Sudanese-American activists from across the country gathered on Thursday outside the United Nations in New York City to implore the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to increase protection for civilians caught in the crossfire of a vicious civil war in Southern Sudan.
Gunfire rang out around the capital of the world's newest nation.
The peace deal was hanging by a thread until the opposition leader's homecoming.
"Greed is driving the calculations of South Sudan’s government and rebel leaders," the leader of one advocacy group said.
Sudanese-American human rights activist Simon Deng will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 11th to be a "voice of peace" as Southern Sudanese leaders face President Obama's August 17th deadline for halting their violence and negotiating peace.
In October, the Government signed a joint communiqué with the United Nations in which it agreed to concrete measures for the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.
Such involvement contradicts China's traditional doctrine of non-interference in foreign countries' domestic disputes, but Beijing's economic and geopolitical interests in South Sudan have convinced it to bend its rules.