Tuesday 20 February 2018
(MSF 06/03/13)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in collaboration with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, stemmed a meningitis A outbreak and vaccinated over 130,000 people against the disease in South Sudan's Upper Nile state, reinforcing its commitment to assisting the region's population. Starting on 15 May, medical teams deployed in the northern city of Malakal administered a vaccine first introduced a few years ago that will give the region's vulnerable population a longer-lasting immunity to meningitis A (a strain likely to cause large-scale epidemics). "This vaccine protects people from meningitis A for ten years, seven more than the previous one," says Olimpia de la Rosa, MSF emergency medical coordinator. The vaccination campaign, launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, aimed to...
(Sudan Tribune 06/03/13)
Juba — South Sudan Police on Friday arrested the Managing Director of Payii roads and bridges company over misappropriation of funds allocated for construction of the 140km Juba-Kajokeji road. Rex Abdalla Nicholas was reportedly arrested at about 3pm on orders from South Sudan Anti-Corruption Commission (SSACC), whose summons he allegedly ignored, despite several reminders. "SSACC summoned the MD [Managing Director] of Payii to come and answer some questions about the said road construction and he refused to report to SSACC despite a reminder sent to him," a source told Sudan Tribune. SSACC then invoked section 29 of its 2009 Act, and sought the intervention of the Ministry of Justice and secured arrest warrant, he added. Abdalla is now under detention...
(Gurtong Net 06/03/13)
A third of primary school teachers in South Sudan are untrained. This revelation was made by the South Sudanese Minister of General Education Joseph Ukel Abango during the launch of the National Professional Standards for Teachers in South Sudan on 30 May 2013 in Juba. In a statement read on his behalf by the Eastern Equatoria State Education Minister Michael Lopuke Lotyam, Abango said the document will serve as an important tool for the professionalisation of teaching in South Sudan. “It will enhance the quality of education by ensuring that teachers undergo comprehensive training to ensure that they meet the objectives of our education goals”, he said. The National Professional Standards for Teachers in South Sudan sets levels of knowledge,...
(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...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNCHR) reports it is rushing to pre-position relief supplies for tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile states before the rainy season begins and deliveries become impossible. U.N. refugee spokesman Dan McNorton says time is running out for this humanitarian operation. "In terms of the cut-off point, in the next couple of weeks the window that we have in order to make those deliveries, and because in coming weeks those roads that we need to use will become impassable," McNorton said. McNorton says the operation is in good shape, and relief supplies for more than 190,000 refugees from Sudan will be in place before the rains and floods arrive. Currently,...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan is working with the United Nations to ensure that South Sudanese citizens are evacuated from Syria if fighting between government forces and rebels in the Middle East country continues to intensify, officials said Friday. "We will be working together with the UN to make sure our citizens are evacuated," Mawien Makol Arik, a spokesman for South Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. "We are in contact with them to work together with the UN to try to see whether it would be possible for the UN also to work with the embassy in Cairo to see the evacuation of our citizens if things get worse." The number of South Sudanese nationals in Syria is...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Gurtong Net 05/31/13)
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) at Continental Hotel, Yokohama Japan. TICAD is a major development platform on African development that discusses and produces action plans to tackle various challenges in Africaon the economy, poverty reduction and post- conflict recovery. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between Juba and Tokyo governments. “It’s my great pleasure to welcome you here to Japan to discuss the bilateral relations between South Sudan and Japan”, said Abe. President Kiir expressed gratitude to the government and leadership of Japan for organising and being part of TICAD V conference. He personally congratulated Abe upon his recent election...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/13)
South Sudan expects its first oil to arrive in Sudan’s export port in mid-June as both countries are continuing to implement oil and trade deals despite Khartoum’s renewed accusations over rebel support, Juba’s ambassador to Sudan said. The neighbours, which fought one of Africa’s longest civil wars, agreed in March to resume cross-border oil flows and end tensions plaguing them since the south seceded in 2011. South Sudan has started since then to pipe oil to two treatment plants in Sudan to be readied for exports, the first time since the landlocked new nation shut down its production of 350,000 barrels a day in January 2012 in a row over export fees. On Monday, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir threatened...
(South Sudan News Agency 05/31/13)
(SSNA) -- Hon. Samson Ezekiel Ndukpo, Chairperson of the Committee of Education, Research, Science and Technology of the National Legislative Assembly in Juba received three sets of the new textbooks and teacher guides. The sample sets will assist the members to formulate policy around primary and adult education in South Sudan. The reading materials which are currently being distributed to all primary schools in South Sudan, were handed over by Mr. Charles Bayley of Charles Kendall and Partners (CKP), the company which is responsible for the book distribution throughout South Sudan. The national textbook distribution is supported by UK-Aid. The sample includes copies of the student books and teacher guides for primary grade one to eight. The books, which cover...
(Redpepper 05/31/13)
The UN Security Council has agreed to increase the number of international peacekeepers in Sudan’s Abyei area by more than 1,100 troops amid new tensions over the disputed territory between Sudan and South Sudan. The Security Council made the decision on Wednesday following repeated demands by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The number of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) will increase to 5,326 troops from the current 4,200. All the soldiers will be sent to the region from Ethiopia. In a recent report to the Security Council, Ban said that rival groups in Abyei “remain armed, hostile and highly distrustful of each other.” He said extra forces are necessary for securing Abyei’s borders in the face of growing...
(Gurtong Net 05/31/13)
The Aweil Rice Scheme in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State has been termed as a key supplier of food in South Sudan. The acting manager of the scheme Santino Deng Ngong told the press that rice production has now doubled with farmers expanding their farms from 1,500 feddans last year to 3,000 this year. Speaking when he launched the farming plan for the 2013-2014 season, Ngong said production has improved after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA] in 2005 which transferred ownership to the local communities. “The financial assistance by the European Union to the tune of 5 million Euros has ensured the sustainability of the project since 2005. This project is now contributing to economic development through...
(MSF 05/31/13)
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in collaboration with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, stemmed a meningitis A outbreak and vaccinated over 130,000 people against the disease in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, reinforcing its commitment to assisting the region’s population. Starting on 15th May, medical teams deployed in the northern city of Malakal administered a vaccine first introduced a few years ago that will give the region’s vulnerable population a longer-lasting immunity to meningitis A (a strain likely to cause large-scale epidemics). Protection for ten years. “This vaccine protects people from meningitis A for ten years, seven more than the previous one,” says Olimpia de la Rosa, MSF emergency medical coordinator. The vaccination campaign, launched in collaboration with...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
KHARTOUM - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday threatened to stop South Sudan's oil exportation through Sudan's pipelines if Juba continued supporting the rebels of the Revolutionary Front in South Kordofan. "If there is any support from South Sudan to the agents, traitors and mercenaries in Darfur, South Kordofan or Blue Nile, we will close the pipelines forever," said al-Bashir addressing a gathering in Khartoum Monday following the announcement of the liberation of the strategic town of Abu Karshula in South Kordofan from the rebels of the Revolutionary Front. "We tell our brothers in South Sudan that we have agreements and we have committed to them, and any violation against any part of these agreements will annihilate them all," noted...
(Gurtong Net 05/31/13)
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has condemned the acts of terrorism that has derailed security in the East African region. President Kiir has also pledged his government’s support the fragile government of Somalia. “We condemn the activities of the al Shabaab and other terrorist operatives in Somalia. Their destruction reaches further than Somalia and they must be stopped if Somalia and the neighbouring nations are to have a lasting peace and security”, Kiir told the gathering at the at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) session on Somalia at the Continental Hotel, Yokohama Japan on Friday. “South Sudan joins the world in fighting terrorist activities. We will contribute in whatever way we can to support Somalia...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Voice of America 05/31/13)
It's not the usual way to reintegrate kids who have been on the streets into the group dynamic of family life, but in South Sudan they're giving kids goats for just that reason. And it's working, officials say. This week, the Social Welfare Ministry and NGO Veterinarians Without Borders, which goes by the French acronym VSF, gave 200 goats to 85 kids as part of a VSF goats-to-kids program. Since it was launched last year, the program has helped to halve the number of street children in Northern Bahr el Ghazal from around 300 to 150. The youngsters seem to quickly get used to rearing and handling their caprine charges and use the goats to help ease their family’s financial...
(Gurtong Net 05/31/13)
The Eastern Equatoria State Government has signed a deal with an Australian firm to explore minerals in the Greater Kapoeta. State officials told Gurtong that the firm, Epic Exploration, has expressed previous intentions to tap on the underutilised resources in the vast region. The State Minister of Commerce, Investment, Industry and MiningLorika Stella Brenda said the Central Government in Juba will assume overall responsibility of managing the venture. “Once the company is given the concession by the National Government, the state government will facilitate a series of consultations alongside host communities as the exploration gets underway”, she said. She clarified that the MOU sets out guidelines for future negotiations on mineral exploration in the state and will remain in force...
(Sudan Tribune 05/31/13)
The United Nation Children Fund launched a global report on Thursday highlighting the plight of children living with disabilities and calling for an end to discrimination that leaves them with a limited ability to be active members of society. UNICEF’s South Sudan envoy, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, released a statement saying that children with disabilities have the same rights and needs as all children and "should be given equal opportunities to ensure that they grow up to their full potential to become independent and productive citizens. Their rights need to be respected throughout their life”. Children born with disabilities are often discriminated against from the day they are born as their births go unregistered. This lack of official acknowledgment means...

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