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…

SPLM-IO: Machar denied entry, sent back to South Africa

South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar, head of the SPLM-IO, was forbidden from entering Ethiopia and returned to South Africa, a spokesman for the rebel group told the Sudan Tribune. Machar was traveling to the SPLM-IO headquarters in Pagak, near the Ethiopian border, when he was stopped at Bole International…

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Nearly a third of all people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity now, and that’s expected to “rapidly deteriorate to massive proportions” in 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The FAO issued an assessment report Monday explaining that harvest time in South Sudan traditionally means…

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…