This Week in South Sudan – Week 24

Monday 13 June

  • BBC: “What New York Times article says about South Sudan”

Tuesday 14 June

  • A unit of the SPLA allegedly ransacked and looted a market in the Kajo Keji area, Central Equatoria State, sparking armed confrontation in which more than 20 lives were lost.
  • 16 former officials were sentenced to life in prison by the South Sudan’s high court for misappropriating USD 14 million and 30 000 SSP from the Office of the President.
  • The New York Times: “Dispute Over Area’s Status Heightens Suffering in South Sudan”

Wednesday 15 June

  • Al Jazeera: “Fleeing famine in northern South Sudan”

Thursday 16 June

  • Dozens are feared dead, and more than 400 civilians reportedly fled the area following clashes between government forces and an unknown armed group in Raga town, Western Bahr el Ghazal State. The governor of the newly created Lol State later accused the SPLA (IO) of carrying out the attack; accusations the SPLA (IO) later dismissed as “unhealthy” claims.

Friday 17 June

  • At Juba International Airport, South Sudanese authorities seized 1.286 metric tons of smuggled ivory, on its way to Malaysia.

Saturday 18 June

  • The South Sudanese economy continues to deteriorate and the rate of inflation is increasing. According to Radio Tamazuj, the black market rate is 50 SSP to US$ 1 compared to the official Central Bank rate of 35 SSP to $1 this week.
  • The SPLM/A (IO) denies that it agreed to participate in joint operations with the SPLA in the Raga area.

Sunday 19 June

  • South Sudan’s Minister of Information, Michael Makuei¸ says that a section of the international community is undermining the government in Juba in an attempt to encourage a regime change in the country.

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