Thursday 22 February 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — Fighting between South Sudan's army, rebels and rival tribes has sent thousands of people fleeing into the bush in the east of the country, U.N. and aid officials said on Sunday. South Sudan's army is facing a rebellion from local politician David Yau Yau in the vast Jonglei state, and new clashes have broken out between rival Lou Nuer and Murle tribes. Western powers are worried the violence will escalate into full civil war, undermining stability in the young African country, which is awash with arms after decades of conflict with Khartoum that led to its secession from Sudan in 2011. The United Nations said thousands of people were hiding in the bush outside Pibor town...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
From the air, the vast lands of South Sudan's conflict-wracked Jonglei state look peaceful before the white plumes of smoke come into view: thatch huts still burning from an attack. "There are houses on fire," the captain of the small plane shouts, as he swoops down low towards billowing clouds of smoke spiralling from a thatch hut for a closer look. Nearby, two grey circles -- looking like the remains of giant cigarettes stubbed out in a village -- are all that is left of homes already razed to the ground. Just out of reach of the flames, around a dozen men in dark green uniforms scan the sky for the plane above. Elsewhere, more than 100 men in similar...
(Voice of America 07/15/13)
Jobs in South Sudan are hardly springing up like mushrooms, especially during times of austerity, but South Sudanese are resourceful and have taken to creating work for themselves -- including one Juba resident who grows mushrooms for a living. His name is Edward Kasran, and after looking for work in the education field for almost a year, he finally shifted his focus to another way to make money: mushroom growing. Kasran grows the fungi in his garden, which is not only filled with mushrooms but also wild and domesticated birds, which swoop and glide overhead as Kasran guides visitors through his plots of mushrooms and into the dark, damp mushroom hall, where clusters of edible fungi poke out of plastic...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(Reuters 07/13/13)
(Reuters) - The United States on Friday expressed "deep concern" about reports of killings, beatings and looting in South Sudan's eastern state of Jonglei and said the military had a responsibility to protect all civilians. "We urge all parties - including the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and other state and non-state armed actors - to end the violence, and to work toward peace and reconciliation through dialogue," the State Department said in a statement. In New York, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky urged national and state authorities to exercise "maximum restraint." Fighting between South Sudanese troops and armed groups in Jonglei has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. A U.N. mission has fewer than 6,900 peacekeepers...
(Voice of America 07/13/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Sudan Tribune 07/12/13)
(BENTIU) - The opening of an oil refinery in South Sudan’s Unity state, has been delayed from 9 July as vital equipment is stranded at the Kenyan port of Mombassa. According to Unity state’s former governor, Taban Deng Gai, the opening was due to coincide with the second anniversary of South Sudan’s independence from Sudan. The South took with it 75% of Sudan’s oil production but none of the infrastructure needed to export or to refine its oil, for which there is a high demand in the country. Since independence South Sudan has been forced to import fuel from neighbouring countries, often at a high cost. Unity state’s deputy governor Michael Chiengjiek Geay told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that the...
(Sudan Tribune 07/12/13)
(WASHINGTON) – Refugees International (RI), a Washington based international advocacy group for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people, has urged the American administration to withhold assistance to the government of South Sudan over alleged human rights abuses by its army (SPLA) in Jonglei state. The report points out that widespread human rights violations, mainly attacks on civilians in Pibor county and denial of humanitarian access to the affected civilians are committed by the SPLA which has launched a military offensive since February against rebels led by David Yau Yau. "The U.S. government should withhold a portion of its foreign assistance to South Sudan until the [US] Secretary of State certifies that the government has made progress toward halting SPLA...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/13)
Columns of heavily armed South Sudanese gunmen in a tribal militia are fighting their way towards a rival community in the eastern Jonglei state, a local official said Friday. Lou Nuer and Dinka gunmen from northern Jonglei are reported to be marching south towards Pibor, an area of their rivals, the Murle. "We are worried that a lot of people will die, especially women and children," said Pibor County Commissioner Joshua Konyi, speaking to AFP via a crackling satellite phone from the town. He said civilians further out in the swampy bush were reporting that Murle civilians were fleeing ahead of rampaging gangs of Lou Nuer gunmen armed with semi-automatic rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. "I'm worried because the...
(Gurtong Net 07/12/13)
Juba-12 July 2013 (Gurtong)-“UNMISS calls on the leaders of all Jonglei communities, their youth, as well as on national and state authorities to exercise maximum restraint and urgently engage in reconciliation efforts,” the statement reads in part. “The Mission is doing its utmost to verify the information and assess the population movements, including through the use of aerial reconnaissance flights,” it added. The statement says that the Mission’s mobility continues to be hampered by inadequate air assets, which severely limit its capability to detect violence occurring in inaccessible rural areas. As a result, UNMISS is not in an immediate position to confirm details about numbers or locations of the mobilized youth and associated clashes. In view of the ongoing insecurity,...
(Sudan Tribune 07/12/13)
(JUBA) – The former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, who chairs the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to mediate between South Sudan and Sudan, has commended Juba and Khartoum for the recent successful bilateral talks. The AUHIP, which is based in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has been mediating negotiations between the two capitals on the outstanding post-independence issues following the split of the former Sudan on 9 July 2011. Mbeki, who took part in celebration of the second independence anniversary on Tuesday met with the South Sudanese president and his deputy to discuss the status of the bilateral relations between Juba and Khartoum. In his meetings with Kiir and Machar, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the talks centred...
(Gurtong Net 07/12/13)
AWEIL, 12 July 2013 (Gurtong) - Governor Malong during the South Sudan Second Independence Anniversary at freedom square in Aweil said the ministries of Health and General Education and Instruction have failed to perform basic duties and adopt good education systems. Malong threatened to deal with the administration of the two ministries should they not improve their management systems. “There are daily complaints that hospital’s hygienic system is very poor and that the general reception and admission is also poor. I have been talking... talking and talking about these issues for years now but nothing changes,” the Governor lamented. “I want to tell everybody or those in charge of handling these complaints to please address quickly or I intervene.” The...
(South Sudan Nation 07/12/13)
The Republic of South Sudan gained its independence little over 2 years ago after several bouts of civil strife against the then Sudan government. The search for this sovereignty started way back over half a century ago in 1940’s. In 1972, Anyanya, the first liberation movement of South Sudan initiated and led by Equatorians reached a formal accord with Khartoum after having fought a protracted war for 17 years. This accord famously known as the Addis Ababa Agreement of 1972 brought peace for 11 years after which civil war again erupted in 1983 which lasted till the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This agreement provided for self-determination of the Southern people which resulted into the secession of South Sudan on 9th...
(Gurtong Net 07/12/13)
KUACJOK- 12 July, 2013 [Gurtong]-“I am very optimistic and confident to present to you Warrap State draft budget and the appropriation bill of fiscal year 2013/2014 on behalf of state government and especially on behalf of Governor of Warrap State for your deliberation and adjustment to make them become law as stipulated by Warrap State Constitution,” said Achuil. According to the minister, the budget tabled in the state assembly for deliberations was passed as SSP 187,867,712 before the late inclusion of police ceilings of SSP 37,851,996. There was also additional allocation of SSP 617,646 to state ministry of health for the three state hospitals; Tonj Hospital, Marial-Lou and Turalei. Minister Akoch stated that although a bigger percentage of the budget...
(Ahram Online 07/12/13)
Lou Nuer and Dinka gunmen from northern Jonglei are reported to be marching south towards Pibor, an area of their rivals, the Murle. "We are worried that a lot of people will die, especially women and children," said Pibor County Commissioner Joshua Konyi, speaking to AFP via a crackling satellite phone from the town. He said civilians further out in the swampy bush were reporting that Murle civilians were fleeing ahead of rampaging gangs of Lou Nuer gunmen armed with semi-automatic rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. "I'm worried because the Lou Nuer youth are there in huge numbers," he said, adding that some reports estimated the militia force to number several thousand. The latest round of fierce fighting broke...
(The Associated Press 07/12/13)
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - Fresh violence erupted between two rival tribes in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei state, officials said Thursday, giving no details of casualties in the region that is also the scene of an ongoing military assault against a rebel group. South Sudan army spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said ethnic clashes had erupted between the rival Lou Nuer and Murle tribes in Pibor county. Jonglei's mayor Kuol Manyang confirmed fighting was ongoing but provided no details. Aguer said South Sudan's army had not received orders to intervene in the ethnic clashes that he said were a "communal" issue to be handled by the civilian authorities. "If there are two communities fighting how do you separate them with firearms?"...
(Reuters 07/12/13)
(Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council urged peacekeepers in South Sudan to quickly move more troops and equipment to volatile areas like the eastern state of Jonglei to better protect civilians as it renewed the U.N. mission on Thursday for another year. Fighting between South Sudanese troops and armed groups in Jonglei has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in the African nation, while gunmen in April ambushed and killed five U.N. peacekeepers and seven civilian staff. The United States issued a rare criticism of South Sudan on Wednesday, saying it was "deeply disappointed" the army had failed to protect civilians in vulnerable areas in Jonglei. Washington is one of Juba's biggest allies. South Sudan's U.N...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/12/13)
BOR, SOUTH SUDAN — Dozens are feared dead in Jonglei state after fresh fighting broke out between ethnic Lou Nuer and Murle, officials said Thursday. Local officials say the fighting started a week ago but were unable to say what caused the unrest. In a letter sent to Jonglei Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, Pibor County Commissioner Joshua Konyi said Lou Nuer youths attacked the Murle village of Nanaam on Friday. The fighting subsequently spread to villages in Pibor county, he said. Baba Medan, a member of Parliament representing northern Pibor in the Jonglei state assembly, accused a prominent Lou Nuer spiritual leader, Dak Kueth, of leading the youths to attack the Murle. Medan also said the attackers are cattle raiders...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...

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