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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 |

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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‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief

Putting the latest peace deal into real effect across South Sudan, must include addressing “in a stronger manner, the challenges facing women and girls”, said the UN’s leading voice for gender-equality, who is part of a joint United Nations-African Union delegation to the country this week. The delegation’s there to express solidarity with the people and leadership of the country, in support of the peace agreement signed early last month in Addis Ababa by President Salva Kiir and his…

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War-weary South Sudan puts faith in another peace deal

John Achiek Mabior lost his father in his country’s five-year-long civil war. Given where the country is today, the son says his father in some ways may have been the lucky one. “He was shot on his left thigh and later died of the gun wound,” said Mr. Achiek Mabior, a 30-year-old Juba resident. “Many lives have been lost since the war started. People are suffering because there’s no provision of basic needs by the government.” The world’s youngest…

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Juba Prison Standoff Resolved

Prisoners at a detention center in South Sudan’s capital Juba staged a riot early on Sunday, seizing weapons from a storeroom and triggering a standoff with guards. Residents of the area had early Sunday morning said they heard guns shorts in the wee hours of Sunday, prompting panic in the neighboring places. According to a resident of the area who also works at National Security Service headquarters, known as Blue House, she saw bullet holes in the walls of…

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Prison Standoff in South Sudan’s Blue House

Prisoners in South Sudan’s notorious Blue House say about 200 of them broke into a store in the prison where weapons are kept early Sunday morning local time and are holding two “unharmed” prison guards hostage, demanding the government provide prisoners with due process. The prisoners say they “do not want to fight, we just want our voice to be heard” and add they have no intention of firing back at South Sudanese military and national security personnel who…

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Will South Sudan’s New Peace Agreement Last?

There are some positive signs that South Sudan’s nearly five-year civil war is finally coming to an end. On September 12, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed a revitalized peace agreement that, at least on paper, ends the violent conflict that has devastated the country. Kiir further bolstered hopes for lasting peace when he called for the immediate release of all opposition fighters and political prisoners last Friday. In contrast, a September 26 New…

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Last of South Sudan rebels in Congo exile leave for home, third countries – U.N

The last remaining group of South Sudanese rebels who had been in exile in Democratic Republic of Congo have left to return home or third country destinations, a rebel spokesman and the United Nations said on Thursday. A relapse into war in July 2016 between forces of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar led to a flight of rebels from the capital Juba. Hundreds fled to the jungles of neighbouring Congo where they sought…

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Remember South Sudan? Washington Would Prefer Not to

A senior official from South Sudan traveled to Washington this week to solicit U.S. support—and money—for a fragile new peace deal aimed at ending the country’s five-year civil war. In the past, billions of U.S. dollars have flowed into the new nation, along with a great deal of tender American attention. But the mood in Washington is much different now. This time, the Americans scoffed at and castigated the visitor, Taban Deng Gai, the first vice president of South…

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