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MTN telecom to expand South Sudan coverage

South African telecom operator MTN has promised to expand its operations in South Sudan to tap into the rising demand for the mobile services. MTN head of corporate services in Juba Khumbulani Dhlomo, however, admitted that the operator was grappling with numerous challenges emanating from the prolonged civil war. Mr Dhlomo said the challenges included the economic downturn and insecurity to connect the entire country. The shutdown of Vivacell mobile network has also presented a huge burden to MTN…

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South Sudan: Aid Workers Freed, Humanitarian Deaths Reach 100 Since December 2013

Ten aid workers who were detained while on an assessment mission near Yei, Central Equatoria, have been freed. The humanitarian workers were held by an armed opposition group in South Sudan for more than five days, since 25 April. The humanitarian staff, all nationals, included one from UNOCHA, two from UNICEF, one from the South Sudanese Development Organisation, (SSDO), two from ACROSS, three from Plan International and one from Action Africa Help (AAH). Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain…

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Doctor: Kiir ‘medically unfit’ to be president

Salva Kiir is “medically unfit” to be president of South Sudan, Dr. Mawien Akot who said he is working as a consultant physician at the presidential medical unit said during a Facebook Live video from Canada. “The president is not in his mental capacity, and he is not in his physical capacity to rule the country,” Mr Mawien said of President Kiir on Friday. “In the next one month or two months, I might be going back to Juba….

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Igad foreign ministers in Juba on shuttle diplomacy

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) foreign ministers Sunday met South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Juba over peace in the country. The South Sudanese Presidency said the Igad team’s mission was to narrow the disagreements between government and rebels threatening to collapse the upcoming peace talks. The visit to Juba comes a few days after the regional bloc announced the postponement of the talks to May 17-21. Igad faces intense pressure from the US, UK, Netherlands and Norway…

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Escalation of fighting in South Sudan puts thousands of civilians at risk and compromises peace process

A surge in violent clashes in Unity, Jonglei and Central Equatorias is having a devastating impact on thousands of civilians and on humanitarian agencies trying to provide desperately needed assistance to vulnerable people. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is deeply concerned at the intensification of fighting in areas such as Nhialdiu, Mayendit, Rupchai, Thaker, and Mirinyal, in the vicinity of Leer and Bentiu in the Unity region, as well as around Motot and Akobo in Jonglei….

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Three Killed In Lobonok Ambush

At least three people were killed and two others injured in an ambush on a vehicle along the Juba-Lobonok road on Wednesday. Kose Gworit, the Commissioner of Lobonok County, said one of the deceased was First Lieutenant who worked as the bodyguard of the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga. According to Kose Gworit, he was traveling back to Lobonok County when they found the casualties whom they rushed back to Juba for medical treatment. “This week we have…

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Nigeria ‘baby factory’ raided in Lagos

  More than 160 children have been rescued from a “baby factory” and two unregistered orphanages in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, an official has said. Some of the babies and children had been sexually abused, Agboola Dabiri added. It is not uncommon for Nigerian authorities to raid “baby factories”. In some cases, unmarried pregnant women are promised healthcare, only for their children to be taken away. In others, women are raped and made pregnant. The babies can be sold…

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U.N. rights chief visits protest-hit Ethiopian region, meets dissidents

The U.N. human rights chief said he was allowed to visit a region in Ethiopia that has been roiled by protests and unrest for the past three years, after the previous administration turned down his request last year. The visit by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein came three weeks after the Horn of Africa nation swore in new prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who has pledged reforms in the wake of state repression and violence. In…

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10 aid workers kidnapped by rebels in South Sudan, UN says

10 aid workers are missing after a field trip for humanitarian operations outside Yei town in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria region, the United Nations relief coordinator in the war-torn nation said. The aid workers, Alain Noudehou said, were in a convoy destined to Tore from Yei town to conduct a humanitarian needs assessment on 25 April. “We are deeply concerned about the whereabouts of these humanitarian workers and are urgently seeking information about their well-being,” said Noudehou in a…

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Nepalese U.N. Peacekeepers Accused of Child Rape in South Sudan

Nepalese soldiers working as peacekeepers for the United Nations mission to South Sudan have been accused of raping two teenage girls. The allegations were received by the U.N. on April 13 and announced on Monday. The number of Nepalese peacekeepers involved in the assaults was not specified. “Any act of sexual abuse is horrendous. One involving a child is especially heinous,” said U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. No further details of the crimes have been released as of yet. AFP notes that 14,800 troops…

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