Sunday 21 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
More than 20 million people are at risk from famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and the northeast of Nigeria, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. The Security Council officially declared for the first time that the threat was directly linked to the armed conflicts raging in the afflicted areas. "The Security Council notes the devastating impact on civilians of ongoing armed conflict and violence," the 15-member UN body said. The declaration added that the council "also emphasizes with deep concern that ongoing conflicts and violence have devastating humanitarian
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border. Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday, South Sudan's Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement. Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than three years later, it plunged into a civil war pitting forces broadly loyal to President Salva Kiir against those of his Ex-Deputy Riek Machar South Sudan plans to build a road project and oil pipeline from the oil fields to...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Wednesday vowed to revitalize the stalled South Sudan peace process. IGAD Director of Peace and Security Tewolde Gebremeskel told Xinhua in Nairobi that they are currently developing a matrix that will outline timelines to return the country to stability. "The matrix will soon be presented to the Heads of States of IGAD member states for approval so that the stalled peace process in South Sudan is revived," Gebremeskel said. He said the implementation of the peace process stopped due to a split of the opposition wing of the transnational government. Gebremeskel said that the revitalized peace process will also include a provision for the development of a new constitution. "The constitution will play a...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
About 120 Rwandan peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan, United Nations said on Tuesday, the first detachment of 4,000 extra troops approved by the U.N. last year to help protect the capital of Africa's newest country. The U.N. approved the deployment in August after days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar. There are already 13,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. South Sudan four-year civil war triggered by Kiir's sacking of Machar as his deputy. The men come from rival ethnic groups and the fighting, which has uprooted a quarter of the country's 12 million people, has been largely along tribal lines. The U.N. Secretary General's special...
(Voice of America 08/09/17)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for rapid action to prevent a cholera epidemic in South Sudan from spiraling out of control as the rainy season in the country progresses. More than 18,000 cases of cholera, including 328 deaths have been reported in South Sudan since June 2016. The International Organization for Migration warns the number of cases and deaths is likely to grow as the rainy season this year will leave as much as 60 percent of the country inaccessible by road. IOM spokeswoman, Olivia Headon, tells VOA a combination of factors including the ongoing crisis, the rainy season and the movement of displaced people across the country is making it extremely difficult to contain this deadly...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
The head of South Sudan's UN mission announced on Tuesday the long-awaited arrival of troops from a regional force meant to patrol roads and quell violence in the war-ravaged country. The UN Security Council decided a year ago to deploy a 4,000-strong regional force, two months after fighting in the capital Juba killed hundreds of people and led to the collapse of a peace agreement between President Salva Kiir's government and rebels loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar. However the plan has been bogged down in delays and bureaucratic hurdles David Shearer, head of the UN mission UNMISS, told a press conference about 150 troops from Rwanda arrived at the weekend for the regional protection force (RPF). A team...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
JUBA (Reuters) - About 120 Rwandan peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan, United Nations said on Tuesday, the first detachment of 4,000 extra troops approved by the U.N. last year to help protect the capital of Africa's newest country. The U.N. approved the deployment in August after days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar. There are already 13,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. Slideshow (5 Images) South Sudan four-year civil war triggered by Kiir's sacking of Machar as his deputy. The men come from rival ethnic groups and the fighting, which has uprooted a quarter of the country's 12 million people, has been largely along tribal...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
South Sudan government forces said Monday they had seized the rebel stronghold of Pagak near the Ethiopian border, after weeks of heavy fighting that forced thousands to flee the region. Military spokesman Dickson Gatluak said rebel forces loyal to exiled former deputy president Riek Machar withdrew from the town on Sunday "without a fight". He said there had been clashes in the nearby town of Maiwut, and government forces pushed the rebels back towards Pagak. Later in the afternoon the rebels withdrew from the Upper Nile town which had long been the headquarters of Machar's insurgency. "This morning at 6am our forces entered the town and as we are speaking now they are in full control of Pagak," said Gatluak...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
The wife of the former head of South Sudan's army says her husband has been under house arrest for months on the direct orders of President Salva Kiir. In an exclusive interview Monday, Lucy Ayak Malong, the wife of Paul Malong Awan, told VOA's South Sudan in Focus that her husband has not been allowed to leave Juba since May, when the president fired him. Health concerns Malong’s health has deteriorated steadily since she last saw him in the capital two months ago, according to Ayak, who is living in Nairobi, Kenya. She refused to disclose her husband’s medical history, but said she is deeply concerned about his health under government-ordered confinement. Ayak wrote an open letter last week to...
(The East African 08/08/17)
Regional leaders continue to shun South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, who is believed to be under house arrest in South Africa. He fled South Sudan after fresh fighting broke out in Juba in July. Mike Mabior, spokesperson for Rebecca Nyadeng, the widow of Dr John Garang, says it is unlikely for Dr Machar to come back to active politics in South Sudan. Mr Mabior suggests that President Salva Kiir should also consider quitting to allow the South Sudanese to chart a new course. James Morgan, South Sudan's ambassador to Ethiopia, who is also the permanent representative to the African Union, describes Dr Machar as a warmonger and says his absence will assure South Sudan of peace. Dr Machar has...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Violence and arson broke out Thursday at the biggest South Sudanese refugee camp in Sudan, which houses tens of thousands of people, a security official said The scale and cause of the violence at the Al Waral camp in Sudan's southern White Nile was not immediately clear, but local police officers and government officials rushed to the camp to investigate the incident. The UN refugee agency and the White Nile police chief confirmed there was unrest at the camp where some 50,000 South Sudanese refugees live. "We have reports that there is disturbance and fire in Khor Al Waral camp of South Sudanese refugees," White Nile police
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
The military command of the South Sudanese army, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), has passed a resolution changing the name of the revolutionary army to South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF). Army Deputy Spokesman, Santo Domic told Xinhua that the resolution was reached during a three-day military command conference that concluded on Thursday. "It has been recommended that the SPLA name has to be changed to South Sudan People's Defense Forces and we will continue to use the SPLA name until the SPLA Act of 2009 is amended," Domic said in Juba on Friday. Domic said the military command also passed other 70 resolutions that call for transformation of the army through capacity building, establishment of pension scheme, adoption...
(Bloomberg 08/03/17)
Traders in war-torn, hunger-stricken South Sudan are stocking up on goods from neighboring Kenya in case unrest around next week’s elections there disrupts imports, the Chamber of Commerce said. While most of South Sudan’s food supplies originate in Uganda, any upheaval in Kenya could affect goods such as wheat, building materials and spices that arrive via East Africa’s biggest port in Mombasa, the chamber’s secretary-general, Simon Akuei Deng, said by phone from the capital, Juba. The owners of the shipping containers are being advised to clear them before the Aug. 8 vote, he said. “Much as we wish Kenyans well in their elections, people need to be conscious in case there is a problem,” Deng said. He warned that imports...
(Business Day Ghana 08/03/17)
AfDB signs US$ 78 million Grant agreements with Governments of Somalia and South Sudan to strengthen drought resilience whilst addressing chronic hunger and malnutrition The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed tripartite grant agreements of US$ 34.8 million and US$ 43.8 million with the Republic of Somalia and the Republic of South Sudan respectively and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) under the Bank’s ‘Say No To Famine – Short Term Regional Emergency Response Project – STRERP’. IGAD will oversee the implementation of the project through an agency to be recruited in each of the countries. The agencies will work with the governments to put in place structures, systems and facilities that will enable them take on increasing responsibility for...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
At least four people were killed by unknown gunmen on the main road between South Sudan's capital and the Uganda border on Wednesday, an army spokesman said. The deadly attack was the latest on the dangerous yet busy highway that ferries South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda or those returning home to Juba. "Four civilians died on the spot and five others were wounded," said army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang. Koang said the attack on the Juba-Nimule road involved machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The death toll is expected to rise. Two of the attackers were also killed when soldiers escorting the convoy returned fire. In the most recent attack on the same road in June at least...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
A new Human Rights Watch report accuses nine leaders in both of South Sudan’s warring parties of committing serious rights violations and possibly war crimes during 2016 and 2017. It recommends placing sanctions on all nine men, including President Salva Kiir, former First Vice President Riek Machar, and former army chief of staff Paul Malong. Jehanne Henry of Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, says that based on HRW's research, the leaders are implicated in abusive operations across the country. “We have come to the conclusion now after almost four years of conflict in South Sudan, that there is mounting evidence of the role of key commanders in the ongoing atrocities," Henry told VOA's South Sudan in Focus. "There are two...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
More than three years of fighting have slashed South Sudan’s oil output and left half its people facing severe food shortages. Now crop-eating caterpillars and livestock disease are hitting the world’s newest nation’s meager other resources. The fall armyworms, already wreaking havoc elsewhere in Africa, have destroyed vital corn and sorghum crops and grazing land since arriving in South Sudan in June. Meanwhile, seven outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease this year have infected as many as a third of the nation’s 12 million cattle, a linchpin of the rural economy. As clashes between government forces and rebels continue, damage to such key sectors is spreading more misery and may complicate any peacetime rebuilding. It’s “as if God is punishing South Sudan,”...

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