Can South Sudan leaders’ visit to the Vatican be a game changer?

A South Sudanese boy gets a haircut by a colleague who is using a razor blade. This is in Bidibidi refugee settlement where some South Sudanese people took safety, after being forced out of their homes by the country's war. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 05 Feb 2019

Many believe the act of Pope Francis kissing the shoes of South Sudan leaders – President Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior speaks volumes. The leaders seemed shocked at Pope’s gesture – something civilians in South Sudan interpret as repentance, by their leaders. The three dignitaries plus many others, however, face a challenge of proving to the world if their visit to the Vatican will be a game changer or not. Jackie Adure has more.