There is hope following the latest peace deal in South Sudan. Near-five-year recent violent conflict had brought life close to a total stand still, especially in the country – sending masses into enormous starvation, displacements and deaths. As its greatest East African trade partner, Uganda’s foodstuffs-market-monopoly in South Sudan suffered greatly, too. Now there is relative calm in the country (a result of the peace deal,) and cross-border trade seems to increase steadily – and may explode again, if the deal remains. Dibaba John spoke with business people who resumed cross-border trade to hear what their hopes are now, for themselves and for both countries.