South Sudan Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 22 March 2012
Disarmament is ongoing in Jonglei State amid concerns about friction with local communities.
A forced recruitment campaign reportedly continues in the Agok/Abyei area, despite objections raised by NGOs about humanitarian space violations.
Food security and livelihood partners report that persistent above average cereal prices to negatively impact on early lean season.
I. Situation overview
Tensions were high in several parts of South Sudan during the week, including in Jonglei State where the much-anticipated civilian disarmament campaign is underway, and in the Agok/Abyei area where a forced recruitment drive is reported to be ongoing. Rumours are circulating about both Sudan and South Sudan’s armed forces amassing along the Unity/Southern Kordofan border areas, despite signs of progress in high-level talks in Addis Ababa. Following agreements initialed in the Ethiopian capital on 13 March, discussions are ongoing between the two governments to meet and finalize the frameworks on the movement and residence of South Sudanese and Sudanese nationals, and the demarcation of the common border. Indications point to a planned Juba summit taking place in the first week of April. Humanitarian operations continue for 140,000 conflict-affected people in Jonglei and 114,000 people displaced by fighting in Abyei in May 2011. Over 100,000 Sudanese refugees in Upper Nile and Unity states are also the focus of large-scale relief operations.
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