News Round-Up 15/07/16

15 July 2016

News from HART

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  • This week, we have been closely monitoring the escalating conflict in South Sudan. See below for our news updates.




South Sudan 

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Some of the at least three thousand displaced women, men and children taking shelter at the UN compound in Tomping area in Juba. Photograph: Beatrice Mategwa/AFP/Getty Images
  • After five days of heavy fighting the guns are silent in South Sudan. A ceasefire come into effect on Tuesday 17:00 GMT after President Salva Kiir announced it on Monday evening which was quickly reciprocated by Vice President Rieck Machar on Tuesday. The fighting started last Thursday when five government soldiers were killed at a roadblock. It then escalated rapidly with tanks, artillery and helicopter gunships between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice president Riek Machar. Both leaders admitted in a press conference on Saturday that they could not understand the conflict casualties – indicating a lack of control over their troops. Especially on the opposition side, lines of control have exhibited the same level of flux they exhibited during most of the war. Many soldiers have followed senior opposition officials rather than Vice President Riek Machar. According to Edmund Yakani, a prominent civil society leader, the next challenge will be whether the military leadership accepts the cease-fire or not.
  • On Tuesday, UNHCR representatives in Geneva called on armed parties to protect civilians and demanded that neighbouring countries to keep borders open for people fleeing the violence. Inside of South Sudan up to 7000 internally displayed people sought shelter in the UN base in Juba. The agency noted that there are reports of indiscriminate attacks against civilians who took buses from Juba to the Uganda border. Furthermore, the security at the Uganda border had been tightened which restricted the number of individuals crossing to seek asylum.
  • According to Casie Copeland, Senior Analyst from International Crisis Group, the return of conflict was a growing danger. In the nine months since the signing of the peace agreement in last August 2015 the warring parties have simply paused hostilities while remaining in close proximity. The peace agreement came into power with tremendous external pressure of neighbouring countries Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as China and the U.S. After the signing, regional as well as international powers reduced their focus on South Sudan and the mediation process became inactive. There was no move toward unification or de-mobilisation. Hence, South Sudan’s warring parties backtracked to their uncompromising positions.


  • Head of Sudan’s parliamentary committee on defence and security Ahmed Imam al-Tuhami demanded the concerned government organs to take the necessary measures to receive a new wave of refugees expected to flee fighting in South Sudan.
  • Sudanese government and the UN launched the Humanitarian Response Plan. The plan seeks US$952 million to address the humanitarian needs of up to 4.6 million people out of which US$581 million is designated for IDPs; US$225 million for refugees, and US$146 for vulnerable residents.





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