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South Sudan ceasefire takes effect after eleventh-hour clashes

Over two million people have fled their homes from a war marked by ethnic killings, gang rapes and child soldier recruitment in South SudanA ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal civil war in South Sudan came into effect Saturday evening hours after fresh clashes between government forces and rebels, which sparked concern for a hard-won peace deal. The truce brokered by the regional eight-nation IGAD bloc, along with the United Nations, African Union, China, Britain, Norway and the United States, came into effect at 2100 GMT (midnight in South Sudan’s capital Juba). Earlier Saturday, South Sudan’s army and rebels accused each other of sparking fresh fighting in the past 24 hours in the north-east.

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