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South Sudanese refugees too afraid to eat out in Melbourne

Growing numbers of Melbourne‘s South Sudanese community are choosing to stay home and not go out in fear of ongoing racial abuse and vilification regarding African gang violence. Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton sparked outage in January when he said Victorians were too afraid to go out because of African crime gangs. ‘People don’t see this in NSW, in Queensland, but the reality is people are scared to go out at restaurants of a night time because they’re followed…

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Vested interests could stifle US arms embargo on South Sudan

The US government’s hope on Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan to lead the way in enforcing an arms embargo against South Sudan will be tested by deeply rooted vested interests in the region. The Juba administration seems confident that it would take more persuasion and threats of other punitive measures for the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) states to act against it. “We are a member of Igad and the East African Community, and we have our internal regulations…

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Court sentence James Gatdet Dak to death 

A court in Juba today sentence former opposition spokesperson James Gatdet Dak to death. He has a rights to appeal within 15 days He was sentenced by special court chaired by judge Lado Eriminio Sekwat and other two judges for violating article 64 (treason) of South Sudan Penal Code. James Gatdet has been under detention by the National Security Service of South Sudan in Jebel area since 2nd November 2016 His deportation is suspected to be linked to a Facebook…

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Ethiopia army accused of deadly attack on IDP camp in Oromia

An attack on internally displaced persons (IDP) in Ethiopia’s Oromia region has claimed the lives of six people with others sustained varied degrees of injuries. According to the Addis Gazette portal, the incident happened when federal forces opened fire on the Hamaressa IDP camp located in the East Hararghe Zone of the Oromia region. The portal adds that this is the second such attack on the camp. It is not immediately known officially what led to the firing of live bullets…

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Kenyan Pilots to Halt Flights to North-Eastern Upper Nile States until Release of Captured Colleagues

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association has called for a suspension of commercial and chartered flights to South Sudan in efforts to free Kenyan pilots captured on January 9. South Sudanese rebels have vowed they will not release the pilots until compensation is paid to the family of a civilian killed when their plane crashed in Akobo, in the Greater Upper Nile region. “We urge all Kenya commercial and charted flights operators to withhold flights into and within the North-Eastern…

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