South Sudan

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#3
0

Communities at risk

Murle, Nuer, Dinka, Anuak, Jie, Kachipo

Summary

South Sudan remains on the precipice of another round of brutal violence. Despite a September 2018 agreement between the government and the main opposition group to enter into a power-sharing arrangement, conflict has ebbed but not ended. Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar remain responsible for depredations against civilians including… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2019 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.3
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.7
Rise of factionalized elites9.7
Voice and Accountability-1.816
Political Stability-2.461
Rule of Law-1.938
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL21.57

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

South Sudan remains on the precipice of another round of brutal violence. Despite a September 2018 agreement between the government and the main opposition group to enter into a power-sharing arrangement, conflict has ebbed but not ended. Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar remain responsible for depredations against civilians including unlawful killings, torture, sexual violence, and use and recruitment of child soldiers. Efforts to hold to account perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity via a Hybrid Court for South Sudan have been obstructed. Particularly in former Unity State, famine has also exacerbated fatal inter-ethnic violence between Dinka, Nuer and Muerle communities seeking to acquire cattle and pastureland. While internet coverage is low even in population centres, civil society actors have suggested that social media literacy could accelerate peace efforts. Still, lasting peace remains distant and threatened by opportunistic manoeuvring by the main parties.