South Sudan: What next?

The memories of previous armed conflicts are still fresh in the minds of the adult population of South Sudan. This current bout of hostilities has set the country’s development back by ten years, according to UN human rights official Ivan Šimonović. Up to 10,000 people are estimated to have died in the conflict's first month. The killing of civilians on both sides has instilled fear and set communities against one another; families have been torn apart. The young nation’s emerging social cohesion has been all but lost.