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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.

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South Sudan says it’s ready to resume peace talks with rebels

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July 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday expressed readiness to resume peace negotiations with the rebel faction of the SPLM under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, downplaying the likely implications of recent military engagement in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced last week the resumption of peace talks on 30 July, one month after a sudden decision by the mediators to suspend the talks as the rebels protested the “unfair” selection of civil society representatives.

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S. Sudan’s Kiir signs Yau Yau peace accord into law

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July 27, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Friday signed into law a peace accord recognising the formation of the Greater Pibor administrative area in the country’s largest state of Jonglei.

The directive was made in a decree read on the state-owned SSTV.

Early this month, president Kiir promised to sign into law the peace agreement with Jonglei-based rebel leader, David Yau Yau, after his South Sudan Democratic Front Cobra Faction inked a final peace deal with government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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South Sudanese rebels slam China’s conflicting roles in South Sudan

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July 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, has criticized the People’s Republic of China for playing contradictory roles in the South Sudan’s seven-month old conflict.

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18 killed, six wounded in Jonglei’s Pigi county: official

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) – At least 18 people were killed and six others wounded after unknown gunmen attacked a village north of South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Wednesday, an official said.

"The attack occurred in Pigi county’s Cuei village between rivers. 18 civilians are known to have lost their lives and six others are wounded,” commissioner Dau Gueny told Sudan Tribune by phone

“All the cattle are taken by the attackers who we believe are rebels coming Lou Nuer,” he added in reference to Jonglei’s territory inhabited by members of the Nuer ethnic group.

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Over 300 armed youth in N. Bahr el Ghazal join S. Sudan rebels

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) – Over 300 armed youth from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state on Wednesday announced they were joining the country’s rebellion led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the group said they had chosen armed struggle to “rescue the country from disintegrating into tribal units and restore national pride and under a new federal system”.

The group, all of whom are well armed, are said to be from the home guards.

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S. Sudanese rivals clashes leave over 60 dead in N. Bahr el Ghazal

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) - Clashes between South Sudanese rival forces in Northern Bahr el Ghazal left over 60 people dead, several legislators and state officials told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

Garang Kuach Ariath, the Aweil West county commissioner said his territory witnessed heavy clashes on Thursday when army defectors attempting to escape to the border with neighbouring Sudan clashed with pro-government soldiers.

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S. Sudan refugees accuse government of intimidation

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July 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Refugees at a resettlement camp in Uganda’s Kiryandongo district have accused the South Sudanese government of intimidation, saying they feared for their own safety.

The accusation came after team of officials from the embassy of South Sudan in Kampala flew to the camp on Wednesday to conduct training between members of the Dinka and Nuer tribes.

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Armed cattle keepers threaten C. Equatoria security, farming

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July 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state (CES), Clement Wani Konga, said on Wednesday that the influx of cattle keeping communities is threatening security and interrupting farming activities.

Following the eruption of violence in the capital, Juba, in mid-December last year, fighting quickly spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states, with hundreds of thousands of citizens who were displaced from their homes taking refuge in the peaceful Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria states.

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Fresh fighting in South Sudan’s Unity state sparks panic

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July 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Heavy fighting between rebels and government forces on Tuesday sparked widespread panic among civilians in South Sudan’s Unity state.

The rebels have accused the government with launching attacks on their positions in Kuergueyni, Guit, Nhialdiu and Wichok.

The latest claims come amid renewed fighting in the state which erupted over the weekend.

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Hepatitis E on the rise in S. Sudan’s Lakes state

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July 15, 14 (MABIOR) – There has been a sharp increase in the number of hepatitis E infections over the past three months in South Sudan’s Lakes state, with 55 cases reported in June, up from just two in April.

One displaced resident, who was recently diagnosed with the virus, blamed the national government for not declaring the region a disaster zone earlier.

Hepatitis E is a viral infection that affects the liver and is spread through contaminated food and water.

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Jonglei’s Duk county to receive food aid this week

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July 14, 2014 (MABIOR) – Aid agencies are due to begin air drops of food items in Jonglei state’s Duk county this week, officials said.

“Food will be dropped by air in Duk, that will be the only accessible point for distribution. We need security there,” an aid worker told the county commissioner on Monday.

A meeting with aid agencies was organised by the commissioner to review plans in place for delivery of food to over 42,000 displaced people in his county due to conflict.

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South Sudan’s Kiir to sign Yau Yau peace deal into law

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July 10, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said he will sign a peace agreement with Jonglei-based rebel leader David Yau Yau into law.

Speaking at a function on Wednesday to mark the country’s third anniversary since gaining independence from the north, Kiir said that the Yau Yau peace accord demonstrates South Sudan’s committment to resolve differences.

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W. Bahr el Ghazal launches campaign to end fistula

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July 8, 2014 (WAU) – The health minister in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state, Isaac Clerto, has launched a campaign aimed at eradicating fistula, a pandemic condition which occurs as a result of complications during childbirth.

He said the construction of a new women’s ward will help in the diagnosis and treatment of fistula.

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South Sudanese interior minister issues shoot-to-kill orders against curfew violators

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July 7, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese authorities have ordered security forces to shoot dead anyone found to be violating a renewed night curfew imposed by the government as tension continues to rise over federalism debate in the country.

Interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu on Monday ordered his security operatives to go on a “shoot-to-kill” mission against night-time curfew violators, which the government has resolved to impose daily from 8pm to 6am.

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Juba ready for peace agreement if rebels resume talks: minister

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July 1, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese information minister and spokesperson of the government negotiating team said they are ready to conclude a peace agreement within two weeks with the rebel SPLM in Opposition if they resume their participation in the peace process.

Michael Makuei, who was speaking at a briefing to SPLM members in Juba on Tuesday, was alluding to the rebel group’s decision to boycott peace talks in protest against the lack of inclusivity of civil society groups.

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South Sudan faces dilemma over aid distribution routes in Upper Nile

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July 1, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government is in a bind over delivery of humanitarian assistance to rebel-held areas, with officials trading accusations over the selection of distribution routes used.

Already, some officials at the ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management are being accused for allegedly diverting food rations to rebel-held areas in Upper Nile region.

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Plan International targets girls’ education in E. Equatoria

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By Ijoo Bosco

June 25, 2014 (TORIT) – Plan International has launched an advocacy campaign targeting girls’ education in Eastern Equatoria’s Magwi county.

The campaign was launched in order to boost public awareness and encourage better access for girls to education and skills training.

Plan’s state coordinator Graham Juma said the campaign aims to improve opportunities for vulnerable girls to move beyond poverty and realise their true potential.

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South Sudanese MPs ratify Yau Yau peace deal

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June 26, 2014 (JUNE) – South Sudan’s upper house of parliament has ratified a peace agreement signed between the government and Jonglei-based rebel leader David Yau Yau, saying it was the best way to address development failures in Pibor county.

Members of the Council of States assembly approved the agreement, dubbed “The Bill on the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in Jonglei state between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and The South Sudan Democratic Movement/South Sudan defence army”.

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Jonglei youth urged to embrace agricultural projects

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June 26, 14 (BOR) – The minister of agriculture and forestry in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has urged youth to make use of the tractors the state government and its partners provided for projects aimed at boosting food production.

Speaking to the press in the capital, Bor, Mayen Ngor said it was important for youth to have greater involvement in the state’s agricultural sector.