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18 Jul 2011 description
report Small Arms Survey

On 9 July 2011 South Sudan declared independence and, less than a week later, became the 193rd Member State of the United Nations on 14 July 2011.

18 Jul 2011 description
report Irish Red Cross

Communities on the border between South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo live in constant fear of attack by armed groups who seize their children and force them into their ranks.

18 Jul 2011 description

Donations from the UK public to the DEC appeal to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa have topped a milestone £20 million.

The worst drought in 60 years in parts of East Africa has devastated cattle and crops creating a humanitarian emergency, with problems expected to be compounded by a poor coming harvest. The situation is getting more desperate by the day and fears are growing, particularly for the situation in south and central Somalia.

18 Jul 2011 description
report Save the Children

SUMMARY

On 9 July 2011, amid scenes of joyous celebration, the Republic of South Sudan became Africa’s 54th state. The world’s newest country is also one of its youngest: over half the population of 8.26 million is under the age of 18, and 72% of its people are less than 30 years old. After a brutal war that often affected children worst, the single best investment in South Sudan’s future is to address the development needs of the country’s children.

18 Jul 2011 description
report Voice of America

Sudan's ruling party has affirmed the government will not grant dual citizenship to people of South Sudan, after the new country said it will allow dual nationality.

Citizenship is a key unresolved issue between the neighboring countries, which separated when South Sudan declared independence on July 9.

A spokesman for Sudan's National Congress Party, Ibrahim Ghandur, said the government will not extend dual nationality to South Sudanese because southerners voted overwhelmingly to split from the north.

16 Jul 2011 description
report European Union

Brussels, 16 July 2011 A 282/11

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made the following statement today:

"I warmly welcome the vote by acclamation in the UN General Assembly to admit South Sudan as the 193rd member of the United Nations. As I said in Juba on Independence Day on 9 July, it is a great honour to be able to celebrate the birth of this new nation.

16 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

The spokesman of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Colonel Philip Aguer, says they have not received any reaction from militias on the amnesty issued by the President of the Republic of South Sudan on Independence Day.

Speaking to Radio Miraya Colonel Aguer said SPLA is optimistic the militias will accept the amnesty.

President Salva Kiir issued the Public amnesty to militias who are carrying arms against the government of South Sudan on Independence Day last Saturday.

16 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

The Deputy Secretary of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Yirol West in Lakes State, Gabriel Anok, has said that many returnees have arrived at Shambe Port.

Anok said that they do not know yet how many returnees are there, however a team is traveling to the area this week to do an assessment.

He said that the returnees started arriving last Saturday.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) has arranged to transport Yirol West returnees to their final destination.

16 Jul 2011 description
report Miraya FM

The South Sudan Ministry of Education says the Egyptian government has offered one hundred sixty (160) scholarships to South Sudanese tudents to study for academic year 2011/12.

Speaking to Radio Miraya, the Ministry's Director General for Training and External Relations, Benjamin Gabriel Apai, said that they will begin receiving applications from students starting tomorrow, and running through July 28th.

16 Jul 2011 description

Donations from the UK public to the DEC’s appeal, to help people suffering from severe food shortages in East Africa, have reached a milestone £15 million.

The worst drought in 60 years has devastated cattle and crops in parts of East Africa creating a humanitarian emergency, with problems expected to be compounded by a poor coming harvest.

More than 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and the newly-formed Republic of South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare.

15 Jul 2011 description

Geneva, 14 July, 2011 - ITU is pleased to announce that the world’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, has today been assigned the international dialling code 211, following the country’s formal recognition as a UN Member State.

15 Jul 2011 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Opening Remarks

SRSG Haile Menkerios: Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the press corps, thank you for coming here today for this final press conference on the UN’s work in support of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. I will make a few brief opening remarks, and the floor will then be opened to your questions.

15 Jul 2011 description

Highlights:

  • Southerners are returning to the new state of the Republic of South Sudan in increasing numbers.

  • Most people are entering South Sudan through Upper Nile and some 5,000 returnees are gathered in Renk town where humanitarian partners are supporting with emergency assistance.

  • Humanitarian partners will shortly launch an appeal to fund relief efforts for the rest of 2011 to ensure effective response to humanitarian needs in the critical first few months of the new state.

15 Jul 2011 description
report Logistics Cluster

Objective:

Assess current viability of logistics operations using the Sobat river corridor from Ethiopia to service Malakal, Upper Nile, humanitarian programmes.

Key Findings:

1) Organisations operating in Upper Nile with supporting/partner programmes in Ethiopia may be well placed to take advantage of alternative Upper Nile transit corridor to Ethiopia for logistics operations.

15 Jul 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

Khor Abeche (15 Jul.) - The Sudanese Armed Force resumed air assaults on different areas in provinces of North and South Darfur on Wednesday. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that herdsmen and farmers in Mnoacy, Marshenq, Khor Abeche and the Hamada forests in South Darfur fled their villages. They left their cattle unattended and took refuge in the mountains and valleys, after hearing the sound of shelling and seeing smoke. These witnesses reported fatal casualties, loss of property and livestock.

15 Jul 2011 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Ngor Arol Garang

July 14, 2011 (JUBA)- The government of new Republic of South Sudan on Thursday called on development partners to provide considerable financial assistance in order for new state to increase food production.

The government also called on farmers to scale up food production to offset the looming threats of hunger and to focus on using sustainable food production to also benefit from local markets.

15 Jul 2011 description
report Sudan Tribune

July 14, 2011 (JUBA) – The government of Lakes state is continuing to receive large numbers of returnees from Khartoum through Shambe port, as South Sudan return to the South after its independence on July 9.

Some nine barges with returnees arrived at Shambe port on the eve of South Sudan’s independence on Saturday and the returnees aboard are yet to be transported to a way station at Nyang in Yirol East County before their resettlement in various designated places in various counties of Lakes State.