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Machar back in Juba

 

Machar (middle) today in Juba. PHOTO Eye Radio @EyeRadioJuba Woja Emmanuel

Juba, South Sudan | THE INDEPENDENT |  Eye Radio in Juba is reporting that Dr Riek Machar has flown in for long overdue talks for his permanent return to the country.

The United States recently said it will consider sanctions on leaders in South Sudan if they fail to form a unity government for the troubled young nation by their self-imposed deadline of November 12.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Machar agreed in a rare meeting last month to work together and help bring an end to unrest that has killed some 380,000 people and left more than six million people in dire need of food aid.

The rivalry between Kiir and Machar, who lives in exile in Khartoum, plunged South Sudan into war in 2013, just two years after its hard-fought independence.

More than four million South Sudanese — almost a third of the population — have fled their homes, many of them in Uganda and DRC.

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