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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 |

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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UN Security Council working group visits South Sudan

The UN Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict is in South Sudan to seek ways of protecting children in the wake of recent peace deal, the UN mission said on Monday. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the delegation, which arrived in Juba on Sunday, will hold high-level talks with senior government actors including UN, NGOs and inter-faith organizations to discuss opportunities to strengthen the protection of children. “A particular focus will be dedicated…

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Police join IDPs at Juba POC to celebrate peace

Police and the IDPs at the protection of civilians’ site at  Juba’s Jebel suburb on Thursday have celebrated peace outside the camp, the police spokesperson has said. Major General Daniel Justin said the displaced persons came out in big numbers this morning to appreciate the police unit at a check-point along Yei road. And in return of a good gesture, he said they also joined them later on to celebrate with them. “In the morning they came again and at around…

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Machar Returns to Juba for Peace Celebrations

President Salva Kiir publicly apologized to South Sudanese citizens Wednesday for the devastation the past five years of conflict has caused and announced the release of rebel leader Riek Machar’s former spokesman James Gatdet, who had been sentenced to death, along with South African citizen William John Endley, Machar’s former security advisor, who was sentenced to death by hanging on spying charges. “As your president I want to apologize on behalf of all the parties to the conflict as…

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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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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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