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South Sudan factions agree on federal government
30 September 2014 - South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government in South Sudan, mediators announced Tuesday, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country. (more)

South Sudan President agrees to ceasefire with rebel leader
9 May 2014 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar signed a ceasefire deal on Friday. Friday's deal was made at a meeting in Ethiopia that was the first time the two men had met face-to-face since violence erupted in December following a long power struggle. Kiir and Machar, both Christians, shook hands and prayed together. The truce will take effect within 24 hours and both sides agreed to disengage their forces and refrain from any provocative actions, said Seyoum Mesfin, lead mediator from the regional IGAD grouping. (more)

South Sudan rebel leader in Ethiopia for peace talks
8 May 2014 - South Sudan's rebel leader arrived in Ethiopia on Thursday, an official said, one day ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with the President since mass violence began in December. The Friday talks will be the first time the leaders of South Sudan's two warring sides have met since the violence broke out. 'I don't believe that they will meet and reach an agreement straight away. But if they can agree on a broad-based process on how to resolve the conflict, end the fighting, that would be a step forward,' Susan Page, the US ambassador to South Sudan, said during a radio call-in show. 'People want peace. People don't understand why the country should go into war just less than three years since independence,' she added later. (more)

Peace talks tentatively set for South Sudan
2 May 2014 - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir agreed Friday to meet with his rival as soon as next week to jumpstart peace talks that have been stalled for months, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, potentially laying the groundwork for a new government to bring the world's newest nation back to normal. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has agreed to mediate the talks. (more)

South Sudan leader ready for peace talks
2 May 2014 - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has agreed to fly to Ethiopia for talks and to consider forming a transitional government to try and end four months of fighting in the world's newest nation, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. Kerry, who met the President in South Sudan's capital Juba, said he hoped Kiir would be able to hold a face-to-face meeting with rebel leader Riek Machar as early as next week to settle the conflict. (more)

UN welcomes start of South Sudan political talks
12 February 2014 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the start of the South Sudan political talks between the Government and the opposition, and stressed the need for the parties to adhere to the ceasefire signed last month. The political talks between the Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in opposition, are taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the East African regional body known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). (more)

South Sudan frees seven detainees as part of peace deal
29 January 2014 - South Sudan freed seven senior political figures on Wednesday who had been arrested on suspicion of plotting a coup, partially meeting a rebel demand at peace talks focused on ending weeks of fighting. It handed them over to neighbouring Kenya and said four remaining detainees could be released after unspecified 'legal clarifications' -- raising hopes it was preparing to remove a major sticking point in troubled negotiations. (more)

South Sudan government and rebels sign ceasefire deal
23 January 2014 - South Sudan's government and rebels signed a ceasefire on Thursday to end more than five weeks of fighting that divided Africa's newest nation and brought it to the brink of civil war. The pact is expected to be implemented within 24 hours of the signing, mediators said. South Sudan won its independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict between the northern and southern Sudanese. (more)

South Sudan, rebels sign ceasefire
23 January 2014 - South Sudan's government and rebels signed a ceasefire deal Thursday that leaders hope will put a pause to five weeks of warfare. United States President Barack Obama welcomed the deal -- technically called a cessation of hostilities -- and described it as a 'first critical step toward building a lasting peace'. (more)

South Sudan: US doctors try to heal ethnic fractures
8 January 2014 - After receiving eye surgery from the American doctors, a South Sudanese man sat with other patients who belonged to tribes he once considered enemies. The men spoke about their newly restored vision -- both their eyesight and how they now perceive members of other ethnic groups as potential friends, not sworn enemies. The medical group began its mission in the village of Duk Payuel in Jonglei through the efforts of John Dau, a former 'Lost Boy' of Sudan who fled the 1990s conflict by walking to Ethiopia and eventually finding his way to Syracuse, New York. His foundation provides health care and medical training. (more)


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A proven approach for relief from stress of war and violence - South Sudan Liberty News reports
7 May 2014 - In the past 20 years, 18 African nations have been ravaged by war. It is estimated that up to 100 million Africans have been victims of war, violence, or natural disasters or witnessed horrific acts of terror, and now suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTS). Experts acknowledge that PTS has been resistant to the many conventional approaches used to treat psychological disturbance. Particularly in Africa, there is a pressing need for simple, cost-effective and easily sustainable treatments. In an article just published in South Sudan Liberty News, authors Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Dr David Leffler, and David Shapiro state: 'We suggest that all Africans and in particular all African militaries implement the Transcendental Meditation programme because there is a large body of evidence supporting the positive benefits of this alternative approach.' (more)

A proven strategy to end conflict in South Sudan: All Africa reports
29 December 2013 - Today, the military of South Sudan has an opportunity to overcome the cycle of war by deploying the scientifically verified Invincible Defence Technology (IDT), which neutralizes 'social stress'--mounting political, religious and/or ethnic tensions between rival factions, identified by experts in conflict resolution as the underlying cause of war. Over 50 research studies confirm that when the required threshold of experts practising IDT--Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques--is crossed, crime goes down, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. The South Sudan military has the opportunity to create national security, invincibility, and peace through IDT. But the time to act is now. (more)


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From independence to starvation in the world's newest nation, South Sudan
13 September 2016 - Tens of thousands of people in conflict-ridden South Sudan are at risk of dying from starvation with many living in swamps and surviving on water lilies following renewed violence, a senior aid worker has warned. The hunger crisis comes amid continuing instability and violence in the African country that attained independence from Sudan five years ago with renewed fighting hampering relief supplies. Here are some key facts and figures about the on-going conflict which is nearly three years long despite a formal peace accord last year, and has resulted in as many as 100,000 deaths and the displacement of 2.5 million people. (more)

'Untold devastation' in South Sudan triggers grave humanitarian crisis
9 August 2016 - South Sudan is reeling from an unprecedented humanitarian crisis a month after deadly clashes between government and opposition forces set off a fresh cycle of violence and displacements, the UN has warned. About 6 million South Sudanese -- more than half of the country's population -- are now in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million facing severe hunger. In Juba, the most recent surge in violence has left hungry, displaced families with a heart-wrenching choice: to stay inside the UN camp for displaced people and watch their children starve, or to fetch food from outside but risk attacks by marauding soldiers. (more)

Hundreds of displaced South Sudanese struggling for shelter
22 July 2016 - Hundreds of civilians displaced by recent fighting in South Sudan are struggling to find proper shelter in U.N. compounds in the capital as the rainy season begins to set in. Dozens of people have fallen ill with suspected cholera in South Sudan's capital, while a U.N. food warehouse was looted and destroyed, incurring 20 million U.S. dollars of damage, the United Nations has said. Many foreigners have already been evacuated from the world's newest nation, which is still recovering from a two-year civil war that started in 2013, killing tens of thousands of people and driving more than 2.5 million from their homes. (more)

Hundreds of thousands face starvation in South Sudan: Red Cross
10 June 2015 - Hundreds of thousands of people risk starvation in South Sudan where a resurgence in fighting and deepening food shortages have left some with nothing to eat except water lilies, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, 10 June. Violence had intensified in the world's youngest country in the past few weeks and troubled peace talks are unlikely to restart soon, the aid agency added. (more)

Tens of thousands dead in South Sudan conflict: UN
15 December 2014 - Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country's leaders are putting their 'personal ambitions' ahead of the nation's future, the UN secretary-general said Monday. A year ago Monday fighting broke out in South Sudan's capital, Juba, and spiraled across the country. The UN says more than 1.9 million people have been displaced by the warfare, battles that often pit fighters loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, against those who support former Vice President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer. (more)

South Sudan's child soldiers - a step backwards
25 August 2014 - The government of South Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN in 2012 to end the use of child soldiers but there is evidence the ongoing conflict is eroding any gains achieved. 'The current conflict is threatening to erode all the gains so far made in ending the use of child soldiers in South Sudan. The use of child soldiers in South Sudan is something we will raise in our next meeting at the highest levels of the UN,' Leila Zerrougui, The UN special representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, told IRIN. On 21 August, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said: 'By the end of 2013, the UN secretary-general reported that before the current conflict, the SPLA [Sudan People's Liberation Army] had made tangible progress in ending its use of child soldiers. When the current armed conflict broke out, however, child recruitment increased.' In the statement, HRW quoted witnesses as saying the government had used children as combatants during recent clashes in Bentiu, capital of Unity State, and in the neighbouring town of Rubkona. (more)

South Sudan ceasefire under threat as rebels, govt troops clash
20 July 2014 - South Sudanese rebels and government soldiers clashed in the northern town of Nasir on Sunday, adding to fears that a shaky ceasefire agreement signed in May could totally collapse. Rebel spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said troops loyal to Riek Machar, South Sudan's former vice president, launched an assault on the government-held town and 'at dawn liberated Nasir'. South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer confirmed there was fighting but said the rebels were not in full control of Nasir, a small town 30 km from the Ethiopian border in the oil-rich Upper Nile State. Nasir has changed hands several times since fighting broke out in the capital Juba between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and troops backing Machar in mid-December, quickly spreading across the country. The violence, triggered by a power struggle between the two men, has often followed ethnic faultlines, pitting Kiir's Dinka against Machar's Nuer. (more)

Third of South Sudanese face starvation as conflict rages: UN
20 May 2014 - More than a third of South Sudan's population, 4 million people, will be on the edge of starvation by the end of the year as fighting rages on in the world's newest country, UN officials said on Tuesday. Clashes between rebels and government forces have wrecked food markets and forced people to abandon their livestock and land, the aid experts added. 'We are losing time. Farmers should be planting their crops right now,' Valerie Amos, the United Nations' aid chief, told a donors' conference in Oslo. Violence erupted in the oil-producing country in December following a long power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar. Kiir told the BBC that 'the civilian population is going to face one of the worst famines that has ever been witnessed in South Sudan' and appealed to Machar for an end to the conflict. (more)

South Sudan crisis among gravest in history, says UN
16 May 2014 - The crisis engulfing South Sudan is greater than those endured by Darfur or the Central African Republic, according to a senior UN diplomat who says the world urgently needs to donate at least another $500m (£298m) if the country's slide into humanitarian disaster and famine is to be halted. Thousands of people have been killed, more than a million displaced, and almost five million are in dire need of humanitarian assistance as a result of ethnic violence in the world's youngest nation. Aid and development agencies are warning of a possible future famine in three violence-ridden states. Toby Lanzer, the deputy special representative of the UN secretary general in South Sudan, said the situation was the most desperate he had seen. 'What we are facing is a crisis or an emergency far bigger than I have ever had to deal with -- and I used to work in Darfur and the Central African Republic,' he said. 'It is simply no exaggeration to say that we are currently facing one of the most severe tests that the international aid community has ever faced.' His bleak assessment of the crisis echoes that of the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, who warned last week that if the conflict continued half of South Sudan's 12 million people would be either 'displaced internally, refugees abroad, starving or dead by the year's end'. The violence -- which began in December after President Salva Kiir accused his vice-president, Riek Machar, of plotting to overthrow him -- has split the country along ethnic lines, sparking clashes between Kiir's Dinkas and Machar's Nuers. (more)

South Sudan children in the firing line
25 April 2014 - The conflict in South Sudan is taking a heavy toll on children who are being killed or injured in attacks and recruited into armed groups. They are also witnessing traumatic events and missing out on school. For the youngest malnutrition is an ever-present threat. 'Many children and their families [in most cases the father is absent] live in dire conditions in displacement centres, under trees and in makeshift tents with limited access to food and nutrition, water and sanitation, protection and education,' Betty Gorle, Plan International's emergency response, advocacy and communications coordinator, told IRIN. Children are relying on UN World Food Programme food rations and begging from host communities, added Gorle, noting that 'some have also spent many nights hungry or collecting wild fruits.' According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) 'dangerous levels of malnutrition threaten a quarter of a million children in South Sudan, and unless they are reached with treatment, up to 50,000 children under age five could die.' Many children are also traumatized. 'The children have also witnessed or experienced traumatizing events and as result some of the children report having sleepless nights. (more)

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