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:

  • Update on Abyei  (24 September 2014)                                                Highlighting developments since May 2014, including GoS plans to include the territory in the 2015 elections. There is still no local administration or police force in Abyei, and the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee has not met since Kuol Deng Kuol’s assassination.
  • The Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (24 September 2014)                              After withdrawing from the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mission in November 2012, the GRSS announced in May 2014 that it would rejoin. While aerial reconnaissance recommenced on 16 June, the mission has not found any troops in the SDBZ and aerial patrols are unable, in fact, to determine if the SDBZ is militarized. The JBVMM bases are still not built. The UNISFA protection force has still not deployed.
  • Darfur Peace Process and Chronology- overview (2 September 2014)     Updates the status of the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, the positions and activities of the non-signatory opposition groups, and the security situation on the ground in Darfur—highlighting mounting inter-tribal violence and the increasing role of pro-government militias.
  • Darfur Peace Process Chronology 2014 chronology (2 September 2014)      A chronology of events on the ground in Darfur and new developments in the peace process in 2014 (through 30 June). 

  • Small arms ammunition documented at the Bentiu mosque, May 2014 (24 July 2014)
    Providing details on the type, country, and year of manufacture of small arms ammunition documented at the scene of the massacre of civilians at the Bentiu mosque in April 2014.
  • Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (3 July 2014)
    Sudan has become a significant arms manufacturer in Africa but the full extent of its capacities remains unknown. This report documents what is known about Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (MIC), a complex of seven manufacturing plants, based on an open source review and some fieldwork in Khartoum. It also discusses cooperation and technical assistance to the MIC from China, Iran, and (previously) Bulgaria.
  • South Sudan Crisis Timeline (27 June 2014)
    Describing the events leading up to the outbreak of renewed conflict in South Sudan, and key military and political developments through the end of May 2014.
  • Update on Abyei (16 May 2014)
    Provides an update on relations between Ngok Dinka and Missiriya in the territory through April, tensions in the north of the the region,
    UNISFA's activities, the presence of SAF and SPLA troops in the region, and the status of political negotiations over Abyei's future.
  • The 14-Mile Area (16 May 2014)
    Describes 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 (16 May 2014)
    Summarizes the status of the proposed border zone as of mid-May, including reports of JEM's activities in the area, and noting that 'it remains impossible for either government to demilitarize the border, as neither is in full control of it'.
  • The SPLM-in-Opposition (2 May 2014)
    An analysis of the background and development of the political and military leadership of the opposition that has coalesced around Riek Machar, highlighting its various components, objectives, and activities through 1 April 2014. 
  • The Conflict in Upper Nile (2 May 2014)
    Reviews the conflict dynamics in the state, including the battle over Renk and the oil fields that are the opposition forces
    primary military objectives in the state. 
  • The Conflict in Unity (2 May 2014)
    An update on the conflict in Unity, including the events leading up to the opposition forces
    ’ retaking of the state capital, Bentiu, on 15 April. 
  • The Conflict in Jonglei (2 May 2014)
    Details fighting, leadership, and dynamics at play in the conflict in Jonglei as of 31 March 2014.
  • 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.facts-figures/south-sudan/conflict-of-2013-14/the-conflict-in-upper-nile.html
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sudan 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.
  • 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.