It is almost impossible to follow the conflict raging in South Sudan when one reads that there is a cease fire signed in January although fighting continues.  The town of Bentiu, capital of Unity State has changed hands from the South Sudanese military to rebels groups several times and now is being held by the government. Recently the South Sudanese forces have taken over the rebel base of Nasir where it was rumored that Riek Machar was holding out. 

The town of Bentiu is the capital of Unity State and Nasir, is situated in Upper Nile State close to the border with Ethiopia. Both are located near oil pipelines. 

I continue to read that thousands of people have died, over a million displaced, warnings from the UN that a risk of famine is imminent and the beginning of the rainy season. 

With all this negative news one grabs for promises and looks for signs of hope and peace.

With the recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry, President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar have committed to meet face to face in Addis Ababa on Friday.  One can only hope that this is a positive step to a complete cease fire in South Sudan. 

Praying for peace for the people of South Sudan. 

 

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Comment by Dan Handschy on May 9, 2014 at 1:00pm

Praying today (Friday) for a good outcome of the meeting between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.

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