The conflict in South Sudan is about to explode into a humanitarian catastrophe. Media attention will likely be absent until the death toll count thousands.
Local communities including the youth on the Kenyan coast feel marginalized and lack access to political participation. The legislation is there, but does not work sufficiently.
South Sudan’s government and opposition movement have signed a ceasefire agreement. – We are happy for the agreement and we do hope that this stops all the figthings in South Sudan, Tore Torstad, the Oslo Center’s director says.
A ceasefire in South Sudan under international supervision must be in place immediately, and the negative propaganda done by both parties against each other also has to stop. These are demands from the member organizations of the Sudan Forum.
When Sudan and South Sudan split up in 2011, there were still some issues upon which the two states could not agree. The future of Abyei, a border region which is home to both the Ngok Dinka people who wish to be part of South Sudan, and the Arab Misseryia nomads hailing from Sudan, remains to be decided.
The election campaign was marked by many words and bold promises. The government declaration is neither particularly accurate nor specific. But now visions and promises have to be converted into concrete actions. The new government wants to show vigor, and voters expect visible changes. This is the 4th phase.
The Oslo Center has started a Youth Dialogue Forum for ethnic minority groups connected to the northernmost state in Burma – the Kachin.
After some exciting days of soundings (or weeks as the blue / yellow / green used) and important party meetings have been organized to establish an ownership to all decisions, government negotiations can take place. This is the 3rd phase.