| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(APA 04/04/17)
More than 16,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Gambella state of Ethiopia in March, bringing the total number of new arrivals since September 2016 to 77,874, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The UN agency said in a statement that the daily average arrival of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia stood at 508 individuals last week alone. According to UNHCR, about 65 percent of the total registered new arrivals since September 2016 are children, including 17,709 unaccompanied and separated children. It further revealed that 85 percent of the new arrivals originate from Upper Nile State (Nasir, Longechuk or Mathiang, Ulang and Maiwut Counties) of South Sudan, while 14 percent are from Jonglei State (Uror, Akobo...
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(Voice of America 04/03/17)
The main rebel group in South Sudan is threatening to disrupt oil production in the country, a day after it released three foreign oil workers it kidnapped earlier in the month. An official of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM IO) said the government is using oil revenue to purchase weapons and kill civilians. “People in South Sudan are not receiving their money (from oil revenue). This money is going to their pocket (of government officials) and for buying arms for killing our people. If we have chance to stop the oil production, we will do it,” said Dak Duop Bichok, the head of the SPLM IO's committee
(Radio Dabanga 04/03/17)
The nine resident European Union (EU) Ambassadors in Sudan have welcomed the announcement by the Sudanese government to open an additional overland humanitarian corridor to famine-stricken South Sudan. The first UN convoy using the new corridor, from the city of El Obeid in Sudan to Bentiu in South Sudan on 30 March, is delivering life-saving aid in a timely and cost-effective way. This adds significantly to the humanitarian corridor between Kosti and Renk, which the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan opened in 2014. It is crucial to maintain the two corridors and consider expanding access to South Sudan with additional corridors, especially in view of the upcoming rainy season, the EU Delegation to Sudan says in a press statement...
(Daily Monitor 04/03/17)
Mr Festus Mogae, the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has asked South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar to declare a unilateral ceasefire. The request was made during a meeting between the two in South Africa at the weekend. The two reportedly discussed solutions to the ongoing conflict in the country in the second meeting Mr Mogae has held with Mr Machar since fighting erupted in July 2016 in the capital, Juba. Mr Machar's press secretary, Lam Kuei Lam said in a statement that Mr Mogae asked the SPLM-IO leader Mr Machar, to denounce violence and join President Salva Kiir's dialogue initiative. Mr Mogae served as President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. "On item one, the...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(Radio Tamazuj 03/31/17)
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it has started to move food aid to reach famine-hit and food-insecure people in South Sudan by using a newly opened humanitarian corridor announced by the Sudanese government this week. In February, the United Nations declared a famine in some parts of South Sudan, where some 5.5 million people face hunger. The UN agency said Thursday the new route enables it to transport food assistance overland from El Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu of Unity State in South Sudan. “Today [Thursday], the first convoy of 27 trucks carrying an initial 1,200 metric tons of sorghum started moving at 15:00 hours from El Obeid in central Sudan towards Bentiu in South Sudan...
(Voice of America 03/30/17)
Some residents of a South Sudanese displaced persons' camp say the head of the group that monitors the country's 2015 peace deal should be fired. The residents accuse Festus Mogae, who chairs the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, or JMEC, of failing to report what they say are killings, rapes, and other crimes committed by government forces against civilians. Bikan Kuol, a community leader at the IDP camp in Juba, says Mogae has betrayed the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese who are living in United Nations-run camps or have fled the country since South Sudan descended
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/17)
More than 60,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday, fleeing famine and war in the world's youngest nation. South Sudan, formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has declared a famine in parts of the country where 100,000 people are said to be facing starvation. The UN refugee agency UNHCR was initially expecting 60,000 South Sudanese refugees to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but that figure has already been exceeded in the first three months. "The number of new arrivals has surpassed expectations, signalling a likely worsening situation in South Sudan," it said in a statement. UNHCR anticipates a continuous influx of South...
(Usa Today 03/29/17)
Two of her five children died as Pauline Nyaluok navigated her way from war-torn South Sudan to this refugee camp in northern Uganda where she expected to be welcomed with open arms. Uganda is celebrated around the world for its generosity toward those desperately fleeing violence. Unlike other East African nations like Kenya, where refugees are restricted to camps, Uganda in the past gave refugees land to farm and build a home, plus free health care and education. But a three-year civil war has sent 700,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing, many to their southern neighbor. Refugees also are escaping violence in nearby countries such as Burundi. That is putting pressure on camps in Uganda, which can't provide enough shelter, food,...
(Bloomberg 03/28/17)
Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum International Ltd. plans to bet half a billion dollars that Africa’s newest nation can end a three-year civil war and create the conditions to revive its oil industry. Oranto, a closely held company part-owned by the Eze family that also has assets in Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, plans to invest $500 million to develop the oil block awarded by South Sudan earlier this month. “We have faith that the differences in South Sudan will be brought to an end and that our exploration campaign
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
Unidentified assailants took the lives of six aid workers in South Sudan on Saturday, the highest number killed in a single incident since South Sudan's conflict began in December 2013, according to the United Nations. Working for a local NGO called GREDO, they were killed in the Magri area of Central Equatoria State, as they traveled from South Sudan's capital, Juba, to the town of Pibor. GREDO program director Jaffar Mbugua told VOA's South Sudan in Focus that a seventh person riding with the convoy — a man who had hitched a ride so he could seek construction work — was also killed. A spokesperson for the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed a seventh person had...
(Capitalfm Business 03/28/17)
Four Kenyans are among six aid workers killed in an ambush on March 25 in South Sudan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says efforts are currently underway by South Sudan security agents in conjunction with officials from GREDO and UNICEF to recover the bodies of the victims. “The ministry is actively engaging all stakeholders to ascertain the exact circumstances leading to this tragedy” CS Amina Mohamed said Tuesday. The aid workers were killed as they travelled in convoy from the capital Juba to the eastern town of Pibor. Their attackers stopped the car, forced them out and then they were “shot and killed.” Three years of civil war in South Sudan have seen warring parties deny access to aid, attack...
(BBC News Africa 03/28/17)
Aid agencies say the "shocking" killing of six aid workers in South Sudan on Saturday is causing them to re-assess how and when they can deliver supplies. The victims were ambushed by unknown attackers when travelling between Juba and the town of Pibor to the northeast. Oxfam said the attack "demonstrates how dangerous it is here" and was leading agencies to re-evaluate "what is mission-critical and what is not". Aid deliveries would continue but could be delayed, it said. The latest fatal attack on humanitarian workers came a month after famine was declared in parts of Unity state in northern South Sudan. The UN says the famine - the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, the UN said Sunday, in another blow to humanitarian efforts a country suffering from war-induced famine. A humanitarian source told AFP the victims -- three Kenyans and three South Sudanese working for a local aid group -- were killed on Saturday as they travelled in convoy from the capital Juba to the eastern town of Pibor. Unknown assailants stopped the car, forced them out and then they were "shot and killed," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Three years of civil war in South Sudan have seen warring parties deny access to aid, attack humanitarian workers and loot relief supplies. It has also displaced about 2.5...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
The African Union (AU) on Monday condemned the ambush and killing of six aid workers in South Sudan, urging the armed actors in the conflict-hit nation to respect international humanitarian laws and give unconditional protection to aid workers. "We strongly condemn and denounce the killing of the six humanitarian actors who have come here to help the people and yet they have been killed," Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat told reporters in Juba. The UN said Sunday that six aid workers were ambushed and killed over the weekend on a road linking the capital Juba to Pibor town in Boma State. Mahamat concluded a two-day visit to South Sudan on Monday, his first visit to South Sudan...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Sudan said Sunday it will open a "humanitarian corridor" for delivering food aid to thousands of people suffering from famine in South Sudan, which split from the north in 2011. South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has declared famine in parts of Unity State, saying 100,000 people face starvation and another million are on the brink of famine. "The government of Sudan has agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for delivering aid to people affected by famine in Unity State and Bahr El Ghazal," the Sudanese Humanitarian Commission said in a statement. The corridor will be used to deliver aid from the town of El-Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu, a town in famine-struck Unity State, it said, adding that...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...

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