This Week in South Sudan – Week 7

Wednesday 15 February

Thursday 16 February

Friday 17 February

  • The Government of Uganda warned its resources are strained by the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees that have crossed its border in recent months.
  • The Minister of Labour and Public Services, Gabriel Duop Lam, resigned from the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).
  • A U.N. group of experts believes security personnel from both Kenya and South Sudan were involved in the abduction of human rights activist Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri Ezibon, chairman of the SPLM (IO) Humanitarian Affairs Committee, in Nairobi last month.

Sunday 19 February

  • Two top SPLA officials overseeing South Sudan’s military courts have resigned, saying high-level interference made it impossible to discipline soldiers. International media reports:
    • Al Jazeera: “South Sudan military officials quit over ‘war crimes’”
    • Bloomberg: “2 More South Sudan Officials Resign, Alleging Graft, Bias”
    • Deutsche Welle: “Two top South Sudanese army officials resign”
    • Reuters: “Two top officials in South Sudan’s military courts resign, rebuke government”
  • Salva Kiir has formed a high-level committee to make the necessary preparations for relocation of the nation’s capital city from Juba to Ramciel.
  • The SPLA (IO) warned national and international oil workers from re-opening oil facilities in Unity and Upper Nile State, saying they risk losing their lives.
  • GOSS and UN agencies declare famine in Unity State the first famine to be  be announced in any part of the world in six years.
  • Al Jazeera: “Building peace through video games in South Sudan”

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