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14 April 2011 – Focusing on security, governance and development, hundreds of delegates from Southern Sudan’s three Equatoria states began a three-day conference today at Nyokuron Cultural Center in Juba.
Held under the theme “Justice, Unity and prosperity”, the event was opened by Central Equatoria State Governor Clement Wani Konga, who said it was convened to cement traditional ties of Equatorian people.
“The independence of South Sudan will lead us to a new and challenging era that requires shared vision and participation of all the citizenry,” Governor Wani said.
Uganda was one of eight foreign countries designated for voting in last month's historic Southern Sudan referendum on self-determination. Nearly 99 per cent of the 58,203 ballots cast by Southern Sudanese living overseas backed the region's secession from the rest of the country, and the 12,330 voters who trekked to polling centres in Uganda overwhelmingly embraced the separation option.
One of them is Mama Mariam Taba, a native of Eastern Equatoria State who fled to Uganda in 1993 to escape the carnage of Sudan's second civil war.
- For the week ending 3 February, the ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 1,629 individuals (327 households), tracked in spontaneous returns through the transit hub. Main southern destinations were in Upper Nile (57%), river ports along the Nile (14%) and Eastern Equatoria (12%), with Southern Kordofan (8%) leading among the Protocol Areas. This week's figure shows a decrease of almost 21% compared with the previous period.
12 January 2011 - Jubilant Southern Sudanese expatriates who settled in Uganda after fleeing Sudan's second civil war flocked in large numbers to polling centres in the national capital of Kampala this week.
Voters assigned to the Kampala 1 Polling Centre in the neighbourhood of Namboole started to mark their ballots at 7 a.m. on the first day of voting on 9 January.
11 January 2011 - Tabita Nambugo had been a patient in the maternity wing at the Maridi Hospital for 18 days when the Southern Sudanese referendum vote began on 9 January.
She arrived there following a 21 December Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel attack on her village in Maridi County, Western Equatoria State.
Eight attackers, four with rifles and four with machetes, accosted the seven-month pregnant Ms.
- The ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 2,812 individuals (507 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements during the week, a figure comparable to the number for the previous week. Main destinations were in Upper Nile (65%), followed by Central Equatoria (9%) and Jonglei (6%).
- During the reporting week, the ADRA-IOM team also tracked a total of 9,521 individuals in organized returns, representing a 28% decrease compared to last week.
- The ADRA-IOM team in Kosti reported a total of 2,825 individuals (465 households) passing through the transit hub in spontaneous movements last week, representing a 24% decrease over the previous week. Main destinations were in Upper Nile (58%), followed by Central Equatoria (16%), and Jonglei (7%),
- During the reporting week, the ADRA-IOM team also tracked a total of 13,242 individuals in organized returns, representing a 44% decrease over the previous week.
While encouraging his country's continued unity, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said recently in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, that he would be the first to support southerners if they voted for cessation.
Speaking during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement's (CPA) fifth anniversary celebrations on 19 January, the president also promised to assist the south in ridding itself of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.
"I promise to work in collaboration with my southern counterpart to fight against the LRA rebels who often disrupt the peace of the people of Western …
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
I have just returned from Eastern Sudan which, as you know, is the centre of one of the longest standing refugee situations in Africa. The East epitomizes this country's long history of hosting refugees. It is a tribute to both the Government of Sudan and the people of the Eastern region, who share land and natural resources with refugees who have nowhere else to go.
I visited Wad Sharifey, Shagarab and Kilo 26 refugee camps.
UNMIS Spokesperson, Ashraf Eissa: Today we have with us Ms. Radhika Coomaraswami who is the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. This is Ms.
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The THREE TRANSITION AREAS
RECOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT
Situation analysis: Migration season has begun, with nomadic camps reported ca. 45 km West of Abyei Town. Misseriya groups still oppose any border demarcation. There were road blocks particularly in the area 11 km North of Um Kheir (between Abyei and Mujlad) during the reporting week hampering access to the area.
The Three Transitional Areas
Situation analysis: Scepticism amongst Misseriya towards the PCA ruling persists. Fears over possibly losing traditional grazing rights need to be taken into consideration during public education on the PCA and progress in recovery.
The Abyei Administration is hindered by internal conflict. During reporting week the Governor Arop Moyak suspended the Minister for Local Governance (NCP). In addition the Abyei Legal/Prosecutor office was closed for two weeks, following a dispute between the Governor, the SPLM and GoSS- Ministry of Legal Affairs.
A bitter harvest
The rainy season of 2009 will be remembered as one of the driest in Southern Sudan in recent memory. The devastating effects of insufficient rainfall on local farmers can be seen in the county of Ikotos in Eastern Equatoria State.
UNMIS HQ, Khartoum
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of the media.
I thank you for making the time to come to this briefing, and I thank my colleagues at UNMIS for all the good work of organizing it.
I arrived in Sudan one month ago and have had the opportunity-over the past few weeks-to visit UNHCR operations in the East, in Darfur and in Southern Sudan.
Whilst we count on the Government of National Unity and the Government of South Sudan to make every effort towards reconciliation and recovery, the international community has a key role to play in supporting …
THE THREE TRANSITIONAL AREAS
Abyei area was calm over the reporting period. Access limited by rain or security concerns posed difficulties to the Boundary Demarcation Teams.
Migration: The Abyei Area Chief Administrator re-emphasized that the Government is committed to protect the Misseriya nomads' right to migrate.
A five-person assessment team of officials of the Central Equatoria State High Committee (CESHC) and UNMIS staff members visited a number of proposed voter registration and polling centre sites in various locales during a seven-day period ending on 25 September.
Team members encountered widespread interest in the voter registration process that is scheduled to get underway on November 1, but they also detected low levels of understanding in some rural communities about the upcoming national elections that will take place in April 2010.
"We need to mobilize a big force in our …
Forceful disarmament was urgently needed to remove civilian guns and restore security in Juba, Lainya and Terekeka counties, Central Equatoria State Governor Clement Wani said recently in Kajokeji.
Stressing that security was the "backbone of all states", Mr. Wani said the area's future was unpredictable in its current insecure state, as he opened Central Equatoria's second county commissioner's forum on 26 August.
Lainya Commissioner Samuel Suba noted that the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) also frequently terrorized Lainya citizens.
A fire consumed a tanker truck and three containers on 22 August in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, cutting petrol supplies and pushing up area fuel prices.
The tanker at Kenyan-owned HASS petroleum station was transferring 30,000 litres of petrol into a container when the generator overheated and caught fire, according to company acting supervisor Laurence Enosa.
Leaping through the plastic transfer piping, the fire erupted on top of the container and spread to two others containing diesel and kerosene.
UNMIS HQ, Khartoum
UNMIS Director of Public Information, Khalid Mansour: Today we have with us the Regional Director for the United Nations World Food Programme, Kenro Oshidari. Kenro spent more than 25 years in international public service, most of it with the UNWFP. He has been in Sudan since May 2006 heading the largest humanitarian operation in the world - the WFP is the largest operation in Sudan, maybe not only of WFP operations, but the largest of all humanitarian operations.
Before arriving in Sudan, Mr.