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South Sudan Ceasefire Deal Violated Within Hours

South Sudan Ceasefire Deal Violated Within Hours

South Sudanese government forces and rebels have blamed each other for breaking a newly adopted ceasefire. It’s not the first time peace efforts have failed to put a stop to the country’s civil war. Rebels in South Sudan on Saturday said government troops had violated the country’s new ceasefire just hours after it came into […]

‘South Sudan Can’t be Divided Into Three’ – Peace Deal to Change?

‘South Sudan Can’t be Divided Into Three’ – Peace Deal to Change?

The South Sudan rebels now want amendments to the Framework Agreement penned in Khartoum on Tuesday. The rebel movement’s director of information and public relations, Mr Mabior Garang de Mabior, said that they were opposed to the dividing of the country into three regions, the invitation of foreign forces and the resumption of oil production […]

More Parents Trade Girls for Cows as War, Climate Change Hit

More Parents Trade Girls for Cows as War, Climate Change Hit

Parents can now receive up to 300 cows in bride price, up from about 30 cows during peacetime Child marriage is increasing in parts of war-torn South Sudan and drought-hit Kenya as parents swap their daughters for cows and goats to survive, campaigners said on Wednesday. Africa accounts for nine out of the 10 countries […]

South Sudan Rivals Meet Face-to-Face in Ethiopia

South Sudan Rivals Meet Face-to-Face in Ethiopia

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar met Wednesday for their first face-to-face meeting in two years. The meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, comes amid efforts to end the world’s youngest country’s nearly five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands of people and forced about 4 million to flee […]

Kenyan Govt Rejects U.S. Pressure to Seize Assets of South Sudan Leaders

Kenyan Govt Rejects U.S. Pressure to Seize Assets of South Sudan Leaders

Kenya has rejected fresh pressure from the United States to seize the properties of South Sudanese leaders that were allegedly bought with proceeds from corruption, money laundering and war profits. Officials from Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs say the country is happy to share intelligence with the US on illicit money flows from South Sudan, […]

South Sudan Famine – ‘People Falling Ill From Eating Grass, Weeds’

South Sudan Famine – ‘People Falling Ill From Eating Grass, Weeds’

The British charity said people were falling ill from eating grass and weeds. A four-year civil war, poor harvests and rising food prices have been blamed for the widespread hunger in the world’s youngest nation. Oxfam on Tuesday urged urgent action to prevent millions of people being hit by famine in South Sudan. The British […]

South Sudan Opposition Groups Reject Peace Proposal

South Sudan Opposition Groups Reject Peace Proposal

South Sudan peace talks hit a new roadblock Wednesday, as opposition groups rejected a proposed peace deal and the government said it only partially agreed with the proposal. The sides met in Addis Ababa this week in a renewed attempt to end South Sudan’s civil war, which has driven more than four million people from […]

China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan

China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan

China’s longstanding principle of non-interference in other states’ internal affairs is evolving with its growing global footprint. As Chinese overseas investment and business links grow in scope and depth, Beijing faces increasing threats to its citizens, economic interests and international reputation. That, in turn, has confronted China with the inherent limitations of its traditional hands-off […]

Soldiers’ Rape Trial Is a Publicity Stunt and Distraction

Soldiers’ Rape Trial Is a Publicity Stunt and Distraction

A trial of thirteen South Sudanese soldiers accused of raping foreign aid workers and killing a local colleague is ongoing in Juba. The events being examined occurred in July 2016 at the Terrain Hotel following a three-day battle in the capital. The fact that these government troops are being tried may appear to be a positive development […]

South Sudan’s Riek Machar Pleads With Museveni Over House Arrest

South Sudan’s Riek Machar Pleads With Museveni Over House Arrest

The former mediator between the Uganda government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Betty Bigombe, has run into the first hurdle in her new assignment to reconcile the warring parties in South Sudan. President Museveni recently appointed Bigombe, 64, as his technical advisor on the South Sudan Peace Initiative. Bigombe’s last public office was that […]

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