Conflict in South Sudan’s Equatoria Region: Demands for Inclusion and Prospects for Resolution
While South Sudan’s civil war escalated from 2013 to 2015, the Equatoria region, spanning the southern third of South Sudan, remained relatively stable until violence erupted in 2016. A devastating counter-insurgency led hundreds of thousands of Equatorians to flee into Uganda in Africa’s largest refugee exodus since the Rwandan genocide. There are now over one million South Sudanese in refugee camps in Uganda.
Today, the conflict in Equatoria has fragmented, becoming more complex with an expanding number of divisions and interests. In a war heavily mobilized on ethnic lines by South Sudan’s two largest ethnic groups, the Dinka and Nuer, the political interests of Equatorians - a collection of diverse minority ethnic groups - have been largely excluded, including in the peace process. Many are now fighting for more local or regional autonomy, and an end to the hegemony at the political centre.
At this event, the speaker will discuss the current conflict and political situation in the Equatoria region, and assess the possibility of Equatoria's interests being accommodated in South Sudan’s future governance trajectory.