Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Twenty people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a lake in the centre of South Sudan, while four survived. A staff member of the ICRC, bishop of Yirol Simon Adut, and a government official were amongst the dead. In 2017, 37 people had a miraculous escape after their plane hit a fire truck on a runway in north-western Wau before bursting into flames.
The Refugee Council of Sudan Coordinator Acchol Malong Deng has accused the Sudanese government of arbitrarily jailing more than 1,000 South Sudanese. Khartoum is further accused of executing those waiting on death row without notifying their kin. In 2011, Juba accused Khartoum of holding more than 50,000 South Sudanese in different detention centres in slave-like conditions.
Under the watchful eyes of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Warring factions in South Sudan have finally signed the final revitalized peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The deal was signed by leaders of the different factions and by representatives of the IGAD region and the body’s secretariat. IGAD is currently led by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, he delivered a stern warning to the parties to ensure that the current deal does not fail. The Revitalized Transitionary Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) is to be based in the capital Juba and will be expected to steer affairs of Africa’s youngest nation for a period of thirty-six months. The transitional period is expected to commence eight months after the signing of today’s agreement. The RTGoNU shall hold elections sixty (60) days before the end of the Transitional Period in order to establish a democratically elected government. Scholars have argued that holding premature democratic elections in or after ethnic conflict might undermine peace and stability because it might give power and legitimacy to the largest ethnic group.