SUDAN: Civilian disarmament remains elusive as government rethinks process

Saturday, December 6, 2008
JUBA Wednesday, December 03, 2008 (IRIN) - Efforts by Southern Sudanese states to forcefully collect arms from civilians have been poorly planned, leading to violence, deaths and increased insecurity in some areas, sources said. President Salva Kiir in June directed all southern states to disarm their populations by the end of 2008. However, no government policy on how disarmament should be undertaken existed, leaving implementation to state governors and opening up the process to possible...