The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
South Sudan's civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382 900 people - far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria, according to a new study.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir says he hopes his meeting with arch-foe Riek Machar in Khartoum will bring an "immediate end" to the devastating war in their country.
South Sudan's warring leaders have met face-to-face for the first time in almost two years amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, shaking hands but making no public comments.
African nations mediating South Sudan's peace efforts must not "squander" the opportunity of a renewed push to end the country's war, the head of an international ceasefire monitoring team has said.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley says she will tell South Sudan's leaders when she visits Juba next month to seize a final chance for peace and quickly revive a political deal to end the three-year war.
East African Heads of State have called on the African Union to help ensure that upcoming elections in the country are conducted in a fair and peaceful manner.
South Sudan's government is due to unveil its own peace plan in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, just days after it refused to sign a regional plan to end the country's ongoing conflict, a report says.
The US special envoy to South Sudan says that patience has run out over the country's civil war, pressing the message that the warring parties were running out of time to strike a deal.
US President Barack Obama will try to build African support for tough action against South Sudan's warring leaders if they reject an August peace ultimatum.
South Sudan's army has carried out 'grave' human rights abuses in an all-out offensive that has cut off aid from half a million people.
Scepticism and war-weariness have greeted the latest South Sudan peace deal between the president and main rebel leader aimed at ending a dragging conflict which has killed tens of thousands, displaced millions and triggered a regional refugee
The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war have failed as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.
The accounts are horrific. A young girl strangled and gang-raped. Children burned alive as government soldiers blocked the door of their hut and set it aflame.
South Sudan's government has shown little interest in a new regional peace initiative that the United States has described as a final chance to end the war, the UN peacekeeping chief has said.
The US has warned that a new regional plan to shore up South Sudan's failing peace agreement is the last chance for Juba's leaders to end the war, now in its fourth year.
South Sudan’s parliament has ratified a peace agreement aimed at ending a 20-month conflict between the government and rebels, though doubts persist about its implementation.
South Sudan's rival forces have restarted peace talks as international pressure mounts to strike a deal to end 19 months of civil war.
The sacks of grain falling from the sky are the first food aid the people of Dablual have seen in months since fighting cut the South Sudanese village off in April.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned that proposed international sanctions will only worsen the civil war ravaging his country.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says South Sudan's government and rebels have failed to make compromises needed to end a civil conflict.
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