South Sudan: ‘White Army’ Takes On South Sudanese Military


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UN Vehicles South SudanAccording to reports, a political dispute between former Vice President Machar and the current administration [in South Sudan] has escalated to violence. Though the reports I’ve read have stopped short of referring to the event as a “civil war”, that is exactly what it appears to be.

Here is the short version of the situation as I understand it:

The current President of South Sudan [Salva Kiir] fired his Vice President [Riek Machar]

Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan

Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan

for reasons not yet clear.

Riek Machar is now challenging the authority of the current administration and has raised his own military called the “White Army”.

Kiir and Machar are from two different tribes “Dinga” and “Nuer” respectively. The political dissent may turn into an ethnic cleansing.

The “White Army” has been drafting civilians [i.e. forcing them against their will] to aid in the march on Bor [the capitol of Jonglei]. The

Riek Machar, former Vice President of South Sudan

Riek Machar, former Vice President of South Sudan

“White Army” forces are estimated at about 25,000 people.

Displaced civilians and those seeking to flee from the violence have began seeking shelter at a UN camp in Malakal.

Sources:

Yahoo News: South Sudan: ‘White Army’ militia marches to fight [Read here]

USA Today: Military: South Sudan rebels set eyes on capital [Read here]

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