Archive for February 23, 2012

South Sudan forms panel to halve national budget after oil shutdown
South Sudan’s President Salva Mayardit has formed a committee which will decide how to limit spending, as the government seeks to cut the annual budget by a half following the shutdown of its entire oil production, a government statement said Thursday.

Nicholas D. Kristof: Dodging bombers in Sudan
San Jose Mercury News
Sudan has barred aid workers and journalists from the area, the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, in a largely successful effort to conceal savagery that has echoes of Darfur. Like many others, I’ve denounced President Bashar Assad of Syria for his 

In the suffering of Sudan’s Nuba, echoes of Darfur
The Seattle Times
Syndicated columnist Nicholas D. Kristof witnesses firsthand a mass atrocity that has attracted little attention: Sudan’s government starving, massacring, raping and bombing its people in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, all in hopes of crushing a 

Kristof: Rutted track leads to the latest hell on earth

Anchorage Daily News –
By NICHOLAS KRISTOF IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — We heard the whine of a bomber overhead, and the families I was interviewing suddenly scrambled to their feet. Like starving people everywhere, they had seemed listless, their bodies conserving every 
Sudan accuses South Sudan of plotting against it
KHARTOUM, Sudan, Feb. 23 (UPI) — Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie has accusedSouth Sudan’s negotiators of scheming to overthrow Sudan’s government. Nafie made the allegation following a meeting Wednesday with a visiting Norwegian 
China urges dialogue in South Sudan dispute with oil firms
Reuters UK
BEIJING Feb 22 (Reuters) – China on Thursday 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.
UN hopes to access Sudan war zone with AU, Arabs
More than 360000 people have been internally displaced or severely affected by the fighting that began last June in South Kordofan state and later in Blue Nile, the United Nations says. With Sudan severely restricting the work of foreign relief 

For immediate release
Mayom, SSLA Headquarters, South Sudan
February, 22, 2012
The South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) is hereby informing civilians, NGOs and UN personnel residing in Unity and Upper Nile Sates to leave towns because the SSLA forces will commence Operation Ending Corruption within days. The SSLA does not want civilians to be caught in crossfire when it is engaging the forces of corruption that are stationed near civilians in most towns. It’s unfortunate that the forces of corruption defending the regime in Juba live in towns with civilians making military operations difficult to safeguard the safety of civilians. With the safety of civilians in mind, the SSLA’s Military High Command has no choice but to alert the civilians to leave towns prior to launching attacks. Although military secrecy could not allow the SSLA to alert the civilians ahead of time because the forces of corruption may prepare themselves in anticipation of attacks, we resolved that violating operation rules for the safety of people we are liberating is more important than winning battles.
The SSLA is fulfilling its international law duty to inform all NGOs and UN personnel to leave dangerous areas prior to launching the operation. We seriously call upon the NGOs, Red Cross and UN personnel to leave Unity State and Upper Nile within thirteen days. Should the NGOs, Red Cross and UN personnel fail to leave as we stated, the SSLA will not be responsible for any person caught between crossfire. Our forces have no intention to endanger the lives of international NGOs and UN personnel who came to South Sudan to assist our people. The primary reason for issuing this alert before starting the operations against the forces of corruption is because the SSLA leadership does not want any member of NGOs and UN personnel to be hurt in the process of liberating South Sudan from corruption and dictatorship.
The SSLA calls upon all civilians, journalists, NGOs and UN personnel to avoid visiting SPLA Headquarters of Bilpam in Juba starting March, 5, 2012. Civilians should also avoid going to office of Gen. Salva Kiir in Juba including his residence. SSLA commandos who are already in Juba will conduct surgical operations to speed up the liberation of South Sudan to bring to justice Salva Kiir and his loyalists. The SSLA has loyalists within SPLA forces in Juba who will join the special commandos to attack Bilpam and Salva Kiir’s office and residence.
The UN personnel and NGOs should not ignore this warning for their safety. SSLA will not be held responsible for civilians and international personnel who refuse to heed our warning when they get hurt. Responsible people should take this warning very serious because the SSLA forces will launch widespread attacks in Upper Nile and Unity states. This time, the intensity of fighting will be equivalent to Operation Desert Storm of 1991 because the SSLA is committing all its forces to capture Unity State and Upper Nile.
We strongly alert the international community that Operation Ending Corruptionwill be the mother of all wars in South Sudan. We could predict that all civilians of both states will be displaced because this time the SSLA forces will fight day and night to capture both states in one week. This time SSLA forces will conduct its operations differently because so many peasants and young men joined its rank and file. We congratulate seven hundred youth of Mayiandit County who joined the SSLA forces last week. It is the policy of our Movement to arm youth who want to defend themselves from the forces of corruption. We encourage more youth of Mayiandit County to join SSLA in order to effectively defend themselves from SPLA forces that constantly take their cattle.
Lastly, the SSLA calls on SPLA forces in Unity State and Upper Nile to either join the Movement or go home if they don’t want to die. This time, the SPLA forces will be confronted by SSLA forces composed of energetic young men who are highly motivated to liberate the South. Those SPLA forces who want to fight the SSLA should make necessary arraignments with their families to ensure the future of their children if they wish to die defending corruption in Juba. Most families of SPLA soldiers who were killed in battles suffer without any assistance from Salva Kiir who doesn’t care about the families of SPLA soldiers killed in the battlefields. Therefore, members of SPLA army in Unity State and Upper Nile should think for the future of their children if they allow themselves to be killed defending corrupt regime in Juba.
For contact:
Information Department
SSLA Headquarters
Mayom, South Sudan

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
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
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
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 [ ] to combat “neglected” tropical diseases will finally help to have an impact on South Sudan’s appalling health indicators.