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South Sudanese Fighter For Women’s Voices Honored By U.S. Peace Group

South Sudanese Fighter For Women’s Voices Honored By U.S. Peace Group

South Sudanese activist Rita Lopidia was just a child when shells started falling in her hometown of Juba, forcing her and her family to flee the fighting in the 1990s. Her experience with years of civil war and displacement and her campaign for women’s participation in peace negotiations earned her the inaugural Women Building Peace […]

Sudan To Ban FGM, Strengthen Women’s Rights

Sudan To Ban FGM, Strengthen Women’s Rights

Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hardline Islamist policies. About 3% of Sudan’s population is non-Muslim, according to the United Nations. Alcoholic drinks have been banned since former President […]

Kiir Appoints New Army Chief Of Staff In Unity Bid

Kiir Appoints New Army Chief Of Staff In Unity Bid

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has again replaced the army chief of staff, about three years to the day he fired former holder of the position Gen Paul Malong and a few days after firing Gen Jok Riak. The decision, seen within the prism of the recent government of national unity formed in February, means […]

Root Causes Of South Sudan’s Conflict Untouched

Root Causes Of South Sudan’s Conflict Untouched

Since civil war broke out in December 2013 in the young state of South Sudan, the country has made 12 peace agreements. None of which have brought sustainable peace. The parties continue to battle over control of resources, mostly oil. As a result of this continuing conflict, about 7.5 million people need humanitarian aid. Three United Nations agencies have warned an […]

Sudanese Pound Hits Record Lows Against World Currencies

Sudanese Pound Hits Record Lows Against World Currencies

The rate of the Sudanese Pound (SDG) is trading at all-time lows on the streets of Khartoum. There is no end in sight for the ongoing economic malaise in the country – largely a legacy of the corruption and mismanagement by the deposed Al Bashir regime – that has led to unrelenting price hikes for […]

‘Deliberate Starvation’ Tactics In South Sudan Could Be A War Crime

‘Deliberate Starvation’ Tactics In South Sudan Could Be A War Crime

The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday. The three-member commission, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, also said South Sudan’s political elites […]

South Sudan Inches Closer To Government Of National Unity

South Sudan Inches Closer To Government Of National Unity

South Sudan’s warring parties have reached a tentative agreement to revert to 10 states, paving the way for the creation of a transitional government of national unity. In an overnight about-turn, President Salva Kiir stood down from his stance of 32 states, saying he was compromising for the sake of the country’s peace. A document […]

‘Ambassador Chris Karumba Mburu’ Envoy To South Sudan Dies

‘Ambassador Chris Karumba Mburu’ Envoy To South Sudan Dies

Kenya’s envoy to South Sudan, Amb Chris Karumba Mburu, is dead. The diplomat died in Juba Sunday night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday. Mburu, who once served as a Director at the National Intelligence Service, is said to have suffered a heart attack leading to his death. He was named Kenya’s diplomat […]

Freeing South Sudan’s Captive Women And Girls – 128 Down, Thousands to Go

Freeing South Sudan’s Captive Women And Girls – 128 Down, Thousands to Go

The current approaches to releasing women and girls who have been forced into armed groups are far from adequate. In a significant development earlier this month, South Sudan’s rebel movement released 78 women and 50 children who’d been held captive for months. Those freed were among the thousands of people who have been abducted over […]

‘The Revolution Isn’t Over’ Say Sudan’s Frontline Female Protesters

‘The Revolution Isn’t Over’ Say Sudan’s Frontline Female Protesters

Women only hold two of the six civilian positions in Sudan’s 11-member Sovereign Council, which will run the country for three years until elections take place The iconic image of a young woman in a traditional white robe standing on a car roof with her finger in the air came to symbolise the role of […]

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