As many as  12,000 children – most of them boys – have been used as soldiers by armed groups in  South Sudan over the past year. Photograph:  Samir Bor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called “one of the largest ever demob(...)

South Sudanese refugees: the fighting between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar has exacerbated ethnic tensions between Mr Kiir’s Dinka people and Mr Machar’s Nuer. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sough(...)

Rebel fighters hold their weapons as they march yesterday in a village in the rebel-controlled territory of Upper Nile state in South Sudan. Photograph: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

With a weary predictability, war started again in South Sudan in December, 2013. The latest round of peace talks recommence today. This is the world’s(...)

South Sudan’s government-delegation leader Nhial Deng Nhial (left) and the rebel-delegation leader Taban Deng Gai (right)  shake hands after signing a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire yesterday to end more than five weeks of fighting that divided Africa’s newest nation and broug(...)

Children displaced by the unrest in Bor county play around boats in the port of Minkaman. 
Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in 

 in South Sudan
, aid sources and analysts estimate. It has also displaced 413,000, 
according to

according to 
the UN
.  Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

More than 200 women and children drowned when their overloaded boat capsized on the Nile as they scrambled to escape fighting in South Sudan, offic(...)

People displaced from fighting in Bor wash themselves in the White Nile river in Minkaman, in Awerial county, Lakes state, in South Sudan yesterday. Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

At least 200 people died when a boat ferrying people fleeing reports of violence in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state sank, an army spokesman said. The (...)

Displaced people taking shelter in the UN compound in Bentiu in December. A mass exodus of residents is under way in the city because of fears of an imminent battle between rebels and government troops. Photograph: AP Photo/UNMISS, Anna Adhikari

A mass exodus of residents is under way from a rebel stronghold in South Sudan amid fears of an imminent battle with government troops, according to r(...)

A displaced woman waits for medical attention at an emergency clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres at Tomping camp in Juba, where some 15,000 displaced people who fled their homes are sheltered by the United Nations. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters

South Sudan has rejected rebel calls for an immediate release of detainees after the two sides met briefly for the first time yesterday seeking to end(...)

Grang Demebiar (centre), son of late Sudanese politician John Garang, at the opening of South Sudan’s negotiations in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa on Saturday. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Gunshots rang out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, for about an hour yesterday as peace talks between rebels and the government to hammer out a ceasefi(...)

US citizens board a Marine Corps plane during a partial evacuation of the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Staff Sgt Robert L Fisher III/ US Marines via The New York Times

An African official who is working to organise peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan said that direct talks between the sides have been d(...)