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Wartime Trade and the Reshaping of Power in South Sudan: Learning from the Market of Mayen Rual

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During war, geographies of economic and political power are often recast by shifting patterns of trade and population movements. This can present an opportunity for local leaders to reshape legal and moral logics to attract trade and people to areas under their control. But these shifts can also create ambiguities and tensions that extend into…

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Communities tackling small arms and light weapons in South Sudan: lessons learnt and best practices

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The proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW) is one of the most pervasive problems facing South Sudan. This briefing explores Saferworld’s work to identify and improve community-based solutions. In April 2017, with support from United Nations Mines Action Service (UNMAS), Saferworld launched a project to identify and improve community-based solutions to…

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Comparative Study of Activities and Modalities for Resilience Building in South Sudan

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South Sudanis a complex working environment, presenting unique challenges for development programming. This comparative study aimed to assess what lessons could be learned from the recently closed portfolio of projects seeking to strengthen resilience, with a focus on agriculture, food security and livelihoods. This report highlights learning in two categories: modalities of working and activities.…

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Food Security and Nutrition Vulnerability and Risk Analysis in Former Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States

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The trends reported in the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) show a growing food security crisis in South Sudan, with a high proportion of people sliding into crisis andemergency food insecurity level. The underlying fears concern an emerging acute lack of food in almost all parts of the country, with millions of people, many…

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“The dead are just to drink from”: recycling ideas of revenge amongst the western Dinka, South Sudan

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Governments in South Sudan have long built their authority on their ability to fashion changing regimes of revenge and compensation, war and peace. Governments’ capture of these regimes has resulted in the secularisation of compensation despite the ongoing spiritual consequences of lethal violence. This article explores these issues by focusing on the western Dinka of…

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Remembering the Ones We Lost

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Remembering The Ones We Lost is a public memorial that aims to name all victims of conflict and armed violence in South Sudan.

This initiative hopes to bring attention to the shared suffering, give additional meaning to cries for peace and be a tool for understanding and reconciliation amongst South Sudanese individuals and communities.

As such, the website allows individuals and communities to provide the names of people killed in armed conflicts through filling of the testimonial form via email, SMS and twitter. The project compiles the names of all people who have died in armed struggle since 1955 to-date and generalized armed violence.

You can participate in the project by visiting the project website and submitting the name of someone who is lost and/or by offering a memorial tribute.

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The Spectacle of Death: Visibility and Concealment at an Unfinished Memorial in South Sudan

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This article examines an attempt to build a memorial to local victims of civil war in South Sudan. The memorial commemorates the mass execution of civilians in 1964, close to the town of Gogrial in a rural part of South Sudan. During this massacre, local people were killed and their bodies piled up into a…

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Contesting the Militarization of the Places Where They Met: the Landscapes of the Western Nuer and Dinka (South Sudan)

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Decades of militarized, violent conflict and elite wealth acquisition have created a common rupture in shared landscapes between communities of the western Dinka and Nuer (South Sudan). Through the remaking of these landscapes, governments and their wars have indirectly reshaped political identities and relationships. Networks of complex relationships have used this space for migration, marriage,…

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Borders are Galaxies: Interpreting Contestations over Local Administrative Boundaries in South Sudan

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This article argues, drawing on research in a Dinka-speaking part of South Sudan, that conflicts over local boundaries are rooted in the existence of different border paradigms and in subsequent attempts to resolve, sometimes violently, competing moral claims on the landscape. Link to publication

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200 peace activists trained by CNHPR

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This video is an interesting look at the vision for a national reconciliation and healing process just before the outbreak of wider conflict in December 2013. “On 25 November 2012, a public announcement of ‘a first-ever comprehensive peace and national reconciliation conference to try and heal the mental wounds that have visibly divided … communities…

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Women of South Sudan

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This video gives voice to women affected by the conflict in South Sudan since 2013. The contributors discuss the impact of the war and the involvement of women in the peace process. South Sudan’s peace agreement signed in August was meant to end a 21-month-old civil war that has left thousands dead and many more…

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CNHPR Warrap Community Consultations Completed

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This is the report of CNHPR conducted Community Consultations in 39 Payams of Warrap State. Seven weeks after the launching of grassroots consultation in Juba on the 19th May 2015, the Committee for National Healing has now conducted 39 Payam Consultations in Warrap State. The grassroots consultations were facilitated by the 55 Peace Mobilizers CNHPR…

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Mapping Conflict Motives: the Sudan – South Sudan border

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This report analyses the conflict dynamics in the wider border area between Sudan and South Sudan. The analysis specifically looks into the motivations and interests of the parties involved in the interstate, intrastate and local conflicts. The main questions this report will cover are: Where are conflict parties focussing their efforts? Which strategic interests do…

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Police Service and Law Enforcement in South Sudan

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This report (2013), based on field research, investigates the functioning of South Sudan’s police service as a provider of security. The report also reviews the public image of the police, investigating what citizens think about the police contribution to or exacerbation of the security situation, as well as what the public suggests as the best…

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Challenges to Security, Livelihoods, and Gender Justice in South Sudan: The situation of Dinka agro-pastoralist communities in Lakes and Warrap States

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In South Sudan, widespread euphoria following independence in July 2011 has given way to disappointment that expected peace dividends have not materialised. Many South Sudanese are experiencing insecurity, a lack of access to basic services, and increasing inequalities. Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in remote border areas are particularly affected by insecurity and by a lack…

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Crossing the Line: Transhumance in Transition Along the sudan-South Sudan Border

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This report aims to document the process of nomadic pastoralism across the Sudan-South Sudan border through the dry season 2011-2012 and identify some key factors that affected the nature of this migration. Download

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Customary law and land rights in South Sudan

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Customary ownership and control of land is an essential component of any consideration of land tenure and access in South Sudan and Africa in general. Customary traditions of land tenure emphasize moderate use, restoration, and community health and prosperity. Returnees to South Sudan access land primarily through the customary system. Yet, many returnees are subjected…

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Livelihood diversification and civil war: Dinka communities in Sudan’s civil war

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This article is an attempt to gain a nuanced understanding of the status of livelihood diversification in the context of civil war. The empirical findings of this article indicate that diversification is not always the best livelihood strategy option in the context of the past civil war. Link to publication

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