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O'Brien, Adam. 2009 ‘Preliminary Outcomes of Civilian Disarmament in Other States - Upper Nile, Western Bahr el-Ghazal, Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and Warrap.’ Shots in the Dark: The 2008 South Sudan Civilian Disarmament Campaign; Working Paper No. 16, p. 19. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 January

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Preliminary Outcomes of Civilian Disarmament in Other States - Upper Nile, Western Bahr el-Ghazal, Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and Warrap

Upper Nile

No civilian disarmament was reported in Upper Nile, the only state in South Sudan to have an NCP state governor. Some state officials called for a renewed push for disarmament in January 2009.

Western Bahr el-Ghazal

No disarmament took place. In August, State Governor Mark Nypouch Ubang expressed an intent to disarm Jur, Wau, and Raga Counties using the SPLA's 15th Division, but this did not occur during the operational order's time frame.

Northern Bahr el-Ghazal

On 4 June police conducted a one-day search and seizure in Aweil town. A total of 206 weapons were reportedly collected and redistributed to the police. State authorities subsequently announced that no further civilian disarmament was necessary.


State authorities organized disarmament teams composed of local government authorities and security forces (police, prisons, wildlife, national security, and one company of SPLA). The SPLA led the teams and stored collected weapons. The teams were dispatched to at least three counties: Tonj North, Gogrial East, and Gogrial West. By 8 August state officials reported that 5,000 weapons had been collected in Gogrial West alone. By December it was announced that 15,000 weapons had been collected. When UNMIS delivered four weapons storage containers in early December, the acting governor and minister of health of the state, Achuil Akoch Magardit, announced that a total of 15,000 weapons had been collected. However, there has been no confirmation that all of these arms were obtained during the 2008 campaign.

[NCP = National Congress or National Congress Party; SPLA = Sudan People's Liberation Army; UNMIS = United Nations Mission in the Sudan]

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