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Germany commits 750,000 euros to help refugees in Ethiopia

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

August 24, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Germany has contributed 750,000 euros to provide ongoing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees in Ethiopia, mostly from South Sudan.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the German embassy said that the donation would go directly to support relief operations by the World Food Program (WFP), which had been facing a funds shortage.

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S. Sudan takes precautionary measures against Ebola

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August 13, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan announced Wednesday that it had put in place measures to prevent the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has hit many parts of West Africa.

“We are very concerned about the possibility of the spread of this deadly disease, Ebola. We have many people flying into the country from different parts of the world. Some of these people are working in different capacities helping us here either as part of the humanitarian workers, business people or the United Nations mission and it agencies,” said the health minister, Riek Gai Kok.

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South Sudanese president vows to form an all-inclusive cabinet

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August 12, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan leader, Salva Kiir has vowed to establish an all-inclusive government in order to end the nearly eight months of conflict that could cause severe famine in the country.

Kiir made these remarks at the meeting with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) who visited the capital, Juba on Tuesday.

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South Sudan rebel leader arrives in Khartoum

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August 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A rebel official said the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition), Riek Machar, has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Sunday.

Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the South Sudanese former vice-president will meet the Sudanese top leadership and discuss the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa.

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S. Sudanese youth demand involvement in peace talks

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August 7, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese youths from different political parties are demanding to be included in the IGAD-mediated peace talks seeking to end the country’s almost eight-month-old conflict.

A group of youths, drawn from South Sudan’s 10 states, presented a petition to the East African regional bloc, expressing needs to be part of the talks.

Bush Buse, the chairman of Equatorian students union in Kampala, said youths had roles to play on finding solutions to the conflict in the country.

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S. Sudanese political parties object restriction from peace talks

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August 8, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese political parties have objected a proposal seeking to limit the ongoing peace talks to the country’s two conflicting parties, accusing the warring sides of adopting a divisive approach to resolving the conflict.

Lam Akol, the leader of all South Sudanese opposition parties, said the latest round of talks in the Ethiopian capital, was convened with the full understanding that all parties have agreed on a multi-stakeholder roundtable peace talks as the format to bring about just and sustainable peace to the war in the country.

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Heavy floods displace hundreds in Mapel town

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August 6, 2014 (JUBA) – Heavy floods have displaced more than 200 hundreds of households in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

Residents of Jur River county’s Mapel town were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge on higher ground after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the region.

Heavy flowing flood waters left a trail of destruction through local villages, with livestock and crops swept away.

Health officials in the town have also reported an outbreak of malaria among children, which they believe is linked to poor living conditions.

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Warring Twic East clans sign peace accord

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August 5, 2014 (BOR) – The warring Dacuek and Ayuel clans of Jonglei state’s Twic East county have signed an inter-clan peace accord in Wanglei village.

The agreement, which was reached on Sunday, was brokered by the Twic East county administration with the help of church leaders.

Hundreds of youths and elderly people from both clans shared a meal together, exchanging ideas on future development.

The peace accord follows decades of tensions among the two tribes in Nyuak payam (district).

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Pibor returnees facing critical food shortages across region

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August 4, 2014 (BOR) – Ongoing food insecurity continues to make life difficult for returnees to Jonglei state’s Pibor county.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) county coordinator, Beko Konyi, told Sudan Tribune by phone from Pibor on Monday that 3,757 people have returned to Pibor from Juba, Kenya and Uganda.

However, many returnees are struggling to cope with the harsh conditions in the region, which is severely affecting their ability to rebuild their lives.

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114 South Sudanese soldiers seek refuge in Sudan: report

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August 3, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) said that 114 soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) have sought refuge in Sudan due to severe economic hardship and hunger.

SAF spokesperson, al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, told a Sudanese daily newspaper that 114 South Sudanese soldiers carrying 38 rifles handed over their weapons and sought refuge in Sudan due to economic hardship, adding that the Sudanese government had deemed them to be refugees.

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Rights body condemns “barbaric” arrest of S. Sudanese youth

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July 29, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese human rights body has condemned last week’s arrest of youth in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, describing the government’s move as “barbaric”.

In a statement issued Tuesday, South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA) said it received that a number of youth have been arrested, held and were being tortured by security agents since 26 July.

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South Sudan says it’s ready to resume peace talks with rebels

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July 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday expressed readiness to resume peace negotiations with the rebel faction of the SPLM under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, downplaying the likely implications of recent military engagement in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced last week the resumption of peace talks on 30 July, one month after a sudden decision by the mediators to suspend the talks as the rebels protested the “unfair” selection of civil society representatives.

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S. Sudan’s Kiir signs Yau Yau peace accord into law

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July 27, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Friday signed into law a peace accord recognising the formation of the Greater Pibor administrative area in the country’s largest state of Jonglei.

The directive was made in a decree read on the state-owned SSTV.

Early this month, president Kiir promised to sign into law the peace agreement with Jonglei-based rebel leader, David Yau Yau, after his South Sudan Democratic Front Cobra Faction inked a final peace deal with government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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South Sudanese rebels slam China’s conflicting roles in South Sudan

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July 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, has criticized the People’s Republic of China for playing contradictory roles in the South Sudan’s seven-month old conflict.

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18 killed, six wounded in Jonglei’s Pigi county: official

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) – At least 18 people were killed and six others wounded after unknown gunmen attacked a village north of South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Wednesday, an official said.

"The attack occurred in Pigi county’s Cuei village between rivers. 18 civilians are known to have lost their lives and six others are wounded,” commissioner Dau Gueny told Sudan Tribune by phone

“All the cattle are taken by the attackers who we believe are rebels coming Lou Nuer,” he added in reference to Jonglei’s territory inhabited by members of the Nuer ethnic group.

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Over 300 armed youth in N. Bahr el Ghazal join S. Sudan rebels

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) – Over 300 armed youth from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state on Wednesday announced they were joining the country’s rebellion led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the group said they had chosen armed struggle to “rescue the country from disintegrating into tribal units and restore national pride and under a new federal system”.

The group, all of whom are well armed, are said to be from the home guards.

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S. Sudanese rivals clashes leave over 60 dead in N. Bahr el Ghazal

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) - Clashes between South Sudanese rival forces in Northern Bahr el Ghazal left over 60 people dead, several legislators and state officials told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

Garang Kuach Ariath, the Aweil West county commissioner said his territory witnessed heavy clashes on Thursday when army defectors attempting to escape to the border with neighbouring Sudan clashed with pro-government soldiers.

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S. Sudan refugees accuse government of intimidation

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July 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Refugees at a resettlement camp in Uganda’s Kiryandongo district have accused the South Sudanese government of intimidation, saying they feared for their own safety.

The accusation came after team of officials from the embassy of South Sudan in Kampala flew to the camp on Wednesday to conduct training between members of the Dinka and Nuer tribes.

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Armed cattle keepers threaten C. Equatoria security, farming

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July 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The governor of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state (CES), Clement Wani Konga, said on Wednesday that the influx of cattle keeping communities is threatening security and interrupting farming activities.

Following the eruption of violence in the capital, Juba, in mid-December last year, fighting quickly spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states, with hundreds of thousands of citizens who were displaced from their homes taking refuge in the peaceful Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria states.

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Fresh fighting in South Sudan’s Unity state sparks panic

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July 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Heavy fighting between rebels and government forces on Tuesday sparked widespread panic among civilians in South Sudan’s Unity state.

The rebels have accused the government with launching attacks on their positions in Kuergueyni, Guit, Nhialdiu and Wichok.

The latest claims come amid renewed fighting in the state which erupted over the weekend.