South Sudan Crisis

Mar 18, 2014, 02:30 PM

Crisis in South Sudan More than 900,000 people have been displaced amid escalating violence in South Sudan since 15 December 2013. The UN estimates that considerably more than 10,000 have been killed. Political tensions have been building for many months in South Sudan since President Salva Kiir – leader of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) - dismissed the entire cabinet in July last year. Despite the signing of a Cessation of Hostilities agreement on the 23rd of January this year, violent clashes between the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar have continued unabated. An estimated seven million South Sudanese are at risk of food insecurity this year, with the UN Security Council now warning that the deteriorating humanitarian situation and continuing violence could result in famine at the beginning of 2015. Listen to our policy advisor Natalia Chan who explains more about the current crisis in South Sudan. For more information visit our website