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01 Aug 2015 description
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July 31, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has downplayed possibility of a peace agreement soon with the armed opposition faction led by his former deputy, Riek Machar, criticizing the compromise proposal from IGAD-Plus as a designed document to perpetuate the war in the oil rich Upper Nile region.

30 Jul 2015 description
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July 29, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s ruling SPLM party has formed three committees to study a peace proposal document released last week by mediators of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to end the 19-month long civil war in the country.

In a meeting chaired by president Salva Kiir on Wednesday, the SPLM officials in the executive and legislative organs gave the committees 48-hours to report their findings to a plenary.

30 Jul 2015 description
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July 29, 2015 (WAU)-18 students on the midwifery training program graduated from the Health Science Institute in South Sudan’ Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Wednesday.

The students who comprised of 10 males and 8 females were awarded certificates in midwifery upon successfully completing the three year intensive training program.

Speaking at the occassion held in the state capital, Wau, the Western Bahr el Ghazal health minister, Isaac Clerto said the midwives will positively impact on communities.

29 Jul 2015 description
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July 28, 2015 (JUBA) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state have asked the central government and aid agencies to help combat looming famine in the region.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, the state information minister, Mark Akio, said farmers failed to harvest from the first phase of the farming season as cereal stores were already running out of the available food stock.

29 Jul 2015 description
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July 28, 2015 (JUBA) - More than 19 people have been killed in sectional clashes in Warrap state between rival Dinka communities, generating fears that more retaliatory attacks could be carried out.

Ariech Mayar Ariec, deputy head of parliamentary committee for information and communications told Sudan Tribune on Monday that more than 12 people have been confirmed killed in three separate locations between two sections in the area.

21 Jul 2015 description
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July 20, 2015 (JUBA) – Thousands of people in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state are likely to face severe hunger due to lack of rainfall and unexpected crop failure, an official told Sudan Tribune Monday.

The state minister for agriculture, Clement Chichim, disclosed that the greater Kapeota counties were the worst-affected regions. Greater Kapeota consists of Kapoeta North, Kapoeta East, Kapoeta South and Budi counties.

Chichim said other Eastern Equatoria counties of Magwi, Lafon, Ikotos and Torit also experienced rainfall shortage.

21 Jul 2015 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

July 20, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan peace talks will resume later this week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in what is expected to be the last round of talks for the negotiating parties to finalize a peace deal, an opposition official told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

20 Jul 2015 description
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July 19, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government on Sunday expressed optimism at overcoming difficulties in indirect peace negotiations with the leadership of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice president, Riek Machar, in ending the 19-month long civil war in the country. The opposition expressed reservations.

19 Jul 2015 description
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July 17, 2015 (BOR) - About 51 organised farmers who invested in agro-business in Jonglei state capital of Bor, producing vegetable, maize for sale, have been severely affected by drought this year and appealed for intervention from relief organizations.

09 Jul 2015 description
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July 8, 2015 (TORIT) - South Sudan rebel forces under the country’s former vice president, Riek Machar, have urged the citizens in Nimule town, at the border with Uganda, and other border towns to evacuate from the strategic towns along the South Sudan-Uganda border with immediate effect.

According to Lt. Col. James Lokudu, who spoke on behalf of the SPLA [IO] forces under the overall command of Maj.Gen. Martin Kenyi, the rebels attacked Nimule on Saturday night to test the strength of government troops in the area, saying a serious attack was underway.

08 Jul 2015 description
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July 7, 2015 (WAU) - Farmers in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state have aided by SORUDEV, a smallholder food security and livelihoods project to improve their skills.

SORUDEV is an indigenous rural development programme funded by the European Union (EU) and is currently being implemented in the country’s Greater Bahr el Ghazal region.

07 Jul 2015 description
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July 6, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) said that 3000 South Sudanese families have recently arrived in Sudan’s White Nile state bringing the total number of refugees from the newborn country in the state 84,000 refugees.

SRCS executive director in the White Nile, Osama Osman, said that 3197 families have arrived in the seven cantonment sites in the state from June 1 to July 5, 2015.

02 Jul 2015 description
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July 1, 2015 (JUBA) - Officials from South Sudan’s peace committee have started community consultations in Warrap state after weeks of grassroots campaigns in Juba.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the Committee for National Reconciliation and Healing, said it conducted consultations in 39 payams of Warrap.

Peter Kuot, the committee’s communication manager, said the community consultations were facilitated by the 55 peace mobilisers trained in the state between April and May.

01 Jul 2015 description
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June 30, 2015 (RUMBEK) – A new health institution has been opened in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the state health ministry are supporting

According to the state health minister, Tong Deng Anei, Aweil Health Science and Training Institute will only target midwives, clinical officers and nurses.

Those who complete training, he told Sudan Tribune Tuesday, be awarded diplomas.

26 Jun 2015 description
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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 26, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan Peace talks will resume later in July in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the regional bloc mediating the talks, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) disclosed.

At a press conference he gave on Thursday, IGAD lead mediator, Seyoum Mesfin, said negotiations between South Sudan’s government and opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by former vice president, Riek Machar, will resume next month shortly after the Ramadan fasting is over.

25 Jun 2015 description
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June 24, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) - The African Union (AU) Wednesday postponed indefinitely a reconciliation meeting for Ngok Dinka and Messiriya Abyei community leaders after a last-minute note from the South Sudanese side.

In a bid to break the tensions between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities in the disputed Abyei area, the co-chairmen of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) agreed on 30 March 2015, to bring together the traditional chiefs of the two communities to discuss local issues and to promote reconciliation.

21 Jun 2015 description
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June 18, 2015(BOR) - The government of South Sudan’s Jonglei state has released SSP 210,000 for dyke rehabilitation in Twic East county.

The fund was part of the SSP 420,000 pledged for the dyke.

“We received half of the money, which wanted because we want to pay for a lot of things. We want to pay the operators, fuel and lubricants,” Twic East commissioner, Dau Akoi told Sudan Tribune.

Floods have become a problem to the Twic East population as the majority of the villages lie in lowlands susceptible to floods.

14 Jun 2015 description
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June 13, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government has rejected a peace proposal by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional bloc mediating peace talks aimed at bridging gaps between rival warring parties and end the 18-month civil war in the young nation.

13 Jun 2015 description
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June 12, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels have reacted to key points of a draft final peace agreement with president Salva Kiir’s government which the East African regional bloc (IGAD) has proposed, describing it as an agreement only between Juba and greater Upper Nile region which would encourage the other two regions of Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria to continue with the war

The draft agreement gives the SPLM-IO 33% power-sharing ratio at the national level and 53% in the three states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei within the oil-rich greater Upper Nile region.

03 Jun 2015 description
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June 1, 2015 (WAU) – Wau county in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state is now calm, a day after opposition forces took control of Bazia payam, its commissioner Elia Kamilio Dimo, said.

PNG - 26.4 kb Dimo said the population in the county have resumed their normal cultivation activities.

“Our people are now in their farms carrying out their normal duties,” the Wau county commissioner told Sudan Tribune Monday.

“The rebels have been flashed out from the town a day after Sunday’s attack on our payam headquarters,” he further stressed.