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Clashes break out near South Sudan capital in truce violation

Clashes have broken out near South Sudan’s capital Juba between government troops and rebels, officials said on Friday, the latest violation of a ceasefire signed last month. The deal reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the government of President Salva Kiir and a myriad of opposition groups had aimed to end a four-year-old war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.   But several violations have since taken place, for which all sides have…

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South Sudan Rebel Attacks Have Killed 34 People Since Beginning of Year

Attacks by rebel groups in South Sudan killed 34 people in the first three days of this year even as warring parties agreed in December to cease hostilities, according to a military official. Three attacks in the south of the country by rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar and the army’s ex-deputy chief of staff, Thomas Cirillo Swaka, left six assailants dead Wednesday while an ambush on traveling traders killed four civilians, military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang…

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Tackling Sexual Violence in Humanitarian NGOs

Nearly three years ago, Megan Nobert, a humanitarian worker in South Sudan, was drugged and raped by an employee of a United Nations agency, according to her account, made public six months later. That was when Nobert decided to form the advocacy group Report the Abuse to encourage others to tell their stories and rally support for victims. Her small organization struggled, and in August 2017, it was dissolved because it was unable to garner financial support. Now, amid…

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Sudan unveils plan to link railway to Ethiopia, S.Sudan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday announced plans to build a railway system linking Sudan to Ethiopia and South Sudan. “We will connect railway lines to Ethiopia,” al-Bashir said while inaugurating a new train line linking capital Khartoum to the city of Wad Madani, the regional capital of Sudan’s central El Gezira State. “We also seek to link our railway to South Sudan so that it might serve as a transit hub with Kenya and Uganda, thus facilitating…

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US, UK, Norway warn South Sudan over breaking cease-fire

The United States, Britain and Norway are warning South Sudan’s warring sides to respect a cease-fire after reported violations. The statement by the three countries on Tuesday comes after the armed opposition and South Sudan’s government traded accusations of violations of the cease-fire that began early Dec. 24. South Sudan’s civil war has entered its fifth year, with untold tens of thousands killed. The troika’s new statement says field commanders “and their political superiors” will be held accountable for…

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