South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the number of regional states be nearly tripled, his spokesman said Saturday, undermining a fundamental pillar of a power-sharing deal to end civil war.
Kiir, who has been fighting to crush a rebellion since December 2013 in which tens of thousands have been killed, the economy destroyed and war zone regions pushed to the brink of famine, signed an August 26 peace agreement to end the war.
- On 29 September, South Sudan’s Vice-President, Mr. James Wani Igga, and the representative of the Former Detainees Group (FDG), Mr. Pagan Amum, attended the high-level meeting on South Sudan organized on the sidelines of 70th session of the General Assembly in New York (USA). President Salva Kiir joined the meeting via teleconference. All leaders issued statements committing to fully implement the peace agreement signed in August 2015.
On 26 September 2015 the heads of state of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) met on the margins of the 70th United Nations (UN) General Assembly to discuss the ongoing war in South Sudan. In a statement after the meeting, the PSC released details of the controversial report of the Commission of Inquiry into South Sudan and took on board some of its recommendations. These include setting up a hybrid court to try those guilty of human rights abuses during the conflict.
United Nations, United States | AFP | Thursday 10/1/2015 - 21:08 GMT
South Sudan's vice president urged the United Nations Thursday not to impose "undeserved" sanctions against leaders working to implement a peace deal to end 21 months of war.
A peace accord was signed in August between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, but fighting has continued in certain parts of the country, which broke away from Sudan in 2011.
MapAction has been working on a long-term project with humanitarian partners to establish settlement datasets for South Sudan to facilitate relief efforts since March, and is now entering the final stage of monitoring the impact of the work.
Cholera is a killer. More than 1,700 cases -- including 46 deaths -- have been reported since June this year in South Sudan, with the capital Juba and Bor in Jonglei state being the hardest hit. The ICRC, a major player in the response to the crisis, is improving access to water and sanitation for those communities and is building local capacity so that residents can improve their access to clean water.
In this short video, an ICRC water engineer explains how the organization is distributing 700,000 litres of water per day to people in Juba, South Sudan.
Despite the signing of the peace agreement and attempts by the international and regional bodies to support the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan, refugees continue to cross the borders into neighbouring countries.
WFP requires USD 63 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
This paper describes the establishment, evolution, and internal dynamics of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-IO) following the events of December 2013; the distinct motivations and objectives of its political and military leaderships; and the state of the organization immediately prior to the signing of the compromise peace agreement brokered by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in August 2015.
September 28, 2015 (BOR) - Hundreds of farmers in South Sudan’s Jonglei state have started harvesting, despite the three-month drought that had threatened crop production.
Paul Angeth, a farmer who owns a seven fedan farm, partitioned it for crops such as maize, sorghum and groundnuts, with the largest part of his farm allocated for sorghum.
A commercial farmer, Angeth is currently the leading seed multiplier in Bor, supplying other farmers with good qualify seeds of different varieties at affordable prices.
Koch, South Sudan | AFP | Thursday 10/1/2015 - 03:09 GMT
On paper, the war is over in South Sudan, after rivals signed a peace deal to end 21-months of violence that left tens of thousands killed.
But here in the swamps of Koch in the northern battleground state of Unity, the political deal means little in lands where fighting, rape and the burning of homes has not stopped, worsening hunger levels already bordering on famine.
on 30 September 2015. Posted in Peacebuilding
By Jason Patinkin
KOCH COUNTY, 30 September 2015 (IRIN) - A month after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal aimed at ending South Sudan's two-year civil war there is still intermittent fighting in some of the nation's most far-flung and violent places.
IRIN witnessed the first delivery of assistance since the government launched an offensive in May, forcing aid workers to evacuate.
Security operatives in Lakes State are carrying out a search operation for illegal weapons.
The door-to-door operation in the state capital Rumbek started on Friday night to address the rising insecurity within the town.
Members of the organized forces have collected at least 120 illegal firearms so far.
The State Minister of local government and law enforcement agency, Samuel Wel Maciek says the operation will also be extended to the counties.
An estimated 28,000 people who fled fighting in Southern Unity state are camped in Panyijar County in desperate need of assistance.
Jacob Dol Kam, a local Relief Coordinator in Nhial payam, says the populations left their homes in Leer Mayiendit and Koch Counties.
Dol Kam says the populations are finding it difficult to survive without the basics of shelter and water.
29 September 2015 - As part of continued efforts to protect civilians, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has cleared millions of square metres of land in South Sudan from dangerous and hazardous explosives, the head of the organization in the country said in Juba today.
29 September 2015 - Having received scanty rainfall for months, Jonglei State’s Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) is experiencing its worst dry spell in years, local authorities said recently. Low amounts of rain had affected farmers’ yields and resulted in hunger among the local population, said GPAA Advisor for Peace and Reconciliation John Tawan, adding that many officials feared a possible drought.
The African Union (AU) says a special court will be set up to try war crimes suspects in South Sudan, which has been hit by a brutal conflict since 2013
The move is aimed at promoting an "African solution" to the conflict in the world's youngest state, which became independent in 2011, it said.
South Sudan is home to the largest aerial humanitarian operation in the world. In the most food insecure areas of the war torn country, NRC’s Regina Gariwe and her team are going in to the hard to reach communities to make sure the food dropped from the sky reach the people.
“They survive thanks to this. They dance with joy and thankfulness. The food is their lifeline”, says Regina.
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