Renegade South Sudan General George Athor, whose forces have clashed with the South Sudan army several times in the last two months, said he is coordinating further attacks against the army with two other militia leaders who are also disgruntled with the recently held elections
The most recent LRA attack in South Sudan happened yesterday, May 16, 2010. A source on the ground told Enough that between 30 and 40 LRA rebels attacked near the town of Tambura, close to the borders with the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dissident army general George Athor continues to challenge South Sudan’s ruling party and army, jeopardizing the stability of the region before its critical vote for secession next year.
Hostilities continue to mount between South Sudan’s army, the SPLA, and a renegade army general who last week announced that he was amassing a personal contingent of soldiers in order to challenge election results in the southern state of Jonglei.
Election-related threats by a renegade general of the southern Sudanese army signal a worrisome trend for a region where security has been undermined by ethnic tensions, the wide proliferation of arms, and a disorganized army of soldiers whose loyalties often lie more with individual commanders than the institution itself.
In a new field dispatch that came out today, Enough’s South Sudan Field Researcher Maggie Fick looks at the local violence that could arise from political tensions underlying four races in the South.
As Africa’s largest country—positioned in arguably the most strategic and volatile corner of the continent—prepares for a likely split into two nations next year, security sector reform in the South will be an issue that the international community cannot afford to ignore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Late last night, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement—the ruling party in southern Sudan and the southern partner in Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement—announced its candidates for the two presidential contests set to take place in the country's April elections.
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.
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.
A powerful statement issued a couple of weeks ago by the Episcopal Church of Sudan is worth highlighting for the palpable frustration it conveys.
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.
Recent accounts of the latest Lord’s Resistance Army attacks in South Sudan suggest that the rebel group has grown in numbers and is in possession of new and ample ammunition.