A man, woman and infant take cover in the doorway of U.N. offices during fighting in Juba. (Eric Kanalstein/UNMISS via AP)
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People emerged from makeshift shelters in South Sudan's capital Tuesday after a cease-fire silenced days of heavy fighting that has destabilized the world's newest nation. Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar had battled each other with anti-aircraft guns, attack helicopters and tanks since Thursday – almost five years to the day since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan with promises of aid and support from world powers. The violence has raised fears of a collapse of a nearly 1-year-old peace deal that was supposed to end two years of ethnically charged civil war between Kiir and Machar's supporters. The civil war, which broke out in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar, killed thousands of people, drove more than 2.5 million people from their homes and left almost half the nation of 11 million struggling to find enough food.Kiir's officials have said the president is committed to working with Machar to implement a peace deal to end that conflict.
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