Mapping the Crisis: Reported Conflict in South Sudan, December 2013

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On each map, click on a box for a description of the events involved. Boxes that are black or yellow generally denote humanitarian and political events. Red boxes denote armed conflict events. Counties affected by the conflict between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to Riek Machar are highlighted. Scroll down for older maps.

Other Political Events, December 27-January 1:

December 29: 987 wounded SPLA soldiers are reportedly being treated in Juba Military Hospital. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 30: Museveni allegedly places Ugandan forces in South Sudan under Kiir’s command in order to help fight Riek Machar if he does not respond to mediation efforts. This report throws doubt among rebel groups regarding IGAD’s neutrality. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 30: Yau Yau has allegedly opted to join peace talks rather than joining opposition forces in Jonglei, according to Bishop Paride Taban of Torit. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 31: A sorghum plot off the Juba-Yei road will be used to house a new IDP camp for the 25,000 persons who have sought refuge at the UN bases in Tongping and Jebel Kujur area. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 31: Talks between teams supporting Machar and Kiir reportedly arrive in Addis Ababa for peace talks, and reportedly agree to ceasefire despite continued fighting in areas of South Sudan. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 31: South Sudan halts commercial air travel to Unity, Jonglei, and parts of Upper Nile. Source: Sudan Tribune.

January 1: Kiir declares state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei states. Source:, Sudan Tribune.

January 1: John Kong Nyuon, caretaker governor of Jonglei, dismisses his deputy and two state ministers over alleged links with rebels. Rebels claim to retain control of Bor. Source: Sudan Tribune.

January 2: South Sudan’s army chief of staff reports that the army will continue to fight rebel forces in the Bor area, denying a ceasefire. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

Other Political Events, December 22-26:

December 22: Kiir meets with Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, but the two fail to strike a deal to defuse the security situation. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 24: Kiir describes a trend toward ethnic violence since December 15, and decries a “spirit of tribalism,” calling on soldiers not to commit atrocities. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 25: At least 1,845 South Sudanese have reportedly fled to Uganda since fighting began in Juba. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 26: “Interim government” of Unity formally declares itself loyal to Riek Machar. James Koang Chuol announces that Unity State oil production has stopped due to a lack of staff. Information Minister Michael Makuei admits that production has stopped and rebel forces are in control of the Thar Jath oilfields. Sources: Sudan Tribune; Radio Tamazuj.

Other political events, December 20-21:

December 20: Kiir, Machar, and Rebecca Garang are reported to have agreed upon an “unconditional” dialogue seeking to resolve South Sudan’s political turmoil, brokered by an IGAD ministerial delegation. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 20: The Ugandan Army deploys troops in South Sudan to help secure its citizens. Paddy Akunda, UPDF spokesperson, reports that the mission is to evacuate injured and stranded Ugandans. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 21: SPLM’s Edward Lino claims that SAF is mobilizing troops close to oil production areas. SAF strongly denies claims. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 21: Riek Machar announces that SPLA 4th Division in control of Unity State is loyal to him, and that his forces are in control of Unity and most of Jonglei, including Bor. Forces loyal to Machar are also reportedly in control of Mangala military base, 30 km from Juba in Central Equatoria. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 21: Khartoum reports gasoline shortage as people fear a shutdown of production in South Sudan. Source: Sudan Tribune.

Other political events, December 18-19:

December 18: Riek Machar categorically denies involvement in a coup in Juba and suggests that the violence was triggered by a misunderstanding between the presidential guards. Machar accuses Kiir of blaming a coup on his opponents as a way to block democratic process that might remove him from power, and says that Kiir is “no longer a legal president”. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 18: A convoy of 14 buses reportedly carry Ugandan and Kenyan nationals from Juba into Uganda, escorted by the South Sudan army. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 18: SPLA confirms that Division 8 commander Gadet has defected. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 18: Pagan Amum is reportedly arrested as security personnel storm his house in Thongpiny, near Juba International Airport, adjacent to the UNMISS compound. Amum had been under house arrest since July 23, when Kiir dissolved his cabinet. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 19-20: The UK, US, Germany and Italy evacuate their nationals from Juba. Source: Sudan Tribune.

Other political events, December 12-17:

December 12: Unity State fact-finding mission fails to establish cause of clashes between Leer and Jikany in November. Source: Sudan Tribune.

December 13: County commissioners from Lakes and Warrap meet to discuss cross-border security. Source: Radio Miraya.

December 14: 1,500 IDPs leave Khartoum to return to NBeG under the IOM. Source: Radio Tamazuj.

December 15: Alor Fiang Kual Arop, a Dinka Ngok leader in Abyei, reportedly defects to Sudan’s NCP and says that Abyei and its people belong to Sudan, alleging that South Sudan does not have a vision to resolve the Abyei issue. Source: Radio Tamazuj.