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27 Apr 2015 description
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April 26, 2015 (JUBA) – Residents in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, say there is no clean drinking water in the city which serves as the seat of the government, citing scarcity of bottled water as the cause.

Since the independence, the country including its national capital still lacks clean drinking water as over 90% of the city dwellers depend on water for drink from the River Nile. Only about 10% have access to running tape water or bottled water.

21 Apr 2015 description
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April 19, 2015 (BOR) – Hundreds of pupils have resumed their studies in Jonglei state’s Ayueldit and Poktap villages, a year after the country’s rebellion forced them out of school.

Majority of the newly registered pupils are from the Lou Nuer and Garwar communities internally displaced in the two villages.

The reopening of schools was announced by the Duk county education department in March, as parents were urged to comply.

Paul Deng, the head teacher of Poktap primary school, said they had managed to register up to 996 pupils from primary one up to six.

21 Apr 2015 description
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April 20, 2015 (JUBA) – Senior officials and military officers from Nuer ethnic group in South Sudan government are advocating for people-to-people dialogue in a bid to unite internal front in support of government plans to resolve the country’s ongoing conflict.

The group comprising of governors from Unity, Jonglei and Upper states, ministers, lawmakers, military officers, religious leaders, civil servants and women groups held a meeting on Sunday at which several resolutions were passed.

20 Apr 2015 description
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April 18, 2015 (JUBA) – Thousand of people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr Al Ghazal state unless the national government intervenes.

State information minister Wek Kuch Deng issued the warning on Saturday as Juba delivered food relief to Warrap state, another territory threatened by hunger.

Deng said last year’s poor harvest and continued air raids blamed on neighbouring Sudan had caused major disruption to agricultural activities.

15 Apr 2015 description
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April 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – A new report of conflict assessment on the war-torn South Sudan warns of intensification of fighting between warring parties as they race for control of more territories ahead of rainy season.

10 Apr 2015 description
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April 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, have reiterated their respective commitments to end the 15-month long civil war in the country.

The two principal leaders made reassuring separate public messages during this Easter season as final round of peace talks aimed to strike a final deal between the two warring parties is expected to resume this month in Addis Ababa.

10 Apr 2015 description
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April 8, 2015 (BOR) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has ordered the return of cattle keepers in Central and Western Equatoria states to their home areas following concerns from agricultural farmers in both states over the destruction of crops by cattle.

In a decree announced on Wednesday on South Sudan Television (SSTV), Kiir cautioned both the Dinka and Mundari cattle keepers to return to their places with immediate effect.

The announcement came as farmers in both states were preparing to plant their crops.

08 Apr 2015 description
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April 6, 2014 (YAMBIO) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has completed distributing non-food items to wildfire victims in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.

Those affected were refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and host communities. The 15 February fire gutted areas in Naandi, Mangbangauo, Degere and Diabio payams (districts), destroying homes, personal items and gardens.

07 Apr 2015 description
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April 6, 2015 (RUMBEK) – At least 24 civilians were killed and over 60 wounded in an attack on Sunday in Lakes state's Rumbek North county.

Local youth in Rumbek North county said the Pamker and Pan-Nyang cattle camps were attacked by pastoralists allegedly liked to rebels led by the country's former vice president, Riek Machar.

“Twenty-four youth from Rumbek North died and 65 sustained gunshot wounds,” said Mading Adol, a youth who took part in the clashes.

The attackers, he said, suffered heavy losses as a result of the gruesome incident.

31 Mar 2015 description
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March 31, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan has opposed the direct involvement of United Nations Security Council and the Troika countries in the next round of peace talks.

30 Mar 2015 description
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By Alfred Ladu Gore

1. The Effects of Flawed Methodological Approach on the Fundamental Issues Arising from the Crisis Situation in South Sudan

In the methodological context of this paper, it is better to be up-front as a non-partisan method of analysis in revealing the emotions, feelings, experiences and interest of the author in exposing what is really happening with the IGAD peace process that has stagnated and in turn how it has not made any head way at all.

27 Mar 2015 description
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March 25, 15 (BOR) – The only hospital in Jonglei state’s Twic East county was destroyed on Tuesday after a fire broke out.

The local population remained helpless as the fire consumed the building, with blackened walls now the only thing left standing among the charred debris.

“There was [a] fire outbreak inside the hospital. The fire appeared from the room where the staff were trying to refuel [an] EPI (extended program immunisation) fridge that used the paraffin,” Twic East county commissioner Dau Akoi told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

25 Mar 2015 description
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March 22, 2015 (KAMPALA) – The rebel humanitarian arm of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA) said it plans to issue operation certificates this week to all agencies or NGOs working in rebel-controlled control areas.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, SSRRA executive director Gatwech Peter Kulang said the exercise will target both national and international organisations. The certificates will be valid for six months.

20 Mar 2015 description
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March 19, 2015 (RUMBEK) – Lakes state’s ministry of education has moved 19 primary school into town due to rising insecurity in remote areas.

According state minister of education Dut Makoi, the schools were moved for the safety of staff and students.

He also noted that a number of schools in rural villages have been closed down due to an ongoing cycle of revenge killings and violence that has gripped certain areas.

The worst affected counties are Yirol West, Cueibet, Rumbek North, Rumbek East and Rumbek Central.

19 Mar 2015 description
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March 17, 2015 (JUBA) – The United Nations mission strongly condemned what it described as a breach of the protection of civilians’ site’s perimeter by South Sudan army soldiers.

The incident, a UN spokesperson said, occurred Tuesday at the site in Unity state, where the mission protects some 53,000 civilians.

14 Mar 2015 description
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March 13, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has welcomed extension of peace talks with rebels after direct negotiations between two warring factions hit a deadlock a week ago.

“As the government, we welcome the extension of the talks because finding a solution to the problem requires participation of not only the two parties to the conflict but also those affected by their actions,” foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Friday.

“And involving everybody takes time because it is a process”, he added.

09 Mar 2015 description
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March 8, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said the government of Austrlia has donated $1.1 million to provide assistance to South Sudanese who have been forced to flee to Sudan since conflict broke out in their country in December 2013.

WFP said in a press release on Sunday that the Australian contribution will enable it to buy 600 metric tons of pulses, enough to feed 66,650 people for five months.

08 Mar 2015 description
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March 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese officials say pro-government forces regained full control of Wedakona, a strategic town north-west of Renk town in Upper Nile state on Saturday, ending days of intensive fighting with the country’s armed opposition forces.

Upper Nile’s information minister, Peter Hoth Tuach, said the military takeover of the area resulted from a week-long battle between the two warring parties.

02 Mar 2015 description
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February 27, 2015 (BOR) – More than 400,000 children are not accessing education in Jonglei state either due to the country’s ongoing crisis or tribal violence.

At Friday’s launch of the “Let’s all go back to school”, the state director general in the ministry of education science and technology, Abel Manyuon, said a number of challenges remained, including lack of education facilities, inadequate number of teachers and consistent violence across the state.

All primary and secondary schools in Jonglei have now been officially declared open.

18 Feb 2015 description
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February 16, 2015 (RUMBEK) – South Sudan’s Lakes state has announced plans to train some 5,000 new police officers to quell ongoing insecurity in the capital, Rumbek.

Youth from the state’s eight counties will be recruited on a date as yet to be announced.

South Sudan’s interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu announced the plans in a heated debate for peace and reconciliation in Rumbek on Sunday.

His defended his decision, saying the new forces will help boost lift security and reinforce justice.