A Ceasefire might have been agreed in conflict-ridden South Sudan, but reports of hostilities between government and rebel forces continue. The country has been plunged in to an ethnic civil war, with vicious fighting between those loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and the Neur rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar.

The UN says one month of fighting has set the country back a decade. As well as the thousands of lives that have already been lost in the conflict, the fighting has also jeopardised the future revenues of the country's oil industry, and with it the chance for the world's youngest nation to pull its population of over 8 million people out of poverty.

Luke Patey is author of the book 'The New Kings of Crude: China, India and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan', that looks at how the rising economies have established international oil empires in the Sudans. He tells IBTimes the importance of oil to South Sudan.