This Week in South Sudan – Week 42

Monday 17 October

  • Riek Machar claims that following the July clashes in Juba, the SPLA used seven different planes to locate and attempt to kill him as they pursued him for 37 days from Juba to the Congolese border.
  • IRIN Analysis: “Congo’s South Sudan rebel problem”
  • The Guardian: “Attack on aid workers in South Sudan: ‘There was incredible naivety’” 

Tuesday 18 October

  • Deutsche Welle: “South Sudan’s protracted refugees in Uganda
  • In an interview with BBC, Riek Machar vows to return back to South Sudan and insists he is still a legitimate leader.

Wednesday 19 October

  • The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) insist the 2015 peace deal is still “alive,” although it has been “compromised” and “derailed’ by the July violence.

Thursday 20 October

Friday 21 October

Saturday 22 October

  • At least 600 civilians have fled into the UN camps in Leer county, Unity State, due to renewed clashes in the area.

Sunday 23 October

  • Officials in the so-called Yei State have switched allegiance to the SPLM (IO), claiming government forces in the area were no longer protecting people.
  • A former Deputy Defence Minister, Majak Agot, warned that the country could disintegrate into ethnic enclaves if Salva Kiir and Riek Machar do not step aside.
  • The Shilluk militia, the Aguelek force who is allied to Riek Machar, admitted they lost control of Warjok and Lelo areas, Upper Nile State, over the past two weeks’ clashes with the SPLA.

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