Manhiem’s Mission: Power and Violence in Warrap State

Joshua Craze
Situation Update

Situation Update: Warrap state, South Sudan

Warrap is the birthplace of President Salva Kiir and the seat of his power. The state is home to many of the leading generals and politicians in his coalition, including—most notably—Akol Koor Kuc. Akol Koor controls Warrap state, and Governor Manhiem Bol Malek wields power by remaining in Koor’s good graces.  Manhiem has used many of his predecessor’s methods and, like his predecessor, he has not been successful in quelling dissent and intercommunal clashes. This failure has heightened tensions surrounding the upcoming 2024 elections, and the real possibility of an eruption of violence.

Manhiem’s Mission: Power and Violence in Warrap Statea new Situation Update from the Small Arms Survey’s Human Security Baseline Assessment for Sudan and South Sudan (HSBA) project—discusses Manhiem Bol Malek’s governorship, and how a glut of politicians in a situation of minimal civic and political space could lead to violence in Warrap.

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Key findings


Changes at the top

Manhiem’s mission

Events in Tonj


Difficulties at the borders


This Situation Update was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

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Keywords: South Sudan HSBA Warrap state