This Week in South Sudan – Week 49

Monday 1 December

  • Following a private meeting between President Salva Kiir, and prominent members of the Bahr al Ghazal Dinka, Bona Bang Dhel – a Dinka elder, claimed the proposed power-sharing deal would set a bad precedent in South Sudan.

Tuesday 2 December

  • In response to national and regional media reports, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon made it “categorically clear” that UNMISS and the UN have no intention of making South Sudan a UN “protectorate.”

Wednesday 3 December

Thursday 4 December

Friday 5 December

  • Wall Street Journal interview with Luke Patey, author of “The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan”. Patey will give a seminar in Oslo at PRIO on 10 December.
  •  South Sudan Foreign Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, visited the US recently and stated that South Sudan needs ‘help, not sanctions.’

Saturday 6 December

  • Amid heightened tensions in Nimule, Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan troops are allegedly trying to prevent people from fleeing the area across the border to Uganda.
  • The UN, the AU and IGAD should implement targeted sanctions if fighting continues in South Sudan, according to a new report by the International Federation for Human Rights.

Sunday 7 December

  • At least 24 people were killed when local tensions flared on Saturday between rival communities in Torit county, Eastern Equatoria.

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