Supporters of South Sudanese First Vice President Riek Machar (not in the picture) gather to listen to his address at his home in Jabel Side upon his arrival in South Sudan's capital Juba, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jok Solomun
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The metal gates are still twisted where troops in December 2013 stormed the house of South Sudan's now new Vice President Riek Machar, as war erupted leaving tens of thousands dead. But Tuesday, just a stone's throw away in his heavily guarded state house, President Salva Kiir called the matter an "incident" as he welcomed the rebel chief turned "brother" Machar back to Juba, saying his return marked "the end of the war and the return of peace and stability". For now, the war-weary population appears to be breathing a sigh of relief that for once, there is some hope for peace.Both sides remain deeply suspicious, and there is continued fighting between multiple militia forces who now pay no heed to either Kiir or Machar.Both Kiir and Machar are former rebel leaders who rose to power during Sudan's 1983-2005 civil war between north and south – a conflict in which two men fought each other – before South Sudan won independence in 2011 .It is the best chance yet for peace. Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, the Episcopalian Archbishop of South Sudan, has spent decades overseeing peace efforts in South Sudan.
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