US Envoy Heads to Horn of Africa

NEW YORK - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa to the region Tuesday in a bid to de-escalate tensions. In a statement, Blinken said Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan through May 13. The special envoy will meet with officials from those governments, as well as the United Nations and the African Union, in addition to…

Minnawi appointed governor of Darfur region

May 2, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Minni Minnawi the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement has been appointed Governor of the Darfur region. In a decision issued on 29 April seen by the Sudan Tribune, the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said Minnawi’s appointment comes in accordance with the Juba Peace Agreement. The 3 October 2020 deal provides to establish a regional authority in the western Sudan region. The chairman of…

Sudan asks to withdraw equipment to build Russian naval base on Red Sea

May 2, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan requested Russia to evacuate all equipment and gears sent to Port Sudan to establish a military base on the Red Sea. Last weeks there were reports about the suspension of an agreement between the two countries to establish a naval facility hosting 300 Russian troops and four ships on the Red Sea. The Russian embassy in Khartoum, however, dismissed the "unfounded" reports saying they…

Sudan’s FM meets Ugandan president over GERD issue

May 1, 2021(KHARTOUM) - Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi briefed Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about Sudan’s position on the stalled talks over the GERD filling and operation. Al-Mahdi is visiting a number of East African countries to inform them about the Sudanese proposition for an African Union-led mediation including the European Union, United Nations and the United States. In a statement released on Saturday, the Sudanese foreign ministry said al-Mahdi met…

NGO body condemns violence on aid workers in South Sudan

May 1, 2021 (JUBA) - South Sudan NGO forum has strongly condemned the increase in threats and incidents of aggression against humanitarian workers that are multiplying across the country. On April 24, aid workers were attacked inside an NGO compound in Jamjang County in Ruweng Administrative Area when youth groups entered the perimeter, physically attacked staff and seriously injured some of them. Separately, unconfirmed numbers of humanitarian workers were reportedly…

NAS denies responsibility for abductions, killings on Yei-Juba road

May 1, 2021 (MOROBO/YEI) – South Sudan’s opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) has strongly refuted allegations that its forces were responsible for recent killings along Juba-Yei road. According to Central Equatoria State minister for information, Paulino Lukudu Obede, NAS forces ambushed, burnt and killed civilians traveling on the road between Yei and South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The hold-out group, in a statement, refuted the allegations as false. “NAS condemns in…

South Sudan Displacement Crisis: Cross-Border Population Movement Factsheet – Akobo Port and Road Monitoring Akobo County, Jonglei State, South Sudan (March 2021)

CONTEXT AND METHODOLOGY Akobo town is located in the eastern side of Akobo County, Jonglei State, close to the land and river border crossings with Ethiopia. Akobo is a key point of trade and transit between South Sudan and Ethiopia. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2013, this route has been used by South Sudanese heading to or coming back from refugee camps in Ethiopia. Since May 2015, REACH…

South Sudan Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) 1–7 April 2021

INTRODUCTION In an effort to inform cash-based interventions and better understand market dynamics in South Sudan, the Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) was created by the South Sudan Cash Working Group (CWG) in August 2019. The initiative is guided by the JMMI Technical Working Group (JMMI-TWG), led by REACH and supported by the CWG members. The initiative is funded by World Food Programme. Marketplaces across South Sudan are assessed on…