HSBA Facts & Figures: Latest Updates

The Facts and Figures section of the HSBA website is updated regularly. This page shows the latest updates, including revisions to existing pages based on new information as well as brand new pages. Check back frequently to keep current.

The most recently updated Facts and Figures include the following:

  • The Crisis in Abyei (18 March 2014)
    Describes current tensions in the territory as the seasonal Missiriya migration through Abyei continues, relations between the Ngok Dinka residents and the migrants have broken down completely, and UNISFA’s role comes under increased scrutiny.
  • The 14-Mile Area (18 March 2014)
    Discusses the current status of the 14-Mile Area, a strategically important area on the border between Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan and East Darfur, Sudan. The area has been peaceful recently but it has not been demilitarized, as both governments agreed in October 2013.
  • The Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (18 March 2014)
    Summarizes the status of the proposed border zone as of mid-March, noting that both armies remain present in the zone, verification mechanisms have broken down, and UNISFA has not yet deployed as planned.
  • The Conflict in Unity State (18 March 2014)
    Summarizes the SPLA’s gradual recovery of most of the state following its recapture of Bentiu in early January, which altered the dynamics of the conflict. As of mid-March, the state faces a significant humanitarian emergency.
  • The Conflict in Upper Nile State (18 March 2014)
     Describes the development of fighting between rebel forces and the SPLA in Upper Nile from late December, the evolving conflict dynamics, and areas of control of each force as of mid-March.
  • The Crisis in Unity State (11 January 2014)
    Describing the rebellion in Pariang, Abiemnom, and Mayom counties of Unity in December 2013 and January 2014, including the fight over Bentiu.
  • The Crisis in Abyei (13 December 2013)
    Reviewing the status of negotiations over Abyei following the Ngok Dinka-organized referendum—which has failed to find support in the international community—as well as security preparations for the Missiriya’s seasonal migration through the area.
  • The 14-Mile Area (13 December 2013)
    Describing the ongoing militarization of the 14-Mile Area between Northern Bahr el Ghazal and South Darfur.
  • The Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (13 December 2013)
    An update on disagreements over the exact location of the border zone and centre-line, the GRSS’s withdraw from monitoring operations, and the continued presence of both states’ armed forces within zone
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  • The Crisis in Abyei (1 November 2013)
    The results of the unilateral Ngok Dinka referendum on Abyei's political future ends with 99% of voters calling for the territory to join South Sudan, but the results are not recognized by the African Union, the United Nations, the Government of Sudan, the Missiriya, or the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.
  • The LRA in Kafia Kingi (11 October 2013)
    Describing the evidence for the LRA's presence in the disputed enclave in 2012-13.
  • The Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (30 September 2013)
    Describes progress towards the implementation of the SDBZ, agreed in September 2012, despite both sides maintaining of troops within the zone and the inability of the Joint Border and Verification Monitoring Mechanism to monitor demilitarization.
  • The 14-Mile Area (30 September 2013)
    Describes tensions in the zone, located between Northern Bahr el Ghazal and East Darfur, where Malual Dinka reside and Rizeigat enter to graze annually. The region is highly militarized, with East Darfur and Rizeigat leaders threatening war if the SPLA does not withdraw.
  • The Crisis in Abyei Update (17 September 2013)
    Noting increased pressure from the Ngok Dinka community and South Sudanese government to hold the AUHIP-proposed referendum on the territory in October 2013, and ongoing insistence by the Missiriya and the Government of Sudan that a local administration be established first. Meanwhile, the Missiriya have left Abyei and the investigation into the assassination of Kuol Deng Kuol continues.
  • Weapons captured from David Yau Yau's militia, Jonglei, July 2013
    (21 August 2013)
    Describing weapons and ammunition captured from Yau Yau's militia by the SPLA in the first half of 2013. Many weapons had their serial numbers and factory markings deliberately removed to inhibit tracing.
  • Justice and Equality Movement (21 August 2013)
    An updated summary of the group's origins, evolution, leadership, and its current military engagements and areas of operation.
  • Lord's Resistance Army Update (21 August 2013)
    Describing the stalled state of AU military operations against the group since the overthrow of the Central African Republic regime in March 2013.
  • Darfur conflict - summary (24 July 2013)
    Summarizes the state of the conflict as of July 2013, including emerging trends such as resource conflict in the Jebel Amir area of North Darfur over control of artisanal gold mining and trade.
  • Darfur Peace Process (24 July 2013)
    Provides an overview of current challenges to the Darfur peace process, including the non-inclusion of SRF-aligned groups, poor implementation of the Doha peace agreement, and the significant deterioration of security across Darfur in 2013.
  • JEM-Bashar (24 July 2013)
    Describing the emergence of JEM-Bashar, the death of Mohamed Bashar Ahmed, and the assumption of the group’s leadership by Bakheit Abdallah Abdel Karim (Dabajo).
  • Darfur Peace Process Chronology 2013 (24 July 2013)
    A detailed timeline of significant events in the Darfur conflict and peace process in 2013.
  • Darfur Peace Process Chronology 2006-13 (24 July 2013)
    Complete chronology of significant events in the Darfur conflict and peace process, 2006 though June 2013
  • Eastern Sudan (9 July 2013)
    Summarizing the status of power sharing arrangements and regional development efforts almost seven years after the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement between the Eastern Front and the Government of Sudan.
  • DDR in South Sudan (9 July 2013)
    Assessing the current planning for and donor perspectives on phase II of DDR in South Sudan.
  • Weapons and ammunition of returning SSLA forces, Mayom, Unity state,
    May 2013
    (3 July 2013)
    An HSBA Arms and Ammunition Tracing Desk report describing the types of small arms, light weapons, and other conventional weapons in the hands of South Sudan Liberation Army forces under the command of Gen. Bapiny Monytuil upon their return from South Kordofan to Mayom, Unity, in April 2013 following acceptance of President Salva Kiir's amnesty offer.
  • DDR in Sudan (21 June 2013)
    A detailed account of DDR planning and roll-out in Sudan since the end of the CPA period, and describing the shift to a 'community-based' approach in the face of ongoing mobilization for counter-insurgency operations, this report also assesses future prospects for DDR in Sudan.
  • David Yau Yau's Rebellion (4 June 2013)
    Describing Yau Yau's activities since his return to rebellion in 2012, the expansion of his support base beyond the Murle, the SPLA's counterinsurgency, and civilian impacts.
  • Southern Dissident Militias (4 June 2013)
    Providing an update of ongoing militia activities in Jonglei, the SPLA's counterinsurgency campaign, civilian impacts, and the status of reintegrating rebel forces.
  • Sudanese Revolutionary Front (4 June 2013)
    Updated summary of the leadership, areas of control/activity, status, and alliances of this coalition of armed opposition groups.
  • Comparable SPLM-N arms and ammunition stocks in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, April 2013 (14 May 2013)
    An HSBA Arms and Ammunition Tracing Desk report documenting similarities and sources of weapons stocks among SPLM-N forces in the two states.
  • Weapons in service with David Yau Yau's militia, Jonglei state, February 2013
    (12 April 2013)
    Detailing weapons and ammunition in the hands of defectors from David Yau Yau's militia, now awaiting integration in Pibor, Jonglei. The report also relates militia commanders' specific and detailed claims about alleged airdropping of materiel organized and orchestrated by Khartoum from August 2012 to January 2013.
  • Lord's Resistance Army (8 March 2013)Reviews the drop in LRA-related killings and attacks in 2012; the death of Lt. Col. Vincent Okumu, the LRA's overall commander in DRC, in January 2013; the dwindling number of Ugandan LRA members; allegations of ivory poaching, challenges to the UN and AU regional strategies, and ongoing US involvement in anti-LRA efforts.
  • SPLA-N weapons and equipment, South Kordofan, December 2012
    (28 February 2013)
    Documenting a range of weapons and equipment in the hands of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in December 2012 in South Kordofan, including: anti-tank guided weapons never before identified in Sudan; anti-aircraft ammunition; mortars; cannons; and recoilless rifles. Some of these items were captured from Sudan Armed Forces during the battle of Daldoko 10–12 December.
  • Weapons seized from the forces of George Athor and John Duit (13 December 2012)
    Documenting weapons collected by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) from the forces of George Athor Deng and John Duit Yiech.
  • Southern Dissident Militias (8 November 2012)
    Updating the status of armed militia activities in Jonglei and the North-South border areas, and the reemergence of David Yau Yau.
  • Darfur Armed Opposition Groups (8 October 2012)
    Updating the status of military operations and areas of control of the Darfur rebel groups, as well as partnerships.
  • Sudanese Revolutionary Front (8 October 2012)
    Highlighting the expansion of the SRF alliance to include additional Darfur armed groups as well as Sudanese political opposition parties.
  • Liberation and Justice Movement (8 October 2012)
    Noting defections from the alliance as the LJM navigates the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.
  • The Conflict in Blue Nile (20 August 2012)
    Reviewing the background and current status of the military conflict and political negotiations as of August 2012.
  • Further weapons seized from SAF in South Kordofan (July 2012)
    Documenting SAF arms and ammunition seized by the SPLM-N after battles around Tolodi, South Kordofan, February-March 2012.
  • Conflict in South Kordofan (5 July 2012)
    Summarizing the origins, battles, and dynamics of the conflict as of the end of June 2012.
  • Weapons identified in Hejlij/Panthou and Bentiu (5 June 2012)
    Documenting weapons captured from SAF, including anti-personnel mines, 60 mm mortars, and an 80 mm air-to-ground rocket.
  • Common weapon holdings among armed actors in Sudan and South Sudan (map) (Issue Brief 19, April 2012)
  • The conflict over Heglig (26 April 2012)
    Describing the context, dynamics, and effects of the SPLA's capture of Heglig and its subsequent withdrawal in March-April 2012.
  • Abyei-Heglig map (from Working Paper 26, June 2011)
  • SAF weapons documented in South Kordofan (24 April 2012)
    Documenting large-calibre rockets, cluster bombs, and anti-personnel (AP) landmines used by SAF against SPLA-N in South Kordofan in 2012.
  • Women and armed violence (23 April 2012)
    Highlights the changing impacts of armed conflict in South Sudan on women, including the gradual erosion of norms prohibiting the targeting of women and children in inter-tribal conflict.
  • White army arms and ammunition (22 March 2012)
    Linking the late George Athor and members of the SPLA to the white army.
  • Anti-tank and anti-personnel mines in Unity and Jonglei states (5 March 2012)
    Detailing landmines planted by rebel militia groups in 2011.
  • Threats in the home (17 January 2012)
    Provides an overview of a number of important threats to the security of South Sudanese women, including childbearing risks, food insecurity, domestic violence, and widowhood.
  • Women's security in South Sudan (13 January 2012)
    Introduces a new thematic focus of the HSBA project on the security threats facing South Sudanese women, as well as the responses by the government, the international community, and South Sudanese women themselves.
  • Further arms and ammunition seized from Peter Gadet's forces (13 January 2012)
    Describing weapons viewed in June 2011, reportedly captured by the SPLA in clashes with Gadet's forces in Mankien in May.
  • Former SAF Joint Integrated Unit displays its weapons (December 2011)
    Describes weapons of elements of the Malakal-based SAF Joint Integrated Unit that defected in February 2011.
  • Arms and ammunition captured from SAF in South Kordofan (November 2011)
    Documenting SAF weapons reportedly seized by SPLM-N forces in al Hamra, South Kordofan in July 2011.
  • Arms and ammunition captured from SAF in Blue Nile (November 2011)
    Documenting SAF weapons reportedly seized by SPLM-N forces in Blue Nile and displayed in Kurmuk in early October 2011.
  • Approximate areas of SPLM-North control in South Kordofan, October 2011 (21 November 2011)
    Highlighting SPLM-North areas of control and supply routes.
  • Conflict in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains (18 November 2011)
    Updated to cover developments in the conflict since 15 September.
  • A guide to Sudanese ammunition (1954-present) (11 November 2011)
    Describes the key markings and other characteristics of sample Sudanese ammunition casings by year of manufacture.
  • Arms and ammunition tracing desk page (20 October 2011)
    Providing a description of the HSBA's new Tracing Desk initiative.
  • Materiel seized from George Athor's forces (20 October 2011)
    Web report describing details and possible sources of weapons retrieved from forces loyal to George Athor.
  • Materiel seized from Peter Gadet's forces (20 October 2011)
    Web report describing details and possible sources of weapons retrieved from forces loyal to Peter Gadet.