This Week in South Sudan: 24 Feb- 3 March

Tuesday 24 February

  • The Juba-based Committee for Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children called on the AU and international community to intervene and rescue the 89 boys abducted last week.
  • Foreign Policy Magazine:The United States is threatening sanctions against South Sudan, yet again.
  • The Guardian, in Pictures: South Sudan battles kala azar as the number of cases has more than doubled in the previous year.
  • South Sudan warring factions discuss foreign troop withdrawal in Addis Ababa and have allegedly reached a preliminary agreement on ‘the disengagement, separation and withdrawal of the forces, including the allied forces.’

Wednesday 25 February

Thursday 26 February

  • According to Oyai Deng Ajak, the SPLM-G10 members will only return to Juba once a final peace deal is reached through the ongoing talks in Addis Ababa.
  • At least 12 people were killed in clashes between herders along the Yei-Juba road and elsewhere in Central Equatoria state.
  • According to Unity State Security Advisor, William Bajuoc Bakuet, SPLM/A (IO) forces attacked an army position near Pariang County.
  • Renk town in northern Upper Nile State came under renewed artillery fire by SPLM/A (IO) forces based on the west bank of the Nile.
  • In a unanimous vote, the Security Council extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei through July 2015.

Friday 27 February

  • Representatives of the SPLM/A (IO) said they are pessimistic about reaching a peace deal by the 5 March deadline, citing the absence of Salva Kiir as an indicator that SPLM is not genuine in their efforts.
  • 144 more Chinese infantry troops arrived in Juba as part of UN’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, bringing the total number of Chinese troops to 180.
  • China questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a UN sanctions regime for South Sudan while the warring parties are negotiating a power-sharing deal to end the conflict.
  • The Egyptian government has pledged $2 billion for the construction of a multi-purpose hydroelectricity power project on Jur River in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state.
  • PRIO Global Fellow, Luka Biong Deng: What do we expect from the final South Sudan Peace Talks?

Saturday 28 February

  • A new scientific study showed that oil production at Thar Jath and Mala fields in Unity State has polluted the areas groundwater to such an extent that it is no longer safe for human consumption.
  • UNICEF stated hundreds, and not 89 school boys, were abducted last week, and that the responsible armed group was a Shilluk Militia under the control of Johnson Oloni; the militia is aligned with the Government’s SPLA forces.
  • The South Sudanese government denied reports that up to 16,000 additional troops from Uganda have been deployed to South Sudan’s border areas with Sudan.

Monday 2 March

Tuesday 3 March

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