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Nigeria, three others may lose 1.4 million children to famine in 2017 – UN

The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, on Monday said that 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria and three other countries. The three other countries are Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. According to UNICEF, in Yemen, where war has been…

South Sudan general resigns, joins rebels

A South Sudanese minister has defected to the rebels, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Friday, becoming the second high-level resignation this week in the war-ravaged nation. Gabriel Nam, a Lt.-Gen. and Minister of Labour, sent a one-page letter saying he would join the rebellion of former vice…

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South Sudan soldiers found guilty of rape, murder to be shot

South Sudanese soldiers guilty of rape or murder amid the country’s civil war will be executed by firing squad, the country’s president, Salva Kiir, on Monday said. The announcement came as Mr. Kiir addressed a gathering in the town of Yei, celebrating 100 years of existence for the Episcopal Church…

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South Sudan scraps school fees

South Sudan will abolish fees in all public schools, the government announced on Monday, sparking concern that the move could worsen the problems of the war-torn country’s already crippled education system. “South Sudan is working hard to build an inclusive education system in the face of huge unmet needs, and…

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U.S., Britain ask South Sudan to retract ‘reckless’ regime change comment

South Sudan’s key donors on Wednesday urged officials in Juba to retract what they termed as reckless statements on regime change attributed to senior official. “Britain, Norway and the United States wish to express their shock at the unfounded allegations made on Jan. 13 by an SPLA spokesperson against the…

UN says no justice in South Sudan after July rapes, killings

The UN has criticised South Sudan for failing to pursue justice after grave human rights abuses, including killings and gang rapes, were committed during an explosion of violence in Juba in July, 2016. Forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar engaged in five days…

Nigeria pledges continuous support for South Sudan peace process

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja called for stronger commitment to the implementation of the peace process in South Sudan while assuring that the Federal Government will remain steadfast in following up to ensure that the country regains stability. Receiving the Letter of Credence of the Ambassador of the Republic…

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Nigeria offers to help South Sudan’s health sector

Nigeria has promised to help improve South Sudan’s health sector. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the promise in Abuja Thursday at a meeting with a delegation from South Sudan on a ministerial study visit to Nigeria. Mr. Adewole told the delegation that Nigeria would deploy human and capital…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

UN warns of potential genocide in South Sudan, urges arms embargo

A top UN official has called on the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to prevent the increasing violence along ethnic lines in the country from escalating into genocide. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide on Friday in New York called…

21 aid workers abducted from UN compound in South Sudan

Lam Tungwar, Information Minister for Northern Liech State, South Sudan, on Tuesday confirmed that 21 humanitarian workers were abducted by gunmen over the weekend. Tungwar said in Juba that youth allied to opposition leader Riek Machar overran the town of Nhialdiu on Sunday and abducted the aid workers who were…

South Africa confirms South Sudanese rebel leader’s arrival for medical treatment

South African Government on Friday confirmed the arrival of Riek Machar, the South Sudanese rebel leader, in the country to receive medical treatment after fleeing fighting in July. The Department of International Relations said in a statement in Johannesburg that Mr. Machar arrived on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and his period…

Buhari asks warring parties in South Sudan to honour Peace Agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders of parties to the lingering conflict in South Sudan to honour the terms of the August 2015 Peace Agreement signed by them. Speaking at the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the Situation in South Sudan held on the…

South Sudanese rebel leader, Machar, flees country

The former South Sudanese rebel leader, Riek Machar, has left the country after clashes with the army sent him fleeing the capital Juba last month, his spokesman, James Gatdet said on Thursday. ``Machar has successfully relocated to a neighbouring country," Gatdet said, without naming the country. According to the dpa…

South Sudan’s Riek Machar speaks from hiding, says he’s still vice president

President Salva Kiir of Sudan swore in Taban Deng Gai as first vice president of the country on Tuesday, replacing Riek Machar, who hasn’t been seen nor heard from since fighting broke out earlier this month between his forces and those loyal to the president. But in an exclusive with…

South Sudan swears in new vice president as incumbent still missing

The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, on Tuesday in Juba swore in opposition leader, Taban Deng, as his Vice President to replace Riek Machar. Mr. Machar's whereabouts have been unknown ever since his Juba residence was attacked earlier this month. The swearing in came less than 24 hours after dismissing…

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South Sudan’s president gives vice president 48 hours to return

South Sudan president, Salva Kiir, has called on the vice president, Riek Machar, to return to Juba to re-establish a peace agreement signed in August. In a statement by his spokesman, Ateny Wek-Ateny, on Friday in Juba, the president asked Machar to make contact with him in the next 48…

Why we haven’t evacuated our citizens from South Sudan – Nigerian govt

Nigerians have been assured that the federal government has not neglected her citizens in Juba, South Sudan, as discussions about their safety is ongoing. Senior Special Assistant to President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, that plans had…

Uneasy calm returns to South Sudan’s Juba after fierce fighting

Uneasy calm returned to South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Tuesday after five days of fierce fighting between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar. There were no sounds of gunfire across the city, which has been deserted as residents had either fled or went into hiding…

Buhari urges peace in South Sudan as hundreds die in fresh violence

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed for peace in South Sudan amid a fresh outbreak of violence that has killed hundreds of people and threatens to push the country back to civil war. Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in the country on Monday between troops loyal to President…

Scores killed in South Sudan fighting, gunfire erupts in capital

At least 272 people have died in fighting between South Sudan's rival factions in the capital Juba, including 33 civilians. A government source said on Sunday that heavy gunfire erupted again in the city and many residents sought shelter at a UN base. The fighting first broke out on Thursday…

South Sudan, President Salva Kiir

Massive killings mar Independence Day in South Sudan

Fierce overnight artillery and gunfire fight has left more than 100 soldiers dead in South Sudanese capital, Juba, on the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. The fight started on Friday evening as President Salva Kiir, first Vice president Riek Machar and second Vice President Igga Wani, met to discuss…

Ban Ki Moon appoints Nigerian to lead UN investigation in South Sudan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Abiodun Bashua of Nigeria to lead the special investigation into the attack against the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which is protecting civilians at Malakal. The announcement is contained in a statement made available in New York. According to…

South Sudanese rebel leader sworn in as Vice President

Riek Machar, South Sudanese rebel leader, has been sworn in as the country's Vice President, in a move to end his 28-month conflict with President Salva Kiir. A UN-operated Radio Miraya and journalists at the airport said on Tuesday in Juba that Machar was sworn in immediately after flying to…

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Buhari to South Sudan: Look beyond oil to grow economy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the South Sudanese Government to invest more in agriculture and not to solely depend on oil revenues to grow the nation’s economy. A statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said Mr. Buhari made the call when…

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South Sudan president fires foreign minister

​S​outh Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Wednesday fired his foreign minister who had held his post through the country's 27-month civil conflict, a media report said. In a presidential decree read out on national television, Mr. Kiir gave no reason for firing Barnaba Marial and also did not say who…