South Sudan

U.N. panel says South Sudan blocking its missions to violence-hit areas

JUBA (Reuters) - Implementation of South Sudan’s 2018 peace accord has stalled and authorities have blocked humanitarian access to areas where conflict has restarted, the U.N. panel of experts said in a report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

They also said there was a lack of transparency in how the government collected and spent oil and other revenues.

The government disputed the findings, saying agencies had access to all areas and it was working to fix the economy.

Chinese peacekeepers donate supplies to South Sudan's police for COVID-19 fight

JUBA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese peacekeepers on Wednesday donated materials to help South Sudan's Central Equatoria regional police boost the fight against COVID-19, the Chinese embassy in South Sudan said.

Chinese UN police (UNPOL) serving in the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) also shared best practices and experience in mitigating the pandemic.

South Sudan warned of surge of COVID-19 amid relaxation of measures

JUBA, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan doctors have warned of a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic unless preventive measures are stepped up to avoid resurgence.

The South Sudan Doctors Union (SSDU) warned that the east African country is most likely to experience a second wave of COVID-19 outbreak with more morbidity and mortality without heightened efforts to fight the virus.

Sudan and main rebel groups formalise peace deal

JUBA (Reuters) - Sudan’s power-sharing government and several rebel groups on Saturday formalised a peace agreement aimed at resolving decades of conflict which left millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead.

Three major groups signed a preliminary deal in August - two factions from the western region of Darfur and one from the southern region - after months of talks hosted by South Sudan.

UN appeals for 390 mln USD to boost South Sudan response to COVID-19

JUBA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday launched a funding appeal worth 390 million U.S. dollars to boost response to COVID-19 pandemic in South Sudan.

Alain Noudehou, humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, said the latest funding appeal will help provide assistance to 7.4 million people by the end of the year, up from 5.4 million who are in need of emergency aid.

South Sudan vice-president and wife ‘recovers from coronavirus’

JUBA, June 8 (NNN-AGENCIES) — South Sudan’s First Vice-President Riek Machar and his wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny, have recovered from Covid-19.

The two tested positive for Coronavirus three weeks ago.

The Sudan Tribune newspaper quoted a statement from Machar’s office as saying that he had been discharged on Saturday “having fully recovered”.

UN extends South Sudan arms embargo through May 2021

UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution extending individual sanctions and an arms embargo in South Sudan through May 2021, despite reluctance from Russia, China and South Africa.

Drafted by the United States, the resolution received 12 votes in favor, with the three above countries abstaining.

The Council additionally scheduled a midterm review to take place by Dec 15 and expressed its “readiness to consider adjusting measures… including through modifying, suspending, lifting or strengthening.”

South Sudan: Aid workers among 300 killed in inter-communal clashes

JUBA, May 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The authorities in South Sudan say at least 300 people have been killed and many more injured in the latest wave of inter-communal fighting in Jonglei state, east of the country.

Three aid workers, including one from Médecins Sans Frontières, are among those killed.

Fighting broke out on Saturday between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities. A local elder said that Murle youths burned down many villages in Uror county before being repulsed.

South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar in self-isolation after testing positive

JUBA, May 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, who was part of a task force to fight coronavirus, is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

Machar said as several other members of the task force were infected a new team was taking over their work.

His wife, who is Defence Minister Angelina Teny, some bodyguards and other staff also have the virus.

Experts worry that decades of conflict has left South Sudan incapable of dealing with a surge in new infections.

More than 200 killed in South Sudan inter-communal violence

JUBA, May 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — More than 200 people were killed and at least 300 others wounded in inter-communal clashes last weekend in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, according to local leaders.

Local officials say armed youth suspected of being from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area carried out attacks in four villages on Saturday and Sunday.

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