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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan's agricultural development | US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences | Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio | Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N | How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan |

Politics overlaps with banking in South Sudan

South Sudan’s political elite has been accused of hijacking the banking system for personal gain and locking out local businesses and citizens. Out of the 26 banks operating in South Sudan, 14 are partially owned or controlled by politically exposed persons (PEPs) who exert undue political influence in the banking sector, says a new report by US corruption watchdog, The Sentry. The report, “Banking on War: Ending the Abuse of South Sudan’s Banking Sector by Political Elites,” which was…

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South Sudan frees five political detainees-intelligence agency

South Sudan freed five political detainees and prisoners of war on Thursday, although none appeared to be senior rebel officials, a category of captive whose release is required by a peace deal signed last month. South Sudan plunged into war two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when a dispute between Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar erupted into armed confrontation. More than 50,000 people have been killed in the violence, and more than two million have been…

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UN reiterates commitment to build durable peace in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reiterated its commitment to protect civilians and build durable peace in the world’s youngest nation. David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the Head of the UNMISS, said the UN mission will help the warring parties that signed the Sept. 12 agreement to build trust and confidence for the future of the country. “On UN Day, I would like to reassure you that the United Nations is committed…

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The Ministry of Health of South Sudan successfully conducts its first ever diagnostic test for Ebola

South Sudan has successfully conducted its first ever laboratory test for Ebola using the emergency management and laboratory infrastructure developed with support from WHO as part of emergency preparedness. The Joint External Evaluation (JEE) for South Sudan which was conducted in 2017, made a number of recommendations to fill the gaps in laboratory capacity and ability to fulfil the core competencies of the International Health Regulations 2005. WHO with support from DFID, South Sudan Humanitarian Fund, USAID and the…

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South Sudan opposition forces sexually abused women, girls in latest violence: UN

South Sudan’s armed opposition abducted women and girls as young as 12 and lined them up so commanders could choose “wives,” and those not selected were left to be raped repeatedly by other fighters, a new UN report said Thursday. The report, based on victim and witness accounts, gives new details on the surge in violence and abuses that occurred even as South Sudan’s rivals negotiated the latest agreement to end a five-year civil war. “Most of the abducted…

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Youth And Women From Bentiu, PoC, And Rubkona Celebrate Progress On Peacebuilding

The project aims at creating conditions for peaceful coexistence between Youth, Internally displaced Persons, returnees and host communities. UNDP Country Director, Kamil Kamaluddeen handed over bicycles, gumboots, and raincoats to the peace committee members as an acknowledgement of the transformation witnessed so far between the youth from the PoC, Rubkona and Bentiu town. “The materials, if used properly, will advance peace and community support activities, especially during the rainy season. These supplies are a starting point; and this collaboration…

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Peace meeting: Churches in South Sudan working to build bridges

A South Sudanese priest attending the “Bridges of Peace” conference in Bologna speaks of the work being done by Churches in his country in the field of peace building. This week the Community of St. Egidio hosted the “Bridges of Peace “ meeting in the Italian city of Bologna, marking 32nd edition of the International Meeting in the Spirit of Assisi. Speakers at the gathering, which concluded on Tuesday, included the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the Grand Imam…

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Troika promises to fund R-ARCSS

The Troika has reiterated that it will fund the peace process only after the parties demonstrate commitment in implementing the deal. The UK special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan, Ambassador Christopher Trott, described the agreement as “a good start” towards peace and stability in South Sudan. “This agreement gives us an opportunity to silence the guns, gives us an opportunity to help rebuild the lives of ordinary South Sudanese people. This is a good start.” Speaking to Eye Radio’s…

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UN, AU officials see positive progress in peace implementation in South Sudan

Senior officials from the United Nations and African Union said Tuesday there is a decrease in levels of violence in South Sudan compared to last year following the signing of the peace deal in late August by the warring parties. Jean Pierre Lacroix, UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping operations said they are encouraged that the warring parties have made some progress especially on the cessation of hostilities amid recent sporadic clashes in the South West Yei River State and…

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UN, AU ask S.Sudan’s warring sides to deliver on peace deal

The United Nations and African Union on Tuesday called on South Sudan’s warring parties to take concrete steps to implement the latest peace deal signed last month. Civil war in the world’s youngest country erupted in December 2013 and uprooted 4.2 million people — roughly a third of the population. “We are looking forward to further improvement in the security situation and other positive signals that can generate confidence and mobilisation from the international community,” Jean Pierre Lacroix, the…

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