South Sudan

Alert status : Genocide Emergency


Genocide stage:

9 - Extermination 


Affected groups:

  • civilians

  • women

  • children 


Current situation:

  • The Dinka army and Nuer rebels are attacking groups listed above


Before 2005, South Sudan was the victim of a twenty-year genocide by the Sudanese army and Arab militias that took over two million lives. The 2005 “Comprehensive Peace Agreement” provided a path to independence, but it was not comprehensive at all, since it ignored the raging Sudanese genocides in Darfur, the Nuba mountains, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan.

The 2005 agreement also left the status of the oil rich Abyei region at...

UBA (Reuters) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and vice president Riek Machar have agreed on the process for nominating regional governors, a minister said on Wednesday, potentially eliminating a major stumbling block to a peace deal between them.

South Sudan ended five years of civil war in 2018 but disagreements between Kiir and Machar, who led the opposing sides, have prevented the peace process from being concluded.


June 15, 2020

Escalating inter-communal clashes in Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Lakes, Warrap and other parts of South Sudan are causing immense harm to civilians and risk hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid – all the more crucial given the current COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Although the fighting between the signatories of the peace agreement has significantly reduced as factions broadly respect the ceasefire, the scope and inte...

An MSF staffer and two other aid workers were also killed in the violence over the weekend in the Jonglei state.

At least 287 people, including a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff member and two other aid workers, have been killed in the most recent spat of inter-communal violence in the eastern state of Jonglei in South Sudan, government authorities have told Al Jazeera. 

At least 300 people were wounded in the violence,...

February 20, 2020

Civilians denied access to aid by the country's warring parties, according to a new UN Human Rights Commission report.

South Sudan officials diverted millions of dollars of state funds that are badly needed by civilians as the country staggers away from civil war, a United Nations commission said on Thursday.

The commission also accused rival fighters of "deliberately starving" people for strategic gain.

"Today in South Sudan, ci...

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan at a rally in Khartoum in 2009 after he was indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.  Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir loved to tell the story about his broken tooth.

As a schoolboy working on a construction site, he told supporters in January, he fell and broke the tooth while...

February 21, 2019

Human rights violations and abuses that have grown routine against civilians and children in the world's youngest country, may constitute war crimes, according to a new report by the U.N.'s Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan outlining acts of brutality committed in 2018.

Nearly eight years after South Sudan gained independence from its northern neighbor, Sudan, a civil war has mired the country in a humani...

A soldier walks past women carrying their belongings near Benitu, northern South Sudan, February 11, 2017. 

 REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, a United Nations Human Rights Council investigative body, has uncovered more evidence of continuing serious violations in the country that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, despite the parties to South Sudan’s long-running conflict...

February 12, 2019

Over the past few days thousands of desperate civilians have been fleeing a fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria state, seeking safety in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many “suffering from trauma.”

Some 5,000 people have settled in several villages along the border near the town of Ingbokolo in Ituri province in north-eastern DRC, the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.


The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has condemned a series of brutal sexual attacks on women and girls travelling from their villages to the town of Bentiu in the Unity region of South Sudan.

Approximately 125 women and girls have sought medical treatment after having been raped or sexually assaulted in a ten-day period as they walked along roads near Nhialdu and Guit on their way to Bentiu.  They report the attacks as ha...

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