A man walks away after leaning his bicycle against a mural of President Barack Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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On the eve of a landmark visit to Africa, President Barack Obama is being implored to play peacemaker in war-ravaged South Sudan, rekindling a long-running dispute among White House aides.It might be true too that every second-term president looks in the mirror and sees a peacemaker.A crescendo of voices, inside and outside the White House, wants America's first black president to turn a statesman's gaze to Africa.Particularly, to the renewed conflict in South Sudan that has killed 10,000 people since 2013 and displaced more than a million. Both countries are South Sudan's neighbors and both are part of regional mediation efforts that will now include the United States, Europe and China.Some argue that even a personal moral plea from Obama to Kiir and Machar could be effective.Even if the United States has a moral interest to act, it is not clear that acting would succeed.
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