Saturday 27 May 2017
(Voice of America 03/11/13)
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered troops to pull back from the border with Sudan, as part of efforts to create a demilitarized zone between the countries. South Sudan military spokesman Philip Aguer confirmed Monday the army has been told to move back, following an agreement the two Sudans signed in Addis Ababa on Friday. He said, "Within four days they will be able to pack all their equipment and start moving to the designated areas. That is 10 kilometers away from the buffer zone." The agreement calls for both sides to pull back their troops from the border by March 14. Aguer said it would take about two weeks to complete the move. There was no word when...
(Voice of America 03/08/13)
LONDON — Human Rights Watch says widespread child marriage in South Sudan is violating girls’ rights, limiting female education and contributing to soaring maternal mortality rates. David Mepham of Human Rights Watch said the child marriage report is based on more than 80 interviews with girls and women. “There is a case of a girl who was 15 at the time she was married off in 2003. Her family wanted her to be married to a man who was 75 years of age. She understandably resisted that, did not want to go through with it. But she was repeatedly beaten by members of her extended family to force her into that marriage - so a really awful example, but there...
(Voice of America 03/08/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — The secretary general of the main opposition party in South Sudan, the SPLM-DC, has resigned, accusing the exiled chairman of his party of stoking divisions. SPLM-DC Secretary General Sisto Olur Erista said party chair, Lam Akol, has encouraged tribalism in the party. Akol, who went into exile after South Sudan became independent in July 2011, saying he felt his life was in danger, denied the charges in a telephone interview with VOA News from the Middle East. As the SPLM-DC was riven by divisions, the ruling SPLM party's political bureau, the main decision-making body of the party, gathered for the first time since the country gained independence two years ago, to discuss changing the party's constitution...
(Huffingtonpost 03/08/13)
In the world's newest nation, South Sudan, women and girls are confronted with the formidable challenges of daily life: child marriage, gender-based violence and illiteracy. Tens of thousands of girls, up to 40 percent of the population, are forced to become child brides, denying them their right to education. The child and teenage pregnancies that follow marriage put these girls at grave risk. South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places for any girl or woman to give birth; it has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. The situation is compounded by customary traditions such as dowry or "bride price", usually in the form of cattle, the main source of income for rural communities, which...
(Allafrica 03/07/13)
It is now four months since the sad killing of Isaiah Abraham with a Wandit from the security service publishing president Kiir's list of death in an email on 5th December 2012. President Kiir's list of death itself was not surprising to some of us at all. The only surprise was the fact SPLM Oyee decided to continue with its criminality that it had developed during the bush years after taking the reigns of power of the sovereign state of South Sudan. From 9th July 2011 we expected that president Kiir and his party would be guided by the constitution of RSS and in doing so it would live by its now empty monotonous songs of democracy that it ceaselessly...
(Allafrica 03/07/13)
Khartoum — Sudanese foreign ministry renewed its accusations that Juba supports Sudanese rebel groups, saying a recent United Nations report confirmed their presence in South Sudan. A UN panel of independent experts established since 2005 to monitor the arms embargo said in a report released recently says that the Sudanese air force uses now a new weapons system, S-8 air-to-ground rockets with thermobaric warheads, "which implies a quantum leap in their effectiveness". The report further says the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) established a " a large base for around 800 armed fighters" outside Bentiu, capital of Unity State and also another base in Timshaha in Western Bahr el-Ghazal State. "This report represents a testimony of an international body that...
(Allafrica 03/07/13)
Juba — South Sudan's second lady has urged women in the new country to push for more representation in government to increase their participation in decision-making processes. Angelina Teny, the wife of the country's vice-president, Riek Machar Teny, made the comments on Wednesday while addressing an event marking international women's day in Juba, organised by the South Sudan's ruling party. Senior women leaders from the SPLM participated in the event which was held under the theme: "Celebrating achievement of South Sudan women". The second lady challenged women in the ten states of the country to organise themselves in order to effectively contribute to the decision-making processes in the 19-month-year-old nation. She argued that the next target for women in South...
(Eye Witness News 03/07/13)
KHARTOUM - Sudan and South Sudan will resume stalled talks on Thursday to set up a demilitarised border zone, Sudan's state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday, in a new attempt to resolve a conflict over oil and land. The African neighbours came close to war in April in the worst border clashes since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 under a 2005 deal which ended decades of civil war. After mediation from the African Union, both countries agreed in September to set up a buffer zone along their disputed border and resume oil exports from landlocked South Sudan through Sudan. Oil is vital to both economies. But neither side has withdrawn its army from the almost 2,000km border...
(Voice of America 03/07/13)
Here’s a Sonny Side of Sports salute for Luis Figo, the former Portuguese soccer star who says he’s planning to open a football academy in South Sudan, Africa’s newest country. At a news conference in the capital, Juba, the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year said the academy will focus on education as much as football. “We are in the first steps,” says Figo, “but for me it’s always very important to conciliate the football and the education. Because you never know if you’re going to be a professional football player or not. If you don’t study, you don’t deserve to play.” Star Petroleum, an international oil company that operates in South Sudan, is helping finance the academy. Company...
(Huffingtonpost 03/07/13)
(JUBA) -- Helen was in labor for four days. Married and pregnant at 15, she told Human Rights Watch that "the baby wouldn't come out ... I didn't have the strength to push ... It almost killed me." To be forced into marriage and pregnancy as a child--when your own life has barely begun--is a serious violation of human rights. Far from creating a nurturing and safe space, child marriage is a driver of poor maternal health, violence, poverty, and pain. Child marriage is a global issue that violates basic rights and negatively shapes the experiences of girls in many regions of the world. The UN estimates that every year, 14 million girls worldwide are married before the age of...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/13)
BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN — The speaker of the Unity state assembly in South Sudan, Maguek Gai Majak, has refused to step down after a vote of no-confidence in him for alleged corruption and malpractice, and instead moved to close the assembly for a three-month recess. Majak announced the recess in the presence of 14 lawmakers who have stood by him and who argue that last week’s vote of no-confidence in the speaker was unconstitutional. “Any motion, whether it is a private motion or public motion, or you want to impeach the chairperson… you have to follow the conduct of business and the constitution of Unity state,” said John Kaway, chair of the state assembly’s Information Committee. Twenty-eight of Unity state’s...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/13)
HEAVY fighting has occurred between government and rebel forces in a strategic Sudanese border town, a source familiar with the situation says, giving the first independent confirmation of the key battle. The fight for El Kurmuk - which Sudan's army has denied - is the most serious for more than a year in Blue Nile state, which has been largely sealed from the outside world. "There has been heavy fighting since the start of this week," said the source, who cannot be identified. Rebels claimed on Sunday to have pushed into Kurmuk's southwest. Kurmuk, an important trading centre on the Ethiopian border, is the third-largest town in Blue Nile state and has been in government hands since November 2011. Sudan's...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/13)
When the world's newest country was born in July 2011 it was not only the South Sudanese that celebrated. The whole world applauded the independence of a people who not long ago had been locked in a two decades long civil war with Sudan to the north. Democracy, prosperity and freedom of speech were to be the corner stones of this fledgling nation after half a century of combined dominance and neglect by Khartoum. Yet just 18 months after the joyous street parties that marked its birth, the celebrations seem to be over. David De Dau, who campaigns for freedom of expression in the capital, Juba, says the optimism of just a short while ago is fading fast amid widespread...
( 02/26/13)
The Vision, Programme and the Constitution of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) published in 1998 highlights agricultural production as being aimed at primarily for self-sufficiency in food as well as cash crops for export to earn foreign exchange for farm families and the SPLM. In addition the SPLM would strive to promote the mechanisation of agriculture, beginning with ox-ploughing and then tractors as this becomes feasible. However, since the publication of the Vision, Programme and the Constitution of the SPLM in 1998 South Sudan in 2013 is nowhere closer to being self-reliant leave alone being self-sufficient in food production. In contrast, South Sudan is a country with vast and varied natural resources that could have made it one of...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/13)
Bentiu — The South Sudanese army (SPLA) will fight to protect its people and the country's territorial integrity, should Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) invade the new nation, its fourth division commander in Unity State has assured. James Koang Chol, the SPLA fourth division commander in Unity state, February 23, 2013 (ST) Speaking exclusively to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, James Koang Chol said the SPLA forces have been monitoring operations of SAF and its allied militias in neighbouring South Kordofan state, further accusing the Sudanese army of continuously bombing its territories. "They have bombed our side, [but] we in the SPLA are in our position, specially this division. We have not moved any inches to the north, but they [SAF] have...

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