CNN summarizes US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley’s recent visit to Africa and South Sudan “Haley draws on her African visit when briefing Trump”
Thursday 2 November
Several clashes reported during the week between government and SPLA (IO) forces in Fergsika and Bahr-Olo area, Western Equatoria State; near the UN PoC camp in Bentiu, Unity State; and in Kajo Keji, Central Equatoria State.
GoSS has again announced they will increase the cost of foreign workers’ work permits, from USD$ 100 up to USD$ 4000, starting in November 2017. GoSS has previously had to suspend similar initiatives due to heavy criticism from the international aid and development sector.
The Washington Post: “Africa trip illustrates Haley’s trusted, unusually direct relationship with Trump”
Monday 30 October
The Guardian “Forced to live in a cemetery: the secret shantytown for Juba’s homeless”
The Transitional Government of National Unity’s various coalition parties will enter into joint consultations at IGAD’s upcoming peace deal revitalization, despite some internal objections. Meanwhile, the opposition group, the National Resistance Front/Army, has protested against its exclusion from the IGAD consultations.
Thursday 12 October
The Economist: “As South Sudan implodes, America reconsiders its support for the regime”
Tensions increase in Uganda’s refugee camps as food rations are cut in half. This is due to the massive flood of refugees overwhelming aid agencies, combined with delayed deliveries and constraints on funding.
The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) called for the “unconditional” release of 14 officials captured in Akobo county Jonglei State. GoSS claim the officials were part of a peace delegation, and are held captured by armed youth loyal to Riek Machar. Meanwhile, the SPLA (IO) claim to have captured 25 government soldiers and a county commissioner in the same area.
Floods have reportedly displaced more than 100,000 people in South Sudan. In Bor town at least 1,200 households are affected as houses have been washed away and hundreds of families lack shelter and food.
Foreign Policy photo feature on South Sudan rebel life: “No Country for Civilians”
Friday 1 September
The only foreign victim to come forward and provide evidence against the twelve SPLA soldiers accused after the Terrain Hotel attack trial, testified in court. The Italian woman urged other survivors to speak up.