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Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger

(26 February 2018, Juba, South Sudan) More than 7 million people in South Sudan – almost two-thirds of the population – could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today. If this happens, this will be the highest ever number of food insecure people in South Sudan. The period of greatest risk will be the lean season, between May and July. Particularly at risk are 155,000 people, including 29,000 children, who could suffer from the most extreme levels of hunger. In January, 5.3 million people, or nearly half of the population, were already struggling to find enough food each day and were in “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4), according to an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today. This represents a 40 percent increase in the number of severely […]

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Striving For Legacy: The End We Must Have in View

Letter from A Brother Abroad Dear Countrymen, I am aware that we can vividly remember that our journey to this end has neither been smooth nor straight, a path full of rocks and thorns. But through endurance and self-neglect we have made it this far. It hasn’t been an easy path for the weak and faint-hearted folks, but the bold and determined. For a period of decades, our country has been marred in wars, the most notable this time among ourselves. I don’t need to mention this point because we all know it already. The critical question we need to ask ourselves at this point in history, at this moment of tough times, at a time when we are up against one another, a brother against a brother and a sister against a sister, a time of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, is this: […]

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In South Sudan, “childhood under attack” as country enters fifth year of fighting

JUBA/NAIROBI, December 15 2017 – South Sudan is in the throes of a tragedy for children that affects more than half the child population – victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling – UNICEF said in a report released today.  Years of insecurity and upheaval have had a “staggering impact on children”, threatening an entire generation, the report, Childhood under Attack, says.  The numbers tell a grim story that almost three million children are severely food insecure and more than one million are acutely malnourished 2.4 million have been forced from their homes, two million children out of school, and if the current situation persists, only one in 13 children are likely to finish primary school.An estimated 900,000 children suffer from psychological distress.Also more than 19,000 children have been recruited in the ranks of armed forces and armed groups and more than 2,300 children have […]

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Aid Agencies in South Sudan appeal for $1.72 billion to assist 6 million people amidst rising needs

By Daniel Deng Bol (Juba, 13 December 2017):The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy. Speaking at launch of the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan Tuesday, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou said: “There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,”. Today, we are calling for US$1.72 billion to continue providing life-saving assistance and protection for 6 million people most in need in South Sudan.” Mr. Noudéhou emphasized the centrality of protection of vulnerable groups, especially women and children, in the response plan. Since the conflict in began in December 2013, about 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including […]

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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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