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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Hamid Ibrahim
KASSALA - The Gash River, the Sudanese city Kassala’s main water source, is under threat unless there is action -- and soon.
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.
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.
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.
Darfur’s native administration, a traditional system based on tribal communities, has long played an important role in preserving security and stability. But its ability to settle conflicts has recently declined sharply, prompting analysts to ask if it will ever regain its influence.
“The native administration had huge powers and was protected by the government,” Yahya Arbab Suleiman, leader of the Fur tribe, told The Niles. “It used to settle civil as well as local issues, and problems rarely found their way to courts,” he said.
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.”
Locals in Port Sudan State are risking their health by using water from wells dug inside their homes amid an ongoing water crisis in the parched region. Experts warn that the well water is fit for washing but not for drinking.
Port Sudan citizens explained that they use the well water, which can be contaminated by sewage, because they are desperate for water -- even though they suspect the water could make them ill.
The floods hit hard: Just a few days into August the Sudanese Red Crescent organisation said that eight people were killed by floods in Khartoum. Nafeer information committee, as ‘Al-Intibaha’ newspaper reported in its issue on Monday, August 12, that more than 7,000 houses were damaged while 72,000 people were affected.
On August 26, Sudan Tribune reported that according to the latest government figures, heavy rains and flash floods has affected some 530,000 people across Sudan and destroyed or damaged 74,000 homes, with an estimated 84,000 people affected in Khartoum alone.
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.
by Mohamed Hilaly
KHARTOUM - Girls in Darfur often drop out of school. How can access to education be improved?
Schoolgirls from West Darfur State often hope for academic success, regardless of whether they live at camps for the internally displaced or in cities. However, they are frequently deterred from fulfilling their aspirations by family, society and the difficult conditions facing many in West Darfur.
Hard work at home, like lugging water for their families, forces many young girls to drop out of school.
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.
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.
by Mohamed Hilaly
GENEINA - Women in Darfur often walk a long way to collect water. NGOs are working to change that -- and reduce conflicts fuelled by water scarcity.
ollecting water was once an arduous prospect for Dehbaya Zakaria, who lives next to Krinding Camp in West Darfur. “I previously walked several kilometres to access water every day,” she told The Niles.
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.