This Week in South Sudan – Week 36

Monday 5 September

Tuesday 6 September

  • Foreign Policy: “Dinner, Drinks, and a Near-Fatal Ambush for U.S. Diplomats”

Wednesday 7 September

  • Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, stated that Riek Machar should no longer try to return to his previous position in Juba. While Princeton N. Lyman, senior advisor to the U.S. President described the idea to cut off Machar from GOSS as an “illusion.”  The SPLM (IO) later dismissed US government remarks, suggesting Machar’s absence is hampering the peace process.
  • The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission secretariat (JMEC) returned to South Sudan after weeks of temporarily operating from Ethiopia.
  • SPLA and SPLA (IO) clashed in Nasir town, Upper Nile State, according to a government source.
  • The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that humanitarian aid has been denied access in parts of South Sudan.
  • The Enough Project: “Testimony of Brian Adeba – ‘The Growing Crisis in South Sudan’”

Thursday 8 September

Friday 9 September

Saturday 10 September

Monday 12 September

  • According to MONUSCO, the flight of more than 750 SPLA (IO) fighters and supporters to the DRC can pose a regional security threat if not properly handled.
  • A new report by the Sentry reveals how South Sudan’s wealth and revenues are diverted towards the personal and institutional interests of elites. International media reports on the findings:
    • The Washington Post: “George Clooney and John Prendergast: War crimes shouldn’t pay in South Sudan”
    • Foreign Policy: “South Sudan’s Leaders Made War — and Many Millions of Dollars”
    • The Guardian: “George Clooney-backed report: South Sudan president profits from civil war”
    • Bloomberg: “Saving South Sudan From Its Founding Fathers”
    • BBC: “South Sudan’s Kiir and Machar profited during war – report”

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