Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
A United States citizen working in South Sudan as a freelance journalist was among 19 people killed on Saturday during fighting between government troops and rebels in Yei River state, the rebels and the military said. Christopher Allen, who worked for various news outlets, was killed in heavy fighting in the town of Kaya. South Sudan has been convulsed by conflict since late 2013, pitting President Salva Kiir’s troops against those of rebel leader Riek Machar. “On the ground, about 16 (bodies) have been found around the defensive position of the SPLA including this white man,” Santo Domic Chol, a military spokesman, told Reuters. Three government soldiers were also killed, he said. The rebels identified him as Allen, who had...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/24/17)
Below a painted scene of African mud huts and a crucified Christ, eight-year-old Juma lies on a blue metal bed, recovering from malaria. The chapel has been home for the past year, even though Juma's old place of residence is just two miles down the road. But it’s not safe for him to go back. Now it lies empty and looted; many of his former neighbors have been killed. Juma is among more than 10,000 people who have found refuge in the backyard of St Mary’s Cathedral in South Sudan’s Wau. It is the country's biggest church, its brick dome rising above the surrounding houses and unpaved roads, the color blending with the local red dust and soil. Once used...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(Bloomberg 08/23/17)
When three rifle-toting men in army uniforms barged into Silvano Pitia’s supplies store this month, he became the latest victim of a crime wave that’s rocking South Sudan’s war-weary, hunger-stricken capital. “They told me that if I didn’t make them happy that night I would visit heaven or hell,” said Pitia, who was charging mobile phones and laptops for customers at his store in Juba, the capital, until the armed men seized the devices and about 200,000 South Sudanese pounds ($1,590) in cash. One gunman said they had the right to take directly from the city’s inhabitants because the government hadn’t paid them, the 43-year-old shopkeeper recalled. The Aug. 12 theft was part of a surge in crime in Juba,...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
As the people fleeing the South Sudan crisis continue to enter neighboring Uganda, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said a political solution is urgently needed to resolve the crisis. Peter Maurer who visited South Sudan and Uganda told reporters here on Monday that the solution to the crisis is political rather than military. He urged Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to use his regional influence to push the rival parties to stop the fighting. "I am deeply convinced that some of the structural and systematic problems with which we are confronting can be found if the neighbors and together with the parties in South Sudan play an important role in a peaceful solution," Maurer said...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Sudan Tribune 08/22/17)
The Government of South Sudan should undertake measures to allow the free movement of all United Nations staff, vehicles, and planes without any restrictions in all parts of South Sudan, an armed opposition official remarked on Monday. “That immunity of all UN staff must be respected by the government,” General Wesley Welebe Samson, the deputy chief of staff for training said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune. According to the official, since the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the country, there have been continued violations to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), such as abductions of UN personnel
(APA 08/22/17)
South Sudan refuses UN-approved Regional Protection Forces deployment to capital's airport, reports said on Tuesday. South Sudan and the United Nations mission in the country are at odds, the government saying the mandate giving the Regional Protection Forces (RPF) control of its main airport was a breach of national sovereignty. The first batch of RPF troops arrived in the capital Juba two weeks ago. In August 2016, the UN Security Council had approved a request formulated by the East African regional bloc and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), for the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to secure Juba and protect other key installations in the war-torn nation after the government and rebel forces resumed fighting in July 2016...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Monday his country would give continued support for South Sudan's peace and stability. Desalegn made the remarks while holding talks with South Sudan's Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth on ways of ensuring peace and security in South Sudan in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He also urged the South Sudanese government to work towards a full restoration of peace and stability in the country and solve the nation's problems in a more inclusive manner, Ethiopia's state news agency reported. Desalegn also stressed the need to install comprehensive public participation as a crucial impetus to build political solution to the ongoing crisis in the world's youngest nation. Ethiopia and South Sudan have earlier this year signed...
(APA 08/22/17)
The European Union (EU) department for humanitarian aid and civil protection said it is doubling funding to International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to support South Sudanese refugees in the Ugandan districts of Yumbe and Moyo. The increase in funding from one to two million Euros comes hot on the heels of an announcement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kampala that the number of displaced persons from South Sudan has surpassed the one million mark. The donation, according to a statement, will be channeled through IOM and its partner organisation, Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Initially, the EU Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) had pledged Euros 1million for water and sanitation...
(Voice of America 08/22/17)
The warring factions in South Sudan and the country’s neighbors must leave no stone unturned in finding a political solution to the three-and-a-half-year civil war. That was the message of the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, as he wrapped up his visit to South Sudan and neighboring Uganda. Peter Maurer has visited conflict zones around the world, including Syria and Yemen. The International Committee of the Red Cross president paints a grim picture of what he has just seen in South Sudan, one in two people is severely hungry and dependent on food aid, while one in three people is displaced. ICRC’s Maurer said returning to dialogue is the only solution. “I have seen the alternative...
(APA 08/22/17)
It was August 19, 1955 and a number of soldiers in Sudan were being rounded up for allegedly conspiring to launch an armed mutiny against the authorities in Khartoum. However, instead of surrendering a unit based in the town of Torit, in today’s Equatoria State in the east of present day South Sudan made up exclusively of southerners resisted, firing shots at their counterparts of the Sudanese army before disappearing into the bush with their weapons. With that sudden act of defiance, the first shots in South Sudan’s long struggle against domination by Khartoum were fired. In the intervening days, more southerners in the army mainly officers, warrant officers and a small band of non-commissioned officers mutinied in the cities...
(Sudan Tribune 08/22/17)
South Sudanese government said on Monday it declined to dispatch a team to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for an African Union-brokered meeting on the disputed area of Abyei, citing the lack of clear agenda. The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) called on the Sudanese and South Sudanese members of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) for a meeting on 16 August. Also, another meeting for the traditional leaders from the Ngok-Dinka and Misseriya communities had to take place on 17 August. A delegation from the from the African Union, United Nations and the UN Security Council was in Khartoum on 10 August to discuss the need for an agreement on Abyei joint administration and the implementation of the joint border...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Monday that South Sudan's inability to pay civil servants risked worsening a humanitarian crisis and urged donors to step in. ICRC chief Peter Maurer was in Kampala after a three-day visit to conflict-torn South Sudan, where he warned of a "spiral which no international actor can prevent" as civil servants working in critical sectors such as health and water services go unpaid. Maurer said he had "rarely seen another conflict in the world where the fighting and the economic fragility -- the inability of the state to pay salaries -- has had so much humanitarian impact." He called for the international community and national actors "to use every resource...
(Sudan Tribune 08/21/17)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Sunday warned that his government could reconsider its decision on the deployment of regional protection forces mandated by the United Nations Security Council. “They [regional protection forces] have come and the way they have started is already becoming a matter of concern. They want to deploy at the airport. They also want whatever they bring into the country not to be checked,” warned the South Sudanese leader. In August 2016, the UN Security Council, following a request by the East African regional bloc (IGAD), approved the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to secure Juba in the aftermath of renewed clashes that occurred in the capital in July. South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
South Sudan has threatened to stop all planes operated by the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) from taking to the skies following a dispute over security clearance. Government spokesman Michael Makuei said late Sunday that UNMISS has failed to follow a government directive introduced last year that requires organizations to get flight clearance 72 hours before travel. Makuei said that the UN mission over the weekend operated flights without notifying the government, as such they have suspended cooperation with UNMISS until the matter is solved. ''We established a one-stop shop for the coordination of all UNMISS flights. Now they decided to move against this establishment and after being prevented they went to the air and said the government of South Sudan...
(News24 08/21/17)
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says South Sudan's civil war presents humanitarians with "one of the unique crises" in the world. Peter Maurer said on Monday that "uncomfortable elements of poverty" are making life even harder for millions of people already displaced by war. Maurer said "the inability of the state to pay salaries has had so much impact" on the conflict. He said ICRC operations in South Sudan have been displaced several times over the last three years, forcing the aid group to abandon relief facilities amid fighting. Maurer visited parts of South Sudan last week and later toured some refugee camps in neighboring Uganda, which is struggling to keep up with more than...
(Sudan Tribune 08/21/17)
An outbreak of malaria in South Sudan has killed over 4,000 people since February, a senior health official disclosed last week. “This year’s malaria is the most severe the country has ever seen,” Dr. Isaac Mapeer, the deputy head of Malaria Control Program at South Sudan’s Ministry of Health, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday. A total of over 900,000 malaria cases had so far been registered, according to Mapeer. “4,073 deaths were recorded since February, while 2,000 deaths were reported in 2016”, he stressed. Malaria is described as is a life-threatening mosquito-borne blood disease caused by a Plasmodium parasite, which is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. Once an infected mosquito bites a human, the...

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