|South Sudan among countries using child soldiers
[JAMES MAGOK CHILIM] Juba, 17th February, 2014 (TCT) South Sudan has been identified as one of the countries where children are recruited to go into armed combat by both government forces and militias. This was said during the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.
|Africa Primates to review Church’s involvement on the continent
|Bellah Zulu|ACNS| February 6, 2014| Primates from across Africa are meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, this weekend to discuss the Church's role in promoting stability across the continent.
|Peacekeeping reinforcements arrive in South Sudan
[TCT CORRESPONDENT] Juba, 6th February, 2014 (TCT) A contingent of 266 additional peacekeepers arrived in South Sudan early this week, pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 2132 of 24th December 2013. The UN has announced that additional reinforcements are expected in the coming weeks.
| Aid agencies urgently need $1.27 billion to save lives in South Sudan
[TCT CORRESPONDENT] Juba, February 4, 2014 (TCT) Aid agencies in South Sudan urgently need $1.27 billion to assist 3.2 million people suffering the humanitarian consequences of the crisis.
|South Sudanese Church leaders decry exclusion in peace talks
Juba, February 2, 2014 (Sudan Tribune) – Church leaders in South Sudan have expressed concerns over failure by regional leaders to include them in peace talks aimed at ending weeks of violence in the new nation.
|Anglican Communion shocked by West Africa Primate's sudden death
(By Jan Butter with additional reporting by Bellah Zulu)
January 22, 2014, ACNS. The Anglican Communion is reeling at the sudden death of the the Primate of The Church of the Province of West Africa yesterday (Tuesday).
|SCBC extraordinary plenary kicks off in Juba
Catholic Radio Network, January 21, 2014 (Juba) Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference or SCBC’s extraordinary plenary started on Tuesday in Juba. SCBC President Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako called on the Bishops to focus on serious matters and come up with strong messages because citizens expect good outcome of the plenary.
|BREAKING: Kiir and Machar agree to ceasefire
Addis Ababa/Juba January 18, 2014 (Radio Tamazuj)South Sudan’s government headed by Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by Riek Machar have accepted a ceasefire agreement after negotiations in Addis Ababa, top sources in both Juba and the Ethiopian capital told Radio Tamazuj.
|Yau Yau accepts ceasefire
By Denis Dumo| Juba, January 8, 2014 (TCT) South Sudan rebel leader David Yau Yau has accepted a ceasefire extended by the Sudan people’s Liberation Army- SPLA, after progress in peace talks with Yau Yau forces mediated by retired Catholic bishop Paride Taban.
|President Kiir declares state of emergency in Jonglei and Unity States
Sudan Tribune January 2, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in two of the country’s states, ordering the national army (SPLA) to fight dissident rebels.
|South Sudan: 25,000-strong 'White Army' disbands, returns home after leaders intervene
Sunday|December 29, 2013|By Jason Straziuso |The Associated Press|
The estimated 25,000 armed fighters whom the government said had been marching toward a state capital in what could have been a vicious military confrontation have mostly disbanded and returned home, a South Sudan government spokesman said Sunday.
|African leaders in S Sudan for peace talks
Aljazeera| 27 December 2013| African leaders have arrived in South Sudan to try to mediate between the country's president and his former deputy whom he accuses of attempting a coup that the government says sparked violence threatening to destroy the country.
|'White Army' Threatens Further Violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI — South Sudan’s military says the so-called White Army militia is marching on the capital of Jonglei state, threatening to escalate violence in the country just a day after the government announced a cease-fire. The rebel opposition has dismissed calls to end hostilities until all political prisoners are freed.
|South Sudan Says Will Attack Rebel Stronghold if Ceasefire Rejected
Reuters| December 28, 2013| JUBA — South Sudan troops will attack the main stronghold of rebel forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar if the government's offer of a ceasefire is rejected, a senior minister said on Saturday.
|Situation in South Sudan gets critical
[JOHN DAAU] Juba, December 19, 2013 (TCT) The situation in South Sudan has gotten critical with the UN reporting that its peacekeeping compound in Akobo in Jonglei State, some few miles from South Sudan border with Ethiopia, was attacked on Thursday late afternoon. In a press conference addressed by Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, he reported that the base in Akobo, Jonglei State and lives were lost.
|Government approved 7Million for flood victims, says President Kiir.
|EBENEZER GORE| Juba, September 16,2013 [TCT] Salva Kiir’s government has approved SSP.7 Million to address humanitarian needs of people living in areas overwhelmed by flood waters attributed to heavy rains and high river inflows across the country.
|JICA donates vehicle to Labour ministry
JUBA, September 11, 2013 (GOSS-Online) - The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today handed over a vehicle worth 105,000SSP (US$30,000) to the Directorate of Vocational Training Centres in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development.
|Airport Fire inconveniences thousands (TCT)
Nairobi, August 8, 2013 [TCT] It is still unclear why or who set fire on the busiest airport in East and Central Africa! Jomo Kenyatta International Airport went up in flames starting early hours of Wednesday. Losses may spiral to billions of shillings as fire burned and destroyed several forex bureaus, banks and shops.
|Citizens commend President Kiir for Appointing Smaller Cabinet-- By Moses Bul
Juba, July 30, 2013 [TCT] South Sudanese President Salva Kiir constituted his long-awaited cabinet after dissolving parliament with an exclusion of Vice President Riek Machar and Secretary General Pagan Amum of the ruling party. Machar and Amum are said to be contesting against Kiir in the most anticipated democratic election of 2015. Eighteen ministers with their deputies were appointed after a series of consultations within the presidential inner circle and across different parties in the country.
|Embark on Development Says President Kiir By Joseph Oduha
Juba, July 11, 2013 [TCT] A celebration on the Second Anniversary of Independence in Juba took place while attended by the heads-of-States, namely: Yoweri Museveni of Uganda; Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Seretse Khama of Botswana; Hassan Sheikh Mohammed of Somalia; as well as Thabo Mbeki, former South African President; and Ethiopian deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Makonen. The celebration was characterized by colorful traditional dances, happiness, and joy.
|Juba University Receives Donations---By Joseph Oduha
Juba, July 16, 2013 [TCT] The University of Juba, has received assorted equipment worth US$40,000 (168,000SSP) from the South Sudan Capacity Building Project (SSCAP). The equipment, including laptops, printers, photocopiers, electronic accessories and furniture was presented to the University’s Principal, Professor Wani Sule, by the acting National Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Mr Kwong Danhier Gatluak.
|Canada supports youth programme --TCT
July 11, 2013 [Juba] UNICEF South Sudan has expressed gratitude to Canada for its support of youth activities in the country. It said this on the occasion of celebration of Canada Day.
|National Committee for Healing, Peace and Reconciliation conducts prayers----BY EBENEZER GORE
July 11, 2013 [Juba] Vice president Dr. Riek Machar has urged the people of South Sudan to embrace forgiveness and reconciliation during national prayers for the nation.
|"Without reconciliation there will be no South Sudan" By Bellah Zulu, ACNS
By Bellah Zulu, ACNS
July 1, 2013 The Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan has called on the people of South Sudan to be “united in order to achieve lasting national healing, peace and reconciliation.”
|Controversy over Nile Water: Egypt Plans to Stop Fula Dam Construction--By Joseph Oduha
June 21, 2013 [Juba] The National Minister of Water resources, Paul Mayom Akech, said that Egyptian authorities lobbied the Chinese government to withhold funding of South Sudan Fula Dam project construction.
|Desmond Tutu wins Templeton prize for advancing
David Smith in Johannesburg
The Guardian, Thursday 4 April 2013
Desmond Tutu, a clarion voice from the pulpit during South Africans' struggle against racial apartheid, has won the £1.1m Templeton prize for advancing the "spiritual liberation" of people around the world. The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town helped keep the struggle alive during the dark years when Nelson Mandela and other activists were jailed or exiled. He went on to chair the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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|The Primates of Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan and Southern Cone write to the New Archbishop of Canterbury
March 21, 2013
The Primates of Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan and Southern Cone wrote to Archbishop Justin Welby during his enthronement. They urged him to remain firm in the historic faith in Christ. "We encourage you to stay true to the 'faith once delivered to the saints' and as you do we will stand with you for the sake of Christ."
|Archbishop Welby enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral--By ACNS staff
March 21, 2013
By ACNS staff
The Most Revd Justin Welby was today enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in a service that celebrated the diversity of the Anglican Communion. More than 2,000 people from around the world gathered in Canterbury Cathedral for a celebration marked by traditional elements of Anglican worship blended with contemporary music, vibrant Ghanaian dancing and African drums, a Punjabi hymn and a blessing spoken in French.
|SPC Youth Ministry, got a new leader--By Ebenezer Gore
February 22, 2013 [Juba]
The General Assembly of the youth ministry of the Sudan Pentecostal Church (SPC) Juba area has, elected Mr. Alfred Wani Martin as its new leader for the next two years. Mr. Wani, a singer and translator, has been serving in numerous positions at both local and international churches including Juba and Addis Ababa where he was recently a choir master. Wani is currently serving as Vice Choir Master in SPC Juba joint choir ministry.
|President of Mongolia Visits South Sudan--By Joseph Oduha
February 15, 2013 [Juba] The President of the Republic of Mongolia, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorjhas paid a historic visit to the newest fastest growing African nation South Sudan for first time. The visit is for the purpose to strengthen ties between the two States (South Sudan and Mongolia).
|Minister Calls For Military Action Against Yau Yau
February 12, 2013 [Juba] The government of South Sudan has resolved to apply military action against rebel leader, David Yau Yau who is said to be responsible for fueling insecurity in Jonglei state and the country at large.
|UNHAS resumes operations as donors agree on funding
February 8, 2013 [Juba] - The South Sudan government has announced that the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has started full operations after donors resolved concerns raised by the organization last month.
|Media, & civil society welcomes appointment of Deputy Chairperson for Refugee Affairs--By Moses Bul
February 2, 2013 [Juba] The local media fraternity has endorsed the recent appointment of John Dabi as the Deputy Chairperson of The Commission for Refugee Affairs in the Republic of South Sudan. His appointment, which came under a Ministerial decree, has received wide attention and broad approval from the media, the citizens and human right organizations.
|1,500 return to Abyei, food distribution continues
January 24, 2013 [OCHA].
Humanitarian organizations are preparing for the return of 1,500 people from Western Bah el Ghazal’s Wau town to Abyei.
|New refugee site to open in Unity
January 24, 2013. A new refugee settlement will open shortly in Unity State to host the continuing inflow of Sudanese refugees and to decongest the existing settlement in Yida, where essential services are overstretched. New arrivals from South Kordofan will be hosted in Ajuong, which is expected to begin receiving refugees in early March.
|Plans for national reconciliation conference still on
January 10, 2013 [Juba] - The Vice president of South Sudan Riek Machar, late last year appealed to international bodies and organizations to support a government-led initiative that aims to bring peace and harmony among the communities in South Sudan.
|USD 88.4 million needed for humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, says UNICEF
January 25, 2013 [Juba] - UNICEF South Sudan says that much needs to be done to ensure that every child has the opportunity to survive and thrive, particularly those affected by emergencies. This was said by UNICEF’s Representative, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, on the occasion of UNICEF’s appeal for US$88.4 million as part of its global launch of Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) 2013 in Geneva.
|South Sudanese Refugees In Australia To Return Home--by Joseph Oduha
December 5, 2012 [Juba] Former South Sudanese refugees in Australia are grateful to be pursuing “the Australian dream” but are making plans to return to their now independent homeland which is in great need of their skills.
|Nelson Mandela hospitalized but out of danger
December 19, 2012: Former South African president Nelson Mandela was recently admitted in hospital in South Africa where he was treated for lung infection and gallstones. He has been admitted to hospital three times in the past two years. After two weeks, the media reported that Mandela was being kept in hospital despite "looking much better".
|South Sudan President, orders investigation over the killing of a Journalist--By Moses Bul
December 9, 2012 [Juba] The President of the Republic of South Sudan, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit has ordered investigation into the killing of a renown South Sudanese political analyst alleged to have been assassinated for criticizing the government.The president made directive barely two days following the death of opinion writer Isaiah Diing Chan, (authored as Isaiah Abraham by leading news outlets).
|Armed conflicts cost Africa more than US$ 18 billion annually, says researchers - By TCT Reporter
November 30, 2012 [Juba] Participants in a recent World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting in Ethiopia have said that more than sixty percent of deaths in battle-related conflicts are caused by small arms, and billions of dollars are spent every year on small arms.
|UN concerned by violence against women - By Jospeh Oduha
November 29, 2012 [Juba] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned violence against women around the world. He urged governments to make good their pledge to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
In statement released to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ban Ki-Moon said millions of women and girls worldwide were assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights.
From the battlefield to home, on the streets, at school, in the workplace or in their community, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. As many as a quarter of all pregnant women are affected, the statement reads.
Under the prevailing justice system, the UN chief says that perpetrators often go unpunished. He added that women and girls were scared to speak out their minds because of the culture of impunity.
The press statement quotes Ban Ki-Moon saying, “We must fight the sense of fear and shame that punishes victims who have already endured crime and now face stigma. It is the perpetrators who should feel disgraced, not their victims.”
He said the United Nations Trust Fund or UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign was engaging governments, international organizations, civil society groups, the media and ordinary citizens.
Last year, when UNiTE asked young people around the world how they intended to help advance this critical cause, Ban Ki-Moon says he was very encouraged by the responses from the young people.
“Many youth called for an end to ignorance. They said we should not condone negative attitudes. They demanded that we raise our voices to promote human rights, and join forces to help victims.”
Ban Ki-Moon says that the UN is working on all fronts to deal with the problem. “We are raising awareness through public outreach programmes” he said.
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women in November announced plans to disburse $8 million to local initiatives in 18 countries. Members of the expanding Network of Men Leaders are addressing violence by raising public awareness, advocating for better laws and holding governments accountable.
He added that, “As we build on these efforts, we must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I urge all people to support this important goal”.
|South Sudan needs US$1.16 billion for humanitarian purposes in 2013 - by TCT reporter
November 28, 2012 [Juba] The Government of South Sudan and the humanitarian community are appealing for US$ 1.16 billion to address urgent humanitarian needs in the country in 2013.
Launching the appeal in Juba, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster management Joseph Lual Achuil said that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan was fragile.
|New College opens its doors in Juba - By Ebenezer Gore
A new learning institution, the Oxford International College (OIC), has opened its doors in South Sudan Juba in mid-November. The college was started in response to the hardships in communicating in English language among many in South Sudan, due to the dominance of Arabic language in the country for the last two decades.
|End impunity against journalists, rights body says - By Joseph Oduha
November 29, 2012 [Juba] The Regional Director of the End Impunity Organization in South Sudan, Angelina Daniel, has called on governments around the world to end impunity against journalists.
|Kenyan plane crashlands in South Sudan
November 17, 2012 [ Awiel] A Kenyan plane reportedly chartered by the International Office of Migration (IOM) to fetch returnees from Khartoum to South Sudan crashlanded in Aweil, the capital of Northern Bhar al Ghazal state, which borders the Sudan.
|Catholic Church Prepares for Centenary Celebrations
November 18, 2012 [Yambio] Catholic Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro of Tombura Diocese invites all faithful to celebrate the forth coming centenary celebration at Mopai marking one hundred years of Catholic mission in Western Equatoria.
|Equity Bank Adds a Branch in Western Equatoria State
November 18, 2012 [ Yambio] Equity Bank South Sudan has opened a new branch in Yambio, Western Equatoria State adding to its existing eight other branches in the state.
|Anglican Church gets new Archbishop of Canterbury
November 9, 2012 The Right Reverend Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham is nominated to fill in the place of the Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England and Metropolitan.
|SPLM leader asks students to consider going back home---By Moses Bul
November 9, 2012 [Nairobi] Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) General Secretary Pagan Amum has called on South Sudanese students in Kenya to go back to their country in-order to make use of the knowledge they have learned to rebuild the young nation.
|Serve citizens with respect, says the interior minister--By Ebenezer Gore
November 1, 2012 [Juba] The minister of Interior in the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Alison Manani Magaya has called on the police in the directorate of nationality, passport and immigration to serve citizens with respect and dignity and to sustain good relationship with them. Minister Manani made his remarks while addressing officers who are going to start the work of nationality and passport issuance in the ten states across the country. The minister stated that the previous public complaints have reduced with the services of the directorate improved.
|Ties strong despite recent deaths of citizens--By John Daau and James Chilim
November 6, 2012 [ Nairobi] The embassy of South Sudan in Kenya has said that relations between South Sudan and Kenya remain strong despite the recent killing of a South Sudanese citizen in Kenya.
|Two children injured by airstrike in Nuba Mountain
October 30,2012 [Juba]. The Sudan Catholic Radio Network (CRN) announced that two small boys were injured in Kuwalib Village of Nuba Mountains by bombs dropped from Sudanese aircraft.
|Authorities forbid civilians to leave Kadugli
October 30,2012 [Juba] The Sudan Catholic Radio Network (CRN) announced that Sudan local authorities and security agents mounted roadblocks to prevent civilians from leaving Kadugli as the SPLA-N forces continued to shell the South Kordofan capital for the second time in a row.
|UNICEF and partners inaugurate a new school in Owinkybul
A few days after South Sudan marked its first independence anniversary, a new school was inaugurated in Owinkybul, Magwi County on Friday, July 20 enabling hundreds of children to access learning, some for the first time.The school is built by UNICEF with technical assistance from the United Nations Office for Procurement Services (UNOPS) and funded by the United Kingdom.
|We will not be a "failed state" - says minister -- By James Magok Chilim
The government of South Sudan has assured its citizens and the international community that South Sudan will not be a failed state.This was said by the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Dr. Peter Adwok Nyaba during celebrations to mark the first anniversary of independence of South Sudan in Nairobi, Kenya.
|South Sudan appeals for international support for Abyei referendum
October 30, 2012 [Juba] South Sudan on Sunday said it is seeking international support to push the government of neighboring Sudan to accept an African Union proposal to resolve the dispute over the contested fertile and oil-producing Abyei region by a referendum in October 2013.
|Communities warned against threatening foreign investors.
The Eastern Equatoria State Governor, Louis Lobong Lojore has expressed disappointment with some local communities for resisting foreign investors. While addressing the Press at his office, Lobong indicated that the communities were not flexible in welcoming investors who are helping exploit the untapped resources.
|Stormy Rain Killed Six School Children
|By Sheila Poni| Kajokeji, October 7, 2013 (TCT)- At least six  primary school children including one teacher were killed by a thunder last week in Alusy Basic School Kiri Boma of Kangapo Payam in Kajokeji County. The incident happened at around 3’ O’clock following a stormy rain when the pupils were for their lessons, an eye witness said.
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|Let us promote dialogue, says leader of minority
[JOHN C. DAAU] Juba, 8th March, 2014 (TCT) The leader of the minority in South Sudan's national assembly has urged South Sudanese to promote dialogue as a way of restoring peace and to shun those who promote divisions.
UN to investigate incident of weapons discovered in Rumbek
[JAMES MAGOK CHILIM] Rumbek, 7th March, 2014 (TCT) The UN has announced that it will investigate an error in transport of weapons for new contingents. The trucks carrying the weapons were discovered in Rumbek, Lakes State, and they were destined for Bentiu, in Unity State.
| We have no hidden interest in conflict, says Ethiopian ambassador
[JOHN C. DAAU] Juba, 8th March, 2014 (TCT) The government of Ethiopia has said that it has no hidden interest in the conflict in South Sudan, and has said that its main interest is peace in South Sudan and in the region.
AU establishes South Sudan Commission of Inquiry
[AU] Juba, 7th March, 2014 (TCT) A Commission of Inquiry has been established to investigate human rights violations, and other abuses committed during the armed conflict that broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013.
CFC Stanbic Bank donates fund for humanitarian assistance
[JAMES MAGOK CHILIM] Juba, 6th March, 2014 (TCT) The CFC Stanbic Bank, has donated a total of South Sudan Pounds three hundred thousand (SSP 300, 000) to South Sudan government for humanitarian assistance.
Students bear brunt of the crisis in South Sudan
[JAMES MAGOK CHILIM] Nairobi, 18th February, 2014 (TCT) The recent conflict in South Sudan caused by political rivalry has had serious economic effects on South Sudanese and particularly students who are studying in foreign institutions. Most people who were running businesses in Bor in Jonglei, Malakal in Upper Nile, and Bentiu in Unity State, as well as in Juba to support their children and close relatives in schools, totally lost all their income generating activities in the war.
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|Faith-based voices urge expansion of access to HIV treatment
[WCC] 7th March, 2014 (WCC) Faith-based organizations (FBOs) have urged expansion of access to anti-retroviral treatment for persons living with HIV and AIDS. They said this in a meeting organized by UNAIDS and Caritas International, in Rome, Italy.
EU offers cash-strapped Ukraine $15 billion in aid
[FOREIGN POLICY] 6th March, 2014 (FP) With Russian forces holding Crimea and the Ukrainian economy in desperate need of financial assistance, the European Union announced Wednesday that it would offer a $15 billion aid package to the cash-strapped nation in the form of $2.2 billion in loans, another $2 billion in grants, and $4 billion in credit over the next two years.
Three SPLMs in one SPLM the cause of suffering in South Sudan
[JAMES MAGOK CHILIM] Juba, 3rd March, 2014 (TCT) The scriptures explicitly teach us that all human suffering can be traced back to the fall of man, because of the sin of Adam and Eve who disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. Somehow, the current suffering in South Sudan can be traced back to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party which was a movement. I quote the late Dr. John Garang’s statement in Nairobi in 2004 when he said “I beg to differ, let’s go back, back, back in order to go forward.”
Social media fuelling war in South Sudan
[JAMES MAGOK CHILIM] Nairobi, February 17th, 2014 (TCT) The republic of South Sudan is unfortunate to have been born in the digital era where social media is the most powerful mode of communication. In other words, it will be nearly impossible to not report or know what is happening in South Sudan given these modes of communication that are at our disposal.
South Sudan bows out of CECAFA 2013
[BY TCT CORRESPONDENT] December, 2013 (Nairobi) South Sudan has been knocked out of the CECAFA 2013 tournament despite a good performance against Kenya. They lost 3-1 against Kenya. This means that South Sudan will not proceed to the next round in the after it earlier lost to Ethiopia 1-0.
Nigeria crush Mexico to clinch U-17 World Cup tournament final
Juba, November, 2013 (TCT) Mexico's dream run at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup ended with a nightmare result against Nigeria. Nigeria picked up a convincing 3-0 victory over the Mexicans in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi recently.