USAID Donates USD 4.5 Million to Fight COVID-19 in Conflict-affected South Sudan

**Juba **– The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) this week donated USD 4.5 million to help tens of thousands of people in South Sudan at risk of contracting COVID-19.   The funds, contributed by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, come as confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan are increasing daily.   There are 1,830 people infected with the disease, while 32 have died since the global…

African Development Bank approves $4 million grant to bolster South Sudan’s COVID-19 response

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Wednesday approved a UA 3 million ($4.16 million) grant to South Sudan to support the emergency response to COVID-19 and strengthen the country’s fragile health system. The grant, from the Transitional Support Facility of the Bank Group’s African Development Fund, will provide funding for the project to enhance the capacity of South Sudan’s health facilities and to bolster the country’s…

Sudanese Demand End to Lockdown Amid Economic Woes

Like many Sudanese, car mechanic Mohamed Othman says the government must end its coronavirus lockdown now so that he can get back to work because "me and my family have no other source of income." The transitional civilian government, which runs Sudan under a power-sharing deal with the army, ordered most businesses, markets, schools and mosques to shut and imposed travel restrictions nearly two months ago. But it is facing…

South Sudan Businessman Takes Up Arms

A South Sudanese businessman and philanthropist, Kerbino Agok Wol, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for allegedly leading a riot at the National Security headquarters, also known as Blue House, in Juba on October 7, 2018, has formed a new rebel group. Wol had originally been detained in April 2018 and held at the Blue House without being charged. After the disturbance that October he was charged with…