Abyei, a resource-rich area straddling the Sudan-South Sudan border, remains a flash point for violent conflict between the two Sudans. The traditional homeland of the Ngok Dinka, a group with strong ties to the Dinka of South Sudan, Abyei also seasonally hosts Misseriya herders, with close ties to the Sudan government, who cross through the region twice a year with their cattle in search of water and pastures. This interactive timeline, which includes embedded videos, reports, and primary source materials, traces key events in the area from the 2004 Abyei Protocol to the present day.
The legacy of dreams deferred and recurring violence in this region demands attention as we approach the latest in a series of proposed referendum dates in October 2013. As rhetoric from both sides escalates, developing solutions to this ongoing conflict will require taking a longer view of Abyei's history.
The timeline is color-coded, and identifies a variety of events including statements by the United Nations, African Union, United States, and the Enough Project. We also highlight violent incidents and key political developments. The wrench icon in the bottom right corner of the timeline allows you to filter the 170 stories on the timeline by each of the categories. Clicking on the wrench also allows you to search all of the entries and to customize the interface.