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South Sudan's capital Juba clings to hope of peace

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During a historic visit to South Sudan back in February, Pope Francis called on the country's leaders to restore "dignity" to the displaced, nearly five years after the end of the civil war.

Between 2013 and 2018, the country of 12 million inhabitants, 60 percent of them Christians, was plagued by a brutal conflict between forces loyal to warring rivals Kiir and Machar.

According to analysis by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an estimated 380,000 people died, both during the violence and from hunger or a lack of medical care.

Despite a peace agreement signed in 2018, the violence continues. The country counted 2.2 million internally displaced persons in December 2022, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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