Australia: Stories of the South - Australia's South Sudanese: Stories-of-the-South25

At a community hall in Western Sydney in 2013, members and supporters of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) gathered at an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the SPLA. The crowd sang and danced along to traditional war songs from different SPLA battalions. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and led by John Garang de Mabior (left). Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 the SPLA has become divided and conflict has ensued with major factions aligning with Dinka President Kiir and many others following Nuer former Vice-President Machar who now leads the SPLA-IO (in opposition).  After a 18-month war that has ravaged the world’s newest country, the two leaders Kiir and Machar signed  a peace deal on August 27th 2015.

At a community hall in Western Sydney in 2013, members and supporters of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) gathered at an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the SPLA. The crowd sang and danced along to traditional war songs from different SPLA battalions. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and led by John Garang de Mabior (left). Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 the SPLA has become divided and conflict has ensued with major factions aligning with Dinka President Kiir and many others following Nuer former Vice-President Machar who now leads the SPLA-IO (in opposition). After a 18-month war that has ravaged the world’s newest country, the two leaders Kiir and Machar signed a peace deal on August 27th 2015.