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South Sudan Clashes in 2010 So Far Rival Violence in 2009

Inter-communal fighting is only the tip of the iceberg when surveying the South Sudan’s complex security landscape. One disturbing trend in this year’s violence is the number of incidents between southern Sudanese soldiers and civilians, particularly in areas where the army is conducting civilian disarmament campaigns.

By Maggie Fick and Amanda Hsiao

March 26, 2010

Glimpse of South Sudan from the Back of a Motorbike

In addition to my work as an analyst in southern Sudan, I like to impart stories about everyday life in Sudan, since elections, violence, and political agreements are just some of the elements of the reality of life for southern Sudanese people and for foreigners like me living in the country.

By Maggie Fick

February 23, 2010

Political Opposition Stifled In North, South Sudan

The latest brief from Human Rights Watch on violations of political rights in both North and South Sudan makes a very simple point: much (maybe too much) will have to be done between now and April before elections in Sudan can truly become the vehicle of profound democratic change for the Sudanese people.

By Amanda Hsiao

January 27, 2010

In Calm Pocket of South Sudan, Cautious Optimism for the Future

In a strange sort of way, it was almost reassuring to hear people complaining about the trees. Compared to the grievances one typically hears when talking to people about their lives and their fears for the future in southern Sudan, the mango tree controversy seemed more like a public relations problem for the local government than anything else.

By Laura Heaton

January 19, 2010

BBC Asks Callers: Can South Sudan Be A Viable State?

In a debate today on the BBC call-in show “Africa Have Your Say,” callers from many African countries shared their views on the prospect of southern independence and reflected on issues facing the possible state and broader region.

By Amy Doherty

January 13, 2010

Aid Groups: Int’l Community Must Act To Thwart Violence in South Sudan

The international community has a significant role to play in addressing the myriad humanitarian problems plaguing southern Sudan, a half-decade after the signing of a peace agreement, or CPA, that officially ended hostilities between the North and the South. So says a new report by 10 aid agencies.

By Amanda Hsiao

January 7, 2010

South Sudan VP: Talks Over Referendum, Elections Progressing

South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar has returned to Juba after 12 days of negotiations in Khartoum with the North’s Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, and he reports that they’re making progress. According to Machar, who was quoted in the Sudan Tribune, the two sides have come closer to agreeing on the required turnout for the referendum.

By Amanda Hsiao

November 13, 2009

Talks Advance on South Sudan's Independence Vote

Months of talks between North and South Sudan over plans for the highly-anticipated vote on South Sudan’s independence are beginning to show progress, according to both northern and southern officials.

By Amanda Hsiao

October 22, 2009

Mapping Violence in South Sudan

We thought it would be useful to plot details of major attacks in South Sudan on a map to draw a picture of the increasing violence as the clock ticks toward national elections next year and the self-determination referendum in 2011.

By Amanda Hsiao

September 25, 2009

Violence in South Sudan Raises Alarm over Health of Peace Deal

South Sudan was once again hit with violence this week when Lou Nuer militiamen attacked a Dinka village, leaving 76 dead, 46 injured and 1,800 homeless, according to officials cited by the L.A. Times. Among those dead were 20 government security officers who were defending the village. The particulars of this attack fit the pattern of the recent wave of violence in South Sudan.

By Amanda Hsiao

September 23, 2009

Amid Sporadic Violence in South Sudan, a Common Link?

The U.N. has confirmed another attack in southern Sudan’s violence-wracked and remote Jonglei state, leaving 46 people dead and 15 in critical condition. The weekend attack forced an estimated 24,000 people to flee, according to a local official who spoke to the Associated Press. The U.N. estimates that more than 2000 people have died and […]

By Laura Heaton and Maggie Fick

September 1, 2009

Hunger Epidemic Threatens South Sudan

Amid the mounting political challenges in Sudan, the United Nations signaled this week that it is gearing up for a massive food shortage in southern Sudan.

By Laura Heaton

August 27, 2009

North, South Sudan Reps Take to the Airwaves to Discuss Abyei

A month after the fact, the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal’s July 22 ruling remains a major topic of discussion. Voice of America’s radio show Straight Talk Africa discussed the ruling this week, with commentary by Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the Head of the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the U.S., and Ambassador Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed, the […]

By Victoria Bosselman

August 20, 2009

More Violent Clashes Rock South Sudan

After last week’s round of Sudan-related hearings on Capitol Hill, which highlighted the life or death implications of the Obama administration’s ongoing Sudan policy review, this week started with tragic news from southern Sudan. At least 185 people were reportedly killed in inter-ethnic violence Sunday in Jonglei’s Akobo County, a remote, tense, and heavily armed […]

By Maggie Fick

August 4, 2009

South Sudan Still Scattered with Landmines

Nineteen out of the 25 states in southern Sudan are still littered by landmines from the 22-year civil war that ended in 2005. Efforts are now underway to clear the most densely mined areas – a process critical to enabling displaced populations to return home, humanitarian aid to be dispersed, and peacekeeping forces to fully […]

By Victoria Bosselman

July 29, 2009

Obama Finds Time for Story about South Sudan

What is the What tells the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese “lost boy” who lived through a brutal Sudanese civil war between North and South that killed more than 2 million people during over 20 years of conflict. The book, published in 2006, details Deng’s journey from his home in the southern Sudanese […]

By Rebecca Brocato

June 15, 2009

Government of South Sudan Comes Out Against Khartoum's Actions

South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, or SPLM, has come out publicly against Khartoum’s action against NGOs. Speaking to reporters, SPLM spokesman Yien Matthew said, "They (the NCP) are aware (of our disapproval) and yet they are continuing." He also noted, "People in Darfur who are displaced are dependent on these humanitarian agencies. […]

By Rebecca Brocato

March 8, 2009