Despite Stalemate, Only Rainy Season Slows South Sudan Fighting

Internally displaced children are seen standing at the gate of their camp, Juba, South Sudan, Feb. 6, 2015 (U.N. photo by JC McIlwaine).
Internally displaced children are seen standing at the gate of their camp, Juba, South Sudan, Feb. 6, 2015 (U.N. photo by JC McIlwaine).

South Sudan’s army today claimed that it repelled an attack by rebels allied with former Vice President Riek Machar and regained control of several areas in Unity state from rebel forces. In an email interview, J. Peter Pham, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, discussed the status of the fighting and and its economic and humanitarian effects. WPR: What is the current status of fighting between government forces and rebel groups, and among rebels groups, and what are the obstacles to a political resolution? J. Peter Pham: South Sudan is in the midst of its annual rainy season, […]

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