n Conflict Trends - South Sudan : Livestock Patrol Unit gives hope to Jonglei State

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In Jonglei State in South Sudan, cattle raiding is a common form of violence between communities, and finds its roots in socio-economic traditions around marriage and adulthood. Perpetuated by limited economic opportunities and fragile livelihoods, every year thousands of heads of cattle are stolen and civilian lives are lost in pernicious patterns of attacks and retaliatory attacks in one of the most remote and underdeveloped parts of the world. Based on successful cattle raiding responses in the East African region, Jonglei now has a Livestock Patrol Unit (LPU) to prevent cattle theft and mitigate cattle-related conflict. This article takes a closer look at how the South Sudanese government, with the support of the United Nations (UN), has developed this specialised police unit in an attempt to end cycles of violence that have existed in South Sudan for generations.

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