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South Sudan Referendum Prep in Numbers

With less than 100 days until southern Sudanese go to the polls to vote for unity or secession, here's a snapshot of how referendum preparation is coming along.

By Amanda Hsiao

October 4, 2010

A New Militia Rises in South Sudan

A decision by the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly to arm and train the so-called Arrow Boys underlines the inability of South Sudan’s army to protect civilians while raising the risk that the new militia could constitute an effective private army for local politicians seeking influence.

By Ledio Cakaj

September 30, 2010

South Sudan Referendum Moves Past Secretary General Impasse

After months of deadlock over the appointment of the secretary general for the South Sudan Referendum Commission, the SPLM has conceded to what is largely viewed as an NCP nomination for the position, announcing Monday that it would allow a northerner to take the post.

By Amanda Hsiao

August 24, 2010

Field Dispatch: To the Referendum and Beyond- South Sudan’s Lesser Known Flashpoints

In less than six months, the people of southern Sudan will vote in a self-determination referendum that is expected to result in the secession of the South roughly a year from now. The dynamics shaping the historic and dramatic changes in Sudan are fluid, yet some of the core issues facing southern Sudan will endure regardless of the outcome of the referendum. In this field dispatch for Enough, southern Sudan field researcher Maggie Fick identifies some of these key, lesser recognized, flashpoints.

By Maggie Fick

July 29, 2010

South Sudan News Clips—The “Attractiveness” of Unity?

Despite the recent efforts of the National Congress Party to “make unity attractive” to southerners anxious to cast their votes in the upcoming self-determination referendum, the resounding sentiment of southerners still seems to rest in the “separation” camp.

By Maggie Fick

July 6, 2010

Rogue General in South Sudan Claims Support from Other Leaders

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

By Amanda Hsiao

June 1, 2010

LRA Launches Spate of Attacks in South Sudan

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.

By Ledio Cakaj

May 17, 2010

Tensions Mount Between Defeated Candidate and South Sudan Army

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.

By Amanda Hsiao

May 7, 2010

Post-Electoral Tensions Prompt South Sudan Army Defection

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.

By Amanda Hsiao

May 5, 2010

Election Lessons For South Sudan's Referendum

The SPLM’s Dr. Itto made a compelling case yesterday that the National Electoral Commission, or NEC, could have done more to anticipate and resolve election irregularities prior to the start of polling “if they had had the will to do something.”

By Maggie Fick

April 15, 2010

Prioritize Security Sector Reform In South Sudan

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.

By Maggie Fick

April 14, 2010

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