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05 Feb 2016 description
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February 4, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Leadership of the armed opposition faction led by former Vice-president, Riek Machar, said they wished a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) would have been formed in the first week of February as called for in the recent communiqué of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), but said it was too soon and unrealistic.

27 Jan 2016 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 26, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan rebel movement, SPLA-in Opposition (SPLM-IO) and Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) have agreed to work together on peace and other political matters.

According to a press release SPLM-IO leader, Riek Machar issued on Tuesday an agreement was reached to work to start a new page in relations between the two sides.

25 Jan 2016 description
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January 25, 2016 (BENTIU) - At least 2,000 children in South Sudan’s Unity state started their primary leaving examinations, two years after war broke out in the world’s youngest nation, killing tens of thousands and displacing more than two million people.

Nyagoa Kai, a pupil, said getting back to school was a new beginning in life.

“I believe today [Monday] as we kick off our exams we are in a new world. We need education more than anything to change this country,” said Kai.

16 Jan 2016 description
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January 15, 2016 (JUBA) -The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Christine Beerli, has described his organization’s humanitarian operation in South Sudan as the largest in Africa and also ranks second in world’s humanitarian emergency response.

Beerli in a brief meeting with South Sudan vice president, James Wani Igga, said the country remains as the second largest humanitarian operation response in the world due to the ongoing conflicts and displacement of civilian populations across the country.

13 Jan 2016 description
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January 12, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese peace partners have agreed to reopen up the peace agreement for further renegotiation on whether to revoke or confirm the 28 states unilaterally created by president Salva Kiir on 2 October in violation of the peace deal he signed in August 2015 with other opposition parties on the basis of the constitutionally recognized 10 states, government’s officials said.

12 Jan 2016 description
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January 11, 2016 (JUBA) – President Salva Kiir has vowed to leave the fate of 28 states he unilaterally created on 2 October to those who will continue to oppose them, insisting that he had not violated the peace agreement he signed with opposition parties on the basis of the constitutionally recognized 10 states in South Sudan.

The comment he uttered during the closing session of the extraordinary convention of his ruling faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), did not however clarify what he meant to “leave.”

10 Jan 2016 description
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January 8, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government said only 5 cases of guinea worm disease were reported last year, 2015, reducing the threat of the disease by 93% from 70 cases reported in 2014.

Minister of health, Riek Gai Kok, in a press statement he issued attributed the success story to the community-based surveillance mechanism which his institution has established to early detect presence of guinea worm cases across the country.

04 Jan 2016 description
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January 3, 2016 (KAKUMA) – A South Sudanese community from the Lou-Nuer sub-tribe has announced to have resolved their intra-communal conflict which stemmed from community leadership wrangling among their refugees living in the neighboring Kenya.

Dak clan of Lou-Nuer community, known as the D3 because of their three major clans which inhabit Uror county in Jonglei state, said conflict arose between two of their clans members of Yol Dak and Boor Dak over which of them should take the leadership of the community this year, 2016, in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

04 Jan 2016 description
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January 2, 2016 (BENTIU) – Top traditional leaders from the Nuer ethnic group in the affected counties of the oil rich Unity state, have warned of resumption of inter-communal wars in the young nation as a result of what they said was president Salva Kiir’s decreed tribal 28 states which had taken away their ancestral lands and given them to the neighbouring Dinka communities, from which the president hails.

31 Dec 2015 description
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December 30, 2015 (JUBA) - An armed group operating in Eastern Equatoria state against South Sudanese government has rejected the creation and appointment of 28 state governors by president Salva Kiir, saying the action will be resisted.

The group under the banner of South Sudan Federal Party (SSFP) with military wing, calling itself South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF) warned that the 28 states would incite ethnic war over border demarcation in the course of implementation.

28 Dec 2015 description
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December 27, 2015 (JUBA) – An estimated between 50-60 per cent of the population in South Sudan, has access to an improved water source, such as a hand pump, a protected well or piped water supply, which only benefits a minority.

Sadly, however, even sections of the population with access to improved water sources often do not receive safe water while those without access to an improved water source often fetch water from rivers, ponds or open wells.

Some buy water from vendors who use trucks to supply water to their customers.

27 Dec 2015 description
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December 26, 2015 (JUBA/NAIROBI) – A faction, which broke away from South Sudan’s armed oposition forces (SPLM-IO) in July signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Juba government, pledging to send a delegation to Juba next week.

The Federal Democratic Party (FDP – political wing) / South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF) led by South Sudan’s former minister, Gabriel Changson Chang signed the MoU with government representatives in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi on Thursday.

24 Dec 2015 description
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December 23, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government under the leadership of president Salva Kiir will do all it can to meet its commitments under a peace agreement with armed opposition faction of the governing Sudan People’ s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), led by former vice president, Riek Machar, the president said Wednesday.

"We will do everything to keep our commitments in the implementation of the peace agreement which we have signed with our brothers,” said president Kiir after meeting with representatives of the advance team of the SPLM-IO on Tuesday in Juba.

22 Dec 2015 description
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December 21, 2015 (YAMBIO) – Youth groups in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state have called for peace and unity among various groups in the state. Over 50 youth members attended in Yambio, the state capital, a two-day forum on peace and conflict management organized by the civil affairs division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

President of youth union in the state, Simple John, said the key recommendations that resulted from the gathering were instrumental in peace making and harmonization of the youth factions.

18 Dec 2015 description
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December 17, 2015 (JUBA) –The forthcoming extra-ordinary meeting of South Sudan's ruling Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) party due early next year will also involve members of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), a top official disclosed.

The acting SPLM secretary general, Jemma Nunu Kumba told reporters that all party members who participated in the 2008 convention will be invited.

“The FDs (former detainees) are already here [Juba] and are invited as well as the SPLM in opposition to attend the extraordinary meeting on January 7th 2016,” she said.

17 Dec 2015 description
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December 16, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a powerful body set up to oversee the full implementation of the peace agreement signed in August by warring parties in South Sudan, has set a detailed timetable which calls for formation of the transitional government of national unity on 22 January 2016.

02 Dec 2015 description
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December 1, 2015 (JUBA) - An alliance of eighteen non-armed South Sudanese political parties have called for global pressure on the two main warring parties to the conflict to implement the peace agreement which president Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, signed in August to end the 21 month long violent conflict in the country.

The parties further urged the two main rival parties to rise above personal ambitions and interests to save lives and alleviate the ongoing suffering of the ordinary people.

18 Nov 2015 description
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November 13, 2015 (WAU) - The health minister in Western Bahr el Ghazal state, Isaac Clerto has announced the commencement of mass polio immunisation campaign.

The door-to-door campaign will target 13,500 children below five.

“We as government of South Sudan have recognised that since 2009, Polio case has been reported but the coverage is still a challenge [and] that is why we are continuing with the campaign and this the third,” said Clerto.

The campaign started on 14 November and will go till 17.

16 Nov 2015 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

November 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) -The number of South Sudan refugees crossing borders to Ethiopia due to the armed conflict at home has saw a significant decline during the recent weeks, a UN refugee agency official told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

Kisut Gebregzabiher, UNHCR’s senior public information officer in Addis Ababa, said currently an average six South Sudanese refugees arrive at Ethiopian borders per day a sharp decline compared to previous months where large numbers of refugees had been recorded on daily bases.

13 Nov 2015 description
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November 12, 2015 (BOR) - Chiefs and elders of Jale payam in South Sudan’s Jonglei state say the locals were fleeing their villages for swamps due to lack of protection.

This was contained in a survey conducted by the state relief and habitation commission, and some humanitarian agencies in Baidit and Jale payams.

Anyang Chol, one of the chiefs in Jale payam told Sudan Tribune that women, children and cattle, had moved to islands in swamps, considered safer zones, due to increasing insecurity in an area lacking proper protection from the state.