This Week in South Sudan – Week 50

Monday 8 December

Tuesday 9 December

  • The Sudans: after the divide. South Sudan peace talks stutter, as its economy becomes casualty of war. *
  • In a recent press release, UNMISS announced it has publicly destroyed weapons confiscated from IDPs living at its civilian protection sites in Juba.
  • The push at the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on South Sudan’s warring parties has stalled due to a dispute over whether to include an arms embargo.
  • The border between Nimule, Eastern Equatoria and Uganda has reopened after being closed over the weekend, to discourage Madi residents from crossing as refugees.

Wednesday 10 December

  • In Pictures by CNN: South Sudan still at war despite independence.
  • Displaced children tell their story in South Sudan in this short New York Times Op-Doc ‘Toys of War.’

Thursday 11 December

  • The UN Security Council welcomed recent talks between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan, and urges them both to hold a high-level security meeting as soon as possible.
  • The South Sudanese government urged Sudan to refrain from destabilizing the disputed region of Abyei, saying renewed attacks undermines the spirit of cooperation between the two countries.

Friday 12 December

  • Outbreak of “heavy” fighting between government troops and armed youth in Nassir town in Upper Nile state.

Saturday 13 December

  • Riek Machar announced the SPLM-In-Opposition’s political platform during a speech at his party’s conference in Pagak, Upper Nile earlier this week.

Sunday 14 December

  • UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, warned that the ongoing South Sudan conflict ‘jeopardizes future of entire nation’ and called on the international community to put its collective weight behind the IGAD peace process.
  • In Pictures by Al Jazeera: South Sudan’s doctor shortage in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
  • Opposition parties in South Sudan have formed ‘The National Alliance’ and signed a joint charter describing a proposed 7-point reform programme to in response to the current crisis.


* Part of ‘The Sudans: after the divide’ project by the Guardian Africa network. The project is devoted to a week of coverage to Sudan and South Sudan, focusing on news and features stories from the region and showcasing local film, music and culture.

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