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19 May 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 18, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his first deputy, Riek Machar, and second deputy, James Wani, have been urged to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the needy populations across the country.

In a letter directed to the three leaders in the presidency, a group calling itself a Coalition of Advocates, also congratulated the top leaders on the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), but added there was need for an attitude of “honesty” among the leaders in implementing the peace agreement.

17 May 2016 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 16, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian officials on Monday said dozens of children who were kidnapped by a South Sudanese militia group have been recovered and safely returned home following negotiations with the abductors.

JPEG - 12.5 kb According to Gambela regional officials 44 children have so far been returned home after being held hostage for weeks.

The regional state and military officials of the Ethiopian Defense Force are receiving the children upon arrival at Gambella region bordering South Sudan.

13 May 2016 description
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May 11, 2016 (JUBA) - Community leaders in the newly created Gogrial state of former Warrap state - home to President Salva Kiir - have protested the alleged diversion of humanitarian assistance by the government of China to the government of the republic of South Sudan to help vulnerable groups in the country.

The assistance was part of 10,000 bags of rice which the Chinese government had donated to the government of South Sudan to help the vulnerable groups in the war torn nation.

09 May 2016 description
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May 8, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, has called on the people of South Sudan to forgive one another and reconcile in order to unite the people of the young nation and leave behind the bitter past.

Machar, who is also the chairman of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) and commander-in-chief of the SPLA-IO, made the remarks on Sunday to over 5,000 members of the Presbyterian church congregation in Juba who attended the church service.

19 Apr 2016 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 18, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia said it prepares to launch military offensive against South Sudan’s armed Murle militia forces who this week massacred hundreds of its citizens across the border.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, on Monday in a televised statement on the Ethiopian TV vowed that his forces would take punitive military action following the killing of over 200 people.

12 Apr 2016 description
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April 11, 2016 (JUBA) - Authorities in South Sudan’s Eastern Lakes state have declared a state of emergency due to worsening starvation levels and urged aid agencies to assist.

The governor, Rin Tueng Mabor, made the declaration after touring parts of Awerial county, currently hosting thousands of internally displaced persons.

“I appeal to all humanitarian organisations to intervene on the humanitarian situation to deliver emergency food so that people can get food and cultivate,” he said.

11 Apr 2016 description
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April 10, 2016 (JUBA) - The Chinese government has donated 1,700 tons of rice to South Sudan in the wake of the current humanitarian crisis in the world’s youngest nation.

The move, the Chinese ambassador said, will help tackle the deteriorating humanitarian situations in the war-torn nation.

“Rice is the first phase of Chinese donation agreed upon by the two governments in July 2015,” said Ma Qiang, while promising medical aid to the East African country.

24 Mar 2016 description
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March 23, 2016 (BOR) - Communities in three newly created states from the old Jonglei state have reported insufficient access to drinking water in the rural areas, and urged international organizations to intervene.

Leaders responsible for water supply in the new states of Jonglei and Western Bieh [Fangak] state said there are huge gaps exist in states in supplying the rural and urban populations with clean drinking water.

22 Mar 2016 description
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March 21, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese government has been accused of detaining three humanitarian officials of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) for two days before releasing them on Monday.

The officials we took off from the national capital, Juba, and attempted to transit through Malakal to Pagak, were arrested and detained by the state government of Eastern Nile (former Upper Nile state).

Opposition officials however said they were released on Monday and returned to the national capital, Juba.

14 Mar 2016 description
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March 13, 2016 (BOR) - At least 300,000 people have been reported to be in dire need of food assistance inside Ayod town, the state capital of Fangak state, which has been under government’s control since April 2014.

The minister of information, culture, youth and sports, James Lony Kang, told reporters on Sunday that the majority of the people had already returned to Ayod town and are now waiting for food assistance there.

07 Mar 2016 description
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March 6, 2016 (KIRYANDONGO) - South Sudanese refugees in resettlement camps in Uganda have turned to agriculture to raise incomes for school needs for their children.

Nearly 100,000 South Sudanese fled their homes into Uganda after violence broke out in the nation following political disputes in the ruling party (SPLM).

James Maker Ter, is one of those who wakes up every day to go to clear weed from his farm. During holidays, Maker and his five children struggle to expand agricultural farms.

26 Feb 2016 description
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February 24, 2016 (MOROBO) – At least 200,000 residents in Morobo county of South Sudan’s Yei River state could benefit from a clean underground water project to be launched within their territory, an area official told Sudan Tribune.

The county commissioner, Jacob Toti said the project started with five boreholes so far drilled and winds up by end of April this year.

26 Feb 2016 description
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February 25, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan president Salva Kiir met and held a high profile talk Thursday with the visiting secretary General of the United Nations, resulting in outlining more than a general six -point to rescuing the war stricken country.

24 Feb 2016 description
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February 23, 2016 (BOR) - Hundreds of people have displaced either to United Nations camps or bushes within Pibor town after fighting erupted between the South Sudanese army and the former South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A)-Cobra faction forces.

Pibor has been tense since Baba Medan was appointed governor last month. The former Pibor administrator, David Yauyau reportedly vowed not to cooperate with the governor.

24 Feb 2016 description
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February 23, 2016 (YEI) - More than 1,500 internally displaced persons who fled insecurity threats in Mundri and Maridi counties in South Sudan last year for the newly-created Yei River State are in dire need of food and medical assistance, officials said.

Those displaced said they received food rations for two months from World Food Programme, which were distributed in November 2015. Till now, they have not received any.

24 Feb 2016 description
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February 23, 2016 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government and its armed opposition faction have agreed to form an interim government in the first week of March, an official said.

Information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, announced the deal on Tuesday at the end of a meeting in the national capital, Juba, which was attended by representatives of President Salva Kiir’s government and armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by the First Vice President designate, Riek Machar.

23 Feb 2016 description
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February 22, 2016 (BOR) - About 150 lepers in South Sudan’s Jonglei state village of Malek are still calling for medical and more food assistance, Sudan Tribune has learned.

Leprosy, according to the online dictionary, is caused by Mycobacterium leprae, affects the skin and peripheral nerves in the brain and led to lose of toes and fingers among others.

20 Feb 2016 description
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February 19, 2016 (JUBA) – Lawmakers in the South Sudan’s national parliament representing Shilluk tribe have accused the United Nations peacekeeping mission of the country of “leaving helpless civilians” to the mercy of attackers on Wednesday and Thursday in Malakal town, capital of the oil rich Upper Nile state.

At least 18 civilians died, according to reports by the medical charity, MSF (Medicines Sans Fortier) but the legislators put the death toll at more than 20 and seventy others injured.

17 Feb 2016 description
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February 16, 2016 (JUBA) – Renewed clashes in South Sudan’s Wau state between the army and the armed opposition faction have caused hundreds of people to flee their homes, residents and eyewitness said on Monday.

The incident took place in the western part of the state capital, Besilia, forcing hundreds, mainly women and children, to seek food and shelter.

According to multiple residents who arrived in Wau town on Sunday, both sides of the conflict were involved, burning down huts to ground level.

13 Feb 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 12, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – The newly appointed South Sudanese First Vice President, Riek Machar, who leads an armed opposition faction, stressed Friday on the need to demilitarize the capital Juba in order for him to return to the national capital, Juba, and take up his new position in the government.