South Sudanese women march through Juba to express the frustration and suffering that women and children face on December 9, 2017. PHOTO | STEFANIE GLINSKI | AFP
Some analysts view the Addis forum as a last chance to prevent killings, rapes, displacement and hunger-related deaths on a scale even greater than has so far been witnessed.
US stands ready to impose additional sanctions on individuals judged to be obstructing peacemaking efforts.
At least 50,000 South Sudanese have died as a result of the conflict, untold thousands of women have been sexually assaulted, more than two million of the country’s 12 million people have fled across borders, and nearly half the population faces the risk of famine in 2018, according to the United Nations.