Saturday 19 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hit one million on Thursday, the United Nations said, as hundreds of desperate families pour across the border every day seeking a haven from the civil war. The conflict in South Sudan has created Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and U.N. agencies are receiving a fraction of the cash they need to provide food and shelter. But the crowds keep flowing across rickety wooden bridges near the northwestern Ugandan border town of Busia, staggering under the weight of babies and a few pots or bundles of clothing balanced on their heads. Women and children make up more than 85 percent of the arrivals...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
Chinese companies and medical team members operating in Sierra Leone on Wednesday donated 200,000 U.S. dollars in cash as well as other materials towards the efforts of the government in trying to support people affected by the flood and mudslide disaster. The disaster, which struck the outskirts of the West African nation's capital city Freetown on Monday buried hundreds of Sierra Leoneans in various communities, including Regent, Mount Sugar-Loaf, Kamayama, Kaningo and Dworzark, among others. The incident, apparently the worst of its kind in the country's history, also left thousands of people homeless across the city of Freetown. Speaking during the donation ceremony, charge d'affaires at the Chinese Embassy Wang Xinmin said the people of China are with Sierra Leone...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
Under the scorching sun, midwives at a tented health facility here at the world's largest refugee settlement are taking care of over 20 pregnant mothers, among them some teenagers. The midwives at Bidi Bidi Reception Health Center III said the numbers can reach up to 300 mothers per month. These mothers, mostly South Sudanese, are being treated by only two midwives. As the number of South Sudanese refugees continues to grow internally, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees...
(AFP (eng) 08/15/17)
The UN's refugee chief said Tuesday a long period of exile lies ahead for South Sudanese refugees fleeing a war that erupted in their country after it split from the north. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and millions displaced since the world's youngest country fell into a civil war less than three years after it seceded in 2011. Urging crowds of refugees at Al-Nimir camp in the Sudanese state of East Darfur to "be strong and...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. "We decided to launch an attack on them because Pagak is our base. They took it from us and we want to take it back," Gabriel said. "We...
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
The Chinese government on Thursday handed over 1,500 tonnes of rice as emergency food aid to hunger-stricken South Sudan. In April, Beijing pledged to provide 8,800 tonnes of rice to the war-torn East African nation to help fight the severe food shortage. Li Xiangfeng, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan said the first batch of 60 containers of rice has already been handed to South Sudan's Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) and more are expected to arrive...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
Killings on Monday and Tuesday were revenge attacks, police say. At least 38 people were killed and 42 others injured in a tribal fight in South Sudan, security officials said Wednesday. Killings on Monday and Tuesday in the country’s remote northeast region of Cueibet appeared to be a revenge attack, after clashes between rival clans of the Dinka ethnic group in July, police said. “It is unfortunate that 38 people were killed and 42 more were injured in tribal violence...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
More than 20 million people are at risk from famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and the northeast of Nigeria, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. The Security Council officially declared for the first time that the threat was directly linked to the armed conflicts raging in the afflicted areas. "The Security Council notes the devastating impact on civilians of ongoing armed conflict and violence," the 15-member UN body said. The declaration added that the council "also emphasizes with deep concern that ongoing conflicts and violence have devastating humanitarian
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Wednesday vowed to revitalize the stalled South Sudan peace process. IGAD Director of Peace and Security Tewolde Gebremeskel told Xinhua in Nairobi that they are currently developing a matrix that will outline timelines to return the country to stability. "The matrix will soon be presented to the Heads of States of IGAD member states for approval so that the stalled peace process in South Sudan is revived," Gebremeskel said. He said the implementation of...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
About 120 Rwandan peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan, United Nations said on Tuesday, the first detachment of 4,000 extra troops approved by the U.N. last year to help protect the capital of Africa's newest country. The U.N. approved the deployment in August after days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar. There are already 13,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. South Sudan four-year civil war triggered...
(Voice of America 08/09/17)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for rapid action to prevent a cholera epidemic in South Sudan from spiraling out of control as the rainy season in the country progresses. More than 18,000 cases of cholera, including 328 deaths have been reported in South Sudan since June 2016. The International Organization for Migration warns the number of cases and deaths is likely to grow as the rainy season this year will leave as much as 60 percent of...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
The wife of the former head of South Sudan's army says her husband has been under house arrest for months on the direct orders of President Salva Kiir. In an exclusive interview Monday, Lucy Ayak Malong, the wife of Paul Malong Awan, told VOA's South Sudan in Focus that her husband has not been allowed to leave Juba since May, when the president fired him. Health concerns Malong’s health has deteriorated steadily since she last saw him in the capital...
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
The military command of the South Sudanese army, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), has passed a resolution changing the name of the revolutionary army to South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF). Army Deputy Spokesman, Santo Domic told Xinhua that the resolution was reached during a three-day military command conference that concluded on Thursday. "It has been recommended that the SPLA name has to be changed to South Sudan People's Defense Forces and we will continue to use the SPLA...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
At least four people were killed by unknown gunmen on the main road between South Sudan's capital and the Uganda border on Wednesday, an army spokesman said. The deadly attack was the latest on the dangerous yet busy highway that ferries South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda or those returning home to Juba. "Four civilians died on the spot and five others were wounded," said army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang. Koang said the attack on the Juba-Nimule road involved...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
A new Human Rights Watch report accuses nine leaders in both of South Sudan’s warring parties of committing serious rights violations and possibly war crimes during 2016 and 2017. It recommends placing sanctions on all nine men, including President Salva Kiir, former First Vice President Riek Machar, and former army chief of staff Paul Malong. Jehanne Henry of Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, says that based on HRW's research, the leaders are implicated in abusive operations across the country. “We...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
More than three years of fighting have slashed South Sudan’s oil output and left half its people facing severe food shortages. Now crop-eating caterpillars and livestock disease are hitting the world’s newest nation’s meager other resources. The fall armyworms, already wreaking havoc elsewhere in Africa, have destroyed vital corn and sorghum crops and grazing land since arriving in South Sudan in June. Meanwhile, seven outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease this year have infected as many as a third of the nation’s...
(APA 08/01/17)
South Sudanese government and opposition leaders have failed to halt atrocity crimes, including killings, rape, and forced displacement, or to hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch(HRW) said in a report released on Tuesday. The 52-page report, “‘Soldiers Assume We Are Rebels’: Escalating Violence and Abuses in South Sudan’s Equatorias,” documents the spreading violence and serious abuses against civilians in the Greater Equatoria region in the last year. The report focuses on two areas, namely, Kajo Keji county, in...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/17)
Fighting between two rebel groups broke out on Sunday in South Sudan's southern Equatoria region, a rebel official said, adding another dangerous dimension to an increasingly fragmented conflict that has spawned many armed factions. The incident on Sunday in Nyori in Central Equatoria state pitted rebel leader Riek Machar's SPLA-IO fighters against the National Salvation Front (NAS, led by General Thomas Cirillo, who formed his own faction after leaving the government in February, vowing to overthrow President Salva Kiir. South...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Over 4 million cattle in South Sudan are infected with the deadly foot and mouse disease that threatens to wipe out the war-torn country's vast untapped livestock economy, officials said late Thursday. The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries James Janga Duku, despite not declaring an outbreak of the viral animal disease in Juba, said they were working on ways to establish control measures at the various border points in the country to curb further infections. "We are looking for funds...

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