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S. Sudanese rival factions sign framework agreement in Tanzania

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Factions of the ruling party in South Sudan, the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), have signed a framework agreement which aims to address the root causes of the conflict that erupted in mid-December and plunged the country into violent crisis.

The document was signed on Monday in the Tanzanian northern town of Arusha and witnessed by the two principal rival leaders, namely president Salva Kiir, who chairs the SPLM in government and Riek Machar, former vice president and leader of the SPLM-in-Opposition.

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Tanzania invites South Sudan’s rival leaders to dialogue launch

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October 18, 2014 (JUBA) – Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party announced on Saturday that it has extended an official invitation to South Sudan’s rival leaders, president Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, to the launch of a joint dialogue process facilitated by the Tanzanian government.

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Agriculture Bank supplies fuel to Jonglei farmers

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October 14, 2014 (BOR) – Farmers in South Sudan’s Jonglei state have received 42,000 litres of fuel from the national agriculture ministry, courtesy of the National Bank of Agriculture.

The state agriculture minister said the fuel would benefit farmers in the conflict-affected region.

“This is the first time the state has received agricultural input, which is very, very important for the farming community,” said Mayen Ngor.

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Over 900 homes flooded in Jonglei’s Bor: Red Cross

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October 15, 2014 (JUBA) – Red Cross officials in Bor, the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, said at least 900 households have been displaced from their homes following heavy rains last Tuesday night.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone, David Gai, the director of Red Cross in Bor, said the displaced families are in urgent need of assistance.

“Hai Machuor, Leek-yaak and Block Two are [the] main affected areas,” Gai said, referring to Bor suburbs where large numbers of people were displaced by heavy rains.

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South Sudan ramps up security in Warrap after tribal clashes

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October 14, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government said on Tuesday it has increased its security measures in Warrap state in an attempt to preempt tribal tensions amid fears of possible revenge attacks following the outbreak of fresh clashes in separate locations in August and September.

Interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu visited Tonj East county in what local officials and observers see as an attempt to show rival communities that the government remains in control and is willing to address the root causes of the conflict.

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Police detain dozens of street children in Wau

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October 14, 2014 (WAU) – Police in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state have arrested dozens of street children in the capital, Wau, following the death of a child last week.

The victim’s body was discovered on 10 October opposite a restaurant in Jau market.

Hundreds of angry street children, who live a largely hand to mouth existence in the capital, hurled stones at shops and local residents in Wau’s overcrowded market place following the child’s death.

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Malaria and Typhoid Cases Hit Wau Civil Hospital

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October 9, 2014 (WAU) – Patients at Wau civil hospital in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state risk facing Malaria and Typhoid diseases, the hospital’s director has disclosed.

Up to 354 Typhoid and 790 Malaria cases were recorded at the hospital in August and September respectively, Dr. Edmorn Sebit told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

“Malaria and Typhoid’s cases continue in October rising very high with mostly children below 5 years affected with Malaria,” said Sebit.

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Thousands displaced by floods in Jonglei’s Twic East

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October 9, 2014 (BOR) – Thousands of people have been displaced and some 3,260 homes destroyed by heavy flood waters in Jonglei state’s Twic East county.

Seven schools and four primary health care units were also reportedly destroyed following three consecutive days of heavy rain from 3 to 7 October.

According to county commissioner Dau Akoi, the dykes around the villages, some of which were constructed by the Jonglei Food Security Program (JFSP), a project implemented by Catholic Relief Service (CRS) with USAID funding, have been washed down.

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Seven killed in heavy floods in Magwi county

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October 7, 2014 (TORIT) – At least seven people drowned in flood waters following heavy rains in Eastern Equatoria’s Magwi county over the weekend.

Magwi county commissioner Ben Kingstone said that six people had drowned in Owinykibul and one in Atebi River, which passes through Pajok payam (district).

The region was hard-hit by heavy rains at the beginning of this month.

“The heavy downpour was very devastating rainfall that took place around the beginning of the month. It has inflicted huge cost to some of my payams in the county,” said Kingstone.

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AMREF renews efforts to reduce maternal mortality

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October 5, 2014 (JUBA) - The high rate of maternal mortality in South Sudan would significantly reduce if every citizen contributed a dollar to support the ‘Stand Up for Mothers’ campaign, an Amref Health Africa official said.

Teguest Guerma, Amref’s director general said the money will help train midwives to reduce high maternal mortality rates in Africa.

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Warrap state youth reject government deal on federalism

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October 3, 2014 (WAU) – Intellectuals and youth from South Sudanese president’s home state of Warrap have rejected the government’s recent acceptance of federalism as part of a compromise reached with the country’s rebel faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

Peter Mayen wen Majongdit, the chairperson of Warrap’s forum for youth and intellectuals, said the introduction of a federal style of governance must first come through a democratic process.

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Malnutrition rates still high in S. Sudan despite food security improvements

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October 4, 2014 (JUBA) - Tens of thousands of children under the age of five remain at risk of malnutrition-related death in South Sudan, despite temporary improvements in the food security situation, a report from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts revealed.

Malnutrition, especially among young children, is not mirroring improvements in food security because of high rates of disease, lack of safe water and lack of access to basic health care, says the report.

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IGAD halts S. Sudan peace talks to consult principal rivals

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October 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Mediators of the intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which mediate the 9-month old peace talks between South Sudanese warring parties have adjourned the talks in order to consult with top rival leaders over contentious issues.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the talks are expected to adjourn for at least 10 days so that the IGAD leadership could consult with both president Salva Kiir and the leader of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement-in-opposition (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar.

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South Sudanese warring trade accusations of fresh attacks

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October 2, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – South Sudanese military and rebels on Thursday accused each other of breaking a fragile ceasefire agreement and portraying the other as the aggressor.

In Juba, the spokesperson of the government army, Col. Phillip Aguer accused the rebel SPLM-in-opposition of hostile activities in various places in the Upper Nile state region, including shelling and carrying out attacks on their positions.

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Greater Bahr el Ghazal steps up peace efforts for Lakes state

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September 29, 2014 (WAU) – A joint intitiative has been launched by the state assemblies in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region as part of effort to bring peace to volatile tribal tensions in South Sudan’s Lakes state.

The move, which was instiaged by MPs from the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region after a three-day meeting in Western Bahr el Ghazal capital Wau, has been welcomed by the state’s acting governor, Zackaria Joseph Garang.

Garang pledged his government’s support for the initiative.

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South Sudan IDPs call on international community to pressure warring parties

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October 1, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in the United Nations camps across the country have repeated calls on the international community to exert pressure on both warring parties in order to reach a peace agreement soon.

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Lakes state: 12 killed in fresh revenge attack

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September 30, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Fresh clashes in South Sudan’s Lakes state on Monday left at least 12 people from one family dead, authorities told Sudan Tribune.

The revenge attack occurred in Lakes state Cueibet county.

“The dead include a nine-month old child, two women and elderly people. They were killed in one house,” said a police officer who preferred anonymity, adding “Three of the attackers were killed”.

At least 52 people, officials say, were killed in various attacks within Lakes state this month, depicting an increase in cycles of violence.

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Five killed, four injured in Lakes state shootings

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September 26, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least five people were killed and four others injured when unidentified gunmen attacked passengers on Rumbek-Wulu highway in South Sudan’s Lakes state last week.

Authorities said two women were among those killed in the attack. No suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

“The attackers have not yet been captured, but our forces are move towards Wulu county to hunt for the suspects,” a senior police officer told Sudan Tribune.

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Hundreds waiting under trees in Poktap for food aid

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September 27, 2014 (BOR) – Hundreds of people are said to be waiting under trees, exposed to rain and mosquitoes, for food aid in Duk county’s Poktap village.

He said some people had walked for more than 11 hours from Pajut and other villages in the west and north of the county to reach Poktap, and were now waiting for the World Food Programme (WFP) and Catholic Relief Service (CRS) teams to arrive in Poktap village town to begin food distribution.

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S. Sudanese government agrees to federal system with rebels

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September 27, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The peace talks between the South Sudanese warring factions have seen a slow but encouraging progress as president Salva Kiir’s government has agreed to installation of federal system of governance.

Observers at the peace talks told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that various committees formed were working on different documents in order to agree on issues of security, governance and economy of the young troubled nation.