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Vol 51 No 12

Published 11th June 2010


Militias of the new age

In the seven short months before January’s independence referendum, militias in the South’s oil-producing areas – Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states – will be one of the main challenges facing the Government of South Sudan. Many believe the warlords running the militias are paid and armed by the Khartoum regime. Certainly, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which dominates the GOSS, sees Khartoum’s machinations behind the mutiny of several hundred mainly Nuer troops of the GOSS army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, and now openly accuses the National Congress Party of destabilisation.

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