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Millions of Children Caught in Conflict, Victims and Targets of Despicable Harm

Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (New York, 5 October 2017)Boys and girls living in countries affected by armed conflict have been victims of widespread violations in 2016, as documented in the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict released today and covering the period from January to December 2016.  The alarming scale and severity of violations against children in 2016 – including shocking levels of killing and maiming, recruitment and use and denial of humanitarian access – is a serious concern for the Secretary-General.  “The tragic fate of child victims of conflict cannot and must not leave us unmoved; a child killed, recruited as a soldier, injured in an attack or prevented from going school due to a conflict is already one too many,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, said. Children from countries such as […]

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World Bank Donates US$50 million to Fight Hunger and Malnutrition in South Sudan

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba,South Sudan)According to the joint press release issued on Tuesday in Juba, three United Nations agencies leading the response to a dire hunger and nutrition crisis in South Sudan welcomed a US$50 million donation from the World Bank to address food insecurity and malnutrition in the country. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said the World Bank’s support, channeled through South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture, is vital to maintain the momentum of helping millions of men, women and children who would face starvation without sustained assistance. Thanks to a massive emergency response, including large-scale food and nutrition assistance, famine conditions in South Sudan have abated. However, six million people still do not know where their next meal will come from. Across the country, more than 1.1 million children are estimated to suffer from malnutrition, […]

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Dar petroleum to facilitate women project in South Sudan

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba,South Sudan)The Community Development(CD)Department within Dar Petroleum Operating Company(DPOC) operating in South Sudan in cooperation with Ministry of Petroleum and Mining have proposed to implement one year bottled Drinking water project for women estimated at $750,000 in South Sudan, County of Northern Upper Nile state, Melut. According to the Mr.Ayuel Akoj Malek, Community Development Manager in Dar Petroleum Operating Company, the establishment of drinking water bottling facility at proposed location will enable the local community to make water available and accessible to most people at a lower price than the current retail prices in area as well as creating employment opportunities for many young South Sudanese graduates and skilled laborers in the County and also boost local economy by generating revenues that could be reinvested into various sectors. The project focuses on three key priories including investing in people, equipment,facilities and understanding and strategically positioning resources […]

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National Dialogue:A critical perspective

By Dr.Francis Mading Deng The National Dialogue in South Sudan turning out to be a nice surprise to those who wanted it but feared that it would not succeed, or a disappointment to those who opposed it or predicted its failure?  When President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced the National Dialogue Initiative on December 14,2016,and then launched it officially on May 22, 2017, there were a variety of responses, whether openly or privately voiced. Some people thought it was a noble and indeed timely initiative, and others pessimistically feared that it would not amount to much.The cynics thought it was another delay tactics or even a distraction from serious efforts to implement the 2015 IGAD-negotiated agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan; they also predicted that it was doomed to fail. Probably only a minority felt positively that it was an opportunity to be taken seriously to end the proliferating […]

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Following oil revenue’s money in South Sudan.

By Daniel Deng Bol and Leila osman(Juba-South) Sudan is the most oil-dependent country in the world, with oil accounting to 98 percent of the country revenue for almost totality of export,and around 60% of its gross domestic product (GDP). As a new nation, the country has the dual challenge of dealing with the legacy of more than 50 years of conflict and continued instability, along with huge development needs. Under the comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the twenty years long civil war in Sudan stated that the local communities living in vicinity to oil-extraction areas shall benefit from oil industry. It set a 2% share of oil revenue should go to producing states in proportion to their out put while 3% to the local communities. The local communities benefit from oil-revenue given through local government and from development projects offered bythe oil companies operating in the area. The Transitional […]

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Urban land conflict in Eastern Equatoria

By Daniel Deng, Deng Simon Garang and Okello James (Juba, South Sudan) Returning back home is a crucial part of Southern Sudan’s new peace, still settling after years of brutal war in Africa’s largest country. But like many others who have tried, Rose Bernard Opiny has had to settle for just being close to home. Opiny fled her house in the Eastern Equatorian town of Magwi in 1983 after Sudan’s north-south war broke out. She returned a year after the 2005 peace deal, but found an army captain living on her plot. She demanded that he leave: he threatened to shoot her. She has since filed a case but county authorities suspended a ruling in her favor because they are too afraid to bring to officer to book. Her last hope is that she may get justice in the state capital of Torit. “I want my plot. I did not […]

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Cholera outbreak in South Sudan alarming as rainy season trigger further spread

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba- South Sudan)As the rainy season progresses in South Sudan, rapid responses are critical to stemming the cholera outbreak that has affected the country for over a year. Dr. Beldina Gikundi, IOM South Sudan Migration Health Emergency Office said the outbreak has compounded already dire humanitarian needs. Approximately four million people have been displaced by the conflict that erupted in December 2013. “In a country with mass displacement and severe levels of food insecurity, the effect of the continued cholera outbreak on the health of vulnerable populations is acute,” explained Dr. Gikundi. “As we saw the outbreak continue even during the dry season in 2017, we expect to see the trend persist throughout the rainy season, which leaves as much as 60 per cent of the country inaccessible by road. Sustained and flexible responses are crucial to stemming the continued transmission of the disease in this […]

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South Sudan’s Red Army commemorate Martyrs Day

Members of the Red Army pose for a group photo. File Photo (by Daniel Deng. 2013)

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba, South Sudan) Members of South Sudan’s Red Army Foundation have commemorated the Martyrs Day on 30th July 2017, a day dedicated and held annually in memory of the fallen country heroes and heroines during the years of liberation struggle. The Martyrs Day is also annually marked to celebrate the death of the founding father of the nation, Dr. John Garang de Mabior, who died in a helicopter crash on his way from Uganda on 30th July 2005. In statement to the reporters in Juba, the National Chairman for Red Army Foundation, Mr. Deng Bol Aruai said it was rather unfortunate to celebrate the Martyrs Day this year when innocent people are still dying in South Sudan and wasting their lives in what he described as a “futile rebellion”, coupled with ethnic violence. “As we commemorate this occasion, it’s rather unfortunate to note that our people […]

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Can South Sudanese respect the personality of Festus Mogea


Can South Sudanese respect the personality of Festus Mogea 
By Atem John
 H.E Festus Mogae is a chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a body formed to monitor the implementation of the 2015 peace accord signed by the Countries waring faction of the Sudan People Liberation Movement(SPLM) and Sudan People Liberation Movement in opposition (SPLM-IO) including the Former Detainees and other national stakeholders to end the war that broke out in December 2013.
The accord was negotiated in Ethiopia with the help of international Community to contain violence conflict that unleash mass suffering in the Country and spawned the lagest refugees crisis in region.
The accord was brokered by the Regional body IGAD with support from other regional and International actors, including the Africa Union, IGAD, TRIOKA Countries, UN, China, among others. This groups are dubed as co guarantors of the 2015 peace and in other words are the […]

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Humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan calls on authorities to guarantee safety of aid workers

Humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan calls on authorities to guarantee safety of aid workers By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba,20 July2017):The Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim(a.i.) Mahimbo Mdoe called on all authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety and security of humanitarians in the areas they control across the country and to work to prevent future threats against them. His calls came days after disgruntled members of the youth in the three states including Bor in Jonglei, Torit in Eastern Equatoria and Mankein in Unity issued threat letters against aid workers “Aid workers are working tirelessly across South Sudan with the sole aim of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of civilians caught-up in conflict and desperate circumstances,” said Mr. Mdoe. “It is absolutely unacceptable that aid workers, who place themselves at risk each day to help others, are being subjected to discrimination, threats and violence.” “I am grateful for the […]

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