S. Sudan plans to dispose of 60,000 expired Covid-19 vaccines

April 19, 2021 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s ministry of health says it plans to dispose of the expired 60,000 doses of covid-19 vaccines donated by the African Union in partnership with the mobile operator, MTN. The consignment of 60,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine arrived last week. Speaking to journalists during the weekly press briefing on Sunday, the Covid-19 Incident Manager in South Sudan, Dr. Richard Laku said the health…

Sudan refers GERD issue to UN Security Council

April 19, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan called for the intervention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to dissuade Ethiopia from carrying out the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) before concluding a legally binding agreement. In a letter to the UNSC on 12 April seen by the Sudan Tribune, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi said Ethiopia’s decision to unilaterally carry out the second filling "will deepen…

Japan donates $6.5 million to fight food insecurity in S. Sudan

April 19, 20201 (JUBA) - The Japanese government has donated $6.5 million to help World Food Programme (WFP) fight food insecurity in South Sudan. This contribution, WPF said in a statement issued Tuesday, is timely at the start of the lean season when more than 7.2 million people in South Sudan are expected to face acute food shortages. According to the agency, the latest donation consists of $4.5 million for…

U.S. senator “disappointed” with Ethiopia PM over Tigray conflict

April 18, 2021 (NEW YORK) – A United States senator has expressed disappointment over the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s failure to withdraw Eritrean forces from the Tigray region, remove obstacles to humanitarian access and hold perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable. “I’m concerned by atrocities continuing to occur across #Ethiopia—inside & outside of Tigray,” Senator Chris Coons tweeted Friday. Early this month, Ethiopian authorities said Eritrean troops started withdrawing…

Sudan calls on Africa to support binding agreement on Ethiopian dam

April 18, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has called on the African countries to support its call for a legally binding agreement of the Ethiopian giant dam before the second filling. Foreign and irrigation ministers held an extensive videoconference briefing on Sunday with the African ambassadors in Khartoum about the failure of Kinshasa’s meeting and Sudan’s proposal for a four-way mediation led by the African Union. Mariam al-Mahdi "explained Sudan’s firm…

Sudanese government says keen to end violence against women

April 18, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government reiterated its keenness to address violence against women across the country. Sudan’s Social Affairs Ministry and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) launched on Sunday a workshop to review the government’s strategy to end violence against women in Sudan. Speaking at the opening session Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Adam Bakhit stressed that the issue of violence against women is one of his government…

Sudan increases Darfur joint security force to 20,000 troops

April 17, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s peace partners have agreed to increase Darfur joint force to 20,000 troops and to establish rapid reaction units to preserve security in the restive region. On 10 April, the Security and Defence Council (SDC) decided to deploy joint forces including former rebels as agreed in the peace deal even if these troops have not yet been fully prepared, as a result of the surge…

South Sudan’s Kiir, Ramaphosa discuss peace implementation

April 17, 2021 (PRETORIA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Saturday held a meeting with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa and discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to the ongoing implementation of the revitalized peace agreement. The two presidents, the South Sudanese presidency said in a statement, also discussed ways of strengthening and deepening the bilateral relations between South Africa and the East African nation. Kiir is…