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African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

Inter-communal conflict a big killer in South Sudan

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The last quarter of 2023 saw a surge in inter-communal conflict in what the United Nations (UN) Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) terms “pockets”...

South Sudan: some spoilers want peace to fail, putting 2024 elections...

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South Sudan is expected to hold its first general election in December 2024. It became an independent state in 2011. The long overdue election is...

South Sudan undeclared ammo issue resolved amicably

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The arrival of 16 boxes of undeclared ammunition with a contingent rotating into South Sudan for a tour of duty with the United Nations...

UN service medals for Rwandan peacekeepers in South Sudan

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The Rwandan contingent (Rwanbatt-1) of UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) was honoured with world body’s service medal 10 months after deployment. Peacekeeping duties...

Mashatile talks peace in South Sudan

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South African Deputy President, Paul Mashatile, is Cyril Ramaphosa’s point man for South Sudan and was in the continent’s newest country this week to...

War in Sudan puts South Sudan in danger too: the world’s...

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Twelve years after independence, South Sudan remains extremely poor and underdeveloped. A peace deal brokered in 2018 has failed to end conflict. And the...

UNMISS marks 75 years of peacekeeping in the world’s newest country

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South African Nicholas Haysom, head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), used Monday’s (29 May) International Day of the Peacekeeper to...

Sudan’s conflict will have a ripple effect in an unstable region...

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Sudan, Africa’s third largest country by land mass, shares borders with seven countries in an unstable region. This means that Sudan’s current conflict will...

Kenyan airlift moves South Sudanese into DR Congo for regional force...

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An example of regional co-operation in the quest for peace saw Kenya Defence Forces, in the form of its air force, supply airlift and...

Make or break year for South Sudan

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South Sudan is at a critical crossroad with action needed to quell inter-communal clashes, ramp up assistant to ever more communities in need and...

No end to violence in South Sudan

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Violence against South Sudanese civilians increased sharply at the end of last year according to the United Nations (UN) mission in the world’s youngest...

2023 “a critical year” for South Sudan – top UN official

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There has to be forward movement on at least four fronts as South Sudan enters “a critical year” with a sense of urgency essential...

Worrying youth mobilisation in South Sudan

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The United Nations (UN) mission in South Sudan – UNMISS – is concerned about reports of armed Nuer youth mobilising in the greater Jonglei...

UNMISS medal parade

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Just reward for an away from home deployment in a dangerous and hostile environment came in the form of a United Nations (UN) medal...

Medals for Rwandan peacekeepers

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Two Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) units – the 1st Battalion called Rwanbatt-3 and Rwanda Aviation Unit serving under the UN Mission in South Sudan...

ISS: Splintered armed forces still obstruct peace in South Sudan

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In April, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice President Riek Machar re-committed to the peace deal they signed in 2018 that ended five years...

Three reasons for hope that South Sudan can find peace after...

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South Sudan’s nation building never really started. Two years into its hard-won independence, a civil war broke out in December 2013. This robbed the...

Zimbabwean major honoured with UN military gender advocate award

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Zimbabwean military observer Major Winnet Zhahare was today (Thursday, 26 May) named the 2021 United Nations (UN) Military Gender Advocate of the Year –...

Peacekeeping in South Sudan: it’s a race against time for the...

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A notable consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the near-complete breakdown of what was already a deeply fraught relationship among the permanent...

Conflict related sexual violence on the rise in South Sudan

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A decrease in violence against civilians in South Sudan is offset by cases of conflict related sexual violence more than doubling, compared to the...

Kiir and Machar: insights into South Sudan’s strongmen

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Salva Kiir and Riek Machar loom large over South Sudan’s recent history. And they will keep holding the future of the young nation in...

Peace in South Sudan hinges on forging a unified military force:...

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Implementation of the 2018 peace agreement in South Sudan lags significantly behind its mandated schedule. One of the reasons for this slow progress is...

UN service medals for Ghanaians in South Sudan

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Ghanaian troops deployed in South Sudan since July last year were honoured with United Nations (UN) service medals for, among others, “proving their undisputed...

ISS: Kiir and Machar kiss and make up yet again

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice-President Riek Machar shook hands this week on yet another agreement to revive the chronically faltering peace...

Cracks in South Sudan’s fragile peace could further harm civilians

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Clashes in parts of the Unity and Upper Nile states of South Sudan over recent weeks have resulted in killings, displacement, attacks against aid,...

Inter-communal clashes see UNMISS increase patrols

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An increase in inter-communal clashes in South Sudan’s Warrap State and neighbouring Abyei Special Administrative Region has seen the United Nations (UN) mission up...

Rape used as conflict reward in South Sudan – UNHCR

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Widespread sexual violence against women and girls in conflict is fuelled by systemic impunity, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) in South...

UNMISS efforts see drop in South Sudan violence

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Evidence of the good work done by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) comes in a just released report showing a 42%...

Pakistani sappers contain South Sudan flood damage

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A hundred days and counting is how Pakistani peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) describe their current task which sees...

“Over-zealous” security undermining peace in South Sudan

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State security forces in South Sudan are responsible for new and potentially arbitrary restrictions against prominent civil society leaders, issuing “credible” death threats undermining...

UNMISS temporary bases put blue helmets where needed

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Preventing conflict starting or speedily mitigating its effects on civilians through temporary bases in hotspots is a key priority for the UN Mission in...

ISS: Rising community violence exposes South Sudan’s fragile peace deal

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Security arrangements under the 2018 peace agreement are already strained as efforts to unify the armed forces falter. A surge in community violence in adds...

ISS: Deadly cost of South Sudan’s delayed security reforms

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Violent clashes between armed factions in Riek Machar’s camp highlight the urgency of creating a unified defence force. South Sudan has failed to unify the...

Thai sappers in South Sudan go the extra mile

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Blue helmets from Thailand working with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) not only do their bit to repair and rehabilitate critical infrastructure...

Internet disrupted, streets quiet in South Sudan after call for protests

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Internet services in South Sudan were disrupted on Monday and security forces patrolled the streets after activists called for protests against President Salva Kiir's...

Medals for Indian and Sri Lankan peacekeepers

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The service of almost 250 Indian and Sri Lankan “blue berets” serving with the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was noted at a...

South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties...

South African heads up UNMISS

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Another notable position is now on South African lawyer Nicholas “Fink” Haysom’s international relations CV following his arrival in South Sudan at the weekend...

South Sudan peacekeepers rescue deminers

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Even those working at removing and disabling mines as well as other potentially lethal remnants of war are not safe from attacks, including ambushes...

Violence still raging in South Sudan despite peace deal: UN

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Violence is still raging in vast swathes of South Sudan a year after a peace deal was signed to end a civil war that...

Ghanaian peacekeepers South Sudan mercy mission

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Ghanaian peacekeepers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were commended for giving lifesaving support to a man severely wounded in recent violent...

ISS: Ethiopia can learn from its neighbours about national dialogue

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The optimism initially generated by Ethiopia’s much-praised political transition that started in 2018 has waned. Rivalry has grown between the federal government and some...

South Sudan death toll in disarmament fighting rises, UN sends peacekeepers

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The death toll in South Sudan’s Warrap State has risen to 148 following fighting this past weekend during a disarmament exercise, a local government...

At least 81 people killed as South Sudan’s disarmament erupts in...

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At least 81 people have been killed in the South Sudan region of Warrap State following heavy fighting between armed civilians and government forces carrying...

Hundreds killed in South Sudan tribal clashes – ICRC

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Hundreds of civilians, including three aid workers, were killed in a series of tribal clashes in villages in South Sudan’s vast Jonglei state, the...

ISS: Can South Sudan change its approach to politics?

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The formation of South Sudan’s new unity government on 22 February is a major milestone in recent efforts to restore peace in that country....

Former rebel leader now Sudan’s first vice president

Former rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as South Sudan’s first vice president on Saturday as part of a unity government with former...

South Sudan unity government coming

Former South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to form a unity government with President Salva Kiir by Saturday’s deadline, following talks at state...

South Sudan unity government deadline looms

Former South Sudanese rebels in t-shirts and sandals marched alongside government forces in a display to reassure international monitors progress is being made on...