Sunday, February 13, 2011


This is coolbert:

Headlines from only today. Violence in the south Sudan! What I was afraid of, but the trouble not exactly occurring as I had thought it would.

Killings and warfare in response [?] to the vote of the southern part of Sudan to secede.

NOT the central government in Khartoum, however, fomenting the trouble. Seems it is factionalism here at work. Rebels against rebels! Hard to say with exact certainty, but that seems to be the case.

1. "South Sudan violence leaves 105 dead"

"Fighting erupted in South Sudan after rebels attacked the army on Wednesday and Thursday. The violence claimed the lives of 105 people, officials said."

"39 civilians, 24 South Sudan soldiers, and 42 of the rebels"

"The clashes happened between armed men loyal to a former high-ranking southern army commander who attacked the South Sudan army"

2. "Sudan clashes leave 105 dead as south readies for secession"

"South Sudan army and renegade general's militia in firefights after south voted for independence from north"

3. "105 killed in fighting between South Sudan army and rebels"

"A spate of attacks by rebels against the SPLA in the troubled Jonglei State killed 105 people, including 39 civilians on Wednesday"

NO ONE ever expects such transitions to go smoothly and without incident? There is a lot of prior baggage here, the south of the Sudan being the scene of warfare continuing for at least two full decades, more or less non-stop, the central government in Khartoum waging a form of warfare that can be only described as genocidal in nature!

Factionalism within an insurgency as existed among the various fighters of the south Sudan is not uncommon. One would hope for reconciliation and peace to reign but that will occur only with much turmoil along the way? Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst!


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