n Conflict Trends - The UN mission and local churches in South Sudan : opportunities for partnerships in local peacebuilding

Volume 2011, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


On 9 July 2011, South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan, marking the formal end of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). While many disputed issues between the parties remain unresolved, one of the main challenges facing the new United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) will be the prevalence of South-South conflicts. Some of these conflicts are directly linked to the conflict between the North and the South, but most are rooted in tribal, ethnic and political differences within the South. These conflicts are likely to increase in the post-CPA period as a result of political power struggles, resource competition, armed insurgencies, redrawing of internal borders, resurfacing of ethno-political tensions, cattle rustling, arms proliferation, lack of peace dividends and the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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