Unity State: Security Fears Amid Referendum Hopes – Part 1

By Mayank Bubna

Enough Project Field Researcher, Juba

As South Sudan rapidly approaches the referendum which will decide whether it remains with the North or becomes its own state, issues of insecurity and outbreaks of violence continue to plague the regions bordering the proposed North-South divide. This is the first of two field dispatches examining ongoing developments that threaten to destabilize Unity State, arguably one of the most strategic areas of South Sudan.

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