Author: fannic

Demystifying the White Army: Nuer Armed Civilians’ Involvement in the South Sudanese Crisis

Article posted in ACCORD Conflict Trends Magazine, 2014/13, by PRIO Researcher Ingrid Marie Breidlid, and Michael J. Arensen.   The article argues that although the conflict erupted as a result of division within the SPLM, the mass mobilization in opposition areas, e.g. of Nuer civilian fighters, illustrates this is not only a political dispute, but also a… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 44, Part 2

Friday 31 October  UNIMISS extracted 30 civilians from the Rubkona airstrip in Unity State, to a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in a UN compound. According to a WFP official, famine in South Sudan is temporarily averted, but risks remain if fighting escalates. Canada joined the group of nations sanctioning top South Sudanese generals, accusing  SPLA-Juba commander Marial… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 44, Part 1

Monday 27 October According to a Global Witness report, South Sudan’s first post-independence oil deal with Star Petroleum is high-risk and in urgent need of further scrutiny. Fighting erupted again between government forces and rebel troops in Unity State in South Sudan; each side blamed the other for initiating the clash. According to a senior researcher at… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 43, Part 2

Friday 24 October The Tanzanian CCM defended invitation of South Sudan’s warring factions to Arusha, claiming it does not sabotage the IGAD peace process. The South Sudanese government accused of threatening international aid agencies. Nuer community in Uganda declared their support to Riek Machar. The SPLM dismissed the SPLM-in-Opposition’s claims on President Salva Kiir’s legitimacy…. Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 43, Part 1

Monday 20 October The head of the SPLM-G10 faction, Pagan Amum Okich, accused Kampala and Khartoum for interfering in South Sudanese politics to serve their own interests. IGAD-led South Sudan peace talks postponed until 27 October. Tuesday 21 October The three main factions agreed on a intra-SPLM dialogue framework and communique in Arusha to support… Read more »

This Week in South Sudan – Week 42

Monday 13 October South Sudan’s former justice minister, John Luk Jok, warned of “disregard of the constitution.” Interparty dialogue in Tanzania between South Sudan’s political factions. UN envoy reported horrific levels of sexual violence in South Sudan, a Joint Communique with the SPLM has been sign to tackle the situation. The SPLM-in-Opposition claimed Ugandan military… Read more »