Inside Story

Will South Sudan’s latest peace deal last?

President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar sign an agreement to share power and form a unity government.

“Peace is finally here.”

That was the promise from South Sudan‘s President Salva Kiir after signing the latest power-sharing agreement with his rival, opposition leader Riek Machar who was, once again, sworn in as vice president.

The rivalry triggered a civil war that killed at least 400,000 people and displaced millions. 

Both sides are accused of mass rape, recruiting child soldiers and starving the South Sudanese people.

After two similar agreements collapsed, have Kiir and Machar finally got it right?

Presenter: Nastasya Tay


Alan Boswell – senior analyst for South Sudan at the International Crisis Group

Nyagoah Tut Pur – South Sudan researcher at Human Rights Watch

Jok Madut Jok – professor of anthology at Syracuse University and former South Sudan government official