Category: South Sudan

S. Sudan’s warring parties urged to end sexual violence

June 19, 2018 (JUBA) – All the warring parties involved in the conflict in South Sudan must immediately halt using sexual violence as a tactic of war, which is happening on an appalling scale in the country and with impunity, various European heads of missions said Tuesday.
The message was contained in a statement jointly issued by the Heads of Mission of Canada, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the United States (US).
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Three S. Sudanese refugees dead after World Cup brawl

June 19, 2018 (KAMPALA) – Ugandan Police have deployed at Rhino Camp settlement in the West Nile district of Arua after three South Sudanese refugees were killed in a football World Cup game fight.
The West Nile Regional Police spokesperson, Josephine Angucia said they discovered a body dumped in the bush on Tuesday.
She identified the body as that of 32-year-old Aleu Anei Aleu.
On Sunday night, two Dinka tribesmen identified as Nabuk Jimak, 50, and his son Majok, 18 were killed in the (…)


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EU announces €68 million in aid for Sudan and S. Sudan

June 19, 2018 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – The European Commission announced on Tuesday a €68 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable communities in both Sudan and South Sudan.
The funding, the Commission said, comes as millions of people across both countries are in need of assistance, with the conflict in South Sudan triggering an influx of refugees into neighbouring Sudan.
“The EU is stepping up its support as many people in Sudan and South Sudan face massive humanitarian needs. Our aid (…)


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EU announces €68 million in aid for Sudan and S. Sudan

June 19, 2018 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – The European Commission announced on Tuesday a €68 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable communities in both Sudan and South Sudan.
The funding, the Commission said, comes as millions of people across both countries are in need of assistance, with the conflict in South Sudan triggering an influx of refugees into neighbouring Sudan.
“The EU is stepping up its support as many people in Sudan and South Sudan face massive humanitarian needs. Our aid (…)


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South Sudan’s opposition alliance rejects IGAD Revised Bridging Proposal

June 19, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) has rejected the IGAD Revised Bridging Proposal to end the four-and-half year conflict in the country, saying it avoided considering crucial outstanding issues.
On Monday, the IGAD mediation closed the Intensive Interlinked Consultations (IICs) and decided to refer the outstanding issues in the power-sharing chapter to the IGAD Council of Ministers to resolve and then submit it to the IGAD head of states and governments (…)


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Kenya opposes call to seize property of S. Sudan leaders

June 17, 2018 (NAIROBI) – Kenya has calls from the United States to seize properties of South Sudanese leaders, allegedly acquired using proceeds from corruption, money laundering and the ongoing war.
Last week, the US Treasury’s under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Sigal Mandelker said some South Sudanese, have continued to invest illicit money in Kenya’s real estate market.
“I wanna be very clear, those who profit from human rights violations and corruption, preying (…)


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South Sudan army attacks rebel positions in Eastern Equatoria, claims spokesperson

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – SPLM-IO spokesperson accused the South Sudanese government of attacking their positions in the Imatong State of Eastern Equatoria region and called on the ceasefire body to investigate the aggression.
Lam Paul Gabriel said in a statement released on Sunday evening that the SPLA-IG launched an attack on their base in Pogee from Ngomoromo at about 06:30 pm
“The forces left Magwi yesterday and crossed into Uganda via Lobone border point where they launched the attack (…)


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China firm trains 20 young South Sudanese engineers

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – China Railway Construction Engineering Group has trained 20 young South Sudanese engineers in various disciplines.
The young engineers drawn from the civil, electrical and carpentry fields recently completed one-month of training at the China-aided project for modernization and expansion at Juba Teaching Hospital.
Out of the 20 students who enrolled for the training, only seven managed to complete, according to the Chinese engineering firm.
Deng Agany Aguto, a (…)


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South Sudan passes $584m 2018/19 fiscal year budget

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan cabinet on Thursday adopted a 82 billion South Sudan Pounds ($584 million) budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
This year’s budgetary figure presented a 75% increase when compared to what was approved during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said the proposed budget is to be presented to MPs for approval next week.
It, however, remains unclear how the war-torn nation will finance its budget, given its (…)


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Juba only pledged to consider holding Kiir-Riek meeting in Khartoum: diplomat

June 17, 2018 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir has only pledged to consider the Sudanese proposal to hold in Khartoum the face-to-face meeting between him and his main rival Riek Machar, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.
South Sudanese Government Spokesperson came out on Friday say they do not want this crucial meeting for the peace process to be held in one of the IGAD countries because there are “competing interests” and indicated they prefer a neutral country such as South Africa.
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TEXT: IGAD Revised Bridging Proposal for Peace in South Sudan

A REVISED BRIDGING PROPOSAL
ON THE OUTSTANDING ISSUES PERTAINING TO GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS IN THE HIGH-LEVEL REVITALIZATION FORUM OF THE AGREEMENT ON THE RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
After eleven (11) months of intensive engagements and negotiations to revitalize the ARCSS as mandated by the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on 12 June 2017, ten (10) key Governance and Security issues remain outstanding. At the (…)


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S. Sudan national security regional office opens in Wau

June 16, 2018 (WAU) – South Sudan National Security Services inaugurated on Friday its regional head office in Wau state.
Construction of the building, located on eastern bank of Jur River, started in 2013.
Officials say the new office will help the region handle issues affecting national security issues affecting various communities.
Speaking during Friday’s occasion, the national security minister in the office president, Obuto Mamur Mete directed all army commanders to withdraw their (…)


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S. Sudan parties resume talks as IGAD makes revised bridging proposal

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese parties Saturday started three-day Intensive Interlink Consultations meeting to discuss a revised Bridging Proposal dealing with the outstanding issue in the peace revitalization forum.
The IGAD mediators submitted to the participants a new proposal described as “a middle ground on their various negotiating positions” on the power-sharing or governance and security arrangements. The parties during the three-day consultations are supposed to sign it (…)


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Juba calls to hold Kiir-Machar meeting outside IGAD countries

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said it wants the face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar to be outside the IGAD countries, saying there a sort of competition among the block’s countries to organize it.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth pointed to the multiple initiatives by Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia to host a meeting between Kiir and Machar saying there are “competing interests” between (…)


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Salva Kiir’s kingdom of doom

By Duop Chak Wuol
Empires come and go, regardless of whether they are good or bad. One of the chief measures employed by historians is an investigatory examination into the legacies the empires leave behind — these legacies are always methodically scrutinized by the people who the empires once ruled. In South Sudan, the final report of Salva Kiir’s regime is already written on the wall. Kiir’s leadership is not just troubling; it is a kingdom of destruction where his regime’s policy is (…)


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South Sudan oppositions accuses gov’t forces of fresh attacks in Wau

Jue 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The SPLM/A-IO Friday accused the South Sudanese army of attacking its positions in Wau State and called on the UN and regional bodies to investigate this violation of the ceasefire agreement of December 2017.
According to the SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel, the attack occurred on 13th June, at around 5:00 am when the government forces hit the SPLA IO position in Bagaari area of Wau State.
“The SPLA IO forces of Div. 6 withdrew tactically to (…)


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S. Sudan marks World Blood Donor Day with optimism

June 14, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Thursday joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Blood Donor Day, calling for increased investment in blood transfusion services in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the country’s health minister, Riek Gai Kok admitted that poor and inadequate health infrastructure has made it difficult for government to organize blood donation campaigns.
“When fighting broke out in 2013, it was a real disaster because we lost so many people due to lack (…)


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South Sudan least safe country in Africa – survey

June 14, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan is the least safe country in the Africa, the annual Gallup Global Law and Order poll has shown.
Gabon, Liberia and South Africa were the other least safe countries ranked after South Sudan in the latest polls respectively.
The report also ranked Egypt as the safest country in Africa and at the 16th position out of 135 countries globally.
The annually conducted poll aimed at finding out from people if they felt safe walking at night and if they were ever (…)


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