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Over 80 flee violence in Lakes state’s Rumbek Central county

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September 22, 2014 (RUMBEK) – More than 80 Cueibet county residents in Rumbek Central county of South Sudan’s Lakes state have fled to churches and police stations amid fears of revenge attacks, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Those fleeing reportedly fear they could be killed by relatives of Lakes state’s military caretaker governor, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol.

Activists have accused Duol of indirect involvement in insecurity in the region, accusing the latter of allegedly allowing his family members engage in killings of people along Rumbek highways.

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Disabled people demand equal treatment in society

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eptember 21, 2014 (YEI) – Persons living with disabilities in Yei River county of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have appealed for equal treatment in society.

Speaking to reporters in the county, Sam Data James, one of the disabled persons, complained of neglect and that they are often not given opportunity to speak in public forums.

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South Sudanese rebels open Kampala office, urge regional leaders to speed up peace process

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September 22, 2014 (KAMPALA) – The rebel faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-in-Opposition) led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, has opened a liaison office in Kampala in order to promote relations between the rebel group and the Ugandan government.

The newly established office will coordinate diplomatic relations, as well as humanitarian, peace and reconciliation initiatives in Uganda aimed at realising a peaceful and sustainable solution to South Sudan’s ongoing crisis.

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UNHCR, S. Sudan launch biometric registration of IDPs

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September 20, 2014 (NIMULE) – The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and South Sudanese authorities launched on Saturday the biometric registration of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled armed conflict to Nimule, a border town with Uganda.

South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state authorities, UNHCR and other partners joined local authorities to launch the seven-day exercise, which saw two registration centres established at Melijo primary school and Baptist church in Nimule.

Registration of the IDPs will take place from 20-23 September and again from 25-26.

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Resumption of South Sudan peace talks delayed over agenda disagreement

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September 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The sixth round of peace talks between South Sudan’s two warring parties and other stakeholders has been delayed to allow discussions over substantial issues and agenda disagreements, as mediators and stakeholders remain locked in an endless round of consultations, a rebel spokesperson has confirmed.

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South Sudan to delay expelling foreign workers

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The South Sudan government has reversed a policy announcement made the previous day that caused a storm of protests from aid agencies and neighbouring countries.

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Jonglei health ministry confirms Kala-azar disease outbreak

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September 7, 14 (BOR) - The health ministry in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has reported an outbreak of Kala-azar in its remote Akobo and Nyirol counties.

"We have heard of the upsurge of the disease in Langkien where a big number of people are affected. Other cases were reported in Akobo, but our health team [have’] not gained access to those locations,” a doctor at Bor civil hospital told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

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South Sudan downplays Netherlands aid cut

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September 5, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has downplayed a decision by Netherlands to cut direct financial assistance, describing the move as unfair given the government’s commitment to peace talks with armed rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

Speaking at the signing of an economic and technical cooperation agreement between the Chinese and South Sudanese governments, foreign affairs minister Baranba Marial Benjamin said Juba respects the Netherlands decision.

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Overcrowding at Juba camps for displaced sparks fears of HIV outbreak

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September 2, 2014 (JUBA) – Overcrowding in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, is exposing young people sheltering at the sites to the risk of HIV/AIDS.

Three people have died and seven others have been diagnosed as HIV positive between July and August.

Residents say a lack of awareness could see the disease spread among young people, with camps lacking voluntary counselling and testing services.

All three protection sites near the UN House in Juba’s Jebel area are at risk of a further HIV/AIDS outbreak.

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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

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August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.

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S. Sudan takes precautionary measures against Ebola

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August 13, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan announced Wednesday that it had put in place measures to prevent the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has hit many parts of West Africa.

“We are very concerned about the possibility of the spread of this deadly disease, Ebola. We have many people flying into the country from different parts of the world. Some of these people are working in different capacities helping us here either as part of the humanitarian workers, business people or the United Nations mission and it agencies,” said the health minister, Riek Gai Kok.

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South Sudanese president vows to form an all-inclusive cabinet

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August 12, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan leader, Salva Kiir has vowed to establish an all-inclusive government in order to end the nearly eight months of conflict that could cause severe famine in the country.

Kiir made these remarks at the meeting with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) who visited the capital, Juba on Tuesday.

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South Sudan rebel leader arrives in Khartoum

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August 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A rebel official said the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition), Riek Machar, has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Sunday.

Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the South Sudanese former vice-president will meet the Sudanese top leadership and discuss the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa.

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S. Sudanese youth demand involvement in peace talks

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August 7, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese youths from different political parties are demanding to be included in the IGAD-mediated peace talks seeking to end the country’s almost eight-month-old conflict.

A group of youths, drawn from South Sudan’s 10 states, presented a petition to the East African regional bloc, expressing needs to be part of the talks.

Bush Buse, the chairman of Equatorian students union in Kampala, said youths had roles to play on finding solutions to the conflict in the country.

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S. Sudanese political parties object restriction from peace talks

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August 8, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese political parties have objected a proposal seeking to limit the ongoing peace talks to the country’s two conflicting parties, accusing the warring sides of adopting a divisive approach to resolving the conflict.

Lam Akol, the leader of all South Sudanese opposition parties, said the latest round of talks in the Ethiopian capital, was convened with the full understanding that all parties have agreed on a multi-stakeholder roundtable peace talks as the format to bring about just and sustainable peace to the war in the country.

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Heavy floods displace hundreds in Mapel town

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August 6, 2014 (JUBA) – Heavy floods have displaced more than 200 hundreds of households in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

Residents of Jur River county’s Mapel town were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge on higher ground after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the region.

Heavy flowing flood waters left a trail of destruction through local villages, with livestock and crops swept away.

Health officials in the town have also reported an outbreak of malaria among children, which they believe is linked to poor living conditions.

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Warring Twic East clans sign peace accord

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August 5, 2014 (BOR) – The warring Dacuek and Ayuel clans of Jonglei state’s Twic East county have signed an inter-clan peace accord in Wanglei village.

The agreement, which was reached on Sunday, was brokered by the Twic East county administration with the help of church leaders.

Hundreds of youths and elderly people from both clans shared a meal together, exchanging ideas on future development.

The peace accord follows decades of tensions among the two tribes in Nyuak payam (district).

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Pibor returnees facing critical food shortages across region

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August 4, 2014 (BOR) – Ongoing food insecurity continues to make life difficult for returnees to Jonglei state’s Pibor county.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) county coordinator, Beko Konyi, told Sudan Tribune by phone from Pibor on Monday that 3,757 people have returned to Pibor from Juba, Kenya and Uganda.

However, many returnees are struggling to cope with the harsh conditions in the region, which is severely affecting their ability to rebuild their lives.

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114 South Sudanese soldiers seek refuge in Sudan: report

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August 3, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) said that 114 soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) have sought refuge in Sudan due to severe economic hardship and hunger.

SAF spokesperson, al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, told a Sudanese daily newspaper that 114 South Sudanese soldiers carrying 38 rifles handed over their weapons and sought refuge in Sudan due to economic hardship, adding that the Sudanese government had deemed them to be refugees.

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Rights body condemns “barbaric” arrest of S. Sudanese youth

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July 29, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese human rights body has condemned last week’s arrest of youth in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, describing the government’s move as “barbaric”.

In a statement issued Tuesday, South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) said it received that a number of youth have been arrested, held and were being tortured by security agents since 26 July.