Regular sources in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, confirmed the killing of at least 15 adult elephant along one of the key migration routes between Unity and Warrap states in late January, even though details are only now emerging.
The incident dealt another blow to the dented reputation of the country which, following over two years of civil strife, has seen poaching increase multifold as little if anything was being done to prevent poaching.
Suggestions have been made that ivory found in transit in Uganda or being confiscated in Kenya after being smuggled in via Uganda, could have come from South Sudan as well as from Eastern Congo, where poaching too is rife. Proceeds are regularly used by armed militia groups to resupply themselves and, what can only be described as a broadly lawless part of Africa, continue to roam without serious efforts to contain them and wipe them out. Read more