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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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Grenade attack claims 10 lives at S.Sudan club

At least 10 people have died and dozens others injured after a hand grenade exploded in a nightclub in South Sudan’s western town of Yambio, police said on Monday. James Monday Enoka, a police commissioner in Yambio, told Reuters six of the injured were in critical condition and that they had been evacuated to the capital Juba for medical treatment. The explosion occurred on Friday around 11pm local time when someone threw “a hand grenade into a club where…

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Harsh reality inside hospital where hero doctor uses spare CAR PARTS to perform major surgery in South Sudan

Dr Evan Atar Adahar, who only sees his own family three times a year, runs a medical facility where patients are given ketamine before surgery because there is no anaesthetic A hero doctor who runs a hospital in one of the most dangerous places on Earth has revealed how he’s had to improvise surgical equipment using car parts to carry out lifesaving operations. Lacking even the most basic equipment, the medical facility in Bunj, South Sudan, still manages to…

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Conflict pushes South Sudanese into hunger – more than 6 million people face desperate food shortages

Relentless conflict and insecurity throughout the lean the annual lean season pushed 6.1 million people – nearly 60 percent of the population – into extreme hunger in South Sudan, though the situation could improve if a sustainable peace takes hold, three United Nations agencies said today. Some 6.1 million people faced “crisis”, “emergency” or “catastrophe” levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3, 4 and 5) at the peak of the lean season in July to August before the harvest in…

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South Sudan civil war toll estimated at 382,900

South Sudan’s civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382,900 people — far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria, according to a new study. The statistical research carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine university was published Tuesday after being commissioned by the US Institute for Peace in partnership with the US State Department. Researchers measured both the number of deaths that were a direct result of the…

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SSNMC faction removes Bakosoro over South Sudan revitalized deal

A faction of the opposition South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) announced its rejection of the revitalized peace agreement and removed its chairman Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro saying he endorsed the deal despite the rejection of the leading members. The SSNMC is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance which has been strongly divided over the revitalized peace agreement as some of them rejected the deal while others signed it. Bakosoro who was the former governor of Western…

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Man kills wife after daughter marries man without cows

A man in Terekeka has shot his wife dead after his daughter got married to a man he claims does not have cows. Eye witness accounts reveal that the suspect was drunk by the time he went to pick his daughter at her matrimonial home on Monday night. Out of rage, the suspect dragged her daughter back home, went to his house, picked the gun, but before he would pull the trigger, his wife jumped in front of him…

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