South Sudan Back to War – Again!

Posted by: : 07/10/2016

Gun battles reported near army barracks and UN base as intense fighting resumes after weekend clashes killed over 100.

 

jubaFierce fighting has killed an estimated 272 people in recent days in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as an increasingly tense security situation threatened to send the young country back to all-out civil war. Continue reading

Hundreds displaced by South Sudan violence, says UN

July 10, 2016 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has expressed outrage at the resumption of violence in the capital, Juba, saying it has severely impacted on the civilian population.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing violence seek shelter at a UN compound in Jonglei state capital, Bor (Photo: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)

About 1,000 internally displaced people were reportedly forced out of the UNMISS protection of civilians site into the UN premises at its base located at Jebel, a Juba suburb.

“The heavy fighting downtown Juba has forced hundreds of civilians to seek protection at UNMISS’ Tomping base,” the UN said in a statement on Sunday.

Heavy fighting occurred in Juba town, including in close proximity to UNMISS compounds, with sustained impacts from small arms and heavy weapons fire, the UN said.

The UN urged all warring parties to respect it sanctity, condemning any “deliberate” targeting of its premises and personnel. It vowed to continue protecting displaced people.

Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ellen Margrethe Loej, directly called on the leadership at the highest level in South Sudan to immediately restrain their forces, engage in dialogue to find a political solution to this crisis and allow access to the UN to be able to patrol in order to reassure the civilian population.

The UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the outbreak of fighting in Juba between armed forces loyal to South Sudan president, Salva Kiir and his deputy, Riek Machar.

South Sudan blames donors for not supporting peace

June 28, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government said lack of assistance from the international donors has slowed down the implementation of the peace agreement which ended 21 months of civil war between rival top leaders and armed factions in the country.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

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Cleric’s remarks on Wau event draws mixed reactions

June 28, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese from different regions have reacted a top religious leader’s remarks that the young nation was being “ruled by monkeys and devils”.

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While preaching at a church in Juba last Sunday, Apostolic Administrator Rocco Taban criticized the government for allegedly mishandling the clashes that occurred in Wau. Continue reading

Gambella/Anyuwaa Leadership Accountability and Responsibility

05/27/2016, Gambelatoday admin

The writer of this paper has attempted to find accurate information about Anyuwaa leadership responsibility and accountability.  The Anyuwaa people have traditionally been ruled by their kings and chiefs. For unknown centuries the Anyuwaa people used to live by themselves as tribe without mingling with other tribes. They had one culture, one language, and one undivided land. But now things have changed. They are now divided into two countries: South Sudan and Ethiopia. In this research, the writer has focused on the Anyuwaa of Ethiopia. Continue reading

Immediate Press Release: URGENT – Ethiopian troops into South Sudan – East Africa –

May 12, 2016

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Immediate Press Release

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URGENT – Ethiopian troops into South Sudan – East Africa

 

Gambella, Ethiopia (May 12, 2016) Ethiopian troops entered South Sudan on May 2, 2016. We cannot say for sure it is an invasion, but the military buildup is large enough to characterize it as the invasion. An eyewitness estimated over thirty (30) thousand Ethiopian soldiers crossed borders to South Sudan. They are well equipped with Tanks, heavy weaponry, Armored Personnel Carriers, helicopters, fuel tankers, and food supplies. The troops entered through three main areas – Pochalla, Raad, and Akobo – on the Ethiopian-South Sudanese borders. Currently they are operating in three locations in Pochalla area, Pochalla town, Omila and Otalo villages and about 30 Tanks are stationed in Pochalla. Continue reading