In the abandoned town and villages of Pageri County, community members are gradually and voluntarily returning from refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. Over 300 returnees have resettled in Pageri in recent months, after having fled the area following the crisis in 2016.
Business is booming in the town of Yambio.
The markets are bustling with families buying vegetables and fruit. Bodabodas are busy transporting people across town. A hair and nail salon is doing a brisk business as women pop out for a lunchtime pampering session.
Nyayida Osama is one of more than 40 volleyball-playing boys and girls staying at the UN protection site in Bentiu who is being coached by Cambodian peacekeepers to promote unity and peaceful interaction between youth.
On 9 July, citizens in Malakal in central Upper Nile celebrated the seventh anniversary of the independence of South Sudan. This was the first time the day was commemorated since war broke out in 2013.