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Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads | IRIN

Delivering food by air is prohibitively expensive. (photo: Stephen Graham, IRIN)

Delivering food by air is prohibitively expensive. (photo: Stephen Graham, IRIN)

The failure of peace talks and the end of South Sudan’s wet season could unleash fresh fighting between government forces and rebel factions, propelling millions of people in the world’s youngest nation back towards a man-made famine, analysts and humanitarian workers warn.

Nine months of bad-tempered negotiations have yet to produce a firm ceasefire, let alone a political deal to end a conflict punctuated by atrocities. Skirmishes have continued in areas close to where thousands of civilians are crammed into UN bases. There are fears that both sides have used the seasonal lull to re-arm.

For more on this story, visit: IRIN Africa | Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads | South Sudan | Aid Policy | Conflict | Refugees/IDPs.

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