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Jonglei State

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2014/07/04 Jonglei state has cancelled its agreement with OCHA, the UN's humanitarian coordination agency, over dispute about relative quantities of food distributed in government- and rebel-held areas, says the state's information minister. Snippet: Jonglei state has cancelled its agreement with OCHA, the UN's hum....
2014/06 More than a thousand SPLA soldiers desert their posts in Jonglei apparently as a result of non-payment of wages for as much as much as six months. Snippet: More than a thousand SPLA soldiers desert their posts in Jonglei appar....
2014/05/09 A peace agreement is signed between David Yauyau`s SSLM/A-C group and GRSS in Addis Ababa. It was mediated by church leaders under Bishop Paride Taban. It is unclear whether the terms vary from those initialled on 28th March, which involve the creation and funding of a Greater Pibor Administrative Area. Snippet: A peace agreement is signed between David Yauyau`s SSLM/A-C group and ....
2014/04/29 Eastern Equatoria State warns Jonglei State to stay out of Kasengor Payam, which it says is part of Kapoeta East County, not Pibor County. It comes after a letter emerges written by Defence Minister Kuol Manyang (formerly governor of Jonglei) directing the release of two vehicles to the "Jie community in Kasengor payam [district] of Pibor county". An MP of Pibor South calls the EES claim a lie. The emergence of the issue seems to be related to demands made by David Yau Yau's rebel group in peace negotiations with GRSS. Snippet: Eastern Equatoria State warns Jonglei State to sta....
2014/04/18 to 2014/04/20 Reactions to the recent attack on the Bor UN compound by local youth: *Jonglei governor John Kong Nyuon deplores it and vows that the state government will investigate and take measures against the perpetrators. *National information minister Michael Makuei, claims the attack was provoked when UNMISS forces fired warning shots. *President Kiir calls it an ‘irresponsible act by irresponsible people’. *UN Security Council expresses outrage and warns that such attacks against civilians and peacekeepers 'may constitute a war crime'. Snippet 1827
2014/04/17 At least 58 people are killed when local youth invade the UN compound and begin shooting at people sheltered there. UN peacekeepers fight back. There are reports that the attack was triggered when camp residents celebrated the fall of Bentiu to rebel forces. Snippet 1824
2014/04 IGAD ceasefire monitors begin work in Bor on 1st April and Bentiu on 5th April. They are expected to start in Malakal on 15th April. Snippet
2014/04/11 Jonglei State Governor acknowledges that looters in Bor town during the recent crises included civilians and GRSS forces. He asks police to arrest suspects. Snippet
2014/04/08 The speaker of the Jonglei State assembly resigns to allow re-establishment of the traditional balance in the high offices of the state between Greater Bor, Greater Fangak, Greater Akobo and Greater Pibor areas. Snippet
2014/04 There is no secondary school in Pochalla County. The main option for students seeking secondary education is to go to Ethiopia. Snippet
2014/04 Government in Bor is providing hard currency to selected traders, apparently in order to bring more imported goods to the area. Snippet
2014/04/04 SUDRA, the relief department of the Episcopal Church (ECSSS), is active in trying to assist displaced people [mainly Dinka from Jonglei] in Nimule area. Local people originally resisted their settlement, but local government has recently allocated land in Miljok to settle 35,000 persons. Snippet
2014/03 People sheltering in the UN camp in Bor (and other places) lack access to secondary health care because it is unsafe for them to go to nearby government hospitals, and aid agencies lack the funding to provide this kind of care. Snippet
2014/03/28 A peace agreement is initialled by negotiators of GRSS and SSDM-Cobra (David Yauyau militia). The agreement is to create a Greater Pibor Administrative Area, similar to a new state. It also involves a special development fund, increased representation of Murle people in the National Legislative Assembly, and positions for Murle in the national government. The agreement was facilitated by a South Sudanese Church Leaders Mediation Initiative (CLMI). Snippet 1715
2014/03/28 Jonglei State Governor John Kong replaces the Commissioner of Pochalla County, a week after the defection of an SPLA unit there. He also dismisses commissioners of counties which are now under rebel control: Akobo, Nyirol, Uror, and Ayod. Snippet
2014/03 Three years after eruption of fighting in Pibor area (Jonglei state), most schools remain closed. Currently the problem is not so much direct insecurity as indirect effects: limited availability of teachers, and difficulty getting ready to use the new South Sudan curriculum. Pibor County Commissioner hopes schools will open in April with the help of UNICEF. Snippet
2014/03 The World Bank is supporting a Rapid Results Health Project (RRHP) in Jonglei and Upper Nile, with initial funding of USD 28 million in August 2012, which it says is now 'seeing strong results'. Snippet
2014/02 The clinic, orphanage and schools destroyed - apparently by rebels - in Duk County were built and supported by JDF (John Dau Foundation), a US non-profit set up by a former 'lost boy'. Snippet 1512
2013 Kenya Commercial Bank reports that its South Sudan subsidiary in 2013 contributed 9.4% of its $164 million group earnings: about $15 million. However, since the rebellion it has closed its branches in Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. Snippet
2014/03/02 Nuer residents of the UNMISS camp in Bor say they cannot go out because Nuer who go out are killed. Snippet
2014/02/28 to 2014/03/01 The paramount chief in Duk County (Jonglei) is captured by rebel forces and then rescued by local youth, according to the local MP. There is dispute over whether destruction to villages and the county's only health clinic was done by government or rebel forces. Snippet 1506
2014/02 Twic East County (Jonglei state) apparently suffers a new raid by Murle. It is also facing a threat from Lau Nuer despite some of its chiefs allegedly having provided cattle to Riek's rebels in January, and the allegedly anti-government stance of Dr Majak Agoot, a son of the county and currently still in government detention. Snippet
2014/02/24 Aquilla Lam, acting governor of Jonglei State, estimates that 60% of Bor town has been cleared in recent fighting. Snippet
2014/02 UNMISS South Korean and Indian contingents are providing emergency medical services for conflict-affected people in and around Bor town. Snippet 1457
2014/01 GOSS information minister Michael Makuei accuses UNMISS of sheltering rebels in Bor after its re-capture by the SPLA. The UN Secretary-General expresses alarm that senior members of GOSS and SPLA tried to force entry to the UNMISS civilian protection site at Bor, and threatened UN staff. Snippet 1394
2013/12/25 to 2013/12/31 GOSS forces recaptured Bor on 25 December, but lost it again to rebels on 31 December 2013. Snippet
2014/01/18 The SPLA with Ugandan forces recaptures Bor town from rebels (White Army and Peter Gatdet's forces). Snippet: The SPLA with Ugandan forces recaptures Bor town f....
2014/02 US presidential advisor Ted Dagne and activist John Prendergast visit Bor. The latter says that the destruction of Bor by rebels was the worst crime committed in South Sudan since its independence. Snippet
2013/10 HIV infection rates appear to be rising sharply in Bor town and its surrounding area. This is attributed to contact with sex workers who mainly come from neighbouring countries in East Africa. Snippet
2013/10/15 The office of Zain in Bor town is robbed at night of cash and goods valued at SSP 144,000. The safe was opened with shots but police assigned to guard the market area said they heard none. Those police have been arrested on suspicion of complicity. Snippet
2013/10/20 to 2013/10/24 There is a major raid on civilians in Twic East County on 20th October, apparently by forces liked to David Yau Yau. 79 people are killed including women and children. President Kiir strongly condemns it but urges the aggrieved communities to 'exercise restraint and remain calm while the law takes its course'. Snippet 1357
2013/10 The ambassador of Somalia to South Sudan visits Jonglei State. Snippet
2013/10 A Jonglei-based group called Youth Mama Church Farmers is trying to promote peace through demonstration of farming for self-reliance. Snippet
2013/10/03 Anyuak paramount chief in Akobo County (Jonglei State), Chol Odio, and other Anyuak in the county, are killed, apparently by Lou Nuer youth. Snippet
2013/09 A local MP in Pigi County alleges that 13,000 sacks of dura, WFP food aid intended as food for work in Khorfulus and Atar Payams, was wrongly sold in the market by county officials. This seems to be related to the sacking of the RRC coordinator by the County Commissioner. Snippet 1219
2013/08 Acting Jonglei State governor, Hussein Maar, arranges with UNMISS (South Korean engineering unit) to help building dykes against flooding in Bor area. Snippet 1204
2013/08/23 Angry soldiers in Bor area, Jonglei state, have been blocking roads to protest against six month arrears of salaries. They have been resorting to borrowing from shops, and engaging in petty business (firewood). Snippet
2013/08/23 UN Security Council issues a statement on Jonglei violence, calling for humanitarian access and investigation and accountability for attacks on civilians and UNMISS. Snippet 1202
2011/12 to 2013/08 Twic East County suffers from repeated raids and killings, suspected to be by Murle, and complains of inadequate protection and humanitarian response. Snippet
2013/08/08 to 2013/08/15 On 8th August, senior members of the US congressional committee on foreign relations write to President Kiir calling for reassignment of the SPLA commander in Jonglei, and investigations into soldiers suspected of committing human rights violations and ethnically-motivated violence. On 15th August, the new defence minister confirms that an investigation is taking place. Snippet
2013/08/08 At least seven people killed and hundreds of cattle stolen in Twic East County (Jonglei State), according to local officials and witnesses. The attackers were said to be Murle. Snippet
2013/05 The dike to reduce flooding in Bor and Twic East Counties is being repaired by ASCOM, a Moldova-based oil company, which has a production-sharing agreement with South Sudan. Snippet
2012/07/29 Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, as chair of the presidential peace committee for Jonglei, issues a letter in which he blames the continuation of violence on failure to provide a 'peace dividend' for the May 2012 peace agreement, particularly by the foreign aid agencies involved. Snippet
2013/07/30 President Kiir uses Martyrs Day speech to call for SPLA accountability over abuses against civilians in Jonglei State. He also asks Murle leaders to persuade Yauyau to accept amnesty. Snippet 1039
2013/07 The director general of mineral development surmises that the value of gold produced by 'local miners', untaxed and mostly unofficially exported, could be about USD 600 million per year. The main sites are Greater Kapoeta in EES, Udabi in Morobo County in CES, and Pachalla in UNS. Snippet
2013/05 to 2013/07 About 5,000 South Sudanese people from Jonglei became refugees in Gambella (Ethiopia) between May and July 2013, according to a UNHCR official interviewed by Sudan Tribune. Snippet 1015
2013/04/09 UN convoy is attacked in Jonglei, killing 12 including five Indian peacekeepers and five employees of a company drilling wells for the UN, four of whom were Kenyans. SPLM attributes attack to Yauyau, but UN has not [yet] conclusively identified the attackers. Snippet 834
2011 OCHA, 2013, p. 4: "Heavy flooding across the country in 2012 affected over 313,000 people in 44 of South Sudan’s 79 counties. This was three times more than in 2011, where about 80,000 people in 16 counties were affected by seasonal floods." More than 70 per cent of the flood-displaced people in 2012 were in Jonglei State. Snippet 656
2013/02/08 More than 100 Lou Nuer people are killed while doing their seasonal migration to the Sobat river in a guarded convoy. The large force of attackers is thought to be associated with David Yauyau. Snippet 641
2013/01 Fighting between Deer and Koch clans of Makuac Payam, in a longstanding dispute over toic land, brings four deaths. The army launches a campaign to disarm them (which calls into question the effectiveness of the disarmament campaign launched in March 2012). Snippet 611
2012/08 Aug 2012: Yauyau forces reportedly kill at least 24 SPLA in ambush in Pibor area (BBC 27 Aug) Snippet 580
Reference Mini-review
Rachel Gordon, 2014/03. In the eye of the storm: An analysis of internal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei State [Report] Feinstein International Center, Tufts University. Accessed online.

Explores the complexity of conflict and underdevelopment in Jonglei, warning against simplistic analyses or proffered solutions. Notes that "elites have maintained or fallen back on the strategies they employed throughout the decades of war for solidifying their own social and financial positions in the face of constant threat" and concludes that "the causes of conflict must be disaggregated and chipped away without unrealistic hopes for quick solutions" but also that "the perpetrators and enablers of violence...must be consistently held accountable through both words and actions".

IRIN, 2013/07/25. Briefing: Why the violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei State [Article] IRIN. Accessed online.

Useful short backgrounder with references.

UNMISS, 2012/06. Incidents of inter-communal violence in Jonglei State [Report] United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Accessed online.
Lucy BeckSouth Sudanese, who are again refugees in Uganda, see no reason to ever go home [Article] UNHCR. Accessed online.

Short article, poignant family case, big implications.

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