This Week in South Sudan – Week 13

Tuesday 29 March

  • The Government of Sudan issued a directive ending cross border movement in the south, effectively closing its border with South Sudan.
  • MTN South Sudan announced it is cutting jobs and cancelling expansion plans in face a U.S. dollar shortage and falling subscriptions due to the country’s economic crisis.
  • Four people were killed and several injured in an attack allegedly carried out by SPLA (IO) forces in Mirmir payam, Unity State.

Wednesday 30 March

  • UNMISS dismissed media reports that claimed peacekeepers had failed to protect civilians who fled protection sites in the Upper Nile capital, Malakal.
  • SPLA accused the SPLA (IO) of allegedly attacking their forces on Mayendit-Leer road in Unity State.

Thursday 31 March

  • Festus G. Mogae, the chairperson of JMEC, claim the formation of South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) is feasible within the next two weeks.
  • According to the UN, more than 48,000 South Sudanese have fled to Sudan since late January amid food shortages and continuing conflict.

Friday 1 April

  • The South Sudanese government expressed dissatisfaction with the U.S. extension of the executive order declaring national emergency with respect to South Sudan.

Saturday 2 April

  • The SPLM and the South Sudan National Liberation Movement/Army (SSNLM/A) in Western Equatoria State signed a final peace agreement ending years of conflict in Yambio county.

Sunday 3 April

  • Foreign Affairs: “South Sudan’s Troubled Peace: How the Peace Deal Got Stuck”

Monday 4 April

  • The Government of the Northern Liech State (Unity State) accused SPLA (IO) forces of allegedly violating the ceasefire by attacking government positions in Juach village.
  • At least nine people were killed in an attack by cattle raiders in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State.

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