South Sudan’s ‘unity’ army not ready for peace as deadline looms

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At a remote and spartan bush barracks in Mapel, South Sudan, a collection of government soldiers and former enemy rebel fighters are stationed for training.
Under an accord meant to end the bloodshed, these adversaries were brought together in military camps for retraining to graduate as comrades in a new, unified army, loyal only to the flag of South Sudan.
But optimism is in short supply, with this ragged band of war-weary troops nowhere near ready to protect South Sudan just days before a critical milestone in its fragile peace process.

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