South Sudan’s rivals agree to ceasefire
9 A ceasefire between South Sudan’s warring parties began on Christmas Eve, in the latest bid to end a devastating four-year war.
Government and several armed groups signed a ceasefire deal during peace negotiations in Addis Ababa.
The agreement says all forces should “immediately freeze in their locations”, halt actions that could lead to confrontation and release political detainees, as well as abducted women and children.
Riek Machar, pictured, the former vice-president whose falling out with president Salva Kiir started the conflict in December 2013, ordered his rebel forces to “cease all hostilities”.
South Sudan’s leaders fought for decades for independence but, after achieving it in 2011, a power struggle between Kiir and Machar led to civil war two years later.