Aweil community asks Kiir to remove NBG’s governor, warns chaos

April 9, 2021 (JUBA)- Aweil community leadership in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state has requested to remove Governor Tong Akeen Ngor, warning a failure would wreak chaos in a peaceful community. The request comes after the arrest of an activist who campaigned against the governor management of state affairs and his efforts to create a new constituency. In a petition to President Salva Kiir on Friday Awel Community…

UN urges Sudan to hold accountable responsible for W. Darfur tribal violence

April 9, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the Sudanese government to investigate the tribal attacks in West Darfur and to hold accountable the perpetrators. Marta Hurtado, Spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday issued a statement to condemn the new tribal violence between Masalit and Arab tribes in El Geneina that resulted in the death of…

Sudan has legitimate concerns about GERD unilateral filing

April 9, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has legitimate concerns about the unilateral filling of the Ethiopian giant dam, said a South Sudanese minister during a visit to Khartoum. South Sudan’s Irrigation Minister Manawa Gatkuoth met with his Sudanese counterpart on Thursday to discuss bilateral cooperation and ways to update a framework cooperation agreement between the two sides. Gatkuoth "affirmed Sudan’s legitimate concerns about the unilateral filling of the Grand Ethiopian…

Sudan’s women call for parity in political representation

April 9, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Women groups in Sudan on Friday released a Women Manifesto calling for empowering women’s political representation and to repeal gender discriminations including that in the personal statutes. Sudanese women massively participated in the 4-month protests that toppled down the oppressive regime of Omer al-Bashir that excluded women from the public space and confiscated their rights in the name of Islam. However, the Sudanese government still…

UAE’s initiative aims to divide Al-Fashaga between Sudan, Ethiopia: Agar

April 8, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - A Senior Sudanese official rejected an initiative by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to settle the border dispute with Ethiopia saying it aims to divide the claimed Al-Fashaga area between the two countries. "The UAE wants to divide our land and we will not accept that," said Malik Agar member of the Sovereign Council and SPLM-N faction leader in remarks delivered during an event at…

WFP cuts food rations for refugees, IDPs in South Sudan

April 8, 2021 (JUBA) - The World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said it is cutting food rations for nearly 700,000 refugees and internally displaced people in South Sudan, citing the significant funding gaps. The WFP Representative in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth said effective from April, refugees and internally displaced people will start receiving 50 percent of a full ration, from 70 percent. “It is a very painful decision to…

Sudan, Qatar agree to reactivate bilateral agreements

April 8, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and Qatar agreed to reactivate bilateral agreements, said the head of the Sovereign Council at the end of his first visit to the gas-rich Gulf Arab state on Thursday. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan concluded a two-day visit to Doha where held talks with the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad, his government officials, Qatari businessmen and the large Sudanese community in Doha. Before returning to…

Departing UNMISS Chief urges parties to fully implement peace deal

David Shearer, the outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, has called on South Sudanese leaders to unite and fully implement the revitalized peace agreement. Speaking on Tuesday ahead of his departure Shearer said: “I urge the people and leaders of South Sudan to remain united and energized to push the peace process forward to fully implement the revitalized agreement and…