Emerging from their makeshift homes, displaced Juba residents taking advantage of a fragile lull in fighting for the third day running. After days of clashes killed hundreds of people in the South Sudanese capital just as their country prepared to celebrate five years of independence. Reuters East Africa bureau chief Edmund Blair is watching events from neighboring Kenya.
>> They've been hiding in schools, in churches and other sites from what was some extremely heavy clashes in the previous days. Helicopter gunships have been used. Tanks had come onto the streets and soldiers have been fighting using guns on the back of pickups.>> President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar have called off their rival factions, which fought a two-year civil war from 2013 that displaced 2.5 million people.
Both men deny causing the worst fighting since then, some say they lost control of their own loyalists and the situation on the ground.>> This latest fighting has raised fears that the country could once again slide back into civil war, unless others in the outside world can come in and put pressure on these two men to halt the violence
>> Machar has pulled his troops out of Juba. His officials say he is avoiding confrontation, not preparing for war. But people sheltering in this church, are still too afraid to go home. Since that time, since Saturday til now. The bullets and the shooting. Even at night we see the gunfire, the bullets in the air moving in red color.
So we are afraid even, we fear to go back.>> Sick of uncertainty, weary of promises, South Sudanese awaiting to see if this ceasefire will hold.