South Sudan is currently on the edge. Reports of an alleged attempted coup in South Sudan on Sunday 15 December were followed by days of reports of firefights all over the capital Juba. On December 19, these were followed by the news that the town of Bor in Jonglei state has fallen to rebel forces allegedly under the command of former vice-president Riek Machar. Machar has claimed that there was no coup attempt and that he is merely trying to counter the “dictatorial” tendencies of President Salva Kiir. Either way, two of the most powerful men in the country stand at the centre of a tense stand-off and the possibility of a return to civil war cannot be discounted.