East Africa Conflict Mapping and Analysis

Why map conflict and crisis? Is there any point in putting reported incidents of violence on a map? This East Africa Conflict Mapping and Analysis page is built around our conviction that in order to solve problems we must understand the history and be able to visualize how these problems work. To that end, we are working constantly on monitoring, analysis, and mapping of significant events in East Africa. Elsewhere on the website we focus on development and urbanization. This page is dedicated to analyzing violent conflict to inform peace-building efforts. We currently focus on conflict mapping efforts in Sudan and South Sudan. We have specialized in Sudan conflict mapping and South Sudan conflict mapping since 2009, but most early (2009-2012) conflict maps are subject to consulting contracts that prevent their publication at the moment. Below is the most recent map created. Scroll down for additional map series.

 South Sudan – Reported Conflict, January 14-20, 2014

Click on incidents for descriptions and sources. Disclaimer: All events, descriptions, and locations reported below are based on media reports and other publicly available sources. This is not a comprehensive list and does not necessarily reflect every event that has occurred on the ground during the time frame. Events, descriptions, locations, and mapped boundaries do not reflect the views of or imply endorsement by mapeastafrica.com, those who manage the site, or any of its affiliates.

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Darfur, South Kordofan and Border Areas Maps:

2013

2012

RECENT ARTICLES:

Cattle Raiding in Warrap and Unity, South Sudan

Cattle Raiding in South Sudan, particularly cattle raiding in Warrap and Unity, has long been associated with rebel movements; in fact, P.A. Nyaba asserts in his 1997 book The Politics of Liberation in South Sudan that historically, many soldiers who joined the military or rebel groups did so with the motivation of acquiring weapons which […]

South Sudan Rebellion Maps: The December 2013 Rebellion in 6 Pictures

South Sudan Rebellion Maps: The December 2013 Rebellion in 6 Pictures

South Sudan Rebellion Maps as of January 2014: A six-map time series showing areas affected by the South Sudan rebellion, December 15, 2013-January 30, 2014 Please note that areas displayed on the South Sudan rebellion maps as areas under rebel control are based on media reports and (often propagandist) claims by both sides of the […]

South Sudan Crisis - Ethnicity IS Political

(Scroll down or click here for interactive conflict maps of events so far in January) The watch-phrase for international groups in South Sudan is “ethnic conflict,” something that is viewed as worse than a political conflict and something that both sides of the current conflict accuse each other of instigating. Unfortunately, the crisis that has […]

January 13 map update and article: Three historical notes on South Sudan's crisis.

Maps of reported conflict are available for December (click here) and January (click here). (Analysis below) The crisis in South Sudan continues as Riek Machar’s negotiators continue to insist that the political detainees in Juba are released prior to any type of agreement. Salva Kiir and his delegation refuse to release the detainees until they are […]

Mapping South Sudan's Conflict: Leading up to Addis Ababa peace talks

Mapping South Sudan's Conflict: Leading up to Addis Ababa peace talks

(Visit our conflict mapping page for maps of the crisis in South Sudan that began in December and continued into January) A video from a BBC report shows SPLA troops ambushed on the road to Bor. Three weeks after the initial fighting in Juba, defections have continued across the country: SPLA contingents in Morobo and Yei have allegedly […]

South Sudan Conflict: December 20, 2013 - January 1, 2014

South Sudan Conflict: December 20, 2013 - January 1, 2014

For the full list of conflict maps and political events surrounding the recent crisis in South Sudan, please visit the conflict mapping page dedicated to the issue. Following the outbreak of fighting in Juba on December 15, violence spread throughout Greater Upper Nile and parts of eastern Bahr el-Ghazal area (Warrap, Lakes). On December 26, […]

South Sudan Conflict: December 18-19, 2013

South Sudan Conflict: December 18-19, 2013

For the series of conflict maps from December 2013, please visit our conflict mapping page. Following two days of violence, calm began returning to Juba. Several sources place the death toll from December 15-17 at 500, and over 900 SPLA soldiers were reported to be recovering in the Juba Military Hospital. Meanwhile, following the defections […]

South Sudan Conflict: December 15-17, 2013

South Sudan Conflict: December 15-17, 2013

For larger versions of the conflict map(s) below, please visit our conflict mapping page. After previously rescheduling the meeting with last-minute notice, the SPLM scheduled the National Liberation Council (NLC) meeting for December 13-15 in Juba. According to several reports, the NLC planned to address official documents such as the constitution and the SPLM Manifesto, but […]

How do environmental conditions influence conflict in South Sudan?

How do environmental conditions influence conflict in South Sudan?

The fighting between David Yau Yau’s forces and the SPLA in the Pibor area over the past few months has me thinking about environmental factors influencing conflict dynamics in South Sudan. Jonglei’s swamps along the borderlands between Murle and Nuer territory have always proved volatile areas – perhaps more so now than ever since the [...]

Sudan - Reported Conflict, December 1-17, 2012

Sudan - Reported Conflict, December 1-17, 2012

MEDIA-REPORTED conflict in Darfur, Kordofan, and border areas between North and South Sudan, December 1-17, 2012. Please note that the focus of this map is visualizing what is reported in the media, not creating a complete and comprehensive list of armed conflicts. Some reports remain unconfirmed.