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28 Nov 2014 description
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November 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The government of Switzerland has contributed an additional $523,013 to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan making the total Swiss contribution to the fund $1,092,916 in 2014.

The Swiss ambassador to Khartoum, Martin Strub, said his country decided to release this second contribution to CHF before the end of 2014 due to the fact that the number of people in need remains at a very high level.

28 Nov 2014 description
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November 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Five people were wounded when unknown gunmen stormed and opened fire on the house of a journalist in South Sudan’s Lakes state.

Among those injured were an underage child and a young girl.

Mabor Marual, a reporter of Rumbek FM-98 radio station, said he suspects it was a revenge attack, which saw him sustain gunshot wounds on the legs.

He was rushed to Rumbek civil hospital, with four others, for treatment.

25 Nov 2014 description
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November 24, 2014 (JUBA) – A forum of South Sudanese political leaders has urged the country’s warring parties to make the necessary concessions to end the ongoing war in the young nation.

The call came as reports emerged that the eighth session of peace negotiations led by the East African regional bloc (IGAD) initially scheduled for 25 November in Ethiopia, had been adjourned indefinitely.

“This is yet another sign that the warring parties do not have the political will to bring this destructive war to an end,” said the political parties in a joint press release.

25 Nov 2014 description
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November 23, 14 (BOR) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it was providing humanitarian assistance to at least 39,000 displaced people in South Sudan’s Jonglei state county of Twic East.

WFP’s spokesman, George Fominyen told Sudan Tribune by phone that non-droppable food items had reached Mabior in Twic East, with air operation planned to for Monday, should weather allow.

20 Nov 2014 description
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November 19, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar said they were not surprised by the recent “isolated” reconciliation talks between president Salva Kiir’s government and former detainees, often known as G-10.

The group, which include former secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum and nine others, is led by Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of the late founding leader of the SPLM, John Garang.

07 Nov 2014 description
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November 6, 2014 (JUBA) – Community leaders in Twic East county's Lith payam (district) have petitioned the Jonglei state government to formally recognise their locality in order to facilitate humanitarian assistance.

The district does not appear on maps of South Sudan, Jonglei state or Twic East county.

In a letter addressed to Jonglei's minister of local government and law enforcement and seen by Sudan Tribune, 11 Lith leaders condemned the omission.

07 Nov 2014 description
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November 6, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s security agency has categorically denied any involvement in recent clashes that erupted in UN camps sheltering internally displaced people (IDPs).

“We know very well that rebels of Riek Machar are working hard to cause confusion and further division. We also know the name of our institution can just trigger negative sentiments from a section of our society these days, even when it is something that did not involve us,” one high-ranking security officer told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

04 Nov 2014 description
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November 3, 2014 (KAMPALA) – One child is dead and at least eight other people seriously wounded following last week’s clashes between rival South Sudanese forces in the twin towns of Bentiu and Rubkotna in Unity state.

Multiple sources told Sudan Tribune on Monday that a child was confirmed dead after being shot in the head, while a six months pregnant woman was in a serious codition after being shot in the chest.

Medical charity has operated on a number of people at a UN protection site who were wounded during the violence.

03 Nov 2014 description
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November 3, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan claimed 35 of its civilian were killed and 17 others injured in an aerial bombing allegedly carried out by the Sudanese army in Western Bahr el-Ghazal state.

The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday morning in a densely populated area of Raja county damaging several properties and causing panic among citizens.

“The Sudanese jet fighters came yesterday [Sunday] morning and bombed the area. People are now terrified especially that it caused death,” Raja county commissioner, Hassan Jallab said on Monday.

30 Oct 2014 description
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October 28, 2014 (KAMPALA) – A victim of the Juba massacre has warned South Sudan’s warring parties to refrain from rushing a deal to unify the country’s rival factions without prosecuting the perpetrators of last December’s killings.

Last week, Tanzania’s ruling party invited the rival factions of South Sudan’s governing SPLM to the northern town of Arusha to iron out their differences ahead of final peace talks in Addis Ababa.

David Lieth was among 300 Nuer men rounded up by security forces between 17 and 19 December in Juba’s Gudele area.

28 Oct 2014 description
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October 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least seven people have been killed in a revenge attack that took place in South Sudan’s Lakes state county of Rumbek North on Monday, authorities told Sudan Tribune.

The incident was reportedly in retaliation to Saturday’s killing of two chiefs at Ayen Mayer village in Rumbek East county. The executive chief, Mamer Keer Malok and sub-chief, Yuol Janglei Marol were attacked and killed as they traveled to Rumbek Central county.

28 Oct 2014 description
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October 27, 2014 (NAIROBI) – At least one person was reportedly killed and more than eight other seriously injured when South Sudanese rival communities clashed on Sunday at Kakuma refugee in western Kenya.

Sources said the clashes between Nuer and Dinka communities, the largest and belligerent ethnic groups in South Sudan, occurred when a 9-year old Nuer girl-child was allegedly raped by a Dinka man, leaving her in critical condition.

27 Oct 2014 description
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October 26, 2014 (JUBA) – Participants taking part in a 28-day reconciliation workshop in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have expressed optimism that the country’s wounds can be healed.

South Sudan’s Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR) is hosting the intensive training, which concludes on 28 October, for community leaders and faith-based practitioners in Yei.

24 Oct 2014 description
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October 21, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Internally displaced people (IDPs) lsheltering inside a UN camp in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have complains of poor burial procedures for their deceased relatives.

Lang Diar Hoth, a youth leader for IDPs at the UN camp, told Sudan Tribune by phone on Tuesday that the way aid agencies conducted burial arrangements was unfair for relatives of the dead.

24 Oct 2014 description
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October 22, 2014 (BOR) – A legislator from Jonglei state’s Bor county has described two separate incidents that led to death of one man and the looting of about 200 head of cattle on Tuesday as “regretful”.

Maker Chol Adol, who represents Bor’s Makuach and Anyidi payams (districts), said the attackers remain unknown, but urged neighbouring communities to ensure that the perpetuators are brought to justice.

22 Oct 2014 description
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October 21, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Following a meeting with president Omer al-Bashir, the head of IGAD mediation team, Seyoum Mesfin, said they are now closer than ever before to a peace agreement ending the ten-month conflict in south Sudan.

The chief mediator at the East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and former Ethiopian foreign minister on Tuesday was in Khartoum to brief the Sudanese president about the recent developments achieved to end the South Sudanese crisis.

21 Oct 2014 description
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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.

19 Oct 2014 description
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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.

18 Oct 2014 description
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October 18, 2014 (BOR) – Bor farmer Paul Alim Amol can often be seen pushing a wheelbarrow laden with guava fruits in the Jonglei state capital to reach his buyers.

Depending on the season, Amol’s wheelbarrow will also contain lemon, mango or orange fruits harvested from his one-hectare farm on the banks of the River Nile River in Bor.

As a director for environment in Jonglei state’s ministry for land and physical infrastructure, Amol is charged with ensuring environmental conservation in the region.

17 Oct 2014 description
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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.