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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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How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan

During the South Sudanese Civil War, which has claimed nearly 400,000 lives, the United States helped the main belligerent in the war continually acquire arms through Uganda, a close U.S. ally in the region. For years, the Ugandan government channeled arms, ammunition, and military aircraft to the regime of President Salva Kiir, according to multiple reports by Conflict Armament Research and the U.N. Panel of Experts on South Sudan. “Uganda remains the main transit point and facilitator for arms…

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PETRONAS: Growing hope in Africa to achieve potential on the continent

The Malaysian giant company, the PETRONAS is scaling up to exploit Africa natural resources for betterment of African people through education and provision of clean water. With its large population of the 15 per cent of the world’s population, the African continent has remained the poorest continent for centuries though it has eight per cent of the world’s natural gas reserves and can potentially be a source of hydroelectric power, solar energy and geothermal energy. Unlocking the potentials of…

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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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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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