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World Bank responds to Sudan Tribune’s story


May 7, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The World Bank on Monday issued a response to Sudan Tribune’s story published yesterday.

The World Bank has been working actively in South Sudan since 2005 to provide early assistance, given its urgent development needs. As part of our support, the Bank provides technical and economic analysis to the government, and recently provided an assessment of the economic situation as requested by the Government of South Sudan.

Your story yesterday misrepresents the nature and content of the dialogue between the World Bank and the Government and development partners. The World Bank is deeply concerned with the economic and development impact of the unresolved oil issues and how this will affect the people of both South Sudan and Sudan, particularly the most vulnerable.

The ongoing dialogue between the World Bank and South Sudan focuses on positive steps that can be taken to manage the different economic scenarios arising out of its oil dispute with Sudan.

The World Bank Group will continue to work closely with both South Sudan and Sudan to support the countries through their economic difficulties, focusing on economic resilience, protection of vulnerable people from economic hardship, as well as longer term development needs.

Given the desperate living situation being faced by people in both Sudan and South Sudan, the World Bank’s economic analysis unambiguously shows that it is in the interests of both countries to resume talks urgently and resolve their ongoing dispute over oil payments and other issues peacefully.

Lillian Foo

Communications Officer,

Africa Region

The World Bank Group

+1 (202) 458.7726

lfoo@worldbank.org

http://www.sudantribune.com/World-Bank-responds-to-Sudan,42527


 Electric Power Availability Dreadful to the Public in Juba [opinion]
Water World
Juba, the capital of Republic of South Sudan is a metropolis rapidly expanding with modern amenities and construction works going up. As a cosmopolitan city there is a big market into which any entrepreneur could tap. For electric power availability to 

South Sudan calls for discipline during Jonglei disarmament
Sudan Tribune
February 27,2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan has called on new nation’s military, the Sudan People’s Liberation Amy (SPLA), to exhibit discipline as it embarks on a potentially volatile disarmament campaign begins in three days time.

Chinese VP hopes for early solution to Sudan-South Sudan dispute
Xinhua
28 (Xinhua) — Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said he hopes Sudan and South Sudan will properly solve their differences “at an early date.” He made the remark while meeting with visiting Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti.

South Sudan seed fair calms food insecurity fears
Sudan Tribune
By Julius N. Uma February 27, 2012 (JUBA) – Lily Asuya Kwaje, a South Sudanese returnee can hardly hide her smile. She is among the 300 beneficiaries of a one-day seed exhibition organized by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in 

They Can’t Wait: Sudan’s Nuba Starved and Bombed
FrontPage Magazine
For almost a year now the Islamist Government of Sudan regime in Khartoum has been conducting an extermination campaign against the black, African Nuba Mountain people of South Kordofan. Aerial bombardment, house to house searches and executions, 
Sudan denies “confiscating” independent South’s oil
Reuters
By Sui-Lee Wee | BEIJING (Reuters) – Sudan denounced suggestions that it was confiscating oil from South Sudan on Tuesday and indicated that the newly independent South was responsible for stonewalling an oil deal between the two nations.

South Sudan army denies participating in South Kordofan’s attack
Sudan Tribune
February 27,2012, (JUBA)- South Sudan’s army on Monday strongly denied reports alleging that it has participated in the fight involving coalition of Sudanese rebel groups from neighboring Sudan in South Kordofan State. Colonel Phillip Aguer, spokesman 

Sudan asks China to help in oil dispute with South
BusinessLIVE
Sudan’s government has said that it has appealed to diplomatic partner and investor China for help in resolving a protracted dispute over oil revenues with newly independent South Sudan. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said that during a 
South Sudan Announces Peace Agreement With Insurgent Militia
Bloomberg
South Sudan said it signed a peace agreement with a prominent militia group whose leader was killed by government troops in December. The rebel group formerly headed by George Athor pledged to disarm and join the national army, government spokesman 
Sudan rebels claim to have killed 130 soldiers
TwoCircles.net
By IANS, Khartoum : A rebel group in Sudan Tuesday said it has killed 130 Sudanese army soldiers in an attack along the Sudan-South Sudan border, Xinhua reported. “The attack launched by the Revolutionary Front on Buhairat Al-Abiyad resulted in the 
South Sudan Signs Truce With Rebel Group
Wall Street Journal
By NICHOLAS BARIYO And JENNY GROSS The government of South Sudan signed a peace deal with one of the largest rebel groups, the South Sudan Democratic Movement, a South Sudanofficial said Tuesday, in a move that could help stabilize the East African 

South Sudan: Disarmament Jitters in Jonglei State
AllAfrica.com
Juba/Pibor — South Sudan’s plan to start collecting some 20000 weapons from civilians in Jonglei state in March, by force if necessary, is likely to worsen the volatile security situation there and complicate efforts to deliver essential humanitarian 

First Ever Gender Based Violence Training Program in South Sudan
Shalom Life
On Thursday March 2, an IsraAID delegation of Israeli experts will fly to Juba, South Sudan, with the support of a private family foundation and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and in cooperation with FIRST and the Israel-based NGO Operation 

BusinessLIVE
Sudan has denounced suggestions that it was confiscating oil from South Sudan and indicated that the newly independent South was responsible for stonewalling an oil deal between the two nations. South Sudan became Africa’s newest nation in July under a

South Sudan rebel group lays down arms
Reuters
By Hereward Holland | JUBA Feb 28 (Reuters) – A major South Sudanese rebel group with alleged links to the northern government in Khartoum has signed an amnesty deal two months after its leader was killed, South Sudan said on Tuesday.

South Sudan rebel group lays down arms
Zee News
Juba: South Sudan has signed a ceasefire with the largest of several rebel groups which threaten the stability of the world’s newest nation, the government said on Tuesday. The deal to integrate an estimated 1800 guerrilla fighters into the South’s 

South Sudan rebels lay down arms
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
A major South Sudanese rebel group with alleged links to the northern government in Khartoum has signed an amnesty deal two months after its leader was killed, South Sudan said on Tuesday. George Athor founded the South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM) 

Israel Humanitarian Group IsraAID To Provide Social Work Training in South Sudan
Israel News Agency
On Thursday March 2, an IsraAID humanitarian delegation of Israel experts will fly to Juba, South Sudan. IsraAID will conduct the first ever Gender Based Violence (GBV) training program for social workers in the newest African nation.
Sudan signals possibility of military options against South Sudan
People’s Daily Online
27 (Xinhua) — Sudan on Monday indicated a possibility of using military options against South Sudan in response to what Khartoum terms as “repeated aggressions” by the south on Sudan’s territories. “Sudan maintains military and security options that 
Tel Aviv students fight to stop classmate from being deported to South Sudan
Haaretz
Groups of students from Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium go from class to class, explain United Nations’ position that situation has grown worse since South Sudan declared independence, contrary to Israel’s viewpoint. By Talila Nesher Students at a prominent
At UN, Mbeki Tells ICP Suth Sudan Has One Story on Oil, Khartoum Another
YouTube
The idea is a holistic and integrated understanding of the Sudan issues.” He might have said Sudans, plural, as the Permanent Representatives of South Sudan as well as the North waited outside during the meeting. The format was called “private 

South Sudan army in full control of Jau after heavy fighting with SAF – official
Sudan Tribune
Feburay 26, 2012 (BENTIU) – The Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA), which is South Sudan’sofficial army has fully captured disputed Jau area on Sunday from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), an official in the Unity state told Sudan Tribune.

Sudan rebels say behind attack on Sudanese army
Reuters
South Sudan denies involvement in assault * Khartoum, Juba at odds over oil exports, border disputes By Hereward Holland JUBA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Rebel groups in Sudan said on Monday they had captured a Sudanese army garrison near the border with 

Sudan rebels say key area seized
AFP
KHARTOUM — Rebels fighting along Sudan’s disputed border with the breakawaysouth on Monday said they had seized the key area of Taruje, near the southern border, clearing a path for refugees fleeing the fighting. “Taruje is now liberated by SPLM,” 

Sudan rebels say behind attack on Sudanese army

Reuters – ‎
* South Sudan denies involvement in assault * Khartoum, Juba at odds over oil exports, border disputes (Adds rebels’ figure on casualties) By Hereward Holland JUBA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Rebel groups in Sudan said on Monday they had captured a Sudanese 
Africasia – ‎
Rebels fighting along Sudan’s disputed border with the breakaway south on Monday said they had seized the key area of Taruje, near the southern border, clearing a path for refugees fleeing the fighting. “Taruje is now liberated by SPLM,” since Sunday 
Reuters Africa – ‎
By George Obulutsa ARUSHA, Tanzania Feb 27 (Reuters) – South Sudan, which has stopped shipping crude oil exports, has enough foreign exchange reserves to cover imports for up to one year, the deputy Finance Minister said on Monday.
Ahram Online – ‎
South Sudan, which has stopped shipping crude oil exports, has enough foreign exchange reserves to cover imports for up to one year, the deputy Finance Minister said on Monday. In January, South Sudan shut down its entire oil production of 350000 
News24 – ‎
Khartoum – Khartoum threatened retaliation on Sunday after accusing breakaway South Sudan of backing a rebel attack inside its territory, adding to tensions which have sparked international concern. Rebels in a “revolutionary front” aimed at toppling 

Sudanese Economy Reels With Loss of Oil Income
Jakarta Globe
Khartoum, SudanSudan has lost billions of dollars in oil receipts since the south gained independence last year and is plagued by soaring prices and a weakening currency, with no economic solution in sight for the bankrupt nation, analysts say…

Clashes break out in Sudan’s South Kordofan
Emirates 24/7
South Sudanese and Sudanese forces clashed in a poorly-defined border area on Sunday, the Sudanese military said, the latest outbreak of violence to put a recently signed non-aggression pact into question. “Forces from South Sudan and rebels from South 

Battling Sudan’s Bombs With Videos
New York Times
It was Boyette who smuggled me into the Nuba Mountains, driving his Toyota Land Cruiser on a rutted dirt track from South Sudan, at one point just a couple of miles from Sudanese military lines. He has set up a network of local citizen journalists who

UN int’l staff return to restive Sudan region
Sacramento Bee
AP KHARTOUM, Sudan — The United Nations in Sudan says its international staff is returning to a disputed region on the border with south Sudan, after a nearly half-year absence from the restive area. The UN office in Khartoum said in a statement 

Sudanese Rebels Sign Deal for Aid in Two Embattled States

BusinessWeek – ‎
By Jared Ferrie Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — A Sudanese rebel group said it signed an agreement with the government to allow aid into rebel- controlled areas in two border states where the US says half a million people may face famine conditions.
Bloomberg – ‎
A Sudanese rebel group said it signed an agreement with the government to allow aid into rebel- controlled areas in two border states where the US says half a million people may face famine conditions. The accord, signed on Feb.
Shanghai Daily (subscription) – ‎
KHARTOUM, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) — The Sudanese government on Sunday announced its decision to file an complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union (AU) against South Sudan regarding an attack in Al-Abiyad border area.
Shanghai Daily (subscription) -
KHARTOUM, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) — The Sudanese army on Sunday said armed clashes broke out between its forces and South Sudan forces at Jao area on the border between Sudan-South Sudan. “An alliance bringing together South Sudan’s army and rebels from 
Sudan Tribune -
February 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie blasted those who are sympathetic with the rebel alliance saying they don’t represent any weight within the Sudanese society. Nafie made the remarks while addressing the 
Sudan Tribune – ‎‎
By Ngor Arol Garang February 25, 2012 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese opposition groups has criticised austerity measures introduced by government to adjust the loss of oil revenues, after the young country stopped exporting its oil through north Sudan…
Truck Drivers End Three-day Barricade of S. Sudan Border
Sudan Vision
Border traffic to and fro South Sudan has resumed after a three-day strike by truck drivers from Kenya, Somalia and Tanzanaia that paralysed movement in the area. The heavy truck drivers have been protesting what they called ‘unfair treatment’ by South
Farming getting tough in South Sudan
Press TV
Farming in South Sudan had once seemed to be an easy thing, but not anymore. For even though it has been sought as the alternative source of income to the country that has fertile soil covering more than 90% of its territory and can produce crops for ..
South Sudan opposition demands foreign business pay taxes amid austerity and 
Sudan Tribune
By Ngor Arol Garang February 25, 2012 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese opposition groups has criticised austerity measures introduced by government to adjust the loss of oil revenues, after the young country stopped exporting its oil through north Sudan.

South Sudan president blames Khartoum for insecurity
Sudan Tribune
February 25, 2012 (BOR) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit accused north Sudan – from which the new country seceded last year – attempting to turn the world’s youngest country into a failed state. Even before South Sudan’s referendum on 

Team succeeds with well installation in South Sudan
Marshalltown Times Republican
BY MIKE DONAHEY – Staff Writer (mdonahey@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican Editor’s Note: Writer Mike Donahey of Marshalltown was part of a team that traveled to and worked in Old Fangak, South Sudan recently to provide clean drinking water.

Truck drivers end three-day barricade of S. Sudan border
Daily Monitor
The drivers had used heavy trucks to barricade the roads to South Sudan protesting alleged mistreatment by South Sudan officials Border traffic to and fro South Sudan has resumed after a three-day strike by truck drivers from Kenya, 

South Sudanese Christians plan “prophesied” pilgrimage to Israel
Sudan Tribune
February 24, 2012 (JUBA) – Christians in South Sudan are planning a pilgrimage to Israel in fulfillment of what they say was God’s promise in the Bible to the people of the region, senior Church leaders have announced. Spiritual leaders from various 

UN foreign staff return to Sudan war zone
AFP
KHARTOUM — United Nations international staff have returned to Sudan’s SouthKordofan for the first time in months, the UN said on Saturday, as global concern mounts over food shortages in the war-torn state. “Today, FAO and OCHA flew back there by 

Footage shows bodies of women and children in South Sudan village
Herald Sun
A MAN who came to Australia as a refugee has revealed shocking footage of a massacre in South Sudan. Chibak Kur Mum, who lives in Maidstone, visited his home village in South Sudan last month to see his family. After hearing gunfire from his relatives’ 
South Sudan opposition party calls for auditing of oil companies
Sudan Tribune
February 23, 2012 (JUBA) – The African National Congress (ANC) Party an opposition party in South Sudan as asked the Juba government to review and audit the records of all oil companies operating in exploration and production. Seven month old South 
Sudan: UNinternational staff return to troubled South Kordofan State
Afrique en Ligue
The State has been the scene of violent clashes between the rebel Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA-North) and government troops, creating a food shortage situation, and driving unspecified number of civilians to seek refuge in neighboring South Sudan 
Sudan government is killing its people
Columbus Dispatch
But that is within the margin of error of estimates of the numbers of people killed by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan. I slipped into Sudan and the Nuba Mountains without a visa, via a rutted dirt track from South Sudan

Mandela, 93, hospitalized with stomach ailment
MiamiHerald.com
“South Africa is very privileged to have had such a leader,” said Bohm, comparing Mandela to India’s Mahatma Gandhi. Hassan Burma was visiting Soweto from South Sudan, Africa’s newest nation. South Sudan broke away from Sudan last year, and its leaders 

Analysis: South Sudan future dicey after oil money loss
WTVR
JUBA (Reuters) – In an air-conditioned Toyota showroom packed with half a dozen off-road vehicles in South Sudan’s capital, dealer Desmond McCue is wondering whether the shutdown of the country’s oil production industry means the bonanza is over.

UN int’l staff return to restive Sudan region
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
AP | Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 8:09 am | (0) Comments The United Nations in Sudan says its international staff is returning to a disputed region on the border with south Sudan, after a nearly half-year absence from the restive area…

Two foreign police shot in Sudan’s Darfur: UNAMID

Africasia – ‎
Two police officers from the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission to Sudan’s Darfur region (UNAMID) have been shot and wounded by unidentified gunmen, the mission said on Saturday. They both received leg wounds and were being treated at a 
U.S. News & World Report – ‎
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying international peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan, wounding two peacekeepers, the joint United Nations-African Union mission said Saturday. The mission, known as UNAMID, said the peacekeepers 
The Nation, Pakistan – ‎
KHARTOUM – Fresh fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region has killed 12 government soldiers, according to a rebel statement received on Friday, but an official said 10 civilians were the victims. The Sudan Liberation Army faction of Minni Minawi said it 
The Daily Star – ‎
KHARTOUM: Rebels in Sudan’s Darfur region have clashed with government forces, both sides said, with the rebels claiming to kill a dozen government soldiers and Khartoum accusing its opponents of targeting civilians. Mostly African insurgents in Darfur 
AllAfrica.com -
El Fasher — Two peacekeepers of the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) sustained gunshot wounds near the town of El Dein yesterday after being targeted by an unknown group. Two peacekeepers of the African Union – United Nations 
Naharnet – ‎
by Naharnet Newsdesk 25 February 2012, 18:01 Two police officers from the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission to Sudan’s Darfur region (UNAMID) have been shot and wounded by unidentified gunmen, the mission said on Saturday.
AllAfrica.com – ‎‎
The announcement by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) force commander, Lt. Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, that the UN peacekeepers will open fire to defend themselves – if provoked – is extremely welcome.
Radio Dabanga – ‎
On Thursday, government forces attacked Abu Delik village, south east of El Fasher in North Darfur, killing one person and injuring six others. A source told Radio Dabanga that government troops were traveling in a convoy of 20 vehicles towards Alawna, 

Sudan-UN Joint Assessment Reveals Humanitarian Situation in South Kordofan is 
MarketWatch (press release)
Sudan continues to call on South Sudan to recognize its negative role in this crisis and cease its support to the rebels. And in order for the US and those pushing for an intervention to play a constructive role, they must look at the facts on the 

Sudan-UN Joint Assessment Reveals Humanitarian Situation in South Kordofan is 
Sacramento Bee
By Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The humanitarian situation in South Kordofan that has garnered international concern, and which some have now exploited to push an agenda of intervention, 

South Sudan expels Chinese oil firm boss
Mmegi Online
JUBA: The world’s newest nation has expelled its first person – the head of South Sudan’s biggest oil company, the Chinese and Malaysian-owned Petrodar. The Chinese national, Liu Yingcai, was asked to leave following an investigation into Khartoum’s 

Sudan’s survey says South Kordofan’s humanitarian situation “normal”
Sudan Tribune
February 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A survey conducted by government and international groups inSudan’s war-battered state of South Kordofan has shown “good” levels of food security and “normal” humanitarian conditions, an official said on Monday as UN 
Nation, Uganda Border Opens After Drivers’ Protests
AllAfrica.com
By Dhieu Williams, 24 February 2012 Juba — South Sudan Nimule and Uganda border of Attiak has been opened yesterday following two days closure by drivers from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia who protested overloaded charges of taxes imposed on them 
Analysis: South Sudan future dicey after oil money loss
Reuters
By Ulf Laessing and Hereward Holland | JUBA (Reuters) – In an air-conditioned Toyota showroom packed with half a dozen off-road vehicles in South Sudan’s capital, dealer Desmond McCue is wondering whether the shutdown of the country’s oil production 

South Sudan: US Congressman to Discuss Recent Visit to Yida Refugee Camp
AllAfrica.com
Washington, DC — Frank Wolf (R-VA), a longtime advocate for Sudan and co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, just returned from a trip to the world’s newest country, South Sudan, where he visited a refugee camp in Yida filled with men, 

MSF Projects in South Sudan in 2011–12
Doctors Without Borders
MSF has been working in the region that today constitutes the Republic of South Sudan since 1983. In 2011, MSF responded to several emergencies, including large-scale displacement, refugee influxes, inter-communal fighting, alarming nutrition 


China says hopes talks can resolve dispute after South Sudan expels oil 
Washington Post
BEIJING — China said Thursday it hopes talks will remove any misunderstanding with South Sudan after the Chinese head of the largest foreign oil company in the country was kicked out over allegations he conspired with neighboring Sudan to steal the 

South Sudan army calls for concerted fight against AIDS
Sudan Tribune
February 22, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army on Wednesday appealed for concerted efforts to fight against HIV/AIDs, stressing that the war against the sexually transmitted disease cannot be fought by one institution or group of some officials tasked 

US troops stationed in Africa to help fight brutal rebels
The Seattle Times
US troops are stationed at bases in Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic. By JASON STRAZIUSO The Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article. NAIROBI, Kenya — US troops helping in the fight against the brutal rebel 

Total in Talks to Resume Oil Search in South Sudan
AllAfrica.com
French-owned oil marketer Total has entered into negotiations to set up laws which will enable it to develop oil resources in South Sudan. Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, Total Kenya managing director Alexis Vovk said officials are already in the 

South Sudan in talks with Vitol to build small
Reuters Africa
By Hereward Holland and Emma Farge South Sudan is in talks with top oil trader Vitol to build a small refinery which would start producing in 2013, as it seeks to end dependency on Sudan, its oil minister said on Tuesday.

Dodging Bombers in Sudan
New York Times
I slipped into Sudan and the Nuba Mountains without a visa, via a rutted dirt track fromSouth Sudan. My vehicle was covered with mud to make it less visible to bombers, which appeared overhead every couple of hours. In any case, the Antonov bombers 
Korean firm to survey South Sudan new capital
Africa Review
An artist’s impression of the proposed new South Sudan capital city of Ramciel. Difficulties in expansion and providing basic services have informed the decision to move the capital city from Juba. FILE | AFRICA REVIEW | By MACHEL AMOS in JubaPosted 
SOUTH SUDAN: High hopes for defeating “neglected” diseases
IRINnews.org
JUBA, 23 February 2012 (IRIN) – Health workers in the world’s newest country are hoping that the pledge by pharmaceutical companies and world leaders to combat “neglected” tropical diseases will finally help to have an impact on South Sudan’s appalling 

High time to put South Sudan on the right track
Sudan Tribune
By James Okuk February 22, 2012 — If the SPLM separates itself from the government of the Republic of South Sudan where will it get money to feed the big bellies of some of its (SPLM) members? It is known like a bright moonlight that the budget on 

China urges dialogue in South Sudan dispute with oil firms
BusinessLIVE
China has urged dialogue between South Sudan and Chinese oil firms following the expulsion this week of the head of Chinese-Malaysian oil consortium Petrodar, in its first comments on an escalating row. Chinese oil firms are caught in a dispute between
SOUTH SUDAN: High hopes for defeating “neglected” diseases
Reuters AlertNet
 hoping that the pledge by pharmaceutical companies and world leaders [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94788 ] to combat “neglected” tropical diseases will finally help to have an impact on South Sudan’s appalling health indicators.

By PaanLuel Wël

Dear Esteemed Readers,

Besides the well-known problems felling the newly independent nation of South Sudan–inter-ethnic strifes, mega-corruption, mismanagement etc. and the never-ending precarious military and economic stand-0ff with the north–fire has just surfaced to rival them all.

The beautiful presidential office constructed and inaugurated just last year was smoldered by fire on February 09, 2012. That embarrassing incident was blamed squarely on “an electrical fault.”

A fire broke out at the official residence of South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir on Thursday and burnt down a building he uses as an office. The incident, which started at about 7:00pm local time was reportedly attributed to an electrical fault said to have emanated from an electrical pole next to the house. No casualties were involved [Sudan Tribune].

The new Office of the President of @RepSouthSudan in Juba

Then on February 17, 2012, merely eight days after the presidential office went up in flame, the SPLM General Headquarters that house SG Pagan Amum’s office was consumed in a similar inferno. Fortunately no one was hurt, but faulty electrical wiring was blame for the fire.

 A devastating fire broke out on Friday at the headquarters of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Juba, a week after a similar incident at the official residence of the country’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit. No one was hurt in the blaze although SPLM officials say many files and documents were lost in the fire that erupted at the premises of the national secretariat at around 1pm. The party’s northern secretariat, located in Thongpiny area, Munuki payam (district) is the official workplace of Pagan Amum, the SPLM secretary general and other senior party officials. The cause of fire remains unknown although senior officials have speculated that it was down to an electric fault [Sudan Tribune].

What remained of South Sudan ruling party head offices after a fire Friday afternoon.

Such incidences of fire outbreaks are not uncommon in Juba. The Chinese-owned Beijing Hotel in Juba, for example, has been repeatedly gutted down by fire, one in 2009 in which about 60 rooms were blazed down and again last year in December.

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The Beijing hotel in Juba on fire in 2009 (ST file photo)

Common and well-documented as accidental fire outbreaks might be, what is puzzling though in this latest cases are the timing and the official buildings affected. The timing is suspicious because these inferno came on the heel of a scathing press release statement from the ex-minister of finance, Mr. Arthur Akuien Chol. In that statement, February 10, 2012, the disgraced former minister not just denied the allegation of corruption against him, he implicated the VP Dr. Machar, SG Pagan Amum and the “Above” (which, undoubtedly, is a coded word for President Kiir) in the corruption dealings that appeared to have cost South Sudan over $60 million between 2005-2007 when Mr. Chol was the finance minister.

That the office of SPLM SG Pagan and the presidential office are being consumed by fire is raising eyebrows in many quarters across South sudan particularly because some “confidential documents are feared to have been lost as a result of the impromptu fire outbreak.” That, to most wary South Sudanese citizens, sounds like a conspiratorial sabotage to destroy files and computers that might contain incriminating information concerning the aforementioned corruption case which is, reportedly, under investigation.

Of course, that could just be a conspiracy talk, with no substantiation to it. What is indisputable, however, is the faultiness of the electrical engineers contracted by the government of South Sudan. Because of corruption–kickbacks accruable from such contracts, greedy government officials prefer to deal with “fake” supposedly foreigner engineers from neighboring countries as they are easy to control and intimidate-able. Therefore, much of the budgeted funds ended up being stolen and the amateur engineers would wire up faulty electrical wires on jut third of the allocated funds, fully aware that he would never be held accountable by anyone for fear of exposure.

As these three concerned South Sudanese citizens explain below, the danger pose to South Sudan by corruption in government contracts outweigh even the one mega-corruption case involving ex-minister Mr. Chol:

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Dear all,
Last year I was in the same SPLM offices in the hall when the air-condition almost started a fire. There was an electrical spark and the wires connecting to the air-condition started to burn. Everybody panicked and fled the hall except me because I saw it necessary to turn off the switch and the thing died down. Another time the air-condition in the hall of the offices of the Economic affairs secretary was always sparking and there were naked wires you could see. It is only God who saves us in the South Sudan sometimes. So to me it is not a surprise when fires from electrical faults combined with heat can turn deadly. There were many people who witnessed the sparks in the SPLM offices and they can tell their sides also even though they may not know why and how it happens.
The workmanship of electrical connections in Juba is appalling. The Ugandan amateurs do the worse work and the things can burn any time. When I moved into a house in Juba I had to redo all the wiring in the roof. As soon as I turned a switch the thin wires went into smoke but likely the house was mostly concrete and it did not burn. I brought in a South Sudanese electrical technician (John Deng) and together we changed the wiring which was badly made by these Ugandan contractors. The wiring must have a rating -which means how much current it can stand. Connecting thin poor wire to an air-condition consuming 3 or 4 KWs of Electricity  can be deadly as it will overheat and melt the wires insulators  and connecting the two materials  together so that short circuit can start to burn things.

But it is the norm in Juba where those of us South Sudanese who have the technical knowledge are ignored and not being empowered to work for the government of south Sudan and people prefer Ugandan thieves to do the jobs and without regard to standards and safety.
Well what surprise me is that an investigation committee is formed all the time to come up with reason of the fires.  The reasons  are well known as I stated here and these committees are e just a waste of resources since the root cause of wrong contractors and poor installations are not  being considered at all. Also the committee are made of the same biased people who cannot put an independent view like I say here because they are the very people responsible for bringing the wrong people to do the work in the first place.

The government should come up with a Standards organisations with ability to persecute and fine.  Many commissions from the technical side of things have been missing from the list of commissions in Juba as the  Government  tends to shy away from technology things.

Eng Charles B. Kisanga
Juba/South Sudan
M. Sc in Communications Systems and B. Eng Hons in Electrical and Electronics  Engineering-Herriot Watt University.

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Dear all

They say, it takes two to tango. While we may blame the Ugandans and Kenyans for providing substatndard services, we must also be ready to blame ourselves to a certain extend for letting us be taken for a ride by these people. First, our education system has neglected vocational training and the establishment of technical colleges that would have provided us with middle level cadres to do what the Ugandans are doing.

We have decided to open up ten universities in the ten states, and not considered opening a single politechnic. The private sector too inherited the madness and have been calling every tukul a private university, and we are happy to go along with that.  The few who raise a voice of reason are dubbed as elitists. You do not need a degree to make electrical installations or do plumbing. This sorry attitude has created a vacuum for the Ugandans and others to fill.

Secondly, as someone has already mentoned elsewhere, we prefer to be politicians whatever our profession. And with politicians required at the payam, county, state and national levels, politics has now become a booming business in South Sudan, for it does not need much effort to be one. Hence, even the few artisans we have, do not have the time to dirty their hands and sweat for a living. Third, some of those who decide to compete with the Ugandans sometime price themselves out of the market, for they want to get rich very quickly.

Now when you want to build a budget house, you have no alternative but to turn to the Ugandans who are ready to work flat out and get the job done, even if in a shoddy fashion. But, when it is government contract, there is no excuse but to go for the best. Howver, due to lack of transparency and the fact that whoever  is giving out the tender also wants a cut, it usually goes to some untested contractor. It is so easy to make a background check of any would-be Ugandan or Kenyan contracting firm since we do have offices in these countries.

But do we ever do that? I doubt it. Hence, let us not malign  Ugandan contractors. The fault is entirely ours, and, as smart business people, they are only cashing on our naivity and greed.

Charles Bakheit

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Cde. Kisanga,

I agree with your analysis 100%. The concept in RSS is to go for the quickest and cheapest product without taking into account any safety precautions or viability/durability of whatever it is. This is one of the reasons that RSS is a big market for the cheapest Chinese third grade products. (Mind you the Chinese do have first and second grade products which are better and safer).
Just to mention one out of the bunch,  anyone who knows our East African brothers, will confirm that since 2005 to this day, they consider RSS as their  Gold rush destination where even an unqualified construction worker can come and claim he/she is an Engineer and can still make it big because there is no assigned system to check him/her. And guess what; these are the people who are building our nascent RSS using the mentioned third grade products from China! Anyone who want build anywhere today in RSS will tell you he/she will prefer the Wee-wees (East Africans) than the South Sudanese workers because they are easy to deal with and much cheaper. But nobody is taking the time to check the quality/safety of their work as compared to their South Sudanese counterparts.

I am not sure if the idea of outsourcing every single project  to contractors is doing RSS any good because that is where the issue of kick-backs, cuts and percent of shares etc comes in. Hence it observed that the chunk of funds allocated for a specific project always disappear in the process rendering the intended project to operate on minimal funds.
I think in this regard our Ministries of Housing, Construction and Roads need to quickly come up with standard safety rules and regulations to govern how contractors operate and hold them to task in the courts if they recklessly screw-up else we will never have long lasting and stable constructions in RSS.

Cde. Mazinda

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“He was manhandled by the security guys who tore his trousers to the extent of nearly exposing his underpants to the public,” said a journalist who witnessed the scuffle in South Sudan’s Parliament when Mading Ngor, New Sudan Vision editor-in-chief and the host of the popular ’Wake Up Juba’ show on Bakhita FM, was assaulted and humiliated at South Sudan’s parliament, February 06, 2012 [Sudan Tribune].

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                                                                    By PaanLuel Wël

Is the national News Media under siege in the new Republic of South Sudan? Are South Sudanese journalists too nosy, inquisitive, unprincipled and too ready and willing to make mountains out of molehills from minor altercations with the faithful law enforcement officers and well-intentioned politicians? To the government of South Sudan, the latter is the case while the former is true for South Sudanese journalists and writers.

These questions, among others, underpin the reason why South Sudan has yet to enact media law on South Sudanese constitutional right of access to information, Freedom of the Press and freedom of speech, seven years after the formation of the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) in 2005. According to Dr. Hakim Moi, the executive director of The Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), three media bills (the Right to Information Bill, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation Bill and Media Authority Bill) have stalled between the offices of the Ministry of Information, Council of Ministers and South Sudan National Legislative Assembly.

This premeditated failure by South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) to pass those three media bills on Freedom of the Press and freedom of speech has vastly undermined not only the viability but also the independence of the Freedom of the Press in South Sudan. Consequently, lack of a clear-cut media law has curtailed South Sudan journalists’ access to information and freedom of expression. Secondly, and most worryingly, the absence of constitutionally mandated media law has allowed the new government of South Sudan to borrow from and inherit Khartoum’s old oppressive media practices of unlawful detention and harassment of journalists and other free-thinking public intellectuals.

So far, among those South Sudanese who have had the misfortune to cross paths with the authorities are Nhial Bol of the Citizen News, Dengdit Ayok of the Destiny newspaper, Dr. James Okuk who is a freelance writer and a fierce critic of the government, Ngor Garang and Manyang Mayom of Sudan Tribune, Mac Ajuei Panchol from Bor, Richard Mogga and Badru Mulumba of the New Times, Ojja William Benjamin from Eastern Equatoria State, and the latest victim, Mading Ngor of New Sudan Vision and Bakhita FM. Not only that, even South Sudan government own undersecretary, Dr. Jok Madut of the ministry of Culture and Heritage, was beaten up on New Year Eve at Wau airport just because he arrived at the same time as the president. This is only the tip of the iceberg as many low-profile media personnel who bear constant harassments and intimidations from the law enforcement agents and grumpy politicians go unreported.

The SPLM/A, the former rebels currently running the new republic of South Sudan, have not always been hostile to the media. In fact, media campaign and propaganda was part and parcel of the Movement.  In the ‘liberated areas’ under SPLM/A were found prominent South Sudanese journalists and writers such as Atem Yaak Atem, Jacob Akol, and Joseph Malath Lueth among others. Even in Khartoum, Alfred Taban of Khartoum Monitor,  Arop Madut of Sudan Heritage, and Nhial Bol of the Citizen Newspaper were SPLM/A’s darlings during the war of South Sudan independence for the vigorous media campaigns they fearlessly waged against successive Khartoum regimes on behalf of the marginalized people of the Sudan. Dr. John Garang, the late leader of the SPLM/A, was a shrewd and cunning strategist who successfully incorporated and utilized local and international press such as the BBC as a conduit to wage psychological warfare on Khartoum as well as to seek and enlist international sympathy for his cause. Even today in Juba, the nouveau riche SPLM/A generals and ministers cannot get enough of media attention particularly when it is favorable to them.

But that symbiotic relationship between the media and the former rebels had dramatically shifted after the end of the war. No sooner did the SPLM/A assumes power in Juba than they started acting like the old Sudanese regime in relation to the news media. The first casualty was none other than Nhial Bol Aken of the Citizen newspaper, the former darling of the SPLM/A during the war against consecutive Khartoum regimes. The motto of the Citizen newspaper “Fighting Corruption and Dictatorship” places it squarely in the cross-hairs of the SPLM/A generals because corruptions and dictatorship were and are still the pillars of leadership in Juba. In 2007, Bol was arrested when his newspaper exposed a “wasteful spending at the finance ministry, which purchased 153 cars for government officials. The price tag was $60 million—a staggering $400,000 per vehicle” [Gregg Carlstrom: Aljazeera].

On June 12, 2011, just before South Sudan independence, the editor-in-chief of The Citizen newspaper, Nhial Bol “was arrested on his way from a dinner party organized by the British Consulate in Juba at a hotel called Da Vinci, south of Juba’s main town…[and was] threatened to back down from his activity or risk dying before July 9”—South Sudan Independence Day [SouthSudanNet]. On October 1, 2011, Bol was arrested for the fourth time by police before being released “following his newspaper’s investigations into the business dealings” of a Warrap state minister, Joseph Malek Arop, who was reported to have unlawfully acquired 10% stake in the Chinese oil company Tesco South Sudan Ltd. [Sudan Tribune].   

So routine have Bol’s summons, arrests and detentions become that he has developed a philosophy for it:

“I have been arrested and detained 38 times since 2000. As regards summons by the security agents, I have lost count of them. Sometimes they would summon me four times a day to their offices for questioning, before releasing me. It’s part of the game — they are trying to frustrate us” [Nhial Bol’s quote].

The other journalist who has received his fair share of the violence against Free Press is Manyang Mayom of the Sudan Tribune, Khartoum Monitor and Gurtong.net:

“In February 2008, Mayom was badly beaten by a militia loyal to Paulino Matip whose soldiers had merged with the SPLA.” As reported by the blog ‘Commsfeli.wordpress.com,’ Mayom “has been beaten, arrested, intimidated and harassed on numerous occasions by security services in southern Sudan while investigating sensitive stories…There were occasions in which Manyang Mayom was so badly beaten; he had to be taken to the Sudanese capital Khartoum for treatment, with several repercussions with regards to his injured kidneys. He has also been accused of being a spy as well.”[ His bravery and commitment to the Freedom of the Press was recognized when he was] “awarded for his ‘commitment to free expression and courage in the face of political persecution’ with a Hellman/Hammett grant by Human Rights Watch on August 4, 2010” [Commsfeli.wordpress.com].

Sometimes, even a single piece of article in a newspaper is sufficient enough to land a writer in prison. For example, Dengdit Ayok of The Destiny and Ngor Arol Garang of Sudan Tribune and The Destiny were forcefully detained on November 05, 2011, over a column article (Nyan-Bany) in The Destiny written by Dengdit Ayok, questioning the rationale behind President Kiir’s daughter’s marriage to a foreigner. Director General of the South Sudan’s National Security Services (NSS), Gen. Akol Koor, accused the two gentlemen plus the newspaper of “non-adherence to the media code of conduct and professional ethics and of publishing illicit news that was defamatory, inciting, and invading the privacy of personalities” [Committee to Protect Journalists]. Mr. Garang was reportedly tortured in jail before both of them were released at the mercy of the President and his family—having taught them a lesson according to the report.

It was the same problem that befell Dr. James Okuk on October 21, 2011 when he was arrested, five hours after his arrival in Juba from Brazil where he was the country ambassador, for allegedly “writing against President Salva Kiir on the internet.” Of the five articles assembled by the CID, the most damning one was an article titled “South Sudan Paradox: Joyful Independence, Sorry Leadership” written on the eve of South Sudan independence [South Sudan News Agency]. And just like the case of Ngor Garang and Dengdit Ayok, Dr. James Okuk was released too without charges but with stern warning to moderate his views and behave well.

Just this year, in January, the New Times editor, Richard Mogga and his counterpart, Badru Mulumba, were quietly “picked up by people claiming to be police.” Mr. Badru Mulumba was blamed for reportedly “defaming [minister] Jemma Nunu in Juba” [Brian Adeba]. As a custom in South Sudan, both gentlemen were later freed without charges filed.

However, the most brazen assault of all was the one directed at Dr. Jok Madut Jok. Unlike other victims of security violence, Dr. Jok is a deputy minister in the government of South Sudan, a professor of African studies in the department of history at Loyola Marymount University—USA, and a senior fellow at the United State Institute of Peace in Washington DC, USA. And because Dr. Jok is from the same Warrap State as the president, he was transitioning home for the New Year celebration, arriving at the same time as the president at Wau Aiport:

This morning [Dec 31, 2011], on New Year’s eve, I arrived in Wau, hoping to celebrate with my family, I had the misfortune of arriving at Wau airport on the same day that our President was also due there, coming from his Christmas holiday in Akon [president hometown]. As soon as I landed and tried to get into the car that was waiting for me, myself and my two brothers who came to pick me up were attacked by an SPLA unit, supposedly stationed there to secure the airport for our President. I was brutally attacked, my arms tight by several men, a blow to the side of my head with the butt of a gun and several punches straight onto both of my eyes; no questions asked, not even any accusations of wrong doing. I was tortured properly while I had quickly shown the soldiers my identity card, demonstrating that I am a senior official in the national government, undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture, [but] the ID was thrown away and several men wrestled me to the ground [PaanLuel Wel: South Sudanese Blogger].

As if the beating was not enough, the officer in charge started touting the good professor:

As I was seated on the floor, being interrogated, several drunken soldiers, the ones “protecting” our leader, kept interrupting their officer with really unsoldierly behavior. And instead of the officer reprimanding them, he told me “you see, they may be drunk, but that is how we liberated this country.” There is that phrase, so commonly used as justification for misconduct. “We liberated it” is now thrown in your face left and right, even if it means taking the liberty to be drunk on the job, loot public property, claim entitlement for a job one is not qualified for, beat or even shoot to kill civilians over nonsense [PaanLuel Wel: South Sudanese Blogger].

Although the government did try to distance itself from the incident and promised full investigation into the incident, nothing of substance has been made public so far and Professor Jok, just like Manyang Mayom with his kidney problem, is still nursing his wounds. He was rushed to Nairobi, Kenya afterward for his eyes problem.

But in order to wholly appreciate the full magnitude of the pathetic condition of journalism in South Sudan, you must listen to one Benjamin. The flight of South Sudanese journalists is well captured by Ojja William Benjamin, a freelance journalist from Eastern Equatoria State, as he was speaking to Ngor Arol Garang of Sudan Tribune, who is himself a victim of harassment and unlawful detention:

“It is becoming a habit these days that journalists are picked up and arrested by the powerful individual government officials and released without charges after spending long times in jails. This is not acceptable. The government needs to stop this practice…I thought journalists in Juba were more safe [than] those of us in the bush. Some of us in the states are arrested even for something [we] did not do because of being a journalist. Hearing the title [that guy is a journalist] alone by some local officials invite arrest. I have been arrested thrice this year [2011] and released without charges… “I am sometimes told not [to] leave my house. Some of my colleagues have had press cards withdrawn and torn at our watch which is unacceptable and I thought this is a practice being experienced by journalists living outside the national capital” [Ngor Arol Garang: Sudan Tribune].

But as the latest humiliating assault on Mading Ngor Akech, the New Sudan Vision’s editor-in-chief and the host of the popular ’Wake Up Juba’ show on Bakhita, demonstrates, South Sudan has got a long way to go before the fourth arm of the government (the media)—the rest being the executive, the legislature and the judiciary—could claim its rightful place in Juba. But if past trends are anything to go by, then the wanton assault on the New Sudan Vision’s editor-in-chief may not be the last any time soon.

The very media and penmanship that dutifully served the SPLM/A during the dark days of the long civil war has now become so reviled that the new government of the republic of South Sudan seems to have declared a total war on it. Yet, if SPLM/A was fighting for a free, democratic nation in which freedom of expression, speech and of the Press are guaranteed, protected and promoted, and is still presently advocating for the same goal as it is enshrined in South Sudan interim constitution, then the government of the republic of South Sudan must pass the three impending media bills without further delay.

South Sudan has enough of its internal and external conundrums to wrestle with; it does not have the luxury, nor can it afford, to manufacture new ones.

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Press Freedom at Risk in World’s Newest Nation

By: Scott Griffen, IPI Associate

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (C) addresses a rally in Juba supporting the decision to stop exporting oil through northern Sudan, 23 Janury 2012. EPA/STR.

VIENNA, 7 Feb, 2012 – A South Sudanese journalist covering a session of the country’s National Assembly yesterday was removed and later allegedly assaulted by security guards, according to news reports.

The incident is but the latest in a series of aggressive acts against journalists in South Sudan — raising doubts about the newly independent state’s commitment to press freedom.

Mading Ngor of Bakhita Radio in Juba told the Sudan Tribune yesterday: “I entered the chamber of the assembly, got out my recorder and started recording proceedings. Moments later, an unidentified man walks up to me, asks why I was seated there and I explained to him. He could not listen to me. Instead he ordered four security officials to throw me out of the assembly.”

Multiple eyewitnesses, including other journalists, said the security guards followed Ngor outside, violently throwing him down to the floor and tearing his clothes. According to the Tribune, the assault ended only after a legislator intervened.

MP Joy Kwaje, chair of the Assembly’s Information Committee, apologised for the security guards’ action and promised to investigate the matter further, news reports said.

The motive for the removal and attack remained unclear. The South Sudanese Assembly’s official Regulation of Sittings states: “The Assembly shall be open to the public, press, and visitors, unless the Speaker decides otherwise.”

In December 2011, a group of journalists covering a legislative debate on unrest in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, were forced from the assembly on the orders of the deputy speaker, Daniel Awet Akot, the Tribune said. According to the Assembly’s official procedures, the deputy speaker may exercise the duties of the speaker — and thus close the assembly to the press — at the latter’s request. It was not known whether the speaker or deputy speaker was involved in yesterday’s incident.

IPI Press Freedom Manager Anthony Mills said: “This was an unacceptable act of physical violence against a journalist who was simply doing his job. We continue to be troubled by the threats to press freedom in South Sudan. We call upon the South Sudanese government to respect the rights of all journalists.”

As IPI previously reported, South Sudanese authorities last November arrested two editors, Ngor Garang and Dengdit Ayok, who had been working for the now-banned Destiny newspaper. The two were held for 18 days before charges were dropped. They had reportedly been detained in connection with an op-ed published in Destiny’s first issue, in which the author criticised South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir for having allowed his daughter to marry a foreigner.

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January 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A group of 700 military officers from Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) confronted president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein with several demands that focused on military and political reforms, Sudan Tribune is told.

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FILE – Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (C) and Defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein (L) salutes at a military function in Khartoum (AFP)

Multiple army sources who all spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said that the officers included those stationed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other parts of the country.

The message was delivered last week to Bashir and Hussein during their briefing sessions with SAF senior army officers who listened to the pair calling on them to prepare for the possibility of a full-scale war with South Sudan.

But the sources said that the SAF officers at the briefing were all but appalled at the prospects of heading to war with Sudan’s southern neighbor given the state of the military at this point.

The officers called on Bashir and Hussein to urgently address the challenges faced by the SAF emphasizing that the army has been unable to decisively overcome the rebels in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The Sudanese army is battling rebels from the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the two states since June 2011 in South Kordofan and September 2011 in Blue Nile. Khartoum persistently accuses Juba of providing aid to the rebels but South Sudan routinely denies the charge.

This week the second Vice-President of Sudan, Al-Haj Adam Youssef was quoted by local media as threatening to go after SPLM-N rebels even if they had to go all the way to Juba.

“If necessary, Juba is not far,” he told the paper during celebrations of Sudan’s independence in the central state of Al-Jezira.

SAF needs “tremendously huge efforts” in order to prepare for future dangers particularly at a time when there is talk about foreign intervention, Bashir and Hussein were told.

The officers also urged Bashir and Hussein combat “rampant” corruption within the army and gave an example of 200 battle tanks that were bought in early 2010 but most of it turned out to be defective and a large number had to be sent to neighboring countries for repairs.

They noted that several senior officers objected to the “subpar deal” involving these tanks before they were bought which led to the sacking of Hussein’s chief secretary Maj. General Al-Na’eem Khidir and other senior officers including Maj. General Ahmed Abdoon who headed the Nyala army division and Maj. General Al-Tayeb Mosbah of El-Fasher army division.

The SAF officers also implored on Bashir and Hussein to implement segregation between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the army so that the latter does not shoulder the mistakes of the NCP and become vulnerable to volatility of the Sudanese politics.

Furthermore, they said that is imperative that the system of government be reformed because the status quo jeopardizes the country’s national security.

One of the sources underscored that the current political climate in the form of tensions between the Islamists and the NCP has spread into the army but declined to provide details.

He described Bashir and Hussein as “rattled” by the officers’ complaints.

Eric Reeves, a researcher at Smith College who writes extensively on Sudan, believes oil is a major factor in this move.

“This may well be a dismayed response to the clear possibility that Khartoum never wanted to make a deal about oil revenues with Juba. Rather, the goal was to create a casus belli, by which the army would seize the oil regions of the South and restore all oil revenues to a northern economy that continues in a politically dangerous tailspin” he said.

This month a number of memos have surfaced allegedly sent by the Islamist base calling on the NCP to implement political reforms and fight corruption.

One of them was presented in late 2011 by Bashir’s adviser Ghazi Salah al-Deen in his capacity as the leader of the NCP parliamentary bloc.

The Sudanese president responded vaguely to some of the demands contained in Ghazi’s memo while saying that it is “premature” to address the others.

Sudan is facing a growing economic crisis that was aggravated by the secession of the oil-rich south which took with it 75% of the country’s crude reserves.

Since then, Sudan’s oil revenues, which used to make up 90 percent of the country’s exports and were the main source of hard currency inflows, have largely dried up.

The government has already banned many imported items to preserve its foreign currency supply.

The Sudanese pound lost a significant amount of its value against the dollar as a result and the black market has flourished despite government warnings.

Khartoum is trying to walk the fine line between the need to cut government spending and cutting subsidies on basic goods and petroleum products which they fear might trigger social unrest.

Last year the governor of Sudan’s central bank Mohamed Khair al-Zubeir said that fuel subsidies need to be removed because they are a huge burden on the economy.

“Subsidies are a big burden for the state. The biggest subsidy is for fuel,” al-Zubeir said, adding that a barrel of fuel was sold locally at $60 compared to a market price of $100.

“So far we didn’t notice the difference, subsidies were no problem because the country had oil … [but] we cannot pay this anymore,” he added.

The landlocked South Sudan has been in talks with Khartoum on the fair fee that should be assessed for using the north’s refineries and pipelines. It has been reported that Sudan asked for $32 per barrel for the service, something which South Sudan vehemently rejected saying it is excessive compared to international norms.

Sudan retaliated to the slow pace of talks and decided to seize part of South Sudan’s oil as payment in kind for the exporting service. Juba responded by shutting down its oil production.

(ST)

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Sudan frees South Sudan’s oil tankers; dispute continues
Reuters
JUBA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Sudan released tankers loaded with South Sudanese oil that had been held at Port Sudan in a row over export transit fees, days after Khartoum seized crude from its new neighbor and offered it at a steeply discounted price.

Sudan-South Sudan Dispute Dominates African Summit
Voice of America (blog)
South Sudan has followed through on its threat and shut down all oil production as its dispute with Sudan shows no sign of resolution. The leaders of both countries held talks in Addis Ababa late last week on the sidelines of the annual gathering of 

Report: Sudanese army free 14 kidnapped Chinese workers
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff The visit to Beijing by President Omar al-Bashir (L) last year was a sign of the growing ties between Sudan and China. (CNN) — The Sudanese army has freed 14 Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in the volatile South Kordofan 

Ki Moon calls for peaceful resolution to Sudan oil row
Sudan Tribune
By Julius N. Uma January 30, 2012 (JUBA) — Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General on Sunday urged leaders in both Sudan and South Sudan to reach an agreement on how to share their oil wealth after series of counter accusations forced the 

Sudan oil crisis ‘threatens peace’
News24
Addis Ababa – South Sudan and Sudan could face a “major humanitarian crisis” if they fail to solve a running oil dispute, a top US envoy said on Sunday as African heads of state converged in Ethiopia’s capital for an African Union summit…

South Sudan clamps oil shutdown, seeks border deal
Business Recorder (blog)
South Sudan has fully shut down oil output in a row with Sudan over export transit fees and will only restart after a broader deal on issues including border security and the disputed region of Abyei, its oil minister said on Sunday…

Brent drops below $111/barrel; EU, Iran eyed
Reuters
 Tan | SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Brent crude fell on Monday as investors cautiously eyed a European Union summit for a resolution to the region’s debt crisis, but prices hovered near $111 per barrel on concerns over supply from Iran and South Sudan

China says contact cut with workers held in Sudan
Reuters Africa
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Sudan has lost contact with 29 Chinese construction workers held by rebels in the strife-troubled border state of South Kordofan, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. The rebel Sudan People’s 

Supply concerns keep Brent above $US110
Sydney Morning Herald
Brent crude edged down on Monday as investors cautiously eyed a European Union summit for a resolution to the region’s debt crisis, but prices stayed above $US111 per barrel on concerns over supply from Iran and South Sudan. EU leaders are expected to 

The South Sudan dream is turning sour
The Guardian (blog)
It is now a year since the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly for independence from Khartoum. But the vision of a new era of peace and co-operation between north and south, endorsed at the time by President Omar al-Bashir and the southern 

South Sudan ethnic clashes claim 74 lives
Daily Nation
A May 2011 handout photo showing displaced South Sudanese waiting for relief supplies in Warrap State. Fresh fighting has claimed more than 74 lives as ethnic clashes continue to convulse the new country. PHOTO | AFP By MACHEL AMOS in Juba At least 74 

AU Commission Chair Urges Sudan, South Sudan to Reach Agreement
Sudan Vision
The birth of South Sudan state was an indication of political maturity and wisdom of the leaders of the two states, Mr. Ping said, and called on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to arrive at solutions for the outstanding issues…


Christians Sudan, South Sudan Facing Death And Detention
BosNewsLife
KHARTOUM, SUDAN (BosNewsLife)– Christians in Sudan and newly created South Sudan face possible detention, beatings and even death amid a “deteriorating humanitarian situation” with thousands of people being killed this year alone, aid workers and 

South Sudan to unveil pipeline plans next week: minister
Reuters UK
By Hereward Holland and Lucy Hornby | JUBA/BEIJING (Reuters) – South Sudan will announce plans for an oil export pipeline through East Africa next week, a priority for the new nation because its crude is “no longer safe” in Sudan, a government 

South Sudan officials absent from talks on borders, AUHIP announces adjournment
Sudan Tribune
January 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) today announced that the governments of Sudan and South Sudan have requested that the meetings of the joint political and security mechanisms be postponed till next 

South Sudan will resume exporting through north only if “fair deal” reached
Sudan Tribune
By Ngor Arol Garang January 21, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Saturday said it will resume exporting its crude oil to international markets through north Sudan if the government in Khartoum agrees to a “fair” transit fee and returns confiscated oil. 

China Urges Sudan, South Sudan To Resolve Oil Dispute With Talks, Respect CNPC 
Fox Business
BEIJING – China on Saturday urged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to remain calm and restrained and resolve their differences over oil exports through “negotiation at an early date”. “Oil is the economic lifeline shared by Sudan and South 

South Sudan Plans to Shut Down Oil Output Over Sudan Fees
BusinessWeek
By Jared Ferrie (Updates with comments from South Sudan’s oil minister starting in first paragraph, Sudan government in last.) Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — South Sudan plans to stop oil production after Sudan started seizing southern crude and demanded $32 

South Sudan Plans to Shut Down Crude Output Over Oil Dispute With Sudan
Bloomberg
South Sudan plans to stop oil production after Sudan started seizing southern crude and demanded $32 per barrel in transport fees on shipments through its territory, Oil Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said. South Sudan told oil companies yesterday to 

South Sudan Threatens Oil Production Shutdown
Voice of America
January 20, 2012 South Sudan Threatens Oil Production Shutdown VOA News South Sudan says it may shut down oil production because neighboring Sudan is seizing southern oil flowing through its pipelines. South Sudan government spokesman Barnaba Marial 
In Sudan, the AU has a chance to prove its grand rhetoric
Times LIVE
It is common cause that Sudan has been mired in conflict for ever and three days. The country took a major step towards the resolution of decades-long civil war when South Sudan was allowed to secede and form a new country. But conflict has continued 
Kenya urged to mediate Sudan oil row
Daily Nation
A soldier stands next to the infrastructure of a field processing facility in Unity State,South Sudan. Photo/AFP By LUCAS BARASA lbarassa@ke.nationmedia.com Kenya has been urged to intervene and help resolve a row over oil pipeline pitting the two 

Daily Nation
South Sudan orders oil-production halt
Aljazeera.com
South Sudan has said it ordered the halt of oil production that provides some 98 percent of its revenue, amid a deepening dispute with the Sudanese government over pipeline fees. Sudan admits to taking some South Sudanese oil destined for export as

Aljazeera.com
Sudan: Rights Record Deteriorates With New Conflicts
Human Rights Watch
Despite the peaceful secession of South Sudan on July 9, 2011, new conflicts broke out in the disputed territory of Abyei in May, in Southern Kordofan state in June, and Blue Nile state in September. The two states lie north of the South Sudan border 

South Sudan roads ministry unveils 10-year plan
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
JUBA, Jan 21, 2012 (Sudan Tribune – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — South Sudan’s roads and bridges minister, Gier Chuang Aluong, spoke to journalists at a press conference in Juba on Tuesday about a 10-year strategic plan that 

South Sudan to unveil pipeline plans next week: minister
Chicago Tribune
JUBA/BEIJING (Reuters) – South Sudan will announce plans for an oil export pipeline through East Africa next week, a priority for the new nation because its crude is “no longer safe” in Sudan, a government spokesman said on Saturday. 

US looks at possible aid for Sudan border states
Reuters Africa
Activist groups have urged Washington to help in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, where Sudanese government troops have repeatedly clashed with rebels following the independence of South Sudanin July. The fighting has already forced about 417000 

Over 120000 affected by South Sudan clashes – UN
Xinhua
20 (Xinhua) — More than 120000 people affected by the recent violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state may need emergency assistance, which is twice the original estimate, the United Nations humanitarian official in the African country said on Friday. 

Fire guts parking yard at South Sudan-Ugandan border
New Vision
By Vision Correspondent A fire has reportedly broken out at a parking yard in Nimule town at boarder of South Sudan and Uganda. A police officer at the scene who did not want to be quoted says the fire broke about a few minutes ago, followed by a loud 
South Sudan: Plan scales up critical aid as violence continues
Reuters AlertNet
Child rights organisation Plan International is scaling up its relief food distribution in Pibor County -South Sudan as tribal violence continues to rage in the strife-torn region. The additional food supplies, secured from the World Food Programme, 

South Sudan: Zimbabwean Appointed Deputy Special Representative for Unmiss
AllAfrica.com
Juba — The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, a Zimbabwean, as the Deputy Special Representative (political) in the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). 
Nigerian peacekeeper killed in Darfur ambush: UN
AFP
UN leader Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack on the patrol in South Darfur and called on the Sudanese government to carry out a speedy investigation. The joint UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said the attack was staged around midday, 
South Sudan plagued by ethnic violence
GlobalPost
James Kumen a young district administrator stands in the compound where he sleeps in Jonglei state South Sudan. Armed only with a credit-less satellite phone and a university education he is responsible for administering dozens of remote hamlets and

PRESS RELEASE ON ALLEGATIONS MADE BY SUDAN THAT SOUTH SUDAN PROMISED TO EXPEL DARFUR REBEL GROUP (JEM) FROM ITS TERRITORY
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) is deeply concerned about an incorrect news story published online on(January 15, 2012) by Sudan Tribune alleging  that the RSS South Sudan  promised to expel members of Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) from its territory.
The Government of the Republic of South Sudan categorically refutes the allegations made by Sudan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs in which he attributed a statement to have been made by Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (RSS) Prof. Elias Nyamlell Wakoson.
On many occasions, the RSS has made it clear to the world media that there is no presence of any rebel group from Darfur or any other Northern rebel groups fighting against the Government of Khartoum on South Sudan’s soil, and having said that ,the  statement is blatantly false and should be retracted.
Nevertheless we would like to make the following clarifications:
A delegation from South Sudan led by South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of International Cooperation Prof. Elias Nyamlell Wokoson was in Khartoum for a five days visit. During this visit, the delegation held meetings with Senior Government Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Government institutions of the Government of Sudan, in which various areas of crucial concern were discussed.
The governments of South Sudan delegation never in any way expressed or implied knowledge or support of JEM rebels leave alone the expulsion of these rebels from its territory. As such, the government of South Sudan is appalled by these statements and considers these allegations as baseless and in bad spirit of the bilateral talks.
We would like to point out that, the internal rebellions in Sudan is purely an internal and domestic matter, and the government of South Sudan has never had a hand or interest in supporting it.
The sovereign Republic of South Sudan adheres firmly to the principle of non- interference in domestic affairs of other countries.
Finally, the RSS Government further urges the editors of the article to seek accurate and cohesive first hand information from the source.
For more details: you can contact the department of information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on
Tel: 0910573484

Sudan: priests kidnapped, tensions grow
Catholic Culture
According to the Fides news service, the kidnappers charged that the parish was harboring a former member of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, the group that fought successfully for the independence of South Sudan. Christians in Sudan report that 

S. Sudan denies promising to expel Darfur rebels
Sudan Tribune
January 18, 2012 (JUBA)- South Sudan on Wednesday dismissed reports claiming it pledged to expel the Darfurian rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), fighting the Khartoum-based government, from its territory. The release extended to Sudan 

Sudan dismisses South Sudan’s accusations
China Daily
KHARTOUM – Sudanese government on Wednesday dismissed South Sudan’s accusations that the north has been stealing oil from the south as “political talk” which does not help resolve their disagreements. “The south’s accusations of the north stealing oil 

Khartoum says oil deal with South Sudan depends on border security
Sudan Tribune
January 18, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti on Wednesday said that an oil deal with South Sudan is unlikely to be reached in light of the latter’s support to insurgents in border areas. Sudan and South Sudan failed to resume their 

Gettleman Discusses Violence In South Sudan
NPR
Audie Cornish speaks with Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, about escalating violence in South Sudan. Back in July of last year, news from the brand new country ofSouth Sudan was optimistic. 

South Sudan: Murle Attackers Kill 51 in Duk County, Jonglei State
AllAfrica.com
Juba — In an evening attack launched by armed Murle tribesmen last Monday left 51 dead while one seriously wounded person died in the plane on the way to hospital in Juba bringing the number of the dead to 52 and 47 wounded and 32 of them have been 

UN Says South Sudan Peacekeeping Mission Denied Resources
Voice of America (blog)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says critical resources were withheld from the South Sudan peacekeeping mission, hindering its ability to protect civilians during recent violence there. In a speech Wednesday at an international institute 

Dozens killed in South Sudan tribal violence
Al Jazeera
The long running conflict between rival tribes in South Sudan is escalating. A youth armed group from the Murle tribe attacked the Lou Nuer tribe in Duk Padyet in Jonglei state late on Monday. Forty-seven people have been killed, most of which were 

Child Kidnap South Sudan
Reuters AlertNet
CHILD abduction is escalating in South Sudan’s war-torn border region – according to charity Plan International. The organisation is warning that young people are being snatched as part of ethnic clashes in Jonglei state that have displaced tens of 


Sudan-South Sudan Talks Begin In Addis Under AU Auspices Tuesday
Bernama
KHARTOUM, Jan 17 (BERNAMA-NNN-SUNA) — Talks on pending issues between Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan begin Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the African Union (AU) High-Level Panel on Sudan headed by former 

China calls for calmness in resolving oil dispute between Sudan, South Sudan
People’s Daily Online
16 (Xinhua) — China on Monday called for “calmness and restraint” in resolving the oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan. “We have noticed that the tension has recently escalated to a degree on the issue between the two sides, and we are concerned 

African Markets – Factors to watch on Jan 17
Reuters Africa
EVENTS: SUDAN – Talks on oil resume in Ethiopia. Sudan started confiscating some oil exports from South Sudan to meet unpaid transit fees but will not shut down a pipeline carrying the southern state’s oil. BOTSWANA – The central bank is scheduled to 

After Becoming a New Nation, South Sudan Grapples With Violence
DigitalJournal.com
When many were asleep in their huts, a South Sudanese tribe killed 57 people — mostly women and children — in retaliation for a previous assault, officials say, renewing a cycle of revenge. “They were gunned down as a family. Her mother and sisters, 

Ethiopia faces new influx of refugees from North, South Sudan
Sudan Tribune
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle January16, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Violence in North Sudan and South Sudanwill drive a new wave of refugees into Ethiopia, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM). Humanitarian agencies are preparing and 

Russia considers withdrawal from South Sudan force-UN
Reuters Africa
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Russia is considering withdrawing its military helicopters servicing the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan after voicing alarm at attacks on Russian personnel there, a senior UN official said. 

South Sudan parliament calls for action against corruption
Sudan Tribune
January 16, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan parliament on Monday postponed deliberations on corruption, which took place in 2005 and 2006, apparently due to lack of copies of the auditor’s report covering those years. South Sudan’s National Assembly on 11 

Big East Basketball to Shine Light on War-Torn and Hungry Sudan
Blogcritics.org (blog)
Villanova and Seton Hall are partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in “Playing for Peace” to help bring an end to conflict, hunger, and suffering in Sudan and South Sudan. Sudan and South Sudan fought a decades-long civil war that ended in 

South Sudan offers crude oil despite export woes
Reuters Africa
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – South Sudan is offering more than 6 million barrels of crude oil on the spot market even though it cannot guarantee vessels will be able to load the cargoes at the Sudanese port, traders and shipbrokers said on Thursday.

US military officers to join UN in South Sudan
Sudan Tribune
January 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Five US military officers will be dispatched to join the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as it struggles with the fallout of recent violence in the new state. The White House on Tuesday announced that the officers would

South Sudan accuses Sudan of stealing oil
UPI.com
JUBA, South Sudan, Jan. 11 (UPI) — South Sudan’s oil minister charged north Sudan was stealing its country’s crude oil and threatened to sue any country or company that bought the oil. Stephen Dhieu Dau, minister of petroleum and mining, said Sudan
South Sudan signs MoU with UAE Investment Company
Sudan Tribune
January 11, 2012 (ABU DHABI) – As part of the ongoing efforts to mobilise foreign investment South Sudan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Investment Company of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to invest in various
In South Sudan, Russian Pilots Weren’t Under Contract to Fly to Pibor Conflict
Inner City Press
By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive UNITED NATIONS, January 11 — In the wake of the mass killings in Pibor in South Sudan, still not counted by the UN Mission there, behind closed doors a new reason for the failure to protect civilians is being offered
UNMISS says has returned to W. Bahr El Ghazal after cross border raids
Sudan Tribune
January 11, 2012 (RUMBEK) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on Wednesday that Raja County in Western Bahr El Ghazal state had returned to normal after a cross border bombing from North Sudan in December.

January 8, 2012 (BOR) – Conflict between the Murle and Luo Nuer tribes in South Sudan’s Jonglei State continued on Sunday with the Murle accused of carrying out a revenge attack on Akobo County.

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Nuer raiders set fire to houses and took cattle during the attack. (BBC)

Heavy fighting has killed as many as 60 people sources in the area, including the, Akobo commissioner Goi Joyol, told Sudan Tribune.

The attack on Luo Nuer territory appears to be response to a Luo Nuer offensive into Murle territory in Pibor County that displaced up to 100,000 and killed many.

The Pibor County Commissioner, Joshua Konyi, estimates that over 3,000 people were killed in the assault which lasted for two weeks from 23 December until early January, when the army deployed thousands of extra troops to the area.

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Murle displaced people sit under a tree guarded by the SPLA in Pibor County, Jonglei, South Sudan. Jan. 6, 2012 (ST)

From June 2011 until the December violent counter attacks and cattle raids between the two groups had killed 1,000. The Pibor Commissioner says over 80,000 cattle were stolen in the latest raid. Cattle are a sign of status and used to pay bride price in South Sudan.

South Sudanese citizens are still highly armed as a hangover from decades of conflict and various rebellions in the region.

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A Murle woman with two of her children on her back returns to Pibor after fleeing the town. Pibor County, Jonglei, South Sudan. Jan. 6, 2012 (ST)

Disarming civilians and resolving local conflicts over resources are among the many challenges that South Sudan faces after it seceded from north Sudan in July 2011 as part of 2005 peace deal.

A resident of Akobo town toldSudan Tribune by phone that the attackers are advancing toward the county headquarters and are setting houses on fire.

South Sudan Red Cross director in Jonglei state, David Gai, said his volunteers are helping the wounded people.

HUMANITARIAN DISASTER

Humanitarian agencies are mounting a major emergency operation in Jonglei state with the South Sudanese government declaring it a disaster zone.

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Displaced Murle citizens return to Pibor town after the Luo Nuer offensive. Pibor County, Jonglei, South Sudan. Jan. 6, 2012 (ST)

Humanitarian agencies estimate that up to 100,000 people have been displaced by the violence. Most of those who need assistance have been hiding in the bush for up to two weeks, in many cases without food, clean water or shelter.

Preliminary results of assessments in hard-hit areas indicate that the most urgent needs include high-nutritional food, clean water, health care and shelter.

The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Lise Grande, said in a statement on Saturday that the “emergency operation is going to be one of the most complex and expensive in South Sudan since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in 2005. With the exception of Boma, the areas we need to access are extremely remote and can only be reached by air”.

The most recent spike in inter-communal violence has compounded an already difficult humanitarian situation in South Sudan. In 2011 more than 350,000 people had been displaced by rebellions against the government, cattle raids and revenge attacks, according to reports by local authorities and assessment teams.

On Tuesday Grande said the death toll could be anywhere from dozens to hundreds.

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Thousands have been displaced in fighting between the Nuer and Murle (BBC)

The UN’s World Food Program says it has delivered emergency rations to feed 1,000 people in Pibor for two weeks, and expects to reach 7,000 more people in the coming days. It has also distributed food packages for 2,000 internally displaced people at Boma.

On Thursday, Herve Ladsous, the undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations, called the situation in Jonglei “a very serious crisis”.

“I think the problem we face in this particular region of Jonglei state is one of access, because there are no roads and we have insufficient helicopters,” he told reporters following his address to the Security Council. He said the UN had reinforced its staff in the area and that the South Sudanese government should try to do the same.

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Data on Jonglei clashes provided by Pibor County commissioner clashes on Jan 6. 2012 (ST)
http://www.sudantribune.com/Murle-revenge-attack-on-Luo-Nuer,41226

South Sudan president accuses Khartoum of stealing its oil
Sudan Tribune
January 2, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir accused the Sudanese government of stealing his country’s oil in a new sign of escalation between the two ex-foes. In his New Year message to the people of South Sudan, Kiir said that 

Sudan’s rebels urge opposition parties to join struggle for regime change
Sudan Tribune
The SRF called for establishing a strategic relationship between Sudan and South Sudan, saying that this particular goal cannot be achieved unless through toppling the regime and finding an alternative system that guarantees cohabitation with South 

New Year football aims to bring unity to Bentui
Sudan Tribune
Unity state, which borders north Sudan, is home to South Sudan’s main oil fields as well as the new country’s most active rebel groups. Hundreds died in 2011 in clashes between rebels and the military. Sport is seen as a way to unite the new nation and

Ugandan traders seek $41m compensation from S. Sudan
Sudan Tribune
January 1, 2012 (NIMULE) — The Government of South Sudan will have to part with $14m as compensation to South Sudan Traders Association Limited (STAL), a Ugandan body which claims its members lost numerous properties while dealing with their South 

South Sudan: Nine people killed in Bahr el Ghazal
Sudan Tribune
January 1, 2012 (JUBA) — At least 9 civilians have been killed in two separate incidents in South Sudan’s northwestern region of Bahr el Ghazal. Several others have also sustained injuries in the same incidents which took place in Aweil, the 

South Sudan: UN urges ethnic communities to resolve differences peacefully
YouTube
United Nations, New York, 29 December 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern about continuing ethnic tensions in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, where there are reports of fresh rounds of deadly clashes and claims that thousands of 

Reporting from South Sudan
Al Jazeera
AJE’s Haru Mutasa travels to the troubled village of Pibor in South Sudan

UN: Up to 50000 flee South Sudan tribal turmoil
Ynetnews
Up to 50000 people have fled tribal violence in a remote border area of South Sudan, the United Nations said on Monday, in the latest episode of upheaval to hit the new African nation. South Sudan became independent in July last year under a 2005 peace 

RCMP inspector off to help build South Sudan
Burnaby NewsLeader
Sutherland will be spending the next year on a similar mission in South Sudan. By Mario Bartel – Burnaby NewsLeader Walt Sutherland built a life in the RCMP. He’s risen through the ranks from general duty officer to VIP security to Inspector. 

Bor South Development Project in USA to hold conference on May 26
New Sudan Vision
To: Beloved Sons and Daughters of Bor County, South Sudanese, and Citizens of Jonglei State, Twi, and Duk Counties. The leadership of Bor South/Bor County has scheduled a Reunion and General Assembly meetings for Memorial’s Day weekend. 

South Sudan: Civilians Flee
New York Times
South Sudan became independent in July under a 2005 peace deal with Sudan. But it is struggling to stop rebel and ethnic violence that has killed thousands. On Monday, about 6000 armed members of the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked the remote town of

South Sudan probes beating of senior official in Wau
Sudan Tribune
January 2, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan said Monday it is investigating an allegation of assault against a senior official in the national government by forces believed to have been from the new nations military. An armed group, allegedly members Sudan

South Sudan, Israel’s new ally
Washington Times
By Daniel Pipes It’s not every day that the leader of a brand-new country makes his maiden foreign voyage to Jerusalem, capital of the most besieged country in the world, but Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, accompanied by his foreign and defense 
Sudanese mark Independence Day
Press TV
During his speech on this day, Al Saddig al-Mahdi, the leader of the main opposition party, National Umma party warned the government about the new relationship taking shape between Juba and Israel, which may be detrimental to the peace of South Sudan 
S.Sudan syllabus review lifts Kenya publishers outlook
Business Daily Africa
Kenyan publishers are seeking to grab a larger share of South Sudan’s text book market as the new nation changes its curriculum and raises its spending on education by billions of shillings. Photo/FILE By VICTOR JUMA (email the author) Kenyan 
UN warns South Sudanese to flee
BBC News
The United Nations has warned villagers in South Sudan to flee from advancing fighters from a rival ethnic group. Fighters from the Lou Nuer ethnic group are pursuing members of the Murle group, reports say, as a deadly vendetta over cattle raiding