Eastern Equatoria Governor visits near-inaccessible areas on UNMISS helicopter, urges communities to embrace peace

Every year, without fail, the rainy season in South Sudan leads to a severe deterioration in road conditions as well as flooding. The impact on residents of remote areas across the country cannot be understated. Take the example of communities living in Kassengor, Kuron and Kauto, located in the extreme east, on the border with Pibor, of Eastern Equatoria. The nearest town is Kapoeta; as the rainfall begins, roads become…

IOM South Sudan: Weekly COVID-19 Situation Report (27 July – 2 August 2020)

SITUATION OVERVIEW The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve in the African region, with a rising incidence of cases and associated deaths. Of the 114,394 reported new cases in the Africa region, the majority, 68% (77,963), were recorded in South Africa, which remains the hardest hit country across the continent and ranks fifth globally. The current figures in the region represent 4.5% of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1.9% of deaths reported…

Violence against adolescent girls: Trends and lessons for East Africa

Adolescence is a crucial and defining stage in a girl’s life. However, girls around the world too often face unique risks of gender discrimination and gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual violence, human trafficking, forced marriage and sexual exploitation and abuse. This is particularly the case in humanitarian settings, where girls’ already-limited access to vital services and family and peer support networks are disrupted by crises and displacement. Despite this, humanitarian…

4 killed in renewed clashes in Eastern Sudan

(PORT SUDAN) - Four people were killed and 35 others injured in Port Sudan on Sunday in the latest tribal clashes between the Nuba and Beni Amer groups. Tribal violence flared in Sudan across the country after the collapse of the former regime for different reasons. In eastern Sudan, the Beni Amer and Nuba have clashed several times since August 2019 despite government efforts to reconcile the two groups. Eyewitnesses…

Sudan’s Hamdok resumes efforts to convince Darfur rebel leader to join peace process

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said he resumed his efforts to convince a holdout rebel leader in Darfur to join the peace process. The head of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid Nur refused to take part in the Juba mediated peace talks saying the negotiations are on power-sharing not on the root causes of the conflict. Nur who has refused to take part in any…

South Sudan discuss ways to fund domestic food production

(JUBA) - The South Sudanese presidency Friday held a meeting to discuss ways to fund a food security plan aiming to increase domestic food production. Josephine Lagu (ST photo)The meeting was chaired by First Vice President Riek Machar Teny and attended Vice President James Wani head of the economic cluster, Josephine Lagu Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, and Governor of the Bank…

UNMISS engineering troops battling flooding in Bor and beyond as 135,000 people are displaced

Engineering troops serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan are engaged in an ongoing battle against flooding caused by broken dykes in Bor, in Jonglei, aggravated by heavy downpours. Across the state, primarily in Bor South and Twic East, some 135,000 people are believed to be displaced. Swift action by peacekeepers joined by youth of the local Bor community, mobilized by Jonglei’s Secretary General Mabior Atem Mabior, saved the…

Women in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal region call for stipulated 35 per cent political representation

Women in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State call for the implementation of 35 per cent political representation, as stipulated in the revitalized peace agreement signed in September 2018, in the next state government. “The agreed quota of women should appear at all levels of the next government,” says a female representative, Rejina Daud. “As women we have rights to participate in decision making. We want our share of the judiciary, the courts…