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AFRICA: South Sudan diplomat urinates during live panel discussion

AFRICA: South Sudan diplomat urinates during live panel discussion

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
A South Sudanese diplomat in the United States sparked an online uproar when he was seen urinating during a live Facebook political discussion. Panelists were discussing the appointment of a governor for Upper Nile state on Friday when Gordon Buay, South Sudan’s deputy ambassador to the U.S., was seen walking to the bathroom wearing only a shirt and relieving himself, in full view of all other panelists. The video went viral, with many social media users calling on Buay to step down. Some commentators accused Buay of being intoxicated during the panel discussion, noting that he was shouting at other panelists. While some of the panelists appeared shocked to see Buay relieve himself, a few smiled and laughed. The video was removed from Youtube on Saturday afternoon but a cli...
AFRICA: Activists question South Sudan President Kiir about not appointing female governors.

AFRICA: Activists question South Sudan President Kiir about not appointing female governors.

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA —President Salva Kiir has been sharply criticized for violating a provision of the peace agreement by not appointing women among the six state governors from his camp. Kiir issued a decree Monday appointing governors for eight of the country’s 10 states under the state power-sharing arrangement. Of the newly named state governors, only one — Sarah Cleto Rial of Western Ghar el Ghazal state — is a woman. Sarah was nominated by Riek Machar’s party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), which got three states. All the six governors nominated by Kiir’s camp are male. The peace agreement says 35 percent of posts in the new transitional government are to be allocated to women. Betty Sunday, a renowned women’s rights activist, said the president Kiir...
CORONAVIRUS:  Devastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths, ‘a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hears

CORONAVIRUS: Devastating South Sudan coronavirus deaths, ‘a tragedy that can be prevented’, Security Council hears

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 24, 2020/ -- South Sudan is facing the twin threat of COVID-19 and an uptick in violence that risks unravelling a fragile ceasefire and derailing the peace process, the top UN official in the country says. Briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, David Shearer said that so far, nearly 2,000 cases of novel coronavirus - and 35 deaths - have been recorded in South Sudan.But limited testing and social stigmatization is likely obscuring the true magnitude of the pandemic, said Mr. Shearer, who heads the UN Mission in the world’s youngest nation (UNMISS).The Mission’s greatest fear is that the additional pressure of responding to COVID-19 on South Sudan’s weak healthcare system will disrupt vaccinations, maternal health se...
AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

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KAMPALA – Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) leadership says four Sudanese People Liberation Army soldiers have been shot dead in a clash with the UPDF in Moyo district, north of the country. Ugandan army says South Sudanese national forces illegally crossed into Ugandan territory in total violation of the law and declined to follow instructions when confronted. UPDF Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire says the soldiers have dressed in civilian uniform apart from one who had uniform “but were all armed and walked about 1.5 Kms into Uganda until they were spotted at Goboro by UPDF officers.” “When stopped, they refused to follow orders, the UPDF soldiers guarding the border opened fire killing 04 instantly,” Karemire says. “The rest ran and crossed back to   the other s...
AFRICA: South Sudan Vice President, Hussein Abdelbagi tests postive for Covid-19.

AFRICA: South Sudan Vice President, Hussein Abdelbagi tests postive for Covid-19.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA – South Sudan’s Vice President has tested positive for coronavirus. Gen. Hussein Abdelbagi becomes the fourth senior official known to have gotten infected. Hussein is also the head of the country’s High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19, a body formed by President Salva Kiir to fight against the virus. In a statement to state media in Juba on Wednesday, Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi said he would place himself under self-quarantine for the next 14 days and carry out his duties from home. Hussein has called on South Sudanese to strictly adhere to protocols set out by the Ministry of health so as to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country. The government official underscored regular washing of hands with soap, wearing masks, and social distancing as some of the key guid...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Renewed violence in Pieri kills and wounds dozens, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Renewed violence in Pieri kills and wounds dozens, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
It is with great sadness that Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirms that a South Sudanese member of staff was killed and two more were injured during intense fighting that erupted over the weekend in and around Pieri, a town in Jonglei State in north-eastern South Sudan where MSF runs a primary healthcare centre. “We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of our staff and all those affected. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the outrageous acts of intercommunal violence that has left dozens of people seriously wounded, and we fear many more dead,” said Steve MacKay, MSF Deputy Head of Mission in South Sudan. Fighting erupted in the area around Pieri in the early morning of Saturday, 16 May. At the ...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Vice President Riek Machar and wife test positive for the pandemic

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Vice President Riek Machar and wife test positive for the pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA: Riek Machar, South Sudan's former rebel leader and its first vice president, has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. According to the statement, the vice president will self-quarantine for two weeks. Some office workers and bodyguards also tested positive, it added. "I want to declare that, I, the deputy chair of the high-level task force has been tested [For COVID-19] and found positive.  There are other members who are also tested and found positive. I can only say at this stage that Madam Angelina Teny, the minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs is also found positive,” Machar announced in a televised address to the nation. Elizabeth Acuai Yor and her husband, Riek Machar, the South Sudan vice president South Sudan, which is eme...
South Sudan: Confusion as six Generals die in a short time

South Sudan: Confusion as six Generals die in a short time

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SOUTH SUDAN
Death has befallen South Sudan overnight! Within a period of 48 hours, the country has lost up to 6 army generals, among others, to unconfirmed illnesses. At the same time, the High-level Taskforce on COVID-19 Pandemic (HLTF) confirmed that the world's nascent nation has lost one life to the coronavirus disease. This is the first death ever to be reported officially out of 231 cases so far. Meanwhile, of the generals that coincidentally but separately passed away, it is confirmed that former Chief of Military Intelligence, Gen. Marial Nuor Jok, lost his life in Juba on Thursday, as reported without medical reference by Thon Chagai, a cousin to the deceased. The Late Gen. Marial Nuor Jok “General Marial got sick a week ago. He was suffering from his previous poison that happene...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNHCR South Sudan commends Government’s effort to preserve access to asylum

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNHCR South Sudan commends Government’s effort to preserve access to asylum

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
The UN Refugee Agency in South Sudan commends the Transitional Government of National Unity for continuing to welcome people seeking refuge from the Democratic Republic of Congo and stands in solidarity with the South Sudanese government. UNHCR commends the Transitional Government of National Unity for its continued generosity to allow people fleeing recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to seek refuge in South Sudan, despite the current movement restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first reported official cross-border movement from a neighboring country since South Sudan’s borders were closed in late March 2020 in order to curb the spread of the new virus. South Sudan’s actions are an example of how COVID-19 preventative measures can be managed...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Citizen’s Task Force start 14-day awareness raising campaign on COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Citizen’s Task Force start 14-day awareness raising campaign on COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
Sensitizing people across South Sudan on preventative measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus remains one of the top priorities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) currently. The mission, therefore, has partnered with the newly formed Citizens Taskforce on Covid-19, a group comprising of citizens from every walk of life in South Sudan, to address misconceptions about the virus and complement efforts made by government authorities to tackle the pandemic. This partnership with UNMISS has taken the form of a 14-day outreach event which uses a truck travelling through various neighbourhoods in Juba and across the country broadcasting key messages in numerous local languages about simple yet effective ways in which people can stay healthy and protect themselv...
Coronavirus – South Sudan : The World Bank approves USD 40 million to provide income support to 65 000 households in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan : The World Bank approves USD 40 million to provide income support to 65 000 households in South Sudan

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A $40 million grant from the World Bank’s International Development Association will fund a two and half years Project to provide income support to nearly 430 000 low income South Sudanese. The Project will be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)  in South Sudan. UNOPS will deliver the South Sudan Safety Net Project (SSSNP), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Finance and Planning to ensure that low income  and vulnerable people are provided with reliable access to income opportunities and temporary employment. “I am very pleased that South Sudan is receiving additional funding which will be used to build on the achievements of previous safety net projects w...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Japan helps strengthen communities’ resilience in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Japan helps strengthen communities’ resilience in South Sudan

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan, April 30, 2020 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$3.1 million contribution from the Government of Japan to help strengthen communities’ resilience to food shocks as South Sudan braces for tough times ahead. The funds will be used to provide assistance to more than 41,000 people—including displaced people and returnees in Warrap, Unity and Lakes states, helping them meet their immediate food needs while rebuilding their lives and livelihoods through creating assets such as vegetable gardens, flood dykes and access roads.  “It is crucial to enhance the food security in South Sudan,” says H.E. Seiji Okada, Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan. “This is critical so that the peace dividend can be received by the people in the wake of the f...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Record Norwegian support for humanitarian efforts and protection

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Record Norwegian support for humanitarian efforts and protection

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway, SOUTH SUDAN
Large parts of this year’s record-high NOK 5.5 billion humanitarian budget is now being  disbursed to the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Norwegian humanitarian organisations to strengthen the response including for protection, education in emergencies, innovation and support to internally displaced persons in countries affected by crisis and conflict. The UN has estimated that almost 170 million people will require humanitarian assistance in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating an already difficult situation for people in countries affected by crisis and conflict. With registered cases of Covid-19 on the rise, humanitarian actors face major challenges due to the restrictions imposed to block the spread of infection. ‘In many countries, humanitaria...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief briefs the United Nations Security Council on measures to break the vicious cycle between conflict and hunger

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief briefs the United Nations Security Council on measures to break the vicious cycle between conflict and hunger

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SECURITY, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
With conflicts, extreme weather, desert locusts, economic shocks and now COVID-19, likely to push more people into acute food insecurity, coherent actions are needed among humanitarian, development and peace actors, to address the root causes  that perpetuate existing food crises, said FAO-Director-General QU Dongyu today. FAO-Director-General QU Dongyu  He delivered his remarks at an online briefing organized by the United Nations Security Council on the topic of 'The Protection of civilians from conflict induced hunger'. Speaking about the global food crises, the FAO chief stressed that it is impossible to ignore impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the food security of the world's most vulnerable populations, and assured the participants that FAO is working at all level...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UN takes disciplinary action against staff member who failed to complete self-isolation

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UN takes disciplinary action against staff member who failed to complete self-isolation

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
The staff member was in isolation after it was believed he may have come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 The United Nations is taking disciplinary action against a staff member who failed to complete self-isolation and left South Sudan without authorization. The staff member was in isolation after it was believed he may have come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. He received one test that confirmed him as negative and then left Juba on a flight without the knowledge of the United Nations. The flight was commercial, not a United Nations flight. Since arriving in his home country, he has been tested again and is confirmed to be negative for COVID-19. In the interests of openness and transparency, the United Nations informed the Ministry of He...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS protection site for displaced people bans visits to prevent spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS protection site for displaced people bans visits to prevent spread of COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
JUBA, South Sudan, April 7, 2020/ -- Heeding the advice of health experts, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has forbidden all visits to its protection of civilians site in Bor, thus making it less difficult to adhere to the necessity of social distancing. "Apart from banning visits, we have also halted the arrival of new persons into the camp and their transiting to other parts of the country, as they might be coming from infected countries including our neighbours Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda”, said Makuach Mun Kem, chairperson of the internally displaced people staying at the protection site, adding that the borders to these countries being closed does not necessarily prevent people from entering his country. Mr. Kem, looking at the main square of the area where a louds...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: COVID-19 case confirmed in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: COVID-19 case confirmed in South Sudan

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
The United Nations in South Sudan has confirmed a case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among its staff. The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are leading the investigation by epidemiologists to test people recently in contact with the patient in accordance with agreed protocols. The patient has been resident in South Sudan for five weeks. She started working from home immediately after the onset of the symptoms and voluntarily requested to be tested to check her status with regard to COVID-19. The patient is recovering well. A full list of people who came into contact with the patient is being compiled, and quarantine and follow-up has begun immediately together with the Ministry of Health. The individuals will be followed up for the mandatory 14 days, ...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: South Sudan scales up Nation-Wide Coronavirus Awareness Raising Campaign as Neighbouring Countries confirm cases

Coronavirus – South Sudan: South Sudan scales up Nation-Wide Coronavirus Awareness Raising Campaign as Neighbouring Countries confirm cases

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan, March 31, 2020/ -- A campaign raising awareness on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and how best to protect yourself and your family, is being rolled out across South Sudan. Even though no case of COVID-19 is confirmed in South Sudan, preparations to protect South Sudan against the spread of the virus are underway- given the scale and scope of the worldwide outbreak. The Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization and other partners have launched a nationwide risk communication campaign. The aim is to create awareness and mobilize communities on COVID-19 as part of the national risk communication, community engagement and social mobilization efforts, led by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF. “While South Sudan has not confirmed a c...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: COVID19 outbreak likely impact on markets and food security in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: COVID19 outbreak likely impact on markets and food security in South Sudan

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South Sudan heavily depends on the export of oil, the reopening of some damaged oil wells following the peace agreement in 2018 pushed up daily oil production (export) by about 20 percent in February 2019. Despite the increase, access to hard currency to importers from banks has not yet started, and therefore traders still depend on the informal market. The oil revenue will be impacted by the collapse of the world oil prices amidst the spread of COVID19 across several important players in the world economy. Plummeting international commodity prices translate into heavy losses in export earnings, this means the trade deficit of over 2 billion SSP will widen. The decrease in oil prices will also trigger currency depreciation and an adjustment in the balance of payments. South Sudan i...
UN takes steps to support   coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

UN takes steps to support coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
The Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries affected by local transmission of COVID-19 JUBA, South Sudan, March 18, 2020 -- The United Nations in South Sudan has announced new measures in support of Government-led efforts to prevent and prepare for the coronavirus (COVID-19). These are aimed at protecting the people of South Sudan and the UN staff.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan and UN operations are continuing largely as normal across the country, providing protection, humanitarian assistance and supporting development. However, as a protection measure, the Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries aff...