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Conflict in South Sudan is continuing to pick up even with the latest peace deal which seems to be quickly failing.
The peace deal was signed in August this year between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar after 21 months of fighting. The peace deal started off with a rocky start when Kiir initially refused to sign leading the chief mediator to describe this move as “mind boggling”. Whilst there was hope once the deal was signed this agreement would produce a continued peace, especially with the international community backing the deal, there has not been a complete end to the violence.
According to United Nations (UN) figures, tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict and more than two million people displaced.
The UN Security Council voted on Friday to amend the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan in order to help implement the peace deal. However, both Russia and Venezuela abstained due to concerns regarding UN sanctions and surveillance drones, reported Reuters.