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South Sudan: Displacement in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity and Lakes state

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 12 August 2011
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), South Sudan: Displacement in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Unity and Lakes state , 12 August 2011, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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Throughout June and July thousands of people were displaced in Jonglei, Lakes, Unity and Upper Nile states by inter-communal clashes, fighting between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and rebel militia groups, and Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) bombardments. In Jonglei the inter-communal clashes worsened in July as, after months of attacks and cattle-raiding by the Murle, the Dinka and Lou Nuer reportedly joined forces and conducted a series of retaliatory attacks. The UNMIS delegation reported seeing burned villages throughout the entire area. At the end of June, there were over 2000 displaced people in Pibor town; it is unknown if others remained in hiding in remote areas.

In Unity State's Lake Jawin area, aerial bombing by the SAF in late June and July reportedly displaced over 7,000 people. Other IDPs had fled from clashes between SPLA and rebel militia groups which began in mid-April. Tens of thousands of people may have also been displaced within Mayom County. In Lakes State, sporadic inter-communal clashes continued throughout June. The number of people displaced in Cueibet County reportedly passed 5,000.

Tensions were high in Manyo and Fashoda counties in Upper Nile State, with civilians reportedly being forcibly recruited and abducted. At the end of June local authorities in Fashoda County reported that an unconfirmed number of civilians had been displaced by clashes between the SPLA and militia. Clashes in July between the Shilluk community and SPLA resulted in the displacement of more than 10,000 people.

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