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24 dead, 7 wounded in fresh Lakes state clashes

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Sudan Tribune

October 23, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least 15 South Sudan army soldiers were killed when they clashed with pastoralists in Lakes state’s Rumbek North county, police officials told Sudan Tribune.

The incident, which took place at Aguoc cattle camp on Thursday, left nine pastoralists dead.

“It was a very terrible confrontation. In action, 15 combat soldiers were killed by Pakam pastoralist youth, and 5 PKM guns and 14 AK-47s were captured by pastoralists,” said a police officer.

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Mission of African Development Bank's Commission of Statistics visits Khartoum to improve agricultural and rural statistics

Khartoum, Oct. 22 (SUNA) - A mission from the Commission of Statistics at the African Development Bank, within the framework of Executive Plan of the Strategy on Improvement of Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Africa 2011-2015, under patronage of the African Development Bank in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The visit will last up to 30 of the current October.

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Campaign for peaceful harvest concludes in West Darfur

On 16 October 2014, UNAMID Civil Affairs Section concluded a peace campaign aimed at addressing potential conflicts between farmers and pastoralists at the Aish Barra Administrative Unit in El Geneina, West Darfur.

The peace campaign, which was rolled out on 28 September 2014, was organized in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and was designed to ensure a smooth harvesting season in West Darfur.

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Social Security Investment Authority: production of improved wheat seeds begins next year

Khartoum, Oct. 23 (SUNA) - The Social Security Investment Authority has announced that it would begin production of wheat improved seeds next year in a number of states by focusing on the Northern State.

The Director of Investment Department at the authority Kamal Abdallah said that Sudan needs more than two million tons of wheat for the local consumption, adding that that quantity of wheat requires one million acres and 65,000 tons of improved seeds, stressing that the authority will share with 33% of which in a maximum three-year period.

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Health centre staff strike in Kass, South Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

KASS LOCALITY(23 Oct.) -

The personnel working at health centres in Kass locality, South Darfur, have been on strike since last week.

A displaced woman from Ardeba camp in Kass locality told Radio Dabanga that the medical staff embarked on a strike in protest against the non-payment of their salaries and financial dues.

“This seriously increases the suffering of the people in Kass locality,” she said. “In particular widows with children and the orphans in the Kass camps face many humanitarian and health problems.

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Darfur rebels, Sudan 'to arrange peace talks'

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM(23 Oct.) -

The Sudanese government is in contact with Darfuri rebel commanders to arrange peace negotiations under the Doha Document of Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

On Wednesday, Amin Hassan Omar, the chairman of the governmental Darfur Peace Office, announced that arrangements with Chad are underway to transport some leaders of Darfuri armed movements from Darfur to Chad, where they will discuss the possibilities of joining the DDPD. They rebel leaders will then travel from Chad to the Qatari capital of Doha to join the peace process.

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Bread crisis in Port Sudan enters third day

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Radio Dabanga

PORT SUDAN(23 Oct.) -

Port Sudan has been facing a shortage of bread for the last three days. Hundreds of people have to wait each day in long queues in front of the bakeries to obtain some bread. Some bakeries closed their doors.

“Bread is now sold on the black market,” an activist named Amin Sinada told Radio Dabanga from the plagued capital of Red Sea state. “For one Sudanese pound, we now receive three pieces of bread instead of four from the bakeries.”

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Two slain, three injured in South Darfur and East Jebel Marra

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Radio Dabanga

GIREIDA LOCALITY / EAST JEBEL MARRA(23 Oct.) -

A displaced man was shot dead, and two others were injured in an attack by militiamen near Gireida town in South Darfur early this morning. A few hours later, in East Jebel Marra, a herder was killed this morning, and another wounded by cattle thieves.

“Government-backed militiamen attacked a group of displaced farmers, who passed the night on their farmlands in the area of Donki Abyad, about 7 km south of Gireida town, at 3 am this morning,” a farmer from the area told Radio Dabanga.

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Air raid on Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

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Radio Dabanga

EAST JEBEL MARRA(23 Oct.) -

On Wednesday, an Antonov of the Sudanese Air Force bombarded the area of El Aradeb El Ashara in East Jebel Marra.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, one of the people who fled the area said the jet dropped eight bombs on Wednesday.

“The bombardments did not cause any casualties among the population. Yet, a large number of livestock were killed and farmlands and pastures set on fire.

“Most of the people in the area fled to the neighbouring valleys and mountains.” He added that one of the bombs did not explode.

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State of Emergency in East Darfur: arrests, confiscations

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Radio Dabanga

ED DAEIN(23 Oct.) -

During the first week after the State of Emergency was imposed in East Darfur state, eight people were arrested, and a number of vehicles and motorcycles were confiscated.

The commissioner of Ed Daein locality, El Taher Sharef, announced on Wednesday that eight civilians were charged with carrying light weapons. 62 cars and 126 motorcycles without number plates were confiscated.

Sharef said that the majority of the vehicles and motorcycles belonged to state officials.

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East Darfur schools to re-open on Sunday

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Radio Dabanga

ED DAEIN(23 Oct.) -

The Ministry of Education of East Darfur announced that school lessons will be resumed again on Sunday. This follows a hiatus of more than 50 days, owing to a teachers' strike in the state.

The teachers embarked on a strike on 3 September, in protest against the non-payment of several arrears, amounting in total to about SDG3 mn ($522,000).

The state Minister of Education, Siddig Abdelnabi Ahmed, told Radio Dabanga that an agreement was reached on a payment schedule of the arrears, allowances, and salaries until the end of this year.

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Outbreak of kala-azar in Sudan’s South Kordofan

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Radio Dabanga

ABU KARSHOLA LOCALITY (23 Oct.) - People in Abu Karshola locality, South Kordofan, complain about the spread of kala-azar.

A resident of the locality told Radio Dabanga that the people sought assistance from the South Kordofan state and federal health ministries three months ago to contain the disease. “Until now, there was no response.”

He said that the disease became epidemic, after “the spread of sandflies all over the locality during the start of the rainy season”.

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Six individuals from South Kordofan detained incommunicado after calls for memorial events to mark 2013 protest killings

ACJPS and FIDH call upon Sudanese authorities to immediately grant access to six people who have been detained incommunicado and without charge since their arrests by Sudanese security services on 2 and 3 October 2014 in Abu Jehiba town, South Kordofan state. There are concerns for the safety of those individuals who were transferred to Khartoum on an unknown date and have been denied access to their families or lawyers.

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UN Secretary General's Humanitarian Envoy and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Praise Sudan for Generously Welcoming South Sudanese Refugees

Khartoum, 22 October 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy Abdullah al Matouq and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres returned yesterday from a visit to Sudan's White Nile State, where more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees currently reside in 4 sites. They visited the Joda border crossing through which the majority of the South Sudanese refugees have arrived in White Nile State and went to Al Alagaya refugee site, which hosts over 8,000 refugees.

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Another Central Darfur displaced held by Military Intelligence

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI (22 Oct.) - Agents of the Military Intelligence Service detained a resident of the Northern Nierteti camp for the displaced in Central Darfur on Monday.

“Six Military Intelligence officers in a vehicle stormed the repair shop of Ishag Idris in Nierteti on Monday afternoon,” a colleague of him told Radio Dabanga. “They beat him, and took him to the nearby military garrison.”

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Sudanese Air Force bombs villages in Kutum, North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

KUTUM LOCALITY (22 Oct.) - The area of Anka, north of Kutum in North Darfur, witnessed intense bombardments today.

“On Wednesday morning the Sudanese Air force bombed the area for six hours. Hundreds of villagers fled their homes, and sought refuge in the neighbouring valleys and hills. Large numbers of livestock were killed, and vast tracts of farmland and pastures burned to ashes,” a witness reported to Radio Dabanga from Anka.

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Herders murder farmer in Central Darfur's Nierteti

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI LOCALITY (22 Oct.) - A displaced farmer was killed in the agricultural area of Ali El Zubeir, Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, today.

“Ibrahim Hamed Ahmed was shot dead by militant herders on his farmland in the area of Ali El Zubeir, east of Nierteti town, on Wednesday morning,” a relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga.

“The herders threatened to kill any farmer who would cultivate parts of the area, saying that the area is meant for grazing.”

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‘Human trafficking on the increase in eastern Sudan’: MP

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (21 Oct.) - Human trafficking in eastern Sudan has increased lately, as well-organised networks are now operating in the region.

In a press statement on Monday, Mohamed El Taher Ousham, Member of Parliament for Hameshkoreib constituency in Kassala state near the Eritrean border, welcomed the regional conference on human trafficking convened in Khartoum last week. “Finally a stone was thrown into the still pond.”

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‘Darfur health services far from sufficient’: Minister

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Radio Dabanga

EL FASHER (21 Oct.) - The people of all five Darfur states suffer from a lack of health services.

The Minister of Health of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Dr Firdaus Abdelrahman Yousef, told reporters on Monday that the health services in Sudan’s war-torn western region, “especially in the remote areas” are far from sufficient.

“The dire economic situation and the lack of secure transport means in Darfur have led to an increase of mortality rates, in particular among children and mothers,” she stated.

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'Abu Tira' ravage part of Zamzam camp in North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

ZAMZAM CAMP (21 Oct.) - This morning, a group of paramilitary Central Reserve Police forces ravaged a part of Zamzam camp for the displaced, south of El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. It was a revenge attack after one of their troops was killed.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a camp sheikh said that problems arose after three Central Reserve forces (popularly known as Abu Tira) stormed the western part of the camp, called Muhajiriya, on Monday evening.