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Tanzania invites South Sudan’s rival leaders to dialogue launch

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Sudan Tribune

October 18, 2014 (JUBA) – Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party announced on Saturday that it has extended an official invitation to South Sudan’s rival leaders, president Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, to the launch of a joint dialogue process facilitated by the Tanzanian government.

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Sudan to build roads linking Abyei to major cities

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Sudan Tribune

October 17, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government agreed to build a network of paved roads to link the disputed area of Abyei to the rest of the country.

Following a meeting with the minister of roads and bridges Abdel-Wahid Youssef, the head of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) from the Sudanese side, Hassan Ali Nimir, said they requested completion of a road linking Abyei to Al-Muglad, besides building a new 150-200 km road to link villages north of Abyei to major cities in Sudan.

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Agriculture Bank supplies fuel to Jonglei farmers

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Sudan Tribune

October 14, 2014 (BOR) – Farmers in South Sudan’s Jonglei state have received 42,000 litres of fuel from the national agriculture ministry, courtesy of the National Bank of Agriculture.

The state agriculture minister said the fuel would benefit farmers in the conflict-affected region.

“This is the first time the state has received agricultural input, which is very, very important for the farming community,” said Mayen Ngor.

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Over 900 homes flooded in Jonglei’s Bor: Red Cross

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Sudan Tribune

October 15, 2014 (JUBA) – Red Cross officials in Bor, the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, said at least 900 households have been displaced from their homes following heavy rains last Tuesday night.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone, David Gai, the director of Red Cross in Bor, said the displaced families are in urgent need of assistance.

“Hai Machuor, Leek-yaak and Block Two are [the] main affected areas,” Gai said, referring to Bor suburbs where large numbers of people were displaced by heavy rains.

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South Sudan ramps up security in Warrap after tribal clashes

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Sudan Tribune

October 14, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government said on Tuesday it has increased its security measures in Warrap state in an attempt to preempt tribal tensions amid fears of possible revenge attacks following the outbreak of fresh clashes in separate locations in August and September.

Interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu visited Tonj East county in what local officials and observers see as an attempt to show rival communities that the government remains in control and is willing to address the root causes of the conflict.