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30 Dec 2011 description
report Miraya FM

South Sudan's army claims airstrikes have killed 40 people in Raja County of Western Barh El Ghazal State since December 26th.

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson Philip Auger claimed the airstrikes are being carried out by the Sudan Armed forces (SAF).

Raja county commissioner Mr. Rizig Dominic on Friday told Radio Miraya that 17 of the 40 people killed were SPLA soldiers.

He added that two people were also seriously wounded from the three aerial attacks that started from the 26th of December.

27 Dec 2011 description
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Over one thousand returnees arrived in Juba on Tuesday from Sudan. The Chairman of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Duer Tut Duer, told Radio Miraya that they are planning to repatriate the last batch of returnees from Sudan by air.

However Duer said the commission is concerned over the living condition of the rest of the returnees who are still stranded in Kosti.

27 Dec 2011 description
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Three rebel factions have formed an alliance with the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), saying the death of JEM's leader will not deter them from their mission to overthrow Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

On the weekend, JEM announced the death of Khalil Ibrahim, 54, saying he was killed during an air strike on his camp.

The Sudanese army, however, said Ibrahim was wounded on Thursday evening in a clash with government forces in Umm-Gozain, an area of North Kordofan state near North Darfur, and died on Saturday evening.

13 Dec 2011 description
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The government of Sudan has postponed the hand over of 900 unaccompanied South Sudanese children until July next year.

Sudan Secretary General for Child Welfare Council, Gamar Habbani told the press on Sunday, that the decision was reached during a meeting with the government of South Sudan. The meeting also discussed the state of the children and resolved to suspend their repartriation to pave way for more coordination.

Habani said the children will be handed to South Sudan according to international standards.

12 Dec 2011 description
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The authorities in Fangak County of Jonglei State have said that an estimated eleven thousand internal displace people (IDP) in the area are suffering from food shortages.

Speaking to Radio Miraya on Sunday, the commissioner of Fangak, James Malith , said that the IDPs suffer from food scarcity to the extend that they had been forced to gather food from the nearbye forest.

Malith said that the county authorities have no food or medicine to provide to the IDPs, who fled from Pigi County last June and July.

12 Dec 2011 description
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The authorities in South Sudan have dismissed media reports that country is pushing for a no-fly zone in the wake of air raids allegedly carried out by the Sudanese Army in the north.

"We have not yet reached the stage where you would demand a no-fly zone," said Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial, insisting "We in South Sudan are a sovereign state capable of defending ourselves."

30 Nov 2011 description
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The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) on Monday received four batches of internally displaced people (IDP's). The 3000 IDPs who arrived in Juba came from Sudan's Kosti town in White Nile State.

10 Nov 2011 description
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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping, has condemned the attack on a United Nations-Africa Union patrol in Darfur that left one peace keeper dead and two others injured.

The attack on Sunday took place in Darfur’s capital of Nyala.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Jean Ping, expressed his shock at the incident, coming less than a month after three other peacekeepers were killed in North Darfur.

05 Sep 2011 description
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Over 1800 internally displaced people (IDPs) returned to South Sudan Wednesday from Sudan.

Speaking to journalists at Juba River Port, the Head of the Repatriation Taskforce of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), Gatwech Peter Kulang, said 250 of the returnees will go to Torit, and 170 of them will go to Western Equatoria State.

Kulang added that most of the returnees are from Central Equatoria State.

He explained that World Food Program will provide food and shelter for the returnees to help start a new life in South Sudan.

03 Sep 2011 description
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Eighty female inmates who were being held in Omdurman Women's Prison in Sudan have been released, the minister of information and broadcasting, Barnaba Mariala Benjamin has said.

The women from South Sudan were jailed for brewing alcohol, which is illegal in Sudan.

Speaking to the media after the Council of Ministers meeting on Friday, Marial explained that the release was in response to a letter written by president of the republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, asking his counterpart in Sudan, Omar al Barshir, to release South Sudanese prisoners in Sudan.

02 Sep 2011 description
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More than 350 returnees from Khartoum died of hunger-related problems in a remote resettlement camp in Warrap state, officials said on Wednesday.

A state parliamentary committee struck to investigate the circumstances under which the returnees perished reports that they succumbed to starvation in Mayen Gumer village in Gogrial West County.

"It is really a severe hunger and it has been confirmed that 358 people died," said the area representative to the state legislature and member of the committee, Ariech Mayar Ariech.

31 Aug 2011 description
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Over 1800 internally displaced people (IDPs) returned to South Sudan Wednesday from Sudan.

Speaking to journalists at Juba River Port, the Head of the Repatriation Taskforce of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), Gatwech Peter Kulang, said 250 of the returnees will go to Torit, and 170 of them will go to Western Equatoria State.

Kulang added that most of the returnees are from Central Equatoria State.

He explained that World Food Program will provide food and shelter for the returnees to help start a new life in South Sudan.

27 Aug 2011 description
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At least one person was injured in Raja County, Western Bahr el Ghazal State, following an attack by local residents on trucks operated by the World Food Program (WFP).

The attack occured Friday just as WFP personnel were about to load food and humanitarian aid destined for returnees currently in Wau.

A representative of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Matio Arkangelo, said that the attack was sparked off by the growing public outcry about food shortages in Raja County.

30 Jul 2011 description
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More than 500 UN peacekeepers have been deployed to the disputed town of Abyei in Sudan, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, told the Security Council on Thursday.

27 Jul 2011 description
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 19:46

An estimated three thousand Southern Sudan nationals have set off on their journey back home from Kosti town in Sudan, the head of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, William Chan Achuil, said on Tuesday.

Chan told Radio Miraya that the returnees' journey from Kosti to the South is expected to take three weeks.

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23 Jul 2011 description
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More than seventy returnees from Khartoum are stranded on the Malut-Malakal road, with no food or water.

An eyewitness told Radio Miraya on Saturday that the stranded returnees have been stuck at the roadside for three days with no food and water after the three vehicles they were travelling in broke down on Tuesday. The stranded returnees include thirteen children, eight women and three people with disabilities. He said that the children are dehydrated due to diarrhea and need urgent help.

13 Jul 2011 description
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About five thousand internally displaced people have returned from North Sudan to Renk County of the Upper Nile State in the Republic of South Sudan, the Commissioner of Renk County, Deng Akoi, said on Wednesday.

Akoi however said that the humantarean situation of the returning IDPs, especially for those with no relatives, is very bad.

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22 Jun 2011 description
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says there are approximately 28,000 refugees living in southern Sudan. UNHCR Deputy Representative in Southern Sudan, Mireille Girard, said the majority of the refugees are from Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo which have been affected by the sectarian militia Lord's Resistance Army's activities.

Addressing the press in Juba on Tuesday, Girard also hailed efforts of the Government of Southern Sudan in protecting refugees.

20 Jun 2011 description
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The Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) said that it has found thousands of explosives and live ammunition in Unity State, during an operation coordinated by South Sudan's National Mine Action Authority. A press release issued NPA said it found over 8,000 unexploded ordnance (UXO) and more than 30,000 live small arms rounds.

The NPA Project Manager, John Sorbo, said that Unity state remains one of the most contaminated states in the region. He further added that several minefields and a high number of abandoned ordnance are contaminating huge areas of land in the sate.

17 Jun 2011 description
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45 people, including nine policemen, have been reportedly killed in armed clashes in Warrap state, the state's Governor, Nyandeng Malek, told Radio Miraya on Wednesday. Radio Miraya's correspondent in Warrap says that the victims were killed in clashes with cattle rustlers in Akop Payam, in Tonj North county.