Wednesday 2 January
- The African Union Peace and Security Council backed the deployment of an IGAD force within the UN mission in South Sudan despite UN’s reservations of the force’s role in the peace process.
Thursday 3 January
- China donated $7 million to the UN World Food Programme in South Sudan. The money is targeted at school meals and general food rations.
- Mayo News: “Working With MSF in South Sudan”
- Relief Web: “South Sudan: Force Protection Map as of January 2019”
Friday 4 January
- President Kiir reiterated his support of Sudan’s President Hassan Omar al-Bashir and suggested ways to improve the bilateral relations between the two Sudans.
- The same day, hundreds of protesters in Khartoum called for an end to President Bashir’s regime.
- Media reports that South Sudanese were killed during the protests.
- Although Kalonzo Musyoka was selected to head the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, the IGAD member states have yet to ratify his appointment. The delay is allegedly due to complaints from South Sudanese actors on Kalonzo’s relation to the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sunday 6 January
- A South Sudanese minister was detained in Kampala, alongside 16 other people, for violation of the Tobacco Control Act concerning smoking in public places.
- Government forces and the National Salvation Front accused each other for killing civilians in Central Equatoria.
- UNMISS: “Protection of Civilians Update, 7 January 2019”.