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02 Mar 2015 description
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February 27, 2015 (BENTIU) – The Mayom county commissioner in South Sudan’s Unity state, John Bol Mayak has returned 68 herds of cattle stolen from the Miseriya nomads in January 2013.

The commissioner said the handover took place at a meeting with Messeriya leaders on Friday, during which he warned his area youth to desist from grabbing cattle from the Sudanese nomadic groups.

Mayak said the youth who stole cattle from the Miseriya were victims of a shoot-out between the Miseriya and Bul-Nuer communities in Tumor and Tor-Abieth areas, located northwest of Mayom county.

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.

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.