Sunday 17 December 2017
(Sudan Tribune 06/07/13)
Former South Sudanese rebel leader Johnson Uliny admitted receiving support from Sudan as his forces accepted a presidential amnesty and were met by senior military officials on Thursday. South Sudan has used Uliny’s admission and the testimony of other former rebels as evidence of its long held claim that Khartoum has been supporting rebel groups to fight a proxy war against the young oil-rich nation, which split from Sudan in 2011. “It is true I was in Sudan. The [Khartoum government cooperated with us in all areas. They provided any support we need including logistics and training when we were with them", Uliny said in an address broadcast on state media. He however said it was now time to work...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
A Sudanese military spokesman says a military training helicopter has crashed in the country's south, killing its two crew members. Col. Sawarmy Khalid was quoted on Thursday by SUNA, Sudan's official news agency, as saying that the crash was an accident. Khalid says the helicopter hit a high voltage electricity pole in Damzain in southeastern Sudan. Damzain is the capital of Blue Nile state. No further details were available.The government in Khartoum has been facing an insurgency in the Blue Nile state and has accused its southern neighbor, South Sudan, of helping rebels there.
(Sudan Views 06/06/13)
When the ill fated Sudanese opposition parties allied with Sudan Revolutionary Front, they though that SRF was political organization that could negotiate with the government. Therefore, they bet on that SRF will outweigh the Sudanese government.According to observers, the political parties are politically weak to influence the the Sudanese political landscape. This has resulted in the split of these parties. Succumbing to the rebel will, the political parties have signed the new dawn charter which calls for separating the state from religion, dissolving the Sudanese army, restructuring the state and dividing it into regions. The opposition has allied with the SRF when they realized that it is impossible to hammer up the ruling National Congress in a free and fair...
(Sudan Views 06/06/13)
The ruling National Congress party has reiterated the belongingness of disputed regions of Abyei to Sudan, ruling out any possibility to settle the dispute outside the context of the protocols of the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA). There is no way for resolving the situation in Abyei outside the protocol,” engineer Hamid Siddiq, National Congress’ Head of Organizational Sector, said in response to President Salva Kiir’s announcement addressed to the UN in which he admitted failure of reaching a settlement of the issue. Siddiq stated that Abyei represents parts of documents available to the UN, the Arab League and the African Union (AU) which prove that the region is part of Sudan and the agreement. “What we demand is that these...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
The U-N Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it is speeding up its relocation of thousands of Darfur refugees from Tissi, a settlement in southeastern Chad that borders with Sudan and Central African Republic, due to the impending rainy season and security concerns. Over the past two weeks the UNHCR has moved over 5,000 refugees at a rate of about 500 per day to a settlement some 30 kilometers northwest at Ab Gadam. In total, they expect to move about 20,000 refugees to the new camp by mid-June and may open another new settlement site as Darfuris continue to cross into Tissi fleeing ethnic violence. “We had an influx of about 30,000 refugees recently, and now that the rainy season is just...
(Sudan Views 06/05/13)
The Sudanese Army has inflicted a heavy loss and loss on the so called Sudan Revolutionary Front rebels in Abu Karshola. According to military sources, one third of the attackers estimated at 2,000 personnel were killed and the remaining were either injured or captivated. After the military and strategic defeat, the rebels have lost almost all pieces of ordnance including tanks, heavy artilleries, four wheeled pickups and ammunition . The survivors could manage to withdraw very little military materials. The rebel leaders thought that the Army wouldnt be able to enter the area due to rainy season and the slippery muddy ground. In anticipation of air strikes, the rebels used the local citizens as human shields. One night, SRF leader...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(Sudan Views 06/05/13)
No one is keen to know the whereabouts of the SRF leader, Yassir Arman, the architect of death industry and the most hostile person to his own country and people. No person has ever heard of the rebel leader since the attack on North Kordofan over the past two weeks. According to observers, the man was only seen in the Ethiopian capital last April during the negotiation with the Sudanese government. Throughout his history was only guarding the late Dr John Garang, Chairman of SPLM. Arman became identified with the group known as the ‘Garang boys’, that believed the objective of the movement should be to liberate Sudan as a whole in line with Garang’s ‘New Sudan’ vision. It has...
(Sudan Tribune 06/04/13)
June 3, 2013 (BOR) - A three-week teachers training program, which brought together 55 primary teachers from Twic East and 23 from Duk county have completed a training programme in conducted at Twic East headquarters, Panyagoor. Speaking to Sudan Tribune after the closing ceremony on Tuesday, the commissioner of Twic East, Dau Akoi said 98 teachers had completed the course. “This in-service training is very important for every worker, not only teachers. During these three weeks, the teachers were taught how to make their schemes, lesson plans and other related things to assist them in teaching”, explained Akoi. The training was supported logistically by the Education Development Centre.According to Dau, lack of good teaching standards was having an effect on...
(Sudan Tribune 06/04/13)
June 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Five students were injured at Khartoum university in clashes that erupted between those belonging to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) others loyal to the rebel at the school of agriculture. Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that knives, metal bars and sticks were used during the clashes which spread throughout the halls forcing female students to leave and causing disruption of lectures for several hours. Pro-NCP students wore red headbands which signals the use of violence against students loyal to the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of armed movements fighting Khartoum in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. The government sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website reported the clashes but described them as "limited" which...
(Sudan Tribune 06/04/13)
June 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) has expressed optimism on the imminent demise of the Sudanese regime to bring what it says was two decades of turbulence, corruption and civil wars to an end. The PCP’s political secretary Kamal Omer declared on Monday that opposition forces are united around the goal of toppling the regime led by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and said that the opposition is setting up coordination committees among grassroots to bring about an unprecedented breakthrough. Omer said that popularity of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has dropped significantly and claimed that its recent political rallies saw a low turnout due to growing poverty.The opposition official disclosed that efforts are underway...
(New Vision 06/04/13)
His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje is back in Uganda from a working visit in Sudan where he led a delegation of Religious leaders from Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The delegation included Bishops, Muftis and other prominent religious leaders from the region. While in Sudan, they met President Omar Al Bashir, The Vice President of Sudan H.E. Ali Nafie, Ministers and the Speaker of the Sudanese parliament. Speaking to the international media in Khartoum, the Mufti of Uganda condemned in the strongest terms the conspiracies and destabilization plots directed at African leadership and citizens through what he referred to as the discredited western institutions. The religious leaders were in Sudan to discuss...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Sudan Views 06/03/13)
Sudans Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity described the diversion of the Blue Nile’s course by Ethiopia as part of a grand Dam construction as routine action that will not affect the river flow. Similar action was cited during the construction of the Meroe, Setit and Upper Atbara Dams. However, the Ministry of Water Resources reported yesterday that the diversion will not impact the river flow. It was stated that the international panel of experts set up to look into the issue, wrapped up its meetings in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and issued its final report which was submitted to the ministers of water resources in the three countries – Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt. The panel convened six...
(Sudan Tribune 06/03/13)
The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) political sector held a meeting today chaired by Sudan’s 2nd Vice President al-Haj Adam to discuss situation across all battle fronts and particularly in Abu-Kershola which was taken back from rebels hands this week. Abu-Kershola which is located in north east of South Kordofan state and on the borders with North Kordofan, had been seized by the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) fighters in late April along with a brief occupation of North Kordofan’s second largest town of Um Rawaba. On Friday SRF rebels said that they downed a military helicopter near Abu Kershola where a Sudanese army top commander was on a visit to inspect the recently reclaimed area, but the army denied...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
KHARTOUM, SUDAN — Sudan's security service has banned the newspaper of the opposition Communist party, its editor said on Sunday, the third paper targeted by authorities in the past few weeks. Sudan's constitution guarantees press freedom but the security service has clamped down on independent and even pro-government media if they criticize the government. "The security services have issued a publication ban by ordering our printing and distribution firms to stop dealing with us," said Madiha Abdella, editor of al-Midan, the Communist mouthpiece. "This is the end of the printed newspaper," she said, adding that the paper would offer an online version and file a lawsuit against the government. Midan was one of the few papers still daring to attack...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Hrw 06/03/13)
(Nairobi) – A Sudanese commander wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) led or participated in deadly attacks on ethnic Salamat communities in Central Darfur during April 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the attackers appeared to include government forces using government weapons and equipment. Ali Kosheib, a former militia leader now in a high-ranking post with the auxiliary Central Reserve Police, faces a 2007 arrest warrant by the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes in West Darfur in 2003 and 2004. Although Sudanese authorities detained Kosheib, a nom de guerre for Ali Mohammed Ali, in 2007 on unrelated charges and again in 2008, they released him for lack of evidence. The...

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