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02 Jul 2015 description
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July 1, 2015 (JUBA) - Officials from South Sudan’s peace committee have started community consultations in Warrap state after weeks of grassroots campaigns in Juba.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Committee for National Reconciliation and Healing, said it conducted consultations in 39 payams of Warrap.

Peter Kuot, the committee’s communication manager, said the community consultations were facilitated by the 55 peace mobilisers trained in the state between April and May.

01 Jul 2015 description
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June 30, 2015 (RUMBEK) – A new health institution has been opened in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the state health ministry are supporting

According to the state health minister, Tong Deng Anei, Aweil Health Science and Training Institute will only target midwives, clinical officers and nurses.

Those who complete training, he told Sudan Tribune Tuesday, be awarded diplomas.

26 Jun 2015 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 26, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan Peace talks will resume later in July in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the regional bloc mediating the talks, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) disclosed.

At a press conference he gave on Thursday, IGAD lead mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, said negotiations between South Sudan’s government and opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by former vice president, Riek Machar, will resume next month shortly after the Ramadan fasting is over.

25 Jun 2015 description
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June 24, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) - The African Union (AU) Wednesday postponed indefinitely a reconciliation meeting for Ngok Dinka and Messiriya Abyei community leaders after a last-minute note from the South Sudanese side.

In a bid to break the tensions between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities in the disputed Abyei area, the co-chairmen of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) agreed on 30 March 2015, to bring together the traditional chiefs of the two communities to discuss local issues and to promote reconciliation.

21 Jun 2015 description
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June 18, 2015(BOR) - The government of South Sudan’s Jonglei state has released SSP 210,000 for dyke rehabilitation in Twic East county.

The fund was part of the SSP 420,000 pledged for the dyke.

“We received half of the money, which wanted because we want to pay for a lot of things. We want to pay the operators, fuel and lubricants,” Twic East commissioner, Dau Akoi told Sudan Tribune.

Floods have become a problem to the Twic East population as the majority of the villages lie in lowlands susceptible to floods.

14 Jun 2015 description
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June 13, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a peace proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional bloc mediating peace talks aimed at bridging gaps between rival warring parties and end the 18-month civil war in the young nation.

13 Jun 2015 description
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June 12, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels have reacted to key points of a draft final peace agreement with president Salva Kiir’s government which the East African regional bloc (IGAD) has proposed, describing it as an agreement only between Juba and greater Upper Nile region which would encourage the other two regions of Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria to continue with the war

The draft agreement gives the SPLM-IO 33% power-sharing ratio at the national level and 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei within the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region.

03 Jun 2015 description
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June 1, 2015 (WAU) – Wau county in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state is now calm, a day after opposition forces took control of Bazia payam, its commissioner Elia Kamilio Dimo, said.

PNG - 26.4 kb Dimo said the population in the county have resumed their normal cultivation activities.

“Our people are now in their farms carrying out their normal duties,” the Wau county commissioner told Sudan Tribune Monday.

“The rebels have been flashed out from the town a day after Sunday’s attack on our payam headquarters,” he further stressed.

02 Jun 2015 description
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June 1, 2015 (JUBA) - Ambassador Gabriel Setlhoke shakes his head in apparent horror after touring staff offices at a public school in the South Sudan capital, Juba on Monday.

“When I went to the head teacher’s office, I nearly went down on my knees after seeing the terrible conditions within which he works,” Setlhoke, the South African envoy to South Sudan, said, as MTN South Sudan donated an internet-connected computer lab, the second in a public elementary school, as part of the Group’s flagship volunteer event, 21 Days of Y’ello Care.

02 Jun 2015 description
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June 1, 2015 (BOR) - Inadequate support and ignorance have contributed to the rising numbers of street children in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei, an official said.

In a report presented to lawmakers on Monday, the state minister for gender and social welfare, Rachael Anok said majority of children on streets hailed from families of civil servants.

These children come from families where both or one of their parents serve as employees in the state government, the gender and social welfare minister disclosed.

01 Jun 2015 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 29, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday it has relocated a total of 42, 616 South Sudanese refugees from flood prone Leitchour and Nip Nip camps to a newly built Jewi camp in Ethiopia’s Gambela region.

The relocation operation was temporarily suspended between Sunday and Tuesday 26 May due to the Ethiopian parliamentary elections but recommenced on Wednesday.

The camp-to-camp operations, which begun on May 8, involves over 400 buses, 86 trucks helicopter.

29 May 2015 description
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May 27, 2015 (RUMBEK) - Warrap state authorities said calm has returned to greater Gogrial counties following two weeks of inter-clan fighting between two Dinka rival groups which left 18 people dead.

The clashes began on 14 May between clans of Gogrial East county and Gogrial West county, home to president Salva Kiir, allegedly over ownership of grazing rights along River Nyinagoth.

29 May 2015 description
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May 28, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s warring parties in the ongoing conflict will resume negotiations early next month, the spokesperson for the presidency said Thursday.

President Salva Kiir, Ateny Wek Ateny said, directed chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial and two members of his delegation to travel to Ethiopia on 8 June for resumption of peace talks with representatives of the armed opposition faction.

29 May 2015 description
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May 28, 2015 (NYAL) – South Sudanese armed opposition forces under the command of Gen. Khamis Abdulatiff have advised residents in the capital, Rumbek to vacate the town within three days.

In a statement extended to various media outlets Tuesday, the rebels said their fighters had occupied Lakes state and its surrounding areas, claims Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

27 May 2015 description
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May 26, 2015 (NYAL) – At least 28,000 people who fled their homes last week due to clashes between South Sudan’s warring factions in the oil-rich Unity state have returned.

The rebel-appointed commissioner for Payinjiar county, John Pout, said Nyal payam [district] and its surrounded areas were calm.

He claimed pro-government forces burnt several homes when they seized the town from from armed opposition, allegations Sudan Tribune could not verify.

26 May 2015 description
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May 25, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government on Monday said it welcomed the decision by the East African regional bloc of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which requested the neighbouring Sudan to play a leading role in resolving the ongoing internal conflict in South Sudan.

South Sudanese foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said his government would welcome Khartoum’s mediation’s process which would address root causes of the conflict and respect for sovereignty of the new independent state.

12 May 2015 description
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May 10, 2015(BOR) – Authorities in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei have urged the international community to speed up efforts aimed at addressing inter-communal peace initiatives among its various tribes.

The initiative was launched in February this year in Duk, one of the counties bordering Garwer and Lou Nuer areas. Duk was chosen to spearhead the peace process in Jonglei since its inhabitants speak both Dinka and Nuer dialects.

However, the process seems on a slow pace since consultative meetings started in February, due to lack of funding, among others.

12 May 2015 description
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May 11, 2015 (JUBA) - Over 10 people were seriously injured after recent clashes within the United Nations protection of civilians site in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

The incident reportedly occurred at the UN house in Jebel, a Juba suburb, between Haak and Bul communities after a 17-year old girl from the Haak clan was impregnated by a boy from Bul community.

Lang Hoth, the chairman of youth at the camp, confirmed the clashes, saying the girl hailed from Haak clan in Mayiandit county.

11 May 2015 description
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May 10, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a plan by the United Nations (UN) to relocate over 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from various civilian protection sites to their places of choice, including villages and towns in the rebel-held areas in the country.

11 May 2015 description
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May 9, 2015 (BOR) - The ministry of health in Jonglei state, Ngok Kuol, said his institution was working hard to improve health situation among populations in the South Sudan’s largest state.

In a plenary meeting held on Friday in the state’s capital, Bor, with other non-governmental health partners to review the progress of medical services delivery in both government and rebel-held areas, the health minister said implementing the policy of improving the health services was however made difficult by the current crisis in the country.