The Bad News…

I was awakened last night by my colleagues informing me that there was fighting between the military and civilians in the streets of Juba. Reports have been unclear and there has been no journalistic reporting on the incident. Gun fire was initially heard at 10:30pm last night and has continued into the morning. You can hear gun fire and explosions in the distance. What I have been able to gather is that the ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has been unable to deal with the division among the leaders of the party. This is not new news and most political observers had hoped that the party would deal with the divisions using the bylaws and constitution of their party. However, the meeting of the National Liberation Council was unable to mend the division and now fighting among the various factions is taking place in the streets of Juba. Twitter is basically the only way to get updates on the situation and as you know, there are a lot of rumors and false information being posted on Twitter. International NGOs have been told to shelter in place until further notice. We have internet and some mobile services.

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