This Week in South Sudan – Week 4

Monday 25 January

  • Observers and stakeholders have called on South Sudan’s government and the SPLM (IO) to resolve the deadlock over forming a transitional government.

Tuesday 26 January

Wednesday 27 January

  • 13 people have been killed in Wau County, Western Bahr el Ghazal State over the last two weeks. There has been a general rise in crime reportedly due to deteriorating living conditions and the presence of armed pastoralists from other states.
  • The South Sudanese government announced it might take three more months before a transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) can be formed.
  • Deutsche Welle: “South Sudan on brink of economic collapse”

Thursday 28 January

  • Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered the opening of the border with South Sudan for the first time since the South’s secession in 2011. This signals a normalization of the two countries’ political and economic relations.
  • Six people died and several others were wounded in a cattle raid in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. The raiders reportedly attacked the Mayen Thou area and stole 150 cattle.

Friday 29 January

  • President Salva Kiir dispatched a delegation to the proposed Boma State. Its mission was to ease tensions between SPLA generals allied to the appointed governor Baba Medan and the former Cobra Faction leader David Yau Yau.
  • A force of approximately 1,500 soldiers from Abyei area have allegedly defected from the SPLA and joined the SPLA-North.

Saturday 30 January

  • The SPLA and SPLA (IO) have both withdrawn fighters from ’hot-spot’ areas in which they occasionally clashed.

Sunday 31 January

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