A Pause Not a Peace: Conflict in Jonglei and the GPAA

the Small Arms Survey
Situation Update

Situation Update: South Sudan

A reshuffle of Jonglei’s state government is underway, precipitated by the out-going leadership’s inability to quell chronic armed violence and raiding in the state.. While the current rainy season will prevent large-scale raiding in the coming months, attacks on humanitarian convoys and low-level raiding continue, with women and children abducted. There are alarming signs that abductions are becoming commercialized, with the money paid for abductees’ release being used to purchase ammunition and other materiel, sometimes bought from SSPDF soldiers.

'A Pause Not a Peace: Conflict in Jonglei and the GPAA'— a new Situation Update from the Small Arms Survey’s Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan (HSBA) project — examines current political dynamics in Jonglei, prospects for peace, and what can be done to mitigate violence against civilians.

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Key findings


The commodification of abductions

Security and legitimacy in the absence of the state

The political state of Jonglei

Humanitarian delivery and diversion

Peace prospects

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 Situation Update HSBA Upper Nile State

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