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27 Mar 2015 description
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March 25, 15 (BOR) – The only hospital in Jonglei state’s Twic East county was destroyed on Tuesday after a fire broke out.

The local population remained helpless as the fire consumed the building, with blackened walls now the only thing left standing among the charred debris.

“There was [a] fire outbreak inside the hospital. The fire appeared from the room where the staff were trying to refuel [an] EPI (extended program immunisation) fridge that used the paraffin,” Twic East county commissioner Dau Akoi told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

25 Mar 2015 description
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March 22, 2015 (KAMPALA) – The rebel humanitarian arm of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA) said it plans to issue operation certificates this week to all agencies or NGOs working in rebel-controlled control areas.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, SSRRA executive director Gatwech Peter Kulang said the exercise will target both national and international organisations. The certificates will be valid for six months.

20 Mar 2015 description
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March 19, 2015 (RUMBEK) – Lakes state’s ministry of education has moved 19 primary school into town due to rising insecurity in remote areas.

According state minister of education Dut Makoi, the schools were moved for the safety of staff and students.

He also noted that a number of schools in rural villages have been closed down due to an ongoing cycle of revenge killings and violence that has gripped certain areas.

The worst affected counties are Yirol West, Cueibet, Rumbek North, Rumbek East and Rumbek Central.

19 Mar 2015 description
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March 17, 2015 (JUBA) – The United Nations mission strongly condemned what it described as a breach of the protection of civilians’ site’s perimeter by South Sudan army soldiers.

The incident, a UN spokesperson said, occurred Tuesday at the site in Unity state, where the mission protects some 53,000 civilians.

14 Mar 2015 description
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March 13, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has welcomed extension of peace talks with rebels after direct negotiations between two warring factions hit a deadlock a week ago.

“As the government, we welcome the extension of the talks because finding a solution to the problem requires participation of not only the two parties to the conflict but also those affected by their actions,” foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Friday.

“And involving everybody takes time because it is a process”, he added.

09 Mar 2015 description
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March 8, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said the government of Austrlia has donated $1.1 million to provide assistance to South Sudanese who have been forced to flee to Sudan since conflict broke out in their country in December 2013.

WFP said in a press release on Sunday that the Australian contribution will enable it to buy 600 metric tons of pulses, enough to feed 66,650 people for five months.

08 Mar 2015 description
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March 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese officials say pro-government forces regained full control of Wedakona, a strategic town north-west of Renk town in Upper Nile state on Saturday, ending days of intensive fighting with the country’s armed opposition forces.

Upper Nile’s information minister, Peter Hoth Tuach, said the military takeover of the area resulted from a week-long battle between the two warring parties.

02 Mar 2015 description
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February 27, 2015 (BOR) – More than 400,000 children are not accessing education in Jonglei state either due to the country’s ongoing crisis or tribal violence.

At Friday’s launch of the “Let’s all go back to school”, the state director general in the ministry of education science and technology, Abel Manyuon, said a number of challenges remained, including lack of education facilities, inadequate number of teachers and consistent violence across the state.

All primary and secondary schools in Jonglei have now been officially declared open.

18 Feb 2015 description
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February 16, 2015 (RUMBEK) – South Sudan’s Lakes state has announced plans to train some 5,000 new police officers to quell ongoing insecurity in the capital, Rumbek.

Youth from the state’s eight counties will be recruited on a date as yet to be announced.

South Sudan’s interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu announced the plans in a heated debate for peace and reconciliation in Rumbek on Sunday.

His defended his decision, saying the new forces will help boost lift security and reinforce justice.

18 Feb 2015 description
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February 16, 2015 (BENTIU) – Fire has destroyed 102 shelters in a UN compound in Unity state for internally displaced people, according to residents who have resided at the site since the country’s current crisis erupted in mid-December 2013.

In an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune by satellite phone that the fire started when a woman lit a charcoal fire.

Most of shelters in various UN camps are made locally from flammable goods such as wood and grass.

17 Feb 2015 description
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February 16, 2015 (JUBA) – Former rebel fighters based in South Sudan’s Upper Nile and Unity states said on Monday that the government has completed integrating more than 5,000 of its fighters into the national army (SPLA).

The development is seen as part of efforts aimed at consolidating and unifying the army’s ranks and file under one command.

Defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk and chief of general staff Paul Malong Awan have announced that the integration of the two former militia groups across various units was now complete.

11 Feb 2015 description
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February 11, 2015 (BENTIU) – South Sudan army on Tuesday accused the armed opposition forces of attacking their positions in Unity and Upper Nile states, claims the latter has dismissed.

Defense minister, Kuol Manyang said the rebels used mortars and heavy weapons to shell oil-rich Unity state and parts of Upper Nile.

"The rebels shelled Bentiu for about two hours,” Manyang told the state-owned SSTV.

“There are no reports of casualties yet,” he added and that calm returned to Bentiu.

06 Feb 2015 description
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February 5, 2015 (RUMBEK) – At least 11 people were killed and eight others injured in renewed inter-clan clashes in South Sudan’s Lakes state.

Officials say clashes erupted when Mayom Kuc, a brother to Lakes state minister of physical infrastructure, was found dead in his house.

Kuc worked at the state ministry of information and communication.

According to authorities, those killed were caught up in clashes between the Rup and Kuei clans following their colleague’s death.

03 Feb 2015 description
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February 2, 2015 (JUBA) – At least five people were killed and seven others wounded when unknown gunmen attacked a village in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Sunday, officials said.

The attack occurred at Jalle payam (district) in Jonglei’s Bor county.

Kuol Bol Ayom, a lawmaker for Jalle county in the state assembly, said the raiders took thousands of cattle, forcing locals to flee.

“A number of armed people came and stormed Jalle center and the areas within the vicinity of Jalle Payam,” Bol told Sudan Tribune by phone from Bor town.

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.