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JUBA Feb 6 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s annual inflation rate eased to 47.8 percent in January from 65.6 pct in December as costs for some food items fell, official data showed on Monday.

South Sudan became independent on July 9 under a 2005 peace agreement with its former civil war foe, Khartoum, but has been struggling to tackle an economic crisis and contain tribal and rebel violence which killed thousands last year.

Analysts say inflation could rise in the months ahead after landlocked South Sudan shut down its oil production last month to protest against seizures of its oil by Sudan through which it needs to export its crude.

Oil makes up 98 percent of state revenues in one of the world’s least developed countries. Annual inflation had hit 78.8 percent in November.

Month-on-month inflation rose 0.1 percent in January compared to a decline of 0.7 percent in December, the National Bureau of Statistics said in its monthly bulletin.

Costs for food and non-alcoholic beverages rose by 40.6 percent in January compared to 57.4 percent in December, the data showed. But the cost for household goods rose by 111 percent in January compared to 99.9 percent in December.

The United Nations has warned the underdeveloped new nation faces severe food shortages this year because it will produce less than half what is needed in 2011 due to heavy rain and widespread violence.

Violence on both sides of the joint border has hampered trade with Sudan, from where much of the South’s needs come, especially food supplies to northern regions. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; editing by Patrick Graham)

Mission HOPE South Sudan Follow-up
While Atem remains in Sudan working to bring his brothers to the US, one of the members of Mission Hope South Sudan is back to show us the progress they made in the third-world country. After years of civil war, refugee camps and finally immigrating to 

13 killed in attacks this week, says Jonglei MP
Sudan Tribune
February 5, 2012 (BOR) – Officials in South Sudan’s Jonglei state say armed raiders killed more than ten people in two separate attacks in Akobo and Bor counties this week, in the latest violence to affect the country’s largest state.
South Sudan inflation eases to 47.8 pct in January
Reuters Africa
JUBA Feb 6 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s annual inflation rate eased to 47.8 percent in January from 65.6 pct in December as costs for some food items fell, official data showed on Monday. South Sudan became independent on July 9 under a 2005 peace 

Sudanese rebels say to release Chinese workers “soon”
Reuters UK
Rebels from the SPLM-North had kidnapped the Chinese construction workers last month in oil-producing South Kordofan which borders newly-independent South Sudan. “The Chinese workers will be released soon and talks between the SPLM-North and the 

KHARTOUM Jan 26 (Reuters) – Sudan will treat South Sudanese as foreigners from April, state media said on Thursday, adding to uncertainty over the fate of 700,000 southerners living in the north six months after independence.

South Sudan became Africa’s newest nation in July after a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war of the mainly Muslim north and the South where most follow Christian and traditional beliefs.

More than 350,000 southerners have gone home since October 2010 after living in the north for decades but some 700,000 southerners still live in the north, according to the United Nations.

Sudan’s cabinet said it would treat southerners as foreigners from April 8, state news agency SUNA said. They would have to get residency or work permits after that, officials have said.

The United Nations has warned southerners will face legal uncertainties in the north because Juba has not yet opened an embassy that can issue passports.

Not all southerners will have left by April. Many say they want to go home but others hope to stay since they have jobs and fear unemployment in the poverty-stricken south.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing)