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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.

17 Dec 2014 description
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December 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – As the civil war in South Sudan enters its second year, the government and rebel delegations are set to resume peace talks in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday.

The resumption of talks comes as forces loyal to South Sudan’s armed opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar launched attacks along the Juba-Nimule road, a rebel’s military spokesman claimed on Tuesday.

IGAD chief negotiator Seyoum Mesfin announced the resumption of the nearly one-year-long process during a press conference on Monday.

15 Dec 2014 description
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December 14, 2014 (JUBA) - Japan will resume its development aid to South Sudan following suspension of its bilateral cooperation at the height of the conflict in the new nation, a diplomat disclosed.

Ambassador Takeshi Akamatsu said his government, after careful consideration, will renew development aid for infrastructural development and humanitarian assistance.

“It’s a great disappointment that Japan was obliged to suspend her cooperation activities due to confusion and insecurity arising from conflict last year,” said Takeshi.

15 Dec 2014 description
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December 14, 2014 (JUBA)- The European Union (EU) has, in response to South Sudan’s rapidly deteriorating health situation, availed €11million to enhance the sector.

Ambassador Stefano De Leo, head of the EU delegation in the country said this during a health policy review workshop it organised in partnership with the health ministry.

“There is an increase in support funds compared to the previous years due to the urgent and fragile situation in the country,” he said.

The EU further pledged commitment to support the health sector.

15 Dec 2014 description
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December 15, 2014 (RUMBEK) - At least 26 people have been killed in revenge attack that occurred Friday in Lakes state’s Cueibet county, an official told Sudan Tribune.

The clashes reportedly occurred between the Pagok and Pathiong clans.

“During the fight, both sides lost 26 people and 62 others were wounded,” said a criminal investigation officer who referred anonymity.

The Pagok, he added, carried out the attack after they suspected that its clan member and the wife were killed by a Pathiong youth.

12 Dec 2014 description
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December 11, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and South Sudan joint border technical committee failed to reach an agreement over the start of border demarcation process during meetings held in Khartoum this week.

The two countries held a series of meetings from 7 to 11 December on how to demarcate the 80% non-disputed zones of the 2,010-km border between the two countries.

10 Dec 2014 description
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December 9, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese presidency has instructed aid agencies to register and determine the increasing number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

In April, the United Nations office in Sudan disclosed that there had been a disagreement between the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Sudanese government on the description of the South Sudanese citizens who fled to Sudan due to the ongoing conflict in the young nation.

01 Dec 2014 description
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December 1, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Hundreds of civilians fleeing conflict arrived at the UN camp in Unity state’s Rubkotna county on Saturday, an aid worker told Sudan Tribune by satellite phone from Bentiu.

The civilians are mainly coming from Guit county and other neighbouring areas controlled by the anti-government forces.

28 Nov 2014 description
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November 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – Five people were wounded when unknown gunmen stormed and opened fire on the house of a journalist in South Sudan’s Lakes state.

Among those injured were an underage child and a young girl.

Mabor Marual, a reporter of Rumbek FM-98 radio station, said he suspects it was a revenge attack, which saw him sustain gunshot wounds on the legs.

He was rushed to Rumbek civil hospital, with four others, for treatment.

25 Nov 2014 description
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November 24, 2014 (JUBA) – A forum of South Sudanese political leaders has urged the country’s warring parties to make the necessary concessions to end the ongoing war in the young nation.

The call came as reports emerged that the eighth session of peace negotiations led by the East African regional bloc (IGAD) initially scheduled for 25 November in Ethiopia, had been adjourned indefinitely.

“This is yet another sign that the warring parties do not have the political will to bring this destructive war to an end,” said the political parties in a joint press release.

25 Nov 2014 description
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November 23, 14 (BOR) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it was providing humanitarian assistance to at least 39,000 displaced people in South Sudan’s Jonglei state county of Twic East.

WFP’s spokesman, George Fominyen told Sudan Tribune by phone that non-droppable food items had reached Mabior in Twic East, with air operation planned to for Monday, should weather allow.

20 Nov 2014 description
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November 19, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar said they were not surprised by the recent “isolated” reconciliation talks between president Salva Kiir’s government and former detainees, often known as G-10.

The group, which include former secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum and nine others, is led by Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, widow of the late founding leader of the SPLM, John Garang.

07 Nov 2014 description
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November 6, 2014 (JUBA) – Community leaders in Twic East county's Lith payam (district) have petitioned the Jonglei state government to formally recognise their locality in order to facilitate humanitarian assistance.

The district does not appear on maps of South Sudan, Jonglei state or Twic East county.

In a letter addressed to Jonglei's minister of local government and law enforcement and seen by Sudan Tribune, 11 Lith leaders condemned the omission.

07 Nov 2014 description
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November 6, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s security agency has categorically denied any involvement in recent clashes that erupted in UN camps sheltering internally displaced people (IDPs).

“We know very well that rebels of Riek Machar are working hard to cause confusion and further division. We also know the name of our institution can just trigger negative sentiments from a section of our society these days, even when it is something that did not involve us,” one high-ranking security officer told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

04 Nov 2014 description
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November 3, 2014 (KAMPALA) – One child is dead and at least eight other people seriously wounded following last week’s clashes between rival South Sudanese forces in the twin towns of Bentiu and Rubkotna in Unity state.

Multiple sources told Sudan Tribune on Monday that a child was confirmed dead after being shot in the head, while a six months pregnant woman was in a serious codition after being shot in the chest.

Medical charity has operated on a number of people at a UN protection site who were wounded during the violence.

03 Nov 2014 description
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November 3, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan claimed 35 of its civilian were killed and 17 others injured in an aerial bombing allegedly carried out by the Sudanese army in Western Bahr el-Ghazal state.

The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday morning in a densely populated area of Raja county damaging several properties and causing panic among citizens.

“The Sudanese jet fighters came yesterday [Sunday] morning and bombed the area. People are now terrified especially that it caused death,” Raja county commissioner, Hassan Jallab said on Monday.

30 Oct 2014 description
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October 28, 2014 (KAMPALA) – A victim of the Juba massacre has warned South Sudan’s warring parties to refrain from rushing a deal to unify the country’s rival factions without prosecuting the perpetrators of last December’s killings.

Last week, Tanzania’s ruling party invited the rival factions of South Sudan’s governing SPLM to the northern town of Arusha to iron out their differences ahead of final peace talks in Addis Ababa.

David Lieth was among 300 Nuer men rounded up by security forces between 17 and 19 December in Juba’s Gudele area.

28 Oct 2014 description
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October 27, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least seven people have been killed in a revenge attack that took place in South Sudan’s Lakes state county of Rumbek North on Monday, authorities told Sudan Tribune.

The incident was reportedly in retaliation to Saturday’s killing of two chiefs at Ayen Mayer village in Rumbek East county. The executive chief, Mamer Keer Malok and sub-chief, Yuol Janglei Marol were attacked and killed as they traveled to Rumbek Central county.

28 Oct 2014 description
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October 27, 2014 (NAIROBI) – At least one person was reportedly killed and more than eight other seriously injured when South Sudanese rival communities clashed on Sunday at Kakuma refugee in western Kenya.

Sources said the clashes between Nuer and Dinka communities, the largest and belligerent ethnic groups in South Sudan, occurred when a 9-year old Nuer girl-child was allegedly raped by a Dinka man, leaving her in critical condition.

27 Oct 2014 description
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October 26, 2014 (JUBA) – Participants taking part in a 28-day reconciliation workshop in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have expressed optimism that the country’s wounds can be healed.

South Sudan’s Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR) is hosting the intensive training, which concludes on 28 October, for community leaders and faith-based practitioners in Yei.