South Sudan's warring leaders to meet for talks in Ethiopia

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar

What you need to know:

  • The two men have been central to the fate of South Sudan since its 2011 separation from the north.
  • Last month, the UN Security Council gave the two warring sides a month to reach a peace deal or face sanctions.
  • Tens of thousands have died and nearly four million South Sudanese have been driven from their homes by the conflict which the United Nations ranks among the most serious humanitarian crises in the world.

Nearly two years after fleeing South Sudan's capital amid deadly fighting, rebel leader Riek Machar will meet face-to-face on Wednesday with the country's president, Salva Kiir.
The rendezvous in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa represents the latest international effort to end more than four years of civil war in the world's youngest nation.
Tens of thousands have been killed and millions have been driven out of their homes and into starvation.

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