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30 Jan 2015 description
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January 29, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – An extraordinary summit by the heads of state and government of the African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which convened on Thursday, has been adjourned till Saturday in order to give the two warring parties two days to agree on a document imposed by the regional leaders.

28 Jan 2015 description
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January 27, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan will soon ignore threats for sanctions and embark on full-scale war against rebels if they continue violating the ceasefire, president Salva Kiir warned.

“Our patience is running out and next time when I come back from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I will tell you that any slight attack on our forces, we will breakout for offensive attack against Riek Machar’s forces,” Kiir told the ruling party’s (SPLM) national liberation council members on Monday.

27 Jan 2015 description
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January 26, 2015 (MABOR) – It’s been alleged that thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan’s Jonglei state are being blocked from accessing humanitarian assistance by rebel forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

IDPs in Duk county and some areas of bordering Uror county say the situation is life-threatening.

They claim rebel commanders are preventing civilians attempting to enter government-controlled areas in search of food.

26 Jan 2015 description
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January 25, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that flooding has hindered transfer of South Sudanese refugees to new relocation sites in Sudan’s White Nile state.

Last December, the humanitarian commissioner in Khartoum state, Mustafa al-Sinarri announced the relocation of South Sudanese refugees Khartoum state to the While Nile state, adding it was decided to build new refugees camps near the border.

20 Jan 2015 description
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January 19, 2015 (RUMBEK) – At least seven people were killed on Monday following an attack in Lakes state Rumbek North county, officials said.

Local government minister, Jok Ayom Majak said the attackers stormed Manteu village near the county headquarter and burnt several houses.

“Several houses were burnt to ashes by the armed attackers,” he said.

Local communities claimed those who carried out the attack were civilians from Mayendit in neighbouring Unity state.

19 Jan 2015 description
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January 18, 2015 (KAMPALA) – Internally displaced South Sudanese have expressed concerns over the government’s decision to conduct election before peace and stability has been properly restored to the country.

In a series of interviews conducted by Sudan Tribune by phone, displaced citizens urged both warring parties to work towards achieving a peace deal and building up trust among the population.

19 Jan 2015 description
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January 18, 15 (BOR) -Thousands of people in South Sudan’s Jonglei state urgently need food and other forms of assistance to enable them resettle in their places, the governor said.

Speaking at a meeting attended by the United States delegation in the state, Kong Nyuon urged America to prove more assistance in South Sudan’s conflict-affected states.

He said many of the people who returned to their homes following several months of normalcy in the state, still need more food and non-food assistance for survival.

16 Jan 2015 description
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January 15, 2015 (KAMPALA) – A senior South Sudanese rebel commander has refuted accusations by Maban county commissioner Timato Nau that four women and a girl were abducted during an attack on the town by opposition forces.

Maj. Gen James Koang Chuol, who commands the rebel factions’ division one special forces in Upper Nile state, has dismissed the claims as government propaganda aimed at damaging the groups reputation.

15 Jan 2015 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The 29th extraordinary summit of IGAD heads of state and government aimed at discussing the ongoing conflict in South Sudan has been postponed till the end of January.

An official from the regional bloc, which is mediating peace talks between the warring parties, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that the summit was postponed as IGAD mediators needed more time to hold ‘‘special consultations’’ with regional leaders, as well as the leaders of the country’s two opposing factions.

13 Jan 2015 description
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January 13, 2015 (RUMBEK) - At least eight people were killed and two others, including a paramount chief injured, in an attack in Lakes state Cueibet county, officials said.

A police officer, who asked not to be named, claimed members of Waat clan attacked neighbouring Panyar clan in Tiaptiap payam.

“This was very sad. We have seen five women, two men and a small child killed. All of them were killed inside the house,” said the officer on Monday.

"Two other people, including paramount chief Marial Chilep, were injured," he added.

12 Jan 2015 description
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January 10, 2015 (KAMPLA) - South Sudanese refugees in Uganda have asked government to prioritise peace and stability in the young nation before organising this year’s elections set for June.

Several refugees Sudan Tribune spoke to doubt possibilities of holding free and fair polls in the country.

Martha Nyawuora, 25, said government’s main priority should be peace to enable the displaced population return to their homes.

06 Jan 2015 description
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January 4, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – A spokesperson in the office of the former vice-president and leader of the SPLM-In-Opposition, Riek Machar, said the movement was looking forward to an arrangement in which it would directly deal with relief agencies operating in the rebel-controlled areas in South Sudan.

This comes after 9 staff members, including some women, working for a local relief organisation in Unity state were detained for three weeks in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. The local staff work in both government and rebel-controlled areas.

06 Jan 2015 description
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January 5, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) has announced an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the transit of humanitarian aid to the neighboring South Sudan for another six months.

The two countries signed a MoU last July to allow the expedition of aid across its borders and through river transportation to feed thousands of impacted civilians.

02 Jan 2015 description
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January 1, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on Thursday to stop hostile media campaigns and advance efforts to implement cooperation agreements signed between the two countries.

Relations between the two Sudans have been shaky since the latter seceded from its northern neighbor on July 2011. Khartoum and Juba continue to trade accusations of support to rebel groups from both sides since South Sudan attained independence.

30 Dec 2014 description
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December 29, 2014 (BENTIU) – At least 10 civilian were killed as they attempted to flee Unity state’s capital, Bentiu in to Sudan, sources within the internally displaced people’s camp, told Sudan Tribune.

“Five men and five women were shot dead in Unity state oil fields as they attempted to flee South Sudan to the Sudanese border,” said John Gatgach, an area resident.

He said the group left Bentiu on Saturday and ended up being killed.

Gatgach blamed pro-government forces for allegedly carrying out the tragic killings.

29 Dec 2014 description
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December 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least 53 people have now been confirmed dead following clashes that occurred in Lakes state’s Rumbek East county, authorities said.

An officer who spoke to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity said security forces deployed in the tense areas has started deserting their areas of operation.

29 Dec 2014 description
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December 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least 44 people were killed and 31 others wounded in fresh inter-clan clashes in Lakes state, authorities said.

Saturday’s incident reportedly occurred in Rumbek East county.

Separate clashes, a police officer said, occurred between Kok-Awac and Kok-Keer in Panawac village, resulting into five deaths.

“Five SPLA [South Sudan army] soldiers were attacked and killed by armed youth when the army attempted to separate them,” said the officer, who preferred anonymity.

29 Dec 2014 description
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December 27, 2014 (JUBA) – Three people were killed when herders from South Sudan’s Lakes state drove their animals into neighbouring Western Equatoria state, officials said Saturday.

David Farajallah, a local administrative officer, said Friday’s incident occurred in Mudubai payam, about 4km north of Maridi county in Western Equatoria state.

24 Dec 2014 description
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December 23, 2014 (JUBA) - South African leader, Jacob Zuma urged South Sudan’s warring parties to end hostilities and give peace, mediated by East African regional bloc (IGAD), a chance.

Zuma made this remarks on Monday after a meeting with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni at state house in Entebbe, Uganda.

“Conflict delays progress and development, it also affect innocent people. We are pleading with the parties that we need to be ready to compromise for the sake of the people of South Sudan,” he told the South African-based SABC.

18 Dec 2014 description
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December 17, 14 (BOR) – Child abductions and cattle rustling have resumed between the Dinka Bor and Murle ethnic groups in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

Both sides continue to trade accusations over who is responsible for the incidents.

The Murle have accused Dinka tribesmen of stealing cattle at gunpoint from Pibor villages bordering Dinka Bor counties.

However, Dinka communities in Bor county accuse their neighbours in the newly created Greater Pibor Administration Area (GPAA) of stealing cattle a week ago from the Bor village of Kuongo.