This Week in South Sudan – Week 8

Monday 22 February

  • The Enough Project: “South Sudan’s Central Bank Demands Accountability for U.S. Dollar Auction”
  • VICE In Photos: “The Children Fighting For an Education in South Sudan”

Tuesday 23 February

  • International Crisis Group: “South Sudan’s Peace Needs More than Tents and Generators”
  • South Sudan’s warring parties have agreed on a security arrangement that allows 1,370 SPLA (IO) forces to deploy to Juba ‘immediately’ in March.
  • The SPLA denied reports that government forces were involved in the violence that broke out at the UN Protection Site in Malakal, Upper Nile State last week.
  • The SPLA warned of a security vacuum should its forces withdraw from the national capital, Juba, in implementation of the security arrangements signed with the SPLA (IO).
  • A senior SPLA (IO) official, Aguer Rual, defected to the government, accusing Riek Machar of “treachery.”
  • The South Sudanese government announced they will pull out excess presidential guards force division from its headquarters located south of the presidential palace in Juba.

Wednesday 24 February

  • At least five people were killed, 35 others wounded and thousands more displaced in Pibor, Jonglei State, following clashes between SPLA forces and SSDM Cobra Faction. A MSF medical compound was also looted in the process, diminishing the already scarce medical care available.
  • Riek Machar met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to discuss the implementation of the August 2015 peace deal.

Thursday 25 February

Friday 26 February

  • Riek Machar announced he will return to Juba  in March.
  • NPR Audio Report: “Living In A Camp By A Ruined City, They’re Strangers In Their Own Land”
  • SPLA soldiers have started to desert their areas of deployment in the newly created Wau State – former Western Bahr el Ghazal State, due to lack of food and ammunition.
  • A recent report by the SUDD Institute warns of a possible economic collapse if the government does not make radical reforms and adjust expenditure.
  • International media cover of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon visit in Juba:
    • Reuters: “Ban urges South Sudan president, rebel leader to form government”
    • Bloomberg: “UN’s Ban Urges South Sudan Leader to Put Peace Before Politics”
    • Voice of America: “Kiir Tells UN Chief He Will Implement S. Sudan Peace Accord”
    • The New York Times: “UN Chief to South Sudan: Respecting Peace Deal Not an Option”
    • Radio Tamazuj photos: “Ban Ki-moon visits South Sudanese displaced”

 Saturday 27 February

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