Attacked from Both Sides: Abyei’s Existential Dilemma

Joshua Craze
Situation Update

Situation Update: South Sudan

Despite many high-profile interventions, Abyei remains mired in a violent impasse. Conflict between the Ngok and Twic Dinka continues, and the territory’s political future remains in limbo.  
Attacked from Both Sides: Abyei’s Existential Dilemma—a new Situation Update from the Small Arms Survey’s Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan (HSBA) project—discusses the causes for the deadlock surrounding this politically fractured territory, and the catastrophic effect conflict has on its civilians.

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Key findings


Origins of the Ngok–Twic conflict

A year of clashes

A year of agreements dishonoured

The northern neighbour

Implications for the international community


This Situation Update was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

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Keywords: South Sudan HSBA Situation Update Abyei

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