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08 Jan 2014 description
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by Hamid Ibrahim

KASSALA - The Gash River, the Sudanese city Kassala’s main water source, is under threat unless there is action -- and soon.

08 Jan 2014 description
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by Adam Mohamed Ahmad

KHARTOUM - South Sudan’s downward spiral of violence is rattling its neighbour Sudan, hurting its supply of fuel and stirring fears of insecurity.

Sudan is closely watching the turmoil across the border in its young neighbour South Sudan. Escalating violence in the south has already triggered a fuel shortage in the north while fears of widening insecurity are running high, experts say.

26 Sep 2013 description
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Darfur’s native administration, a traditional system based on tribal communities, has long played an important role in preserving security and stability. But its ability to settle conflicts has recently declined sharply, prompting analysts to ask if it will ever regain its influence.

“The native administration had huge powers and was protected by the government,” Yahya Arbab Suleiman, leader of the Fur tribe, told The Niles. “It used to settle civil as well as local issues, and problems rarely found their way to courts,” he said.

18 Sep 2013 description
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KHARTOUM - South Sudan is pushing ahead for a referendum on whether Abyei will become part of the young nation. Sudan, meanwhile, is dragging its heels, sparking fears of violence in the region.

South Sudan has indicated it wants to press on with the referendum in the disputed region of Abyei, even if Khartoum fails to agree on a date.

“We will hold the referendum on the set date (in October), whether Khartoum agrees or not,” said Co-Chairman of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee Edward Lino. “The Sudanese government does not have the right over the region.”

04 Sep 2013 description
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Locals in Port Sudan State are risking their health by using water from wells dug inside their homes amid an ongoing water crisis in the parched region. Experts warn that the well water is fit for washing but not for drinking.

Port Sudan citizens explained that they use the well water, which can be contaminated by sewage, because they are desperate for water -- even though they suspect the water could make them ill.

28 Aug 2013 description
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The floods hit hard: Just a few days into August the Sudanese Red Crescent organisation said that eight people were killed by floods in Khartoum. Nafeer information committee, as ‘Al-Intibaha’ newspaper reported in its issue on Monday, August 12, that more than 7,000 houses were damaged while 72,000 people were affected.

On August 26, Sudan Tribune reported that according to the latest government figures, heavy rains and flash floods has affected some 530,000 people across Sudan and destroyed or damaged 74,000 homes, with an estimated 84,000 people affected in Khartoum alone.

04 Jul 2013 description
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by Deng Machol Monyrach

BOR - After South Sudan became a nation in its own right, hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese became foreigners in Sudan. Many decided to return to their former homes in South Sudan, but life has not been easy for the so-called returnees.

After returning home many have been stranded in temporary camps, struggling to fulfil their basic needs. Others are struggling to find a plot of land to start their new lives.

12 Jun 2013 description
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by Mohamed Hilaly

KHARTOUM - Girls in Darfur often drop out of school. How can access to education be improved?

Schoolgirls from West Darfur State often hope for academic success, regardless of whether they live at camps for the internally displaced or in cities. However, they are frequently deterred from fulfilling their aspirations by family, society and the difficult conditions facing many in West Darfur.

Hard work at home, like lugging water for their families, forces many young girls to drop out of school.

13 Mar 2013 description
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by Mohamed Hilaly

GENEINA - Women in Darfur often walk a long way to collect water. NGOs are working to change that -- and reduce conflicts fuelled by water scarcity.

ollecting water was once an arduous prospect for Dehbaya Zakaria, who lives next to Krinding Camp in West Darfur. “I previously walked several kilometres to access water every day,” she told The Niles.

13 Feb 2013 description
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GENEINA - In an interview, Ibrahima Chalari, director of the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), explains his organisation’s work in Dafur.

IRW is an international non-governmental organisation based in Birmingham, UK. It has been providing relief work in Sudan since 1991. Its activities cover the states of Blue Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, West Darfur and Central Darfur.

IRW has been working in West Darfur since 2004 when the conflict broke out. The IRW Director, Ibrahima Chalari, spoke to The Niles about the organisation’s work and the major challenges it faces.

21 Nov 2012 description
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KHARTOUM - The Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum talked to The Niles about the planned referendum in Abyei and why the Sudanese president’s planned visit to the south is so important.

Q: What is your agenda and what are the security priorities for you in the light of the Security Committee meeting in Juba?

A: The agenda of the Security Committee or the common security political mechanisms includes how to implement the Security Accord recently signed by Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa.

14 Nov 2012 description
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KHARTOUM - On May 18, a Sudanese special police force attacked a village tucked away in the Nuba Mountains, a story which could have easily gone unnoticed.

Last month, citizen journalism group Nuba Reports gained access to a video documenting the brutal attack on the village of Gardud al-Badry. The footage, apparently collected on a mobile phone by officers from the central reserve police, made national and international headlines.

14 Nov 2012 description
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EL-OBEID - A visit to el-Obeid refugee camp reveals the ongoing suffering of those who managed to escape the crossfire in Southern Kordofan.

Those who fled the war raging in Southern Kordofan hoped for a brighter future but found themselves facing new horrors. Without food, healthcare, or a sewage system, the 800 families resettled in the el-Obeid camp are living on the brink.

The camp, which is mostly filled with women, children and the elderly, has people racing against each one another to pick up a rag to protect themselves from the cold and storms.

14 Nov 2012 description
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JUBA - 1,200 South Sudanese returnees arrived at Juba’s port on Monday, November 12, after being stranded in Renk, Upper Nile State for more than six months.

As Charlton Doki reports from Juba, the fighting between South Sudanese and Sudanese forces in the oil producing town of Heglig -- also known as Panthou -- was the main cause of their delay:

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07 Nov 2012 description
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JUBA - Sudan’s ambassador to South Sudan talks about his job and why Juba and Khartoum should forge fresh links.

Sudan’s first ambassador in South Sudan Mutrif Siddig is based in Juba. In an interview with The Niles, he spoke about his future plans, how the two states can over come their deep-seated differences and why he is proud of his work for the security forces.

Q: What do you, a former deputy director of external security, aim to achieve as a diplomat in Juba?

07 Nov 2012 description
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“We will not give up, we will continue to fight for the benefit of our children and our nation so that the coming generation will not have to encounter the same challenges that we are undergoing now.” (Grace Apollo, Member of Parliament for Western Equatoria)

31 Oct 2012 description
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KHARTOUM - A growing number of homeless children sleep on and beneath the streets of the Sudanese capital, sniffing glue to suppress their hunger and thirst.

Mosaab loiters beside a traffic light in central Khartoum with a small cloth in his hand, ready to pounce on expensive looking cars. He claims to be 12 but looks more like nine and spends his days wiping windscreens to earn some money for food, racing to finish before the light turns green.