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South Sudan

South Sudan

Population: 11.7 mn.
GDP: $11.9 bn.
Debt: n/a
Overview:

While its leaders fight over power-sharing and the spoils of office, the world's youngest state teeters on the edge of widespread famine. A collapse in the oil price, though, means they can't continue squandering national resources. As pressure for sanctions and intervention mounts, mediator IGAD seeks a new government by 9 July, Independence Day.

 

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Revenge culture

Threats of sanctions and prosecution have done nothing to stop the rival combatants from a new round of attacks before the rainy season

A government offensive to dislodge the rebels from their Unity State stronghold before rains make roads impassable for its mechanised forces has triggered a mass exodus of civilian...


The other crisis

As government funds dry up and talks with the World Bank break down, Juba is seeking increasingly risky loans

The government in Juba is trying to make do with virtually no income. The fall in the world price of oil, the government's main source of income, has been particularly bruising. Ha...


To publish or be damned

The African Union faces growing demands to release its no-holds-barred report detailing the role of top officials in ethnic killing

As regional authorities struggle to break South Sudan's political impasse with yet another round of peace talks planned for Addis Ababa next month, the African Union faces an acute...


Blurred lines and child soldiers

A programme backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to demobilise child soldiers could be doing the opposite: prompting more abductions of children. It started ...


A test of everyone’s will

After 14 months of civil war, the two sides are in last-chance talks with the threat of international sanctions hanging over them

Talks between the Juba government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition, plus the group of former detainees, continued as Africa Confidential went to press. The ...


US security and Chinese capital

There’s a build-up of arms and fighters in the Upper Nile oil fields amid doubts about the latest ceasefire deal

An innovative alliance between United States' security expertise and Chinese capital – in the form of a Hong Kong-registered company called Frontier Services Group (FSG) &nda...


Long tunnel, glimmer of light

A step has been taken to end the fighting and towards a lasting political agreement. Weak oil prices put more pressure on the government

A tentative step forward has been made with a political reunification deal signed in Arusha on 21 January between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his sacked Deputy Riek Machar Te...


A deadline for the deadline

Regional officials are finally running out of patience with obfuscation from both warring parties and could impose sanctions next month

This time the deadline for a peace and power-sharing agreement is serious, runs the message from regional and international officials. On 25 August, the Inter-Governmental Authorit...


Famine ‘almost a certainty’

The conflict has caused a food emergency and sanctions against the rival leaders for blocking progress are now on the table

One million South Sudanese are threatened by starvation, with at least another three million at serious risk, United Nations and United States' officials say. The US Agency for Int...


The end of the beginning

President Salva Kiir and his former Deputy, Riek Machar, have agreed to an interim government but its shape is far from clear

Mediators in Addis Ababa studiously played down the fact that the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 9 May was not the result of face-to-face talks between South Sudan's ...


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