman Philip Aguer said on Monday that the rebels 'were flushed out of the town' and Malakal was 'finally in the hands' of South Sudanese troops again.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera

Salva Kiir's government has urged citizens to start returning home.



/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
Some 200 civilians drowned in a Nile ferry accident while fleeing fighting in Malakal last Sunday.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
Rebel forces staged an attack last week to seize Malakal, which is the gateway to the oilfields of the Upper Nile region.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera
The town of Malakal changed hands numerous times before government forces finally got the upper hand on January 20th.


/Emre Rende/Al Jazeera

Doctors in Malakal called for antibiotics and surgeons to be sent from the capital Juba.




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President Salva Kiir announced the recapture of the city of Malakal at a press conference in Juba on Monday.

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Rebels still control large areas of the countryside.

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Victories in Bor and Malakal strenghtened the government\(***)s negotiating hand in Addis Ababa.

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Salva Kiir\(***)s government has urged citizens to start returning home.

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Doctors in Malakal called for antibiotics and surgeons to be sent from the capital Juba.

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With the help of UPDF, the SPLA has in the last week made important gains on the battlefield.

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With the help of UPDF, the SPLA has in the last week made important gains on the battlefield.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/006b23e6747ebed581c249c697d8cd53The UN has accused both sides of recruiting child soldiers, something the government strongly denies.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/006b23e6747ebed581c249c697d8cd53Emre Rende/Al Jazeera The UN has accused both sides of recruiting child soldiers, something the government strongly denies. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/3ae61e572c58a15af0764ee1414f2faa

The recapture of Malakal, the last major town under rebel control, may break the deadlock in ceasefire talks, but rebels still control large areas of the countryside.

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The recapture of Malakal, the last major town under rebel control, may break the deadlock in ceasefire talks, but rebels still control large areas of the countryside.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/0d904a676f77bd1afc63b6c51deceebaVictories in Bor and Malakal has strenghtened the government's negotiating hand in Addis Ababa.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/0d904a676f77bd1afc63b6c51deceebaEmre Rende/Al Jazeera Victories in Bor and Malakal has strenghtened the government's negotiating hand in Addis Ababa. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/4ec13e373cabfff408cf64b88559e006Much of the city centre has been looted and burned down.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/4ec13e373cabfff408cf64b88559e006Emre Rende/Al Jazeera Much of the city centre has been looted and burned down. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/f944ff57e24573e4b2f79cf24d186b97Many people in South Sudan are still reluctant to return to their homes.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/f944ff57e24573e4b2f79cf24d186b97Emre Rende/Al Jazeera Many people in South Sudan are still reluctant to return to their homes. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/2a8b750a8cba5f4f4f2bafa409bc34bd

Army spokesman Philip Aguer said on Monday that the rebels 'were flushed out of the town' and Malakal was 'finally in the hands' of South Sudanese troops again.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/2a8b750a8cba5f4f4f2bafa409bc34bdEmre Rende/Al Jazeera

Army spokesman Philip Aguer said on Monday that the rebels 'were flushed out of the town' and Malakal was 'finally in the hands' of South Sudanese troops again.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/936ef9dee8d5eec6b9aef32b7e114ef0Salva Kiir's government has urged citiens to start returning home.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/936ef9dee8d5eec6b9aef32b7e114ef0Emre Rende/Al Jazeera Salva Kiir's government has urged citiens to start returning home. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/83fd46b23aef9578224a6b0e7a35a15fSome 200 civilians drowned in a Nile ferry accident while fleeing fighting in Malakal last Sunday.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/83fd46b23aef9578224a6b0e7a35a15fEmre Rende/Al Jazeera Some 200 civilians drowned in a Nile ferry accident while fleeing fighting in Malakal last Sunday. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/47e6495680285e8416c7b27d2f6a55deRebel forces staged an attack last week to seize Malakal, which is the gateway to the oilfields of the Upper Nile region.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/47e6495680285e8416c7b27d2f6a55deEmre Rende/Al Jazeera Rebel forces staged an attack last week to seize Malakal, which is the gateway to the oilfields of the Upper Nile region. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/95329ef8f0f09043960ef88dde641cc5The town of Malakal changed hands numerous times before government forces finally got the upper hand on January 20th.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/95329ef8f0f09043960ef88dde641cc5Emre Rende/Al Jazeera The town of Malakal changed hands numerous times before government forces finally got the upper hand on January 20th. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/1490554feabe69dbaffc47f2e33916ddDoctors in Malakal called for anibiotics and surgeons to be sent from the capital Juba.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/South_Sudan_2_Emre/slideshow/no-caption/1490554feabe69dbaffc47f2e33916ddEmre Rende/Al Jazeera Doctors in Malakal called for anibiotics and surgeons to be sent from the capital Juba.


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