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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 |

Education boost for marginalised children in three troubled countries

The Global Partnership for Education is to help fund multi-year education projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan. The education systems of three developing countries will be strengthened by a multi-year funding boost of more than $200 million. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – which focuses on helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children – is to give substantial grants for Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan, which have all been affected by conflict. Children living in conflict areas…

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Netherlands offers $9 million for road works in South Sudan’s Equatorial region

The Kingdom of Netherlands has channeled nine million US dollars for rehabilitation of feeder roads in the South Sudan’s Equatorial region to improve access to farmers. The road project which is expected to last for 4-years is expected to start by January next year, and will be implemented by the World Food Program in one of the richest regions of South Sudan which include Yambio, Magwi and Torit. According to Adan Kan, the UN food agency country director,  over…

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South Africa plans $1bn investment in S.Sudan oil industry

The agreement, which will be subject to detailed negotiations between the countries, was made between two state-owned companies, South Africa’s Central Energy Fund and South Sudan’s Nile Petroleum Corporation. South Sudan’s oil minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the investment will go into building a refinery and pipelines as well as oil exploration and training of workers and engineers. South Sudan currently produces around 155,000 barrels per day, less than half of what production was at the start of the…

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Russian oil firm signs deal with South Sudan

Russia’s Gazprom Neft has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Sudan to explore four oil blocks, South Sudan’s petroleum minister said on Tuesday. The oil arm of Russian gas giant Gazprom was awaiting more information on the blocks from the Petroleum Ministry before starting exploration, Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth told Reuters. Gazprom Neft did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Other foreign firms active in South Sudan’s oil industry include China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC),…

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IGAD reconstitutes South Sudan peace monitoring body

The East African bloc of nations IGAD on Monday reconstituted the internationally-backed body tasked with monitoring South Sudan’s peace process. “The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) was reconstituted at a meeting convened on Monday 19 November 2018 by H.E. Dr Ismail Wais, the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan,” partly reads a statement issued by JMEC on Tuesday. The IGAD Special Envoy commended the IGAD Council of Ministers for their support of the revitalized peace deal as well…

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Contaminated drinking water in South Sudan – no solution in sight

Oil production in South Sudan has poisoned the drinking water of some 600,000 people. In April, Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas promised to take remedial action. What has happened since?      The email was unexpected, its contents too. In mid-April, the Petronas press office had sought contact with DW. Shortly before, the German aid organization Sign of Hope had laid blame for the pollution squarely on Petronas, sponsor of the Formula One Mercedes team. “As a responsible organization, we place the…

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UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

A UN panel of experts has found violations of the arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, reporting to the Security Council that there are “alarming levels” of sexual violence, hunger and human rights abuses in the war-scarred country. The panel’s 29-page report seen by AFP on Monday was the first to be released since the arms embargo was narrowly adopted by the Security Council in July, under strong pressure from the United States. The panel said it was too…

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Aweil State to commence peace rallies

South Sudan’s Aweil State governor says his government will organize peace rallies across the state to disseminate the revitalized peace agreement to the communities. Governor Jal Malith Jal who spoke over the weekend in Aweil after he attended the peace celebrations in Juba last month said once arrangements are complete, the rallies will begin. “We will embark on peace rallies. We will hold them everywhere, right here at the state headquarters and in counties and down to villages. We…

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IGAD to meet as South Sudan peace deal falls behind schedule

The IGAD Council of Ministers will hold a meeting on South Sudan this month as the peace deal falls further behind schedule, a top official said. The revitalized peace agreement signed in September will see the creation of a new unity government after eight months. Mawien Makol Ariik, the official spokesman of South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Radio Tamazuj on Thursday that the upcoming IGAD council of ministers’ meeting will assess the implementation of the pre-transitional period…

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Host South Sudan to include Darfur rebels in Sudan peace talks

South Sudan will host peace talks in Juba next week between the government of Sudan in Khartoum and all Sudanese opposition armed groups, and will also include rebels from Darfur, a presidential adviser said on Monday. Sudan, which had previously accused its southern neighbour of stoking unrest in parts of its territory, agreed to mediation by South Sudan on Sunday, although only in its conflicts with rebels in the border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Independence for…

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