This Week in South Sudan – Week 14

Tuesday 5 April

  • The SPLA denied reports that their forces had attacked SPLA (IO) positions in Mundri county, Western Equatoria State.

Wednesday 6 April

  • The SPLA admitted carrying out attacks against opposition forces in Wau County, Western Bahr el Ghazal State. However, they denied any violations of the peace agreement, saying they targeted criminals not part of the SPLA (IO).

Thursday 7 April

  • More than 900 SPLA (IO) soldiers have arrived in Juba and started taking up positions in the capital in preparation for Riek Machar’s scheduled arrival on April 18.
  • According to Medecins Sans Frontieres, thousands of lives are at risk across South Sudan as massive drug shortages have forced medical centres to close down.
  • An anti-terrorism court in Khartoum has sentenced 22 South Sudanese nationals to death for belonging to the Justice and Equality Movement, a militant group in Darfur.
  • A SPLA spokesperson accused an unnamed “enemy” of planning to carry out air bombardments inside South Sudan’s territory.
  • The United Nations Security Council renewed, until 1 June, its sanctions regime against those accused of blocking the peace process, including a travel ban and a freeze on their assets.

Friday 8 April

  • General Paul Malong, SPLA Chief of General Staff, sparked controversy by saying Riek Machar will never become president of South Sudan in his presence. The SPLM (IO) called his comments ‘anti-peace and anti-democracy.’

Saturday 9 April

  • The Guardian – in pictures: ‘’I don’t know when I last ate’: getting aid to South Sudan’s north’

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