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27 May 2015 description
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May 26, 2015 (NYAL) – At least 28,000 people who fled their homes last week due to clashes between South Sudan’s warring factions in the oil-rich Unity state have returned.

The rebel-appointed commissioner for Payinjiar county, John Pout, said Nyal payam [district] and its surrounded areas were calm.

He claimed pro-government forces burnt several homes when they seized the town from from armed opposition, allegations Sudan Tribune could not verify.

26 May 2015 description
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May 25, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government on Monday said it welcomed the decision by the East African regional bloc of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which requested the neighbouring Sudan to play a leading role in resolving the ongoing internal conflict in South Sudan.

South Sudanese foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said his government would welcome Khartoum’s mediation’s process which would address root causes of the conflict and respect for sovereignty of the new independent state.

12 May 2015 description
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May 10, 2015(BOR) – Authorities in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei have urged the international community to speed up efforts aimed at addressing inter-communal peace initiatives among its various tribes.

The initiative was launched in February this year in Duk, one of the counties bordering Garwer and Lou Nuer areas. Duk was chosen to spearhead the peace process in Jonglei since its inhabitants speak both Dinka and Nuer dialects.

However, the process seems on a slow pace since consultative meetings started in February, due to lack of funding, among others.

12 May 2015 description
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May 11, 2015 (JUBA) - Over 10 people were seriously injured after recent clashes within the United Nations protection of civilians site in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

The incident reportedly occurred at the UN house in Jebel, a Juba suburb, between Haak and Bul communities after a 17-year old girl from the Haak clan was impregnated by a boy from Bul community.

Lang Hoth, the chairman of youth at the camp, confirmed the clashes, saying the girl hailed from Haak clan in Mayiandit county.

11 May 2015 description
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May 10, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a plan by the United Nations (UN) to relocate over 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from various civilian protection sites to their places of choice, including villages and towns in the rebel-held areas in the country.

11 May 2015 description
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May 9, 2015 (BOR) - The ministry of health in Jonglei state, Ngok Kuol, said his institution was working hard to improve health situation among populations in the South Sudan’s largest state.

In a plenary meeting held on Friday in the state’s capital, Bor, with other non-governmental health partners to review the progress of medical services delivery in both government and rebel-held areas, the health minister said implementing the policy of improving the health services was however made difficult by the current crisis in the country.

04 May 2015 description
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MAY 2, 2015 (PIBOR) - Hundreds of civilians in Pibor villages of South Sudan’s Jonglei state lack access to clean drinking water after seasonal rivers in the area dried up.

In Gumuruk county, thousands of people in the payams travel to Vuvit to fetch clean water from the only functional pump.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune last week, the chief of Lokichar Boma, Nyapirilem Thomojong, expressed the urgent need for installing more water pumps in these villages to rescue the local area population.

01 May 2015 description
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April 29, 2015 (KUAJOK) – At least 55 peace mobilisers have successfully completed a two week training organised by the Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR) in South Sudan’s Warrap state.

PNG - 26.3 kb The map of Warrap state in red The peace mobilisers, CNHPR said, were selected from all the 42 payams in Warrap.

27 Apr 2015 description
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April 26, 2015 (JUBA) – Residents in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, say there is no clean drinking water in the city which serves as the seat of the government, citing scarcity of bottled water as the cause.

Since the independence, the country including its national capital still lacks clean drinking water as over 90% of the city dwellers depend on water for drink from the River Nile. Only about 10% have access to running tape water or bottled water.

21 Apr 2015 description
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April 19, 2015 (BOR) – Hundreds of pupils have resumed their studies in Jonglei state’s Ayueldit and Poktap villages, a year after the country’s rebellion forced them out of school.

Majority of the newly registered pupils are from the Lou Nuer and Garwar communities internally displaced in the two villages.

The reopening of schools was announced by the Duk county education department in March, as parents were urged to comply.

Paul Deng, the head teacher of Poktap primary school, said they had managed to register up to 996 pupils from primary one up to six.

21 Apr 2015 description
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April 20, 2015 (JUBA) – Senior officials and military officers from Nuer ethnic group in South Sudan government are advocating for people-to-people dialogue in a bid to unite internal front in support of government plans to resolve the country’s ongoing conflict.

The group comprising of governors from Unity, Jonglei and Upper states, ministers, lawmakers, military officers, religious leaders, civil servants and women groups held a meeting on Sunday at which several resolutions were passed.

20 Apr 2015 description
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April 18, 2015 (JUBA) – Thousand of people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr Al Ghazal state unless the national government intervenes.

State information minister Wek Kuch Deng issued the warning on Saturday as Juba delivered food relief to Warrap state, another territory threatened by hunger.

Deng said last year’s poor harvest and continued air raids blamed on neighbouring Sudan had caused major disruption to agricultural activities.

15 Apr 2015 description
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April 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – A new report of conflict assessment on the war-torn South Sudan warns of intensification of fighting between warring parties as they race for control of more territories ahead of rainy season.

10 Apr 2015 description
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April 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, have reiterated their respective commitments to end the 15-month long civil war in the country.

The two principal leaders made reassuring separate public messages during this Easter season as final round of peace talks aimed to strike a final deal between the two warring parties is expected to resume this month in Addis Ababa.

10 Apr 2015 description
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April 8, 2015 (BOR) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has ordered the return of cattle keepers in Central and Western Equatoria states to their home areas following concerns from agricultural farmers in both states over the destruction of crops by cattle.

In a decree announced on Wednesday on South Sudan Television (SSTV), Kiir cautioned both the Dinka and Mundari cattle keepers to return to their places with immediate effect.

The announcement came as farmers in both states were preparing to plant their crops.

08 Apr 2015 description
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April 6, 2014 (YAMBIO) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has completed distributing non-food items to wildfire victims in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.

Those affected were refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and host communities. The 15 February fire gutted areas in Naandi, Mangbangauo, Degere and Diabio payams (districts), destroying homes, personal items and gardens.

07 Apr 2015 description
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April 6, 2015 (RUMBEK) – At least 24 civilians were killed and over 60 wounded in an attack on Sunday in Lakes state's Rumbek North county.

Local youth in Rumbek North county said the Pamker and Pan-Nyang cattle camps were attacked by pastoralists allegedly liked to rebels led by the country's former vice president, Riek Machar.

“Twenty-four youth from Rumbek North died and 65 sustained gunshot wounds,” said Mading Adol, a youth who took part in the clashes.

The attackers, he said, suffered heavy losses as a result of the gruesome incident.

31 Mar 2015 description
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March 31, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan has opposed the direct involvement of United Nations Security Council and the Troika countries in the next round of peace talks.

30 Mar 2015 description
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By Alfred Ladu Gore

1. The Effects of Flawed Methodological Approach on the Fundamental Issues Arising from the Crisis Situation in South Sudan

In the methodological context of this paper, it is better to be up-front as a non-partisan method of analysis in revealing the emotions, feelings, experiences and interest of the author in exposing what is really happening with the IGAD peace process that has stagnated and in turn how it has not made any head way at all.

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.