April 14, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – A new report of conflict assessment on the war-torn South Sudan warns of intensification of fighting between warring parties as they race for control of more territories ahead of rainy season.
April 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, have reiterated their respective commitments to end the 15-month long civil war in the country.
The two principal leaders made reassuring separate public messages during this Easter season as final round of peace talks aimed to strike a final deal between the two warring parties is expected to resume this month in Addis Ababa.
April 8, 2015 (BOR) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has ordered the return of cattle keepers in Central and Western Equatoria states to their home areas following concerns from agricultural farmers in both states over the destruction of crops by cattle.
In a decree announced on Wednesday on South Sudan Television (SSTV), Kiir cautioned both the Dinka and Mundari cattle keepers to return to their places with immediate effect.
The announcement came as farmers in both states were preparing to plant their crops.
April 6, 2014 (YAMBIO) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has completed distributing non-food items to wildfire victims in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state.
Those affected were refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and host communities. The 15 February fire gutted areas in Naandi, Mangbangauo, Degere and Diabio payams (districts), destroying homes, personal items and gardens.
April 6, 2015 (RUMBEK) – At least 24 civilians were killed and over 60 wounded in an attack on Sunday in Lakes state's Rumbek North county.
Local youth in Rumbek North county said the Pamker and Pan-Nyang cattle camps were attacked by pastoralists allegedly liked to rebels led by the country's former vice president, Riek Machar.
“Twenty-four youth from Rumbek North died and 65 sustained gunshot wounds,” said Mading Adol, a youth who took part in the clashes.
The attackers, he said, suffered heavy losses as a result of the gruesome incident.