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Exclusive: Behind the scenes at a South Sudan rebel meeting

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FRANCE 24's Eye on Africa programme takes a look at the assassination of a prominent presidential ally in Burundi, a deadly Mali hotel siege and gains behind-the-scenes access to a South Sudanese rebel meeting amid ongoing peace talks.


South Sudan descended into chaos in late 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup. Months of unrest followed that often pitted Kiir's ethnic Dinkas against Machar's Nuer people. Thousands have since been killed and more than 2.2 million displaced, with both sides accused of human rights abuses, kidnappings and waging campaigns of widespread rape, including of children.

The UN Security Council in July imposed sanctions on six South Sudanese commanders, the first such leaders to be blacklisted.

Rival factions resumed negotiations on August 6 amid mounting international pressure and the threat of additional sanctions if an August 17 deadline for a peace deal is not met. Previous rounds of talks have failed to end the violence, with both sides accused of violating earlier ceasefire agreements.

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