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S.Sudan swears national unity gov’t, but who takes responsibility for all the bloodshed & massacres?

30 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Sudan Tribune

(JUBA) – The newly appointed South Sudan’s ministers of the transitional government of national unity have been sworn in on Friday, a day after they were appointed.

The country saw the swearing in of cabinet ministers appointed on Thursday in preparations to complete formation of the transitional government of national unity, ending months of uncertainty.
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Machar reportedly denied landing at Juba airport; is there coordination with the TPLF?

23 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    There is something kinky about this situation. At one point Machar was blaming the TPLF not giving him clearance for weapons, at another logistical problems were the reason for his delay. Now we hear that the Kiir regime is not allowing his plane to land.

    This comes a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed “the decision of the Government of South Sudan to accept the compromise proposal on the arrangements for the return of First Vice President-designate Riek Machar to the country.” The Secretary-general Friday expressed the hope that the deal would enable the swift formation of the transitional unity government.
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Riek Machar no show at Juba: South Sudan peace at risk, say monitors

20 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    The love and secret liaison between the TPLF and Riek Machar would continue to be a problem for our subregion. We were not optimistic when the peace deal was finally operationalized into what seemed the final signature leading to the transitional government phase.
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The White Army and mythology in South Sudan political violence

17 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jacob Chol*

    “In response to the South Sudan state’s inability to provide security, however, new groups have emerged. For instance, Azande militants created? the Arrow Boys in response to the activities of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army in Western Equatoria State (Adeba 2015) in 2014. Amongst the Bor Dinka, an armed group called the Bor Panda Youth has emerged and was implicated in the killing of Nuer internally displaced persons (IDPs) under United Nations protection in April 2014 (Ibid). Moreover, a notorious group called the Maaban Defense Force became known to the world in August 2014 when it killed six Nuer aid workers, forcing aid organizations to halt activities in Maaban County of Upper Nile State.

    These groups are typically transitory in nature, tribally based, defensive in orientation, and lacking any ideology or long-term objectives. The White Army is an exception, however, having played an active part in Sudan’s second civil war in 1983-2005. While similar armed groups remained under community control, the White Army became an independent entity that was sometimes destructive to the community from which it originated (Young 2007). Smearing their faces with white ash to protect themselves from bugs, members of the group presented a fearsome aspect to both their enemies and their fellow Nuer.”

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TPLF-instigated ethnic conflicts increase Ethiopia’s instability: Gambella’s case & Nuer & Anyuak fights, a feature of TPLF’s divide & rule to permanently force them lose their lands

31 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

January 29, 2016 (GAMBELLA) – Deadly clashes occurred on Thursday and continued on Friday in the Ethiopian region of Gambella between the two majority communities: Nuer and Anyuak.
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Road to Kiir’s downfall he paved, mediators plus & Troika expanded, may have many more to blame for the conflict & at roads’ end still South Sudan with no peace

19 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

A day after the signing of the so-called South Sudan Addis Abeba Accord, signed by rebel leader Riek Machar and SPLM SG Paga Amum, news from South Sudan Tuesday morning August 18 was that “rebel forces had overrun key town in Eastern Equatoria state, after they allegedly came under attack by government forces in intense battles.”
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South Sudan government accused of backing Ethiopian rebels

19 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    Editors’s Note:

    South Sudan denies hosting Ethiopian rebels in its territory, see news report

March 18, 2015 (KAMPALA) – Officials of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice-president, Riek Machar, have accused president Salva Kiir’s government of backing new Ethiopian rebels against Addis Ababa.
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Riek Machar welcomes deployment of Ethiopian peacekeepers in S. Sudan strictly under UN mandate

8 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “If IGAD member states who mediate the peace talks want to interfere militarily in the conflict, we may rethink our participation in the talks.”

    – Riek Machar

South Sudanese rebels led by former vice-president, Riek Machar have welcomed Ethiopia’s plan to deploy troops in South Sudan, indicating they prefer to see them under the banner of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
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