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05 Nov 2014 description
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The South Sudan National Ministry of Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Finland inaugurated the second phase of “Yei Urban Water and Sanitation Project” to provide clean and sufficient water and sanitation services.

25 Sep 2014 description
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MOROBO - The County Authorities in Morobo have launched a seed multiplication project with the goal of producing quality seeds for vulnerable households amid widespread food shortages in South Sudan.

12 Jun 2014 description
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ADJUMANI - Thousands of South Sudanese refugees face a daily struggle in Ugandan refugee settlements whilst dreaming of returning home.

The war that started last December killed thousands and forced over one million to leave their homes, according to the United Nations. Since the fighting started, just under 100,000 refugees have fled to northern Uganda, which borders South Sudan.

The Nyumanzi refugee settlement in Adjumani District is the region’s second largest with at least 22,000 refugees, but the crowded tent hospital is struggling to cope with the demand.

28 May 2014 description
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Ngor Jeng Achiek, aged 94 was among a group of 85 South Sudanese returning from Sudan to his former home last November. But he did not expect the desperate conditions which awaited him.

“We are in total misery and we don’t know what to do because we lack basics,” said Ngor.

16 Jan 2014 description
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by Bonifacio Taban

BENTIU - Rebels on Sunday said they were gearing up to recapture the town of Bentiu, which government forces regained last week, raising the spectre of further battles over the control of Unity State’s oilfields.

Rebels forces who are fighting South Sudanese government accused the Sudanese rebels of attacking their base in Panakuach, north of the oil producing region, and taking five of their vehicles.

16 Jan 2014 description
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by Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA - South Sudan on Wednesday, January 15, marked a month of violence and political unrest but observers saw scant scope for a swift solution.

While peace talks continue in Addis Ababa, clashes continued raising the thousands-strong death toll, as government and rebels wrestle for control of key towns.

As fighting rages, three-weeks of peace talks have not managed to halt the killing and suffering of civilians.

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.

11 Dec 2013 description
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by Joseph Edward

JUBA - Lawbreakers walk free, war criminals are released without punishment and corrupt officials abound, leaving South Sudanese people with scant hope of justice.

Thousands of civilians are dying at the hands of the rebel groups, cattle raiders, political activists and community fighters, but the government has failed to carry out adequate investigations into the killings. South Sudan urgently needs its laws to be enforced.

11 Dec 2013 description
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RUMBEK - In a country with one of the world’s worst records on girls’ education, Loreto Secondary School offers a glimmer of hope, with a record number of girls graduating.

The recent graduation of 23 girls from Loreto Secondary School in western South Sudan was cheered by regional leaders, who hope it triggers improvement in the nation’s dismal record on schooling girls.

“Our state is training quality women leaders for the future,” said Chol Kuotwel a member of parliament for the region, adding that the girls showed leadership skills and spoke good English.

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 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.

05 Jun 2013 description
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by Joseph Edward

JUBA - South Sudan must do more to clamp down on rape, according to protesters from civil society organisations.

Representatives from civil society organisations handed a petition in to the South Sudanese government on Tuesday, May 23, demanding an official clampdown on rape and more victim support.

The petition urged the United Nations and embassies to sanction the government of South Sudan for the continued violation of human rights in the country.

20 Mar 2013 description
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by Daniel Deng Bol

The World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned that more than 4.1 million people are likely to be short of food in South Sudan this year -- affecting approximately four out of every ten South Sudanese citizens.

21 Feb 2013 description
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KAPOETA - Officials say Kapoeta County is in the grip of a famine, which has killed at least 10 people. Officials in the Eastern Equatorian region of Kapoeta called for humanitarian aid to save starving citizens, noting the government’s failure to provide emergency help.

“International organisations have not responded. We demand rapid intervention by organisations and merchants,” said North Kapoeta Commissioner Lokai Iko.

He warned that the poor were worst hit as they could no longer afford basics amid rampant inflation.

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.

21 Nov 2012 description
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RUMBEK - Eight mobile schools are driving around rural communities to bring education to 50,000 people from the rural and fishing communities in Lakes State.

To combat widespread illiteracy in Lakes State, the Ministry of Education has set up eight mobile education centres in four counties.

“This education plan targets children and adults aged between 14 and 30 years who missed out education as result of long war between the North and the South,” the state’s Minister of Education Athian Majak Malou said.

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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JUBA - ‘This is how marriage happens sometimes’: Women and marriage in South Sudan.

Cows, marriage, and children

Perhaps more than any other aspect of life in South Sudan, it is marriage that shapes a woman’s experiences, her status and her responsibilities. In ‘Hope, Pain and Patience: The lives of women in South Sudan’, Orly Stern describes the pivotal role that marriage plays, the various practices that relate to it and some of the changes it has undergone as a result of the social impact of war and independence.