More than 150 women in South Sudan have been treated in South Sudan for rape and sexual abuse over the past 12 days, according to the United Nations.
The United Nations has warned that thousands of child soldiers in South Sudan remain in military camps, unlikely to be freed due to a lack of funds for aid agencies fighting for their release.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir will mediate peace talks over the Sudanese border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudanese officials confirmed on Sunday.
South Sudan’s leaders have signed a fresh peace deal as Riek Machar returns to Juba for the first time since he fled the capital more than two years ago.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says ongoing violence in South Sudan is blocking deliveries of food aid, despite a peace deal signed last month.
South Sudan released five political prisoners on Thursday although none of them appear to be senior rebel officials whose release is required by the country’s tentative peace deal.
Members of South Sudanese rebel group the Federal Democratic Party (FDP) have accused Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) of violating the country’s ceasefire.
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for the release of hundreds of South Sudanese civilians kidnapped by opposition forces.
At least 10 people have been killed in South Sudan after a grenade exploded in a busy nightclub.