[ View the story "A divided South Sudan " on Storify] A divided South Sudan
The Stream· Mon, Jan 06 2014 10:22:51
across South Sudan as divisions came to a head between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar in the middle of December. The fighting that started in the capital Juba has
at least 1,000 lives and there are nearly 200,000 people
Negotiations to end the violence were set to
at the beginning of 2014, but faced several
Its been 5 days, they took 2 to arrive for Talks and 3 to keep telling us "Peace talks delayed" How will that save people? #SouthSudanإيڤا
After several false starts, face-to-face negotiations
between representatives of Kiir and Machar on January 5 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority of Development), the East African regional block brokering the talks, says the negotiations will focus on a ceasefire and the
of political prisoners.
@AJStream both parties to agree abide by ceasefire and continue constructive dialogue towards lasting peaceDingos
I hope the #SouthSudan talks also brings together the sponsors of the waring sides to negotiateA.M. Tyrus
Eventually diplomacy will provide some sort of solution. But, by then, how many people more will be forced to leave their land and possessions, or will be killed….Si l'Affront Pire
I pray today peace talks on #SouthSudan will be constructive. W both sides having suffered serious casualties can they wake up & stop it?Ann McCreath
Even with the ongoing peace talks and UN
for cease fire, fighting continues within the country as detailed in the Al Jazeera
below. The Sudanese President
the south to address the internal conflict that has claimed so many lives.
South Sudan peace talks marred by violencealjazeeraenglish
Now close to 200.000 displaced in South Sudan fighting. Talks in Addis must bring quick end to conflict.
South Sudan UpdateOngoing violence has led to an estimated 189,000 having been displaced since 15th Dec #SouthSudan
On the mattress outdoors where they sleep, a group of boys realize they are being photographed and laugh #SouthSudan
Machar of an attempted coup after the president sacked Machar in July 2013. Machar
the claims and has demanded that Kiir resign. Kiir said attempts of a coup were "foiled" as explained in the Al Jazeera report below:
S. Sudan President says attempted coup 'foiled'odjer015xodjer015
Transitioning from independence movement to running a state is never easy. A known, sad pattern is repeating itself in #SouthSudan. #SPLMEspen Barth Eide
2 years of independence and already total collapseEric Carlson
I'm sure when it became independent this is precisely what people predicted what would happen...Stuart Bolus
Many say the root of the ongoing conflict is ethnic tensions and tribalism. Both leaders belong to different groups: Kiir is Dinka and Machar belongs to the Nuer.
@AJStream Political foundations laid many months ago. Kiir & Machar sucked ethnic tension into it to achieve political objectives. #JubaHannah Graham
Deeply concerned about the crisis in #SouthSudan. Time to show restraint, and to avoid playing the ethnic card. Too much to loose for all.Espen Barth Eide
Poor Africa just has too many different militant groups and tribalism. It's a never ending quagmire in many countries, even new ones like South Sudan. I hope there are solutions to the violence, but what would they be?Shawn Nehuatl Cardenas
On NPR from South Sudan, @radiogrego says, “People are starting to ask who their neighbors are.” Ominous signs of ethnic conflict.Max Fisher
However, to simply say ethnic division is the problem is oversimplifying the conflict,
political analyst Nanjala Nyabola in an opinion piece.
Yes, this person says that Tribe X is responsible for issue Y, but are they just using that as shorthand for a more complex phenomenon, like the interrelationship between class, ethnicity and power?aljazeera.com
We asked The Stream community: Do you think South Sudan is on the brink of civil war?
@ajstream Yes, because there's no unity among them.Ma'aruf El-Mansur
@sara_salman @ajstream equality in power sharering is the only way out for them because there was a discrimination in it. Is what brought itMa'aruf El-Mansur
@ajstream absolutely yes. But they can still unite and make there country better before its too lateMuhammad Abdurrahman
Check out The Stream's previous South Sudan
from July 2013 when Africa's youngest country celebrated two years of independence.
The Stream - South Sudan, two years onaljazeeraenglish