CONTEMPORARY DIMENSION OF THE SOUTH SUDAN CONFLICT (2013-2019)
South Sudan became independent in 2011 after an exercise of referendum, demonstrating to the whole world the conclusion of one of the longest conflicts in recent horn of African history. Globally welcomed as the world's newest state, the hopes and wishes of the international community for South Sudan were far from what we are now witnessing. In fact many South Sudanese welcomed the newest nation in the world with the hopes of a more peaceful and prosperous future for its citizens. However, this optimism was punctured by the onset of internal conflict in December 2013. Since then the country has been struggling, with complete absence of law and order. The South Sudanese people have gone through a worsening humanitarian crisis, and there are concerns that it could enter a vicious cycle of increasing instability, politically and economically. The effects of the general anarchy in South Sudan have not only affected the population of South Sudan, they have also had a spillover Effect on the horn of Africa region and the international community. Now with the South Sudanese conflict in its sixth year in 2019, this article seeks to not only examine the status of the civil war that has engulfed the youngest Nation on earth, but also to discuss the evolving narratives of its causes and provide policy recommendation to actors involved in the peace process. Having examined The continuously failing peace treaties between the warring parties, it is evident that the agreements have failed to unearth and provide solutions to the crisis and a New approach to examining the causes and solutions to the problem is therefore necessary, Consequently, this article addresses the causes and consequences of South Sudan conflict so as to draw a lesson for many countries of Africa.