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Rebels were aided by foreign mercenaries in Unity state capital, says South Sudan army

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April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it is preparing to launch a major offensive to retake Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity state, calling on foreign mercenaries supporting rebel forces in the area to immediately withdraw.

The comments came following official confirmation that rebel fighters allied to former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar had seized control of the strategic town close to the Sudanese border.

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US pledges ongoing support for humanitarian efforts in S. Sudan

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April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.

Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.

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Over 40 dead in Lakes state inter-clan clashes

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April 14, 2014 (RUMBEK) – More than 40 people were killed and dozens injured after inter-clan clashes occurred in South Sudan’s Lakes state’s Rumbek East county on Friday, an official disclosed.

A police officer, who preferred anonymity, said two separate clashes had occurred at Karic payam between Durbaar and Durceek clans.

“The clashes between Durbaar and Durceek left 20 people confirmed dead [from] both sides,” said the officer.

The Durceek clan, he added, lost seven people while fourteen died from Durbaar’s side.

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Rebels say they have recaptured Unity state’s Bentiu from South Sudan army

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April 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels say they have seized control of Unity state capital Bentiu following heavy clashes with government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.

The spokesperson for rebel leader Riek Machar, James Gatdet Dak, said while he had been unable to reach Machar directly, he had confirmed the capture of the key oil-rich town from other sources on the ground, including rebel military spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Riek Gew and eyewitnesses inside the UN base in Bentiu.

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Australia earmarks $7.8m for South Sudan crisis

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April 12, 2014 (JUBA) – The Government of Australia has earmarked an additional $7.8 million for South Sudanese communities confronting the dire humanitarian disaster.

Julie Bishop, Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister said the donation brings to $50m, the total aid her country had given the new nation.

The grant, she stressed, would provide life-saving assistance, with $5 million for food and logistics, through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

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Lakes: inter-clan peace conference breaks down after MPs clash

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April 8, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Peace and reconciliation efforts between the Kuei and Rup Dinka sections in Lakes state's Rumbek Central county of has broken down following a physical altercation between intellectuals and lawmakers.

The incident occurred on Tuesday during discussions at the conference hall at Akon Buo during a meeting co-chaired by representatives of the Rup and Kuei in a bid to reconcile their differences, which stem from a dispute over cattle ownership which erupted in November last year.

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Nuer community claims 17,613 killed in South Sudan violence

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April 6, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Sudan’s Nuer community have claimed that at least 17,613 ethnic Nuers were killed across South Sudan by private guards loyal to president Salva Kiir Mayardit after conflict erupted in December last year.

The allegation was made at a Nuer community meeting, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, which brought together 4,561 Nuer members.

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Humanitarian agencies demand road access

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April 2, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have asked the parties to the South Sudan conflict to provide safe passage of humanitarian assistance to people trapped in conflict zones.

Speaking in the capital, Juba, during a two-day trip to the country on Tuesday, WFP director Ertharin Cousin said a lack of access to displaced persons in isolated camps is tripling the cost of delivering food.

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UNHCR, Khartoum disagree over South Sudanese refugees

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April 3, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The United Nations office in Sudan has disclosed disagreement between the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Sudanese government on the description of the South Sudanese citizens who fled to Sudan due to the ongoing conflict in the newborn state.

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Juba seeks regional support for exclusion of seven officials in peace talks

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April 2, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government is embarking on efforts aimed at persuading regional leaders to support its position on the exclusion of seven senior political officials accused of involvement in an alleged coup attempt from peace talks

The move comes a day after the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the talks, suspended negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, until 30 April.

It is not clear why the mediation team suspended the talks and no official statements have been issued.

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Over 30 civilians killed in Jonglei’s Duk county: officials

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March 31, 2014 (JUBA) – At least 30 civilians died and dozens were injured during last week’s attack in Duk county of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, officials said.

“We counted 36 bodies, including children and women and seven people are still missing”, Elijah Mocnom Wuor, the county commissioner told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“The rebel forces withdrew from the area over [the] weekend”, added Wour who fled Duk Padiet to Twic East county headquarters with thousands of civilians.

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Displaced in UN camp mock Jonglei governor, express support for rebels

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March 30, 2014 (BOR) – Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living inside the United Nations mission camp in Bor mocked the Jonglei state’s caretaker governor Lt. Gen. John Kong Nyuon during his visit on Saturday, shouting pro-rebel slogans and throwing stones.

Most of the over 5,000 people who are still living inside the UNMISS base are from the Nuer ethnic group of South Sudan’s former vice-president Riek Machar who has been leading a rebellion against the government since mid-December.

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Sudanese refugees in S. Sudan’s Maban county face critical situation: SRRA

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March 29, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Blue Nile refugees are in critical situation and need the protection and support of the United Nations agencies, as they are asked to evacuate their camps in South Sudan’s Maban county, said the humanitarian arm of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) on Saturday.

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Japan donates $500,000 to support Sudan’s AU mediation team

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March 28, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Japanese government has announced it will allocate $500,000 from its 2013 supplementary budget to support mission of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP).

The Japanese embassy in Khartoum issued a press statement on Thursday saying the money is part of Japan’s government contribution which amounts to $5 million to support AU’s efforts to resolve pressing issues of peace and security through the AU peace fund.

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South Sudan government, Yau Yau group reach peace agreement

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March 28, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The South Sudanese government and the South Sudan Democratic Movement – Cobra Faction (SSDM-Cobra faction) of David Yau Yau initialled a peace deal on Friday ending a 4 year rebellion in Jongeli state.

In accordance with the draft peace agreement brokered by the South Sudanese church a special territorial administration called Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) will be established in Pibor enabling the Murle ethnic group to manage the pasture and water sources in the region.

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South Sudan refugees arriving in Uganda lack medical supplies

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March 25, 2014 (KAMPALA) - Medical charity Medicine sans Frontier (MSF) said on Tuesday that its health facilities for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are running out of medicine due to the high influx of people from the three-month-old conflict.

The France-base NGO says its staff numbers are insufficient to provide health care to the fast-growing camp in the Adjumani district of Uganda.

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Lakes: Pakam elders and MPs launch reconciliation effort

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March 24, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Community and traditional leaders in Lakes’ state’s Rumbek North county have launched a reconciliation process in a bid to ease tensions between two clans who have been fighting each other over the past week.

The team, which included national MPs, was lead by Daniel Deng Monyde and elder Peter Muoranyar Biet. Sixty students from various universities and primary schools both in Lakes state and from other East African countries also attended.

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Sudan, South Sudan agree to speed up implementation of security arrangements

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March 22, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and south Sudan have agreed to speed up the implementation of security arrangements and to determine the line zero related to the establishment of a buffer zone between the two countries, a Sudanese official said on Saturday .

The joint security committee rapporteur, Al-Moiz Farouq, told official news agency SUNA that the recent visit to Khartoum by the South Sudanese defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, aimed to operationalise the security mechanisms agreed by the two countries since 27 September 2012.

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Ugandan authorities struggle to cope with influx of S. Sudanese refugees

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March 22, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Ugandan authorities say the country has witnessed a huge spike in the numbers of South Sudanese refugees crossing into Uganda via the Elegu border.

Douglas Asiimwe, a Ugandan refugees protection officer, told Sudan Tribune this week that some 90,000 South Sudanese refugees were currently in Uganda, with about 500 new arrivals every day.

“We receive 500 of them daily [and] that seems to be very alarming compared to previous groups who have crossed in earlier December and January,” said Asiimwe.

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15 dead in Cueibet as cycle of violence continues in Lakes state

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March 21, 2014 (RUMBEK) - Clashes between Panyar and Waat sections of the Dinka Gok ethnic group in South Sudan’s Lakes state resumed on Wednesday in Cueibet county leaving more than 15 people dead and 34 with gunshot wounds, according to local police.

A police officer who did not wish to be named told Sudan Tribune that the fighting between armed youth had killed 10 people and injured 23 from Panyar and 5 people and 11 injured from the Waat community.