Steven Koutsis (3rd-R), the United States' top envoy in Sudan, meets with locals at a USAID-sponsored water-pump project in the war-torn town of Golo in the thickly forested mountainous area of Jebel Marra in central Darfur on June 19, 2017. The town was a former rebel bastion which was recently captured by Sudanese government forces.
The United States' top envoy in Sudan visited Golo on June 19, 2017 on the second day of his four-day trip to Darfur to assess security in the war-torn region as the UN prepares to downsize its 17,000-strong peacekeeping force.
His visit also comes just weeks before President Donald Trump's administration decides whether to permanently lift a two-decades old US trade embargo on Sudan. / AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY