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UN Security Council extends South Sudan sanctions

The UN Security Council has extended by 45 days sanctions against South Sudan. The resolution passed 9 “yes” votes and six abstentions from the 15 member Security Council, giving just enough votes for the draft to be adopted as Resolution 2418. The adoption of a Security Council resolution needs nine…

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Monitors accuse South Sudan forces, rebels of massacre, burning children alive

A Juba-based monitoring group, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), has accused South Sudan’s army and rebels of massacre, burning children alive and gang-raping women after a supposed ceasefire in December. According to reports by monitors appointed by the country’s East African neighbours in a five-year-old civil war,…

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UN to honour three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers

Three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers will be honoured, among others, in commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the United Nations (UN) has said. The three Nigerians are: Ali Suleiman, a Lt. Col. who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO);…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

South Sudan begs as U.S. threatens to quitting partnership over ‘endless war’

South Sudan’s government on Wednesday urged the U. S. not to “abandon” the country after Washington said it would review its assistance programmes because it could not continue a partnership with leaders perpetuating “endless war”. “We are asking the U. S. not to abandon this country (South Sudan) because we…

U.S. announces $533 million for Nigeria, others

The U.S. has announced about $533 million in humanitarian assistance for Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region. U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said millions of people were facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or…

South African aide to South Sudan rebels could face death penalty

A South African on trial in South Sudan could face the death penalty if found guilty of charges including conspiracy to overthrow the government and supplying weapons, his lawyer said on Tuesday. South African national William Endley served as an advisor to rebel leader Riek Machar, whose forces have been…

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After 436 deaths, South Sudan declares end of cholera outbreak

South Sudan’s health ministry and World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday declared the end of cholera outbreak in the strife-torn country, where 436 people have died from the disease since July 2017. Health Minister, Riek Kok, said in Juba that “today (Wednesday) we declare an end to the cholera outbreak…

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30 per cent of youth in disaster, conflict prone countries are illiterates – UNICEF

Nearly three in 10 young persons aged between 15 and 24 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disasters are illiterates, UNICEF said Wednesday. According to the UN Agency, 59 million is the estimated figure of illiterates and this "tripled the global illiteracy rate." It also said Niger,…

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Children suffering in Nigeria, other conflict-ravaged countries – UNICEF

Children are the most vulnerable in conflicts that have ravaged Nigeria and countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. According to the agency in a statement on Tuesday, the affected children face a bleak future unless…

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South Sudan declares ex-army chief a rebel, accuses him of attacks

The South Sudanese government on Monday declared former Army Chief of Staff, Paul Malong, a rebel and also accused him of being behind a series of attacks on December 29. Mr. Malong, who had led President Salva Kiir’s campaign against rebels, has been under house arrest since May after Mr.…

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South Sudan: Warring sides sign ceasefire deal for Christmas

South Sudan’s government and rebel groups signed a new ceasefire at a meeting led by the Inter-government Authority on Development (IGAD) at Addis Ababa on Thursday in an attempt to end a four-year civil war. A 2015 peace deal collapsed last year after heavy fighting broke out in South Sudan’s…

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Pope at service for Africa, decries murder of women, children

Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the murder of innocent women and children as the “horrid face” of war as he presided at a special prayer service for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Francis had planned to go later this year to South Sudan, which has…

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U.S. has lost trust in S.Sudan, Trump envoy tells president

The U.S. has lost trust in South Sudan’s government for fueling the country’s civil war and must bring peace or risk losing support from Washington. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who was the first senior member of President Donald Trump’s administration to visit South Sudan, told the nation’s…

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17 people dead after boat capsizes in South Sudan

Seventeen people were killed when a boat capsized on the River Nile in South Sudan, officials said on Friday. The boat sank on Thursday night in north-eastern Jonglei State, on its way to the state capital Bor, Local Commissioner David Deng Manyok told dpa. The boat, which was carrying 30…

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UN Security Council calls for disbursement of Oslo fund to Nigeria, others

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for the disbursement of the funds pledged for the North-east Nigeria at the Oslo Conference on Boko Haram in February. The 15-member council, in a statement, expressed grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected North-east Nigeria, Yemen,…

South Sudan rebel Machar declines to renounce violence – Mediator

Exiled South Sudanese opposition figure, Riek Machar, declined to renounce violence or declare a unilateral ceasefire and instead demanded new peace talks outside the war-torn country, an international mediator told the UN. South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir fired Mr. Machar as his deputy,…

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Nigeria, three others get Trump’s $639 million aid

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised 639 million dollars in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Of the funding, 121 million dollars would go to Nigeria, according to Rob Jenkins, Acting Head, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict…

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Eight aid workers freed two days after abduction in South Sudan

Eight aid workers have been released unharmed after being held captive for two days, the UN Special Envoy for South Sudan, David Shearer, said on Wednesday. The four abducted South Sudanese and four foreign workers were let go after negotiations by security officials. The victims, who worked for a private…

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Meningitis over, Pharmaceutical companies seek bail out, other major health stories last week

KOGI FLAGS-OFF FREE HEALTHCARE The Kogi State Government flagged-off a special healthcare package which will offer free medical treatment and surgery to 50,000 indigent patients. Among services being delivered are major and minor surgeries, medical investigations and treatments, eye care (surgeries and distribution of free glasses), paediatric and gynaecological care.…

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South Sudan deports three Americans

South Sudan has deported three U.S. citizens, two of whom served in the military and a third who deserted, U.S. and South Sudanese officials said on Wednesday. Social media accounts and a magazine interview in the names of two of the men suggested they had recently been fighting pro-Russian forces…

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Again, U.S. indicts Nigeria, other countries of using child soldiers

The United States 2017 Trafficking in Persons report has again listed Nigeria among countries to face restriction following allegations of culpability in the violation of the Child Soldier Prohibition Act, CSPA 2008. According to the report, released Tuesday, the countries listed among those to have violated the act will face…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

South Sudan lifts ban on foreign journalists

South Sudan’s media regulatory body has lifted the ban on foreign journalists to allow them operate in the country. Alfred Taban, Head of Information, Steering Committee for National Dialogue, made the disclosure on Thursday in Juba during a meeting with diplomats and UN envoys. He said the leadership of South…

Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan President

ICC prosecutor renews call for Al Bashir’s arrest

The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has called for arrest and handing over of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir over alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ms. Bensouda made the call at a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan,…

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Botched vaccinations kill 15 children in South Sudan

South Sudan's health ministry, the World Health Organisation and the UN children’s fund UNICEF said on Friday 15 children have died in rural South Sudan as a result of a botched measles vaccination. The deaths occurred in the remote village of Nachodokopele, where about 300 people were vaccinated. According to…

Nigerian soldier on peace mission killed in Sudan

A Nigerian soldier on peacekeeping mission with the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, UNAMID, was on Wednesday reported killed by an unidentified group in a carjacking incident in Nyala, South Darfur State in Sudan. The identity of the soldier was not immediately disclosed. Reacting to the incident in…