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Sudan update - Jonglei fighting between George Athor and the SPLA

On 9–10 February, forces loyal to Lt. Gen. George Athor, a dissident Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) commander and unsuccessful ‘independent’ candidate for the governorship of Jonglei state, were involved in heavy fighting in Fangak county.

In accordance with the January 5 ceasefire agreement, Athor’s forces were to have assembled in the village of Dor and a number of other sites to wait there ‘pending [the] integration process’ into the SPLA. It is unclear what led to the outbreak of fighting, in which over 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured, partly because the accounts given by both sides differ dramatically. Many of the victims were civilians who drowned while attempting to flee the fighting by by running into a tributary south of the Nile.

Athor launched a self-proclaimed armed rebellion against the Government of Southern Sudan in the aftermath of the April 2010 elections. His forces are considered the most powerful of the post-election insurrectionists,and have orchestrated numerous clashes following the announcement of his defeat.

Visit the Sudan HSBA website's Facts & Figures section for the latest available information and analysis from the Small Arms Survey on the recent fighting between George Athor and the SPLA in Jonglei:

Emerging Armed Groups in Southern Sudan (February 2010)
Updated to reflect on the recent fighting/breakdown of the ceasefire between George Athor and the SPLA.

Watch out for additional updates in the near future.

All updates and new pages can be found on the HSBA’s Facts and Figures ‘Latest Updates’ page at:

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