Khartoum, Oct. 5 (SUNA) - The First Vice President and President of South Sudan Government, Salva Kiir, has affirmed the commitment of the national unity government and the Government of the South to support the voluntary return of the displaced citizens and refugees to their home areas. Addressing the Donors' Meeting at the Friendship Hall here Thursday, Kiir called on the international community and donors to fulfill their pledges toward rehabilitation and development in the south and providing services to the displaced and refugees.
The reconstruction of a vital colonial bridge in southern Sudan's Equatoria region, has been completed
Sudanese church leaders have appealed to
the international community to end the war in their country by organising
a referendum on self-determination for the southerners.
A referendum, they said, would determine how southern Sudanese relate with their northern compatriots. In a strongly worded statement titled; "Let my people choose, issued in London, the clerics were categorical that the warring parties, the international community and other political actors had dilly-dallied on the issue of Sudan civil war, making millions of civilians pay dearly for the indecision.
The root cause of the current conflict in Sudan transcends the religious realm contrary to the picture often created in Europe, religious sources say.
February 16: A Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church has suggested that it is the time to launch an international campaign of protest against Sudan for violating human rights. Cardinal Roberto Tucci, president of Vatican Radio's administration committee, made the call when commenting on the case of a non-Muslim southern woman who had been condemned to death for alleged adultery. "The Sharia (Islamic law) has been applied to a person who is not Muslim," he said. "It would be appropriate to start a campaign of protest against what is happening."
The Sudanese government is using militia groups staffed with southerners to facilitate attacks on civilians by Khartoum, two groupings of Sudanese non-governmental organisations (NGOs) charged Thursday. The duo added that some elements in the rebel ranks were perpetrating human rights abuses similar to those being carried out by government forces.
The Sudanese government has been accused of violating a cease-fire it agreed with the rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) mid-January for the country's region of Nuba Mountains.
The Catholic Bishop of Diocese of Rumbek in southern Sudan, Caesar Mazzolari, has appealed to UNICEF to dig boreholes in northern Bahr el Ghazal to cater for local school going children and Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) now flocking the area. Bishop Mazzolari's appeal made Tuesday as part of his Diocese's projects comes at a time when UNICEF is posed to embark on a sanitation project in Aweil County, in northern Bahr el Ghazal region. The project will involve the drilling of boreholes in selected sites in the County.
An estimated 7,600 people are living in misery in camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Sudan's northern Bahr el Ghazal region, church and relief sources said Monday.
By Charles Omondi
By Charles Omondi
Julian Muiruri, Kenyan nutritionist recently abducted in southern Sudan by Sudanese authorities, hopes to return to region to serve the victims of the 18-year civil war.
The fate of the Kenyan relief worker kidnapped in Sudan is still unknown; four days after Arab militias seized her in the country's northern Bahr el Ghazal region. There has been no information from the Sudan government concerning the incident.
By Matthias Muindi
By Matthias Muindi
Six people have died in the last few days from water borne diseases due to severe flooding in southern Sudan's Tonj County, a community leader said. The official said that the six died on diverse days and the figure could rise if the flooding continues and the international community does not intervene.