JMEC appeals for South Sudan dialogue as cost of conflict deepens

The head of the commission responsible for overseeing South Sudan’s peace and political agreements said Wednesday that he is dismayed by escalating conflict that prevents their implementation, while exacting a heavy toll in humanitarian terms. “Over the past three months there have been increasing reports of targeted and revenge killings,…

Kenya: SPLM-IO wants answers on two new Nairobi disappearances

Kenya is again being accused of kidnapping South Sudanese opposition leaders critical of Salva Kiir’s leadership, a senior SPLM-IO official tells the independent South Sudan News Agency. According to the Nairobi-based outlet, Dong Samuel Luak was taken Monday evening from his home by people who identified themselves as Kenyan police…

UN: No official word on Kenya pullout in South Sudan

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has stressed the importance of Kenya’s role in South Sudan, while defending the UN report that resulted in Kenya’s swift and unusually strong decision to withdraw more than 1,000 troops from the UNMISS peacekeeping mission. “We have not been officially appraised…

Report on Juba attacks details changes for UNMISS operations

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to implement new measures for the United States Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), designed to ensure greater accountability and better protect South Sudanese civilians. The UN decision follows an independent investigation of the violence that spanned days marked by chaos in and around the…

South Sudan: rebel return raises peace hopes

As the conflict in South Sudan continues the world waits to hear how the young country will implement the peace deal that was drawn up four months ago. The Associated Press (AP) reports that a group of South Sudanese rebels has returned to the capital, Juba, after spending two years…

South Sudan peace deal failing

Conflict in South Sudan is continuing to pick up even with the latest peace deal which seems to be quickly failing. The peace deal was signed in August this year between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar after 21 months of fighting. The peace deal started off with…