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19 Apr 2011 description
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The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Southern Sudan is distributing seeds and farming equipment to returnees, women, and victims of natural disasters in Jonglei, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Equatoria States.

The program Officer of FAO, Joseph Okidi, said the organization is planning to supply 165,000 households with over 2400 metric tones of sorted seeds, and 3500 items of farming equipment such as hoes, axes, sickles and pangas.

15 Apr 2011 description
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The Deputy Chairperson of Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Yar Paul, has told Radio Miraya that about twelve thousand southern Sudanese refugees in Egypt are soon to be repatriated on a voluntary basis. Yar further added that the southern government has given the Commission over SDG 4.5 million to repatriate the refugees.

Yar added that the Commission is currently taking bids from airlines to bring them from Egypt to Juba.

08 Apr 2011 description
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Deputy Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan, Vesna Vukovic, said that buses have been arranged to transport the almost 500 southern returnees, mostly women and children, who have been camping at Juba Way Station since they arrived in Juba from Kosti last weekend. She further added that when they arrive in Juba, some returnees have to wait for their luggage to arrive from Kosti. Belongings of the current batch of returnees are expected to arrive in the next few days. Most of them are heading towards Eastern Equatoria state.

07 Apr 2011 description
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The World Bank is releasing an additional US$ 2.2 million in the next few months to Southern Sudan Emergency Food Crisis Response basket. Speaking to Radio Miraya, Mylinda Justine, World Bank's consultant for Agriculture and Rural Development in Juba, says with the extra funding, the project, which is supposed to end this year, will be extended to 2012.

Southern Sudan Emergency Food Crisis Response was launched in 2008. Donors contributed US$ 5 million to support the project for three years.

04 Apr 2011 description
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A five-day training organised by United Nations Mission in Sudan(UNMIS) for southern Sudan television journalists begins today in Juba. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacities of the journalist in southern Sudan, UNMIS Regional Coordinator for souther Sudan, David Gressly, told Radio Miraya.

This is the first such training undertaken by UNMIS in collaboration with the Government of Southern Sudan the region.

03 Apr 2011 description
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Three Darfur armed movements have said that if a referendum is conducted for the Darfur region as decreed by Sudan's Presidednt Omar Al-Bashir, they will not recognize its outcome. Justice and Equality Movement, Sudan Liberation Movement, and Sudan Liberation Movement - Minni Minawi Faction have called on the people of Darfur to boycott the referendum.

Last week Al-Bashir had announced a referendum for Darfur to decide if the region would continue in its current state, or be united as one state.

29 Mar 2011 description
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The Warrap State Gender and Human Rights Advisor, Adior Kuol Amuom, has told Radio Miraya that women are especially affected by the insecurity in Unity, Warrap and Lakes State.

29 Mar 2011 description
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A heavy storm hit Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria State Monday evening.The state's Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Benaiah Benjamin, said the storm destroyed houses, schools and Kapoeta South central market.

Speaking to Radio Miraya, Benaiah said that several people have been admitted in the county hospital with minor injuries but that there are no reports of any deaths from the storm.

28 Mar 2011 description
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Southern Sudan Ministry of Health on Monday launched the second round of National Polio Immunization for this year. At the launch in Juba, Southern Sudan police, women and children actively participated in several road shows.

The Southern Sudan Minister of Information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said launching the campaign across the south shows the government's support for the eradication of polio.

25 Mar 2011 description
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Radio Miraya's Correspondent in Western Equatoria State reports fourteen people have been killed and nine others wounded in fresh cattle raids in Mvolo County.

The Secretary of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Western Equatoria, Manash Doboya, confirmed that people are fleeing their homes because of fighting in the area.

He called on the Government of Southern Sudan to intervene to control the fighting, adding that houses, churches, health centers and schools were being burnt down in Mvolo.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Yirol West County, Makur Kulang Liei said …

23 Mar 2011 description
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The Southern Sudan Demining Authority has revealed that international organizations working in mine removal in the South will hand over a demining program to local authorities by July. However, the Chairperson of the Demining Authority, Jurkuch Barach Jurkuch, says he fears that the program may collapse due to funding problems.

22 Mar 2011 description
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The number of Africans living in urban centres without access to safe drinking water rose from about 30 million in 1990, to more than 55 million in 2008. That's according to the findings of the Rapid Response Assessment undertaken by the UN Environment Programme and the UN Human Settlements Programme released for this year's International Water Day.

Over the same period, the number of people without reasonable sanitation services doubled to around 175 million, according to the report.

21 Mar 2011 description
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The Director for Relief and Food Security in the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Paul Dhel, has said that about 3000 southerners from the greater Equatoria State are currently on their way back home from Kosti.

Dhel said preparations have been made to receive the returnees and they will be transported to their respective states.

He said the returnees will be provided with food rations for three months.

18 Mar 2011 description
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has come up with a policy to encourage and support farmers to produce quality seeds and avoid dependence on importation.

15 Mar 2011 description
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The Southern Sudan Undersecretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Beda Machar Deng, has said that in its efforts to boost food production this year in the region, the Ministry will supply agricultural equipment and seeds to five hundred thousand farmers.

Deng told Miraya that the ministry has already made contact with some non-governmental organizations specializing in food security to supply seeds and tractors to farmers in Southern Sudan.

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13 Mar 2011 description
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The security advisor of Upper Nile state, Gabriel Tut Garshi, said that intertribal land disputes were at the root of the recent fighting in Malakal. Garshi told Radio Miraya that the state government is exerting efforts to peacefully contain the situation.

Fighting broke out in Malakal town, the capital of Upper Nile State, in the early hours of Saturday morning between militias lead by General Olony and the SPLA.

13 Mar 2011 description
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The National Congress Party (NCP) said it considers the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) decision yesterday to suspend talks on outstanding north-south issues to be a political tactic meant to camouflage internal intertribal conflicts. The SPLM accused the NCP of trying to sabatoge the southern government.

NCP politburo chairman Salah Gosh said the SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum has failed to produce evidence to back claims that the NCP is involved in attempts to topple the government of southern Sudan.

12 Mar 2011 description
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The public health specialist of the Ministry of Health in Western Bahr el-Ghazal State has revealed that seventeen suspected cases of anthrax disease in humans have been reported in the State. Martin Mayen said that the first two suspected cases were reported in February and fifteen more cases were reported to his office this week from Mabior Abiem and Nyin Akok of Marial Bay Payam.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease that primarily affects animals, but can be transmitted to humans through consumption of infected meat, or contact with an infected carcass.

12 Mar 2011 description
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At least one woman was killed and several people wounded in a recent demonstration staged by Sudanese refugees in Cairo. The refugees were demanding urgent repatriation by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

10 Mar 2011 description
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The United Nations has pledged its support to the government of southern Sudan in finding solutions to security and humanitarian issues in the region. Speaking to Radio Miraya after visiting Jonglei and Upper Nile states, the UN Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan, David Gressly, stressed the importance of assessing the security and humanitarian situation on the ground.