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Vol 58 No 22

Published 3rd November 2017

South Sudan

No let-up in southern fighting

Battles rage in the southern province of Equatoria, where a rival rebel group threatens to split the opposition

Since the collapse of South Sudan's Western-backed peace deal in July 2016, civil war has engulfed much of the three Equatorian provinces which comprise the southern third of the country. The vast area includes over a dozen tribes and the national capital, and borders Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo-Kinshasa and the Central African Republic. While the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) of Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon has suffered major losses in the country's north-east since July 2016, in Equatoria the rebels have taken swathes of territory and are containing government forces to key towns and roadways.

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