n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - People making an impact - South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir

Volume 2013, Issue 06
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The conflict between Sudan and South Sudan made African headlines even before the latter achieved independence in July 2011. Although the region has virtually never been peaceful for a sustained period of time, the recent killing of a prominent tribal leader and a United Nations (UN) peacekeeper looks set to escalate the conflict. According to a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Paramount Chief of the ethnic Ngok Dinka tribe, Deng Kuol Deng, and a peacekeeper of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) were killed in an attack by the nomadic Misseriya. However, South Sudan's government has accused Khartoum of "masterminding" the killing.

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