South Sudan civilians, who are fleeing violence, seek refuge in the UN Mission in South Sudan  compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photograph:  EPA/Hailemichael Gebrekrstros/UNMISS.

US president Barack Obama has urged clashing factions in South Sudan to end violence, restore calm, and work toward reconciliation. Mr Obama said th(...)

South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As he drives around the streets of South Sudan’s ramshackle capital, Lual D’Awol performs the rap song that has made him famous – and not a little con(...)