South Sudan

Nyayang Bol Biel, eight months pregnant, travelled hundreds of miles with her two children to reach the safety of Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya [Richard Nield/Al Jazeera]

Escape from Leer and South Sudan civil war

Al Jazeera, 29 December 2015 One woman’s struggle to survive the South Sudan conflict in leaving behind her homeland to seek refuge in Kenya. Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya Eight months pregnant and fearing for her life, Nyayang Bol Biel gathered up her two young children in the dead of night and prepared to embark on a [...]

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir Mayardit

Deal or no deal?

Warring parties have signed a peace agreement in South Sudan that paves the way for a transitional government. But key differences between the signatories means there is still no guarantee of a halt in fighting.  On 26 August, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, added his signature to a peace agreement signed nine days earlier by [...]

South Sudan pushes for oil fields to reopen

African Energy – 11 September 2014 The government of South Sudan is pushing for the restart of production from outlying fields in the critical oil territory in Upper Nile, and is evaluating the resumption of output from shut-down fields in Unity State, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. Production [...]


Block B in Jonglei, South Sudan

ExxonMobil set to pull out of consortium for South Sudan Block B

African Energy – 7 August 2014 ExxonMobil plans to withdraw from a consortium lined up to explore three oil blocks in South Sudan, according to sources in Juba. The blocks together make up Block B, a 118,000km2 area of Jonglei state divided into three in 2012.

Richard Nield talks on CNBC about South Sudan budget

South Sudan budget sets unrealistic expectations

CNBC – 25 July 2014 This is an interview I did on South Sudan’s unfathomable war budget for CNBC’s Closing Bell Africa programme.

South Sudan finance minister Aggrey Tisa

South Sudan draws up ‘War Budget’, but oil production targets unlikely to be reached

African Arguments – 18 July 2014 By the evidence of South Sudan’s budget, presented to parliament in late June, the country’s finance ministry has lost its mind. This time last year, the Government of South Sudan put forward what it described as a “two-step budget” that would boost social services and economic growth “in a [...]


Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan

Another toothless ceasefire for South Sudan

African Energy – 30 May 2014 On paper at least, the new ceasefire signed on 9 May between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his opponent Riek Machar is a step forward. Not only does it recommit them to the terms of the 23 January ceasefire, but provisions for a transitional unity government and fresh [...]

South Sudan's foreign minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin

South Sudan talks continue amid violence

The cases of political detainees remain a sticking point in negotiations, says South Sudan’s foreign minister. Al Jazeera – 20 February 2014 Three weeks after a ceasefire agreement was signed on January 23, there are few signs that newly resumed peace talks are likely to bring an end to a conflict in South Sudan that [...]

Salva Kiir agrees deal on South Sudan oil exports

South Sudan officials charged with treason

Seven opposition leaders are accused of plotting a coup to overthrow President Salva Kiir’s government. Al Jazeera – 6 February 2014 An announcement by South Sudan’s government that it plans to charge seven leading opposition politicians with treason threatens to derail a fragile peace process just days after a ceasefire was signed in Addis Ababa. [...]


South Sudan's president Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan ceasefire is only a first step

Under a peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa on 23 January, the government and dissident elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army have committed to ceasing “all military actions”, to “freeze their forces at the place they are in” and to “refrain from taking any actions that could lead to military confrontations”. They also agreed [...]

Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan

South Sudan plays dangerous game of politics with Khartoum

African Energy – 16 January 2014 Reports that both the government of South Sudan and nominal opposition leader Riek Machar have been in talks with Khartoum over securing control of South Sudan’s oilfields have roused fears that the already bloody fight could escalate further. Speaking at Juba airport on 6 January at the conclusion of [...]

Oil production has been slashed by 100,000 b/d after the outbreak of fighting in December 2013. Photo by Charlton Doki

Sudan fighting slashes oil production

African Energy – 9 January 2014 A rebellion in South Sudan has already slashed oil output by around 100,000 b/d. Production from Unity State, amounting to more than 40,000 b/d, has completely ceased and there has been an estimated drop in output of more than 50,000 b/d from fields in Upper Nile State. In Unity [...]


Salva Kiir agrees deal on South Sudan oil exports

Sudan-South Sudan relations: Now for (yet another) hard part

Focus turns to political challenges as Sudan and South Sudan reach deal on oil 9 September 2013 Now that Khartoum has agreed to drop its threat to prevent South Sudanese oil exports via its pipeline infrastructure, a series of political challenges remain if the two countries are to continue to co-operate on the energy sector [...]

Riek Machar

South Sudan politics: Machar mulls his moves

6th August 2013 The Economist SPEAKING from his government house in the centre of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Riek Machar knows that it will not be his home for much longer. The man who had been the country’s vice-president since its secession from Sudan two years ago was unceremoniously sacked, along with the entire cabinet, [...]

The directors, Anne Poiret and Florence Martin-Kessler

State Builders: the making of South Sudan

On 31 May, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of State Builders, a unique film documenting the immense challenges faced by the new state of South Sudan, which became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011. Directed by Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret, the film gives a penetrating insight into what was happening behind [...]


Salva Kiir

Sudan-South Sudan oil deal has its limits

17th April 2013 Foreign Policy – The Middle East Channel Sudan and South Sudan reached a deal in the early hours of March 12, after a week of negotiations in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, which should spark the beginning of exports of South Sudanese oil from Sudan’s Port Sudan, on the Red Sea coast, for [...]

Water supply by donkey in Bentiu, Unity state

Power and poverty in South Sudan

14th March 2013 From Our Own Correspondent – BBC Radio 4 My piece on the impact of austerity in South Sudan, where a lack of oil resources left many struggling to provide food and power for their families: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r5qc7 And the World Service version: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015gwbb

Police road block Juba South Sudan

The joys of Juba airport

Juba, South Sudan Arriving at Juba international airport, the gateway to the world’s newest nation, is never a pleasant experience. There is little that can prepare you for the chaos of the small, cramped space that serves as the arrivals hall, baggage collection, customs and immigration. All you can do is stay calm, take a [...]


South Sudan Investment Report 2013

Groundbreaking South Sudan report published

15th December 2012 After several months of research and many more weeks of writing and editing, my business intelligence report into investment opportunities in South Sudan is now in print. A comprehensive guide to investing in South Sudan, the 125-page report includes full details of the country’s legal and regulatory framework and project opportunities across [...]

South Sudan plans to resume oil production in September

Sudan intransigence on border issue could affect vital oil deal between Sudan and South Sudan South Sudan is planning to resume oil production in September, after a transit deal was reached with Sudan in early August, according to Pagan Amum, the country’s lead negotiator with Sudan at the African Union. It shut down exports of [...]

Cereal price rises threaten civil unrest

The Middle East must ensure food supply amid spiking global prices or risk potential civil unrest The current drought-induced surge in global food prices is causing disquiet in the Middle East and North Africa. Memories do not need to be very long to recall that when protesters took to the streets of cities across the [...]


South Sudan wheelchair basketball team captain Gatluak Kual Luak

Basketball inspires wounded

BBC – 9 August 2012 Thousands of miles from the elite athletes gathered at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, some young men are playing basketball on a court in South Sudan. But their wheelchairs are a reminder of the country’s painful past. In the Nimra Talata area, one Friday afternoon, a crowd of [...]

South Sudan's debut international football game, against Uganda on 10th July 2012

South Sudan draw first football international

Juba, 11th July South Sudan’s first FIFA-recognised international football match ended in a 2-2 draw with Uganda last night, a day after the fledgling country celebrated the first anniversary of its independence. Such was the excitement about the game that an hour before kickoff I could already hear the cheers from my house in Hai [...]

A voter in John Garang memorial park, Juba on the first day of the referendum on independence for South Sudan

Six months after South Sudan gained independence, the same challenges remain

On 9th January, South Sudan will celebrate six months of independence form the north. But the problems faced by the new country are still mounting In early 2011 I devoted two months to covering the referendum on the independence of South Sudan from the north and the government’s efforts to set up the apparatus for [...]