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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 |

‘Chance for peace’ in South Sudan finally within reach

The security situation in South Sudan has significantly improved since the recently signed peace deal between the opposing parties in the country’s civil war, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of UN Peacekeeping (DPKO), told the Security Council on Tuesday. Mr. Lacroix reported that military commanders from both parties have opened lines of communications, and that confidence-building measures have borne fruit. Roads have reopened, civilians can move more freely around the country, and some internally-displaced people, or IDPs, have been able to…

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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan’s agricultural development

The Chinese government on Thursday donated 349 pieces of agricultural machinery to help South Sudan reinvigorate and transform its agricultural sector amid food insecurity caused by five years of conflict. He Xiangdong, Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, said the machinery which include grain combine harvester, walking tractor, seeder, potato planter and potato harvester will help South Sudan to secure stability and prosperity in the wake of the recently signed revitalized peace agreement by the warring parties. “With the signing…

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US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences

The United States has announced on Thursday that it is ending financial assistance to South Sudanese government, saying the young nation is being led by “corrupt leaders” who cause suffering to their people. The announcement comes as President Trump’s administration rolls out its new African strategy to deal with what the administration described as ‘predatory behavior’. In a statement released on Thursday, the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton makes the surprising announcement at the influential conservative think tank,…

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Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio

Hundreds of citizens and the commanders of SPLA-IO based in Rirangu Payam Wednesday celebrate in Yambio the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. The peace celebration attracted many people who come to Yambio Freedom Squares where they met with the SPLA-IO fighters who took guns and entered the bush to fight the government forces Gbudue and Tombura states. The ceasefire monitoring body, CTSAMM, in partnership with United Nations Mission in South…

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Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N

The United Nations and South Sudan are taking extreme precautions to prevent any spread of Ebola from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, which is battling the second-biggest ever outbreak of the disease. The U.N. and local authorities have made “a huge number of preparatory steps,” including border-screenings, training health teams and bringing in vaccines for health-workers on the front-lines, the head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, said Tuesday in an interview. An outbreak of the…

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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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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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