The 28th Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have started. The summit aims to look into the situation of South Sudan. South Sudan has been embroiled in months of fighting between 2 leaders and millions have been left homeless and dead.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former deputy and rebel leader Riek Machar are looking at a deal to end these months of fighting and turbulence in the country. Both of them are present in the Summit talks which are being held in Addis Ababa.
After the arrest of rivals by Kiir for plotting a coup and subsequent accusation by Nuer to soldiers for supporting the President, chaos erupted in three states of this new nation. An estimated 2 million people have already died in these attacks. Since no political solution has been formed by the leaders, this peace talk might be just the beginning of a new hope and future.
The leaders will discuss the best way to take forward this peace process. A peace agreement framework has already been signed by the different factions of the ruling parties, namely Sudan’s People Liberation Movement and the SPLM-in-Opposition led by the Reik Machar. With the end of the summit the Sudanese people might have a ray of hope which will help them go into a better future.