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South Sudan: Awut Deng Acuil appointed first woman to head a university in the country

For the first time in the history of Southern Sudan, a woman is becoming president of the board of governors (BOA) of a university. Following a presidential decree published in the state media, Awut Deng Acuil was appointed to head the board of governors of Bahr El Ghazal University in the west of the country. […]

Starvation used as weapon of war in South Sudan conflict, UN rights body finds

Starvation is being intentionally used as a war tactic in South Sudan’s brutal conflict, a UN-backed human rights panel said in its latest report on the country released this week. South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 but descended into conflict roughly two-and-a-half years later, following irreconcilable tensions between President Salva Kiir and his deputy, […]

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South Sudan: Devastating flooding displaced thousands of people

Heavy rain and severe flooding in Maban, South Sudan, last week have caused severe damage to camps for refugees and internally displaced persons, where JRS serves. The floods have destroyed housing, roads, and schools and have left many people in search of dry ground. With water levels rising higher than a meter, more than 200,000 […]

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Army announces death of rebel Kerbino Wol in South Sudan

Only ten days after launching his rebel group, Kerbino Wol was killed. The former soldier who became entrepreneur and philanthropist had been imprisoned for twenty months. Released in January, he had decided early June to found a rebel group, the October 7 Movement. Defense spokesman said he was shot dead with three fighters “when he […]

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First Vice-President of South Sudan cured of Covid-19

According to a statement by southern Sudanese authorities picked up by local media, First Vice President Riek Machar and his wife, Defense Minister Angelina Teny, were both declared cured of Covid-19, three weeks after testing positive. They returned to duty on June 8. Politicians in Southern Sudan have been hard hit by the coronavirus: Information […]

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South Sudan: Intercommunal fighting on the rise

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday condemned a fresh wave of intercommunal violence in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, that has left hundreds dead across 28 villages in Jonglei State, according to local authorities. “The reports from Jonglei State are appalling”, Michelle Bachelet said of fighting that broke out between 16 […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic update in Africa

Africa had 54 027 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Friday, May 8. Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 2 074people on the continent, according to the African Union Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. South Africa and Egypt are the two most affected countries, with 8 232 and 7 981cases respectively. They are […]

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South Sudan: US Imposes Sanctions on Two Cabinet Members

Washington has imposed sanctions on two member of the South Sudanese cabinet that it accused of fomenting conflict, the US Treasury Department announced. The sanctions were imposed on Martin Elia Lomuro, minister of cabinet affairs, and Kuol Manyang Juuk, minister of defense and veteran affairs. The United States accuses the two officials of fueling the […]

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Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

The Netherlands has contributed $28 million to back FAO’s work to boost the resilience of food systems in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan – part of a new initiative to scale-up resilience-based development work in countries affected by protracted crises. In such contexts, humanitarian interventions often focus on meeting immediate and urgent needs, like providing […]

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South Sudan: Troika reiterates commitment to lasting peace

The Troika (the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) have reaffirmed their commitment to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led South Sudan peace process and to the lasting peace the people of South Sudan deserve, calling for regular engagement between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar. The significant drop in political violence and the […]

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