100,000 Flee in one Week of Fighting in South Sudan

Fri May 8, 2015 20:06:21

Up to 100,000 people have fled a week of heavy fighting in South Sudan's civil war in the key northern oil state of Unity, the United Nations said Friday.

"Since the beginning of May, military activities south of Bentiu in Unity State have forced up to 100,000 people from their homes," UN aid chief in the war-torn country Toby Lanzer said in a statement.

The South Sudanese Civil War is an ongoing conflict between forces of the government and opposition forces.It began on the evening of 15 December 2013, at the meeting of the National Liberation Council meeting at Nyakuron, when opposition leaders Dr. Riek Machar, Pagan Amum and Rebecca Nyandeng voted to boycott the Sunday December 15, 2013 meeting of the National Liberation Council.


Internally displaced South Sudanese family watching on a solar-powered television the proceedings of the youngest nation's third Independence Day celebrations, from an IDP camp a in Malakal, on the day of the youngest nation's third Independence Day. South Sudan's warring leaders called on each other to restart peace talks on July 9, all the while trading blame for a raging civil war that marred independence celebrations in the world's youngest nation. Thousands waved flags at military parades, despite having little to celebrate in a nation ravaged by ethnic atrocities. South Sudan President Salva Kiir is seen on the television screen giving a speech in Juba. AFP PHOTO

President Salva Kiir ordered the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Major General Marial Ciennoung, commander of the Presidential Guard (The Tiger Battalion) to leave the meeting venue and return to the barracks to disarm the troops.

After disarming all ethnicities within the guard, Marial ordered that the Dinka members be re-armed.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) and leader of South Sudan's largest rebel group and former vice-president Riek Machar (R)

His deputy, from the Nuer ethnicity, began to question this order and a fight ensued when surrounding officers saw the commotion.

The Nuer soldiers also re-armed themselves. Fighting erupted between the Dinka elements of the Presidential Guard and the Nuer elements. President Salva Kiir has called it a coup attempt and announced that it had been put down the next day, but fighting again erupted and going on.

South Sudan or Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city.

South Sudan is bordered by the Republic of the Sudan to the north, Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, and the Central African Republic to the west.

It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal.