People bore the brunt of the savagery committed by both sides in the warlords' battle for power.
Despite the delay and substantive reservations, South Sudan President Salva Kiir has become the last but most vital signatory to the peace proposal.
South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has signed a deal, saying he did so with "serious reservations", to end a conflict with rebels.
Pushed a tough message on corruption, the civil war in South Sudan, controversial elections in Burundi and the fight against al-Shabaab.
Riek Machar, leader of South Sudan's rebels, warned the country's civil war would continue as long as President Salva Kiir remained in power.
South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its "new brutality and intensity".
The serious news this week that just can't be taken seriously.
Civil society activists are calling on the African Union to make public the findings of an inquiry into human rights abuses in South Sudan.
A group of civil society volunteers has spent months collecting and verifying names of the victims to give the tragedy a human face.
Slaughtered for tusks and meat, endangered wildlife numbers have taken a huge knock since soldiers and rebels began fighting in December.
The government has reversed its announcement that only nationals can work in the country, saying employment regulations "will be discussed later".
The government has ordered all non-citizens replaced with vetted nationals, sparking fears that the war-torn country is headed for complete collapse.
The populace have to be involved in constructing a transitional government, but they are caught in a crossfire, and they are starving.
The world's youngest nation marks its third anniversary of independence while a civil war rages and its citizens remain at risk of severe hunger.
Sadly, the Africa Union's jubilee year witnessed a rise in terrorism and strife on the continent.
A priest tells of the bloodshed in Malakal, South Sudan, and of a daring escape from its cathedral.
The ceasefire between South Sudan's government and rebels will end months of violence and see the formation of a transitional government.
Despite discussions about upcoming peace talks, South Sudanese troops and rebels battled in the town of Bentiu, which fell into rebel hands in April.
Kenya's President was referring to the violence in S Sudan, but stopped short of spelling out any action to end the increasingly ethnic slaughter.