South Sudan still experiencing extreme levels of violence: UN

(NEW YORK) – South Sudan is still experiencing extreme levels of violence, a year after the parties formed a Transitional Government of National Unity, the United Nations said.In a report published Friday, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said attacks against civilians by armed groups and militias along ethnic lines escalated between February and November last year, and a large number of human rights violations such as murders…

Ethiopia, S. Sudan sign military co-operation agreement

(ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopia and South Sudan on Saturday signed a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.The agreement was signed by the Ethiopian army chiefs of staff, Gen. Berhanu Jula and his South Sudan counterpart, Gen. Johnson Juma Okot.The signing ceremony, according to the National Defense Force website, was held at the conclusion of the 11th joint chiefs of staff meeting of the two countries held in Addis Ababa.The…

U.S. is assessing its role in GERD process

(KHARTOUM) - The United States is assessing what role it can play to bring the three riparian countries to strike a deal over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, said the new American administration on Friday.The United States, the European Union and the African Union are involved in the stalled process as observers. Washington even went to host two rounds of talks in 2019 without tangible…

Senegalese female diplomat appointed as UNITAMS deputy head

KHARTOUM) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed a new Senegalese female diplomat as deputy special representative of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).Khardiata Lo N'DiayeAccording to the UNITAMS Public Information office, Khardiata Lo N’Diaye will serve also as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator."Ms Lo N’Diaye brings 35 years of experience in development, humanitarian assistance, women empowerment, democratic governance, conflict prevention and peacebuilding,"…

UN condemns attack on aid workers in South Sudan

JUBA) - The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) has condemned last week’s violent attack on aid workers delivering polio vaccines to South Sudan’s Lakes state.     Alain Noudéhou, the Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Getty) In a statement issued Wednesday, the UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou said the attack which took place on February 14 at Malek in Lakes state,…

Violence in South Sudan engulfs country, 10 years after independence ‘children all have guns’

Highlighting a continuing lack of local and national infrastructure almost a year since the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan, Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in the country noted that although the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement two years ago had “led to a reduction in hostilities at the national level”, the country seen “a massive escalation in violence”…

Saudi Arabia plans to mediate over GERD filling

(KHARTOUM) - Saudi Arabia said intending to mediate between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia to end the 9-year dispute over the filling and operating of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).The negotiations over the GERD are stalled over how to fill the reservoir of the giant dam without affecting Egypt water supplies or threatening Sudan small dams.The three countries also are divided on how to negotiate as Sudan propose to involve…

NAS not responsible for death of ex-area commander: spokesperson

(MOROBO) - The opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirillo Swaka has dismissed allegations that it was responsible for the death of General Saki James Palaoki, it’s former area commander for Maridi area in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State.Thomas Cirillo Swaka (Photo Reuters)Gen. Palaoki was kiled in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on February 10."The allegations and propaganda against NAS is mere mudslinging and baseless lie…