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Conflict pushes South Sudanese into hunger – more than 6 million people face desperate food shortages

Relentless conflict and insecurity throughout the lean the annual lean season pushed 6.1 million people – nearly 60 percent of the population – into extreme hunger in South Sudan, though the situation could improve if a sustainable peace takes hold, three United Nations agencies said today. Some 6.1 million people faced “crisis”, “emergency” or “catastrophe” levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3, 4 and 5) at the peak of the lean season in July to August before the harvest in…

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South Sudan civil war toll estimated at 382,900

South Sudan’s civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382,900 people — far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria, according to a new study. The statistical research carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine university was published Tuesday after being commissioned by the US Institute for Peace in partnership with the US State Department. Researchers measured both the number of deaths that were a direct result of the…

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SSNMC faction removes Bakosoro over South Sudan revitalized deal

A faction of the opposition South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) announced its rejection of the revitalized peace agreement and removed its chairman Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro saying he endorsed the deal despite the rejection of the leading members. The SSNMC is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance which has been strongly divided over the revitalized peace agreement as some of them rejected the deal while others signed it. Bakosoro who was the former governor of Western…

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Man kills wife after daughter marries man without cows

A man in Terekeka has shot his wife dead after his daughter got married to a man he claims does not have cows. Eye witness accounts reveal that the suspect was drunk by the time he went to pick his daughter at her matrimonial home on Monday night. Out of rage, the suspect dragged her daughter back home, went to his house, picked the gun, but before he would pull the trigger, his wife jumped in front of him…

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South Sudan President Kiir and rebel leader Machar sign peace deal

  South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a much-anticipated peace deal at a regional summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday, September 12. The two men signed a document and shook hands to cheers of support in front of a gathering that included regional leaders and delegates, according to an AFP journalist in the room. The deal was expected to be signed last month but Machar and other rebel leaders seemingly backed…

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Rebel Chief Announces the end to South Sudan War

South Sudan’s First Vice President designate Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has told his top military officers that the ongoing civil in South Sudan has ended. South Sudan government and opposition groups including Machar’s SPLM-IO signed a preliminary peace agreement on August 5th vowing to work together in a new transitional government of national unity. The deal is set to conclude on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and Machar and the rest of opposition delegates are already in…

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S. Sudan parties expected to sign final peace deal

South Sudan’s parties are expected to sign the revitalized peace agreement today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The parties will sign the peace agreements after an IGAD Council of Ministers meeting and an Ordinary Heads of State and Government summit has taken place. Both meetings will be addressing the outcomes of the peace process under Sudan mediation for adoption and offering arbitration on the five reservations presented by each party. The reservations include the absence of clear text or provision on…

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Anglican bishop among dead in South Sudan plane crash

The Anglican Bishop of Yirol in South Sudan was among at least 19 people who died on Sunday when a light aircraft carrying passengers from capital Juba to the city of Yirol crashed, an official said. Rt Rev Simon Adut was among the dead, Abel confirmed.There were 22 people on board the flight that departed Juba International Airport in the morning, said state information minister Taban Abel. One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with a charity, was…

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South Sudan Extends Oil Agreements For Three Blocks

South Sudan extended oil agreements for three blocks, the petroleum minister said Sept. 10, seeking to revamp activity in the sector which ground to a halt after years of civil conflict. The government said last week it expects to hit peak oil output of 350,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) by mid-2019 as production ramps up at oil fields that were offline due to the violence. South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 when output peaked at 350,000 bbl/d but…

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South Sudanese govt ordered to pay $4,000 to each foreign aid workers raped in hotel raid

A South Sudanese military court on Thursday sentenced 10 soldiers to prison for raping foreign aid workers and killing a journalist, Reutersreported. The crimes were committed during an attack, considered to be the worst assault on foreign aid workers during the civil war, on a hotel in Juba in 2016. The court also ordered the government to pay a compensation of $4,000 (approximately Rs 2.86 lakh) to each of the rape victims. “The military court found that the accused here…

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