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The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei says it's concerned about a surge in criminal incidents within the Area in the past two weeks; Ugandan traders in South Sudan complain that immigration officials continue to harass and extort money from them in disregard for the East African Common Market Protocol which guarantees the free movement of individuals, goods and workers across the regional bloc; The G7 foreign ministers say restoration of a creditable civilian-led government in Sudan is vital for the resumption of economic support to the country.
President Salva Kiir's security advisor, Tut Kew Gatluak, and a South Sudanese delegation are in Khartoum to discuss with Sudanese officials the progress made so far in implementing the October 2020 Juba Peace Agreement; The United States Embassy in Juba is calling on the South Sudan government to remove the commissioners of Koch and Mayendit Counties from their positions and hold them accountable for recent human rights violations in Leer County of Unity state
At least 20 people are reported killed, scores of others injured, and thousands displaced following an attack by unidentified gunmen on a cattle camp in Mugali payam of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State on Wednesday; The resistance committees of Khartoum State have signed a political charter dubbed 'Charter for the Establishment of the People's Authority', which lays out a two-year transitional period for Sudan.
Health officials in South Sudan report an increase in meningitis cases in Northern Bahr al Ghazal State; A new report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says cases of conflict-related sexual violence more than doubled between January and March compared to the same period last year; Authorities in Warrap State say calm has returned to the area following deadly fighting which left 21 people killed and more than a dozen injured in Gogrial East County on Sunday.
Health ministry officials in South Sudan have declared a cholera outbreak in Rubkona County of the country’s Unity State; The United Nations has donated 19 million US dollars to help communities in South Sudan prepare for severe flooding expected during the rainy season; Educational officials in the Kreinik locality of Sudan's West Darfur State are expressing concern over the fate of school operations. Schools have remained closed since deadly, inter-communal violence broke out last month.
The United States embassy in South Sudan is calling on South Sudanese leaders to create a conducive environment for the general elections expected to take place next year; Democratic Republic of Congo President, Felix Tshisekedi, has vowed to spearhead efforts to have an arms embargo imposed on South Sudan lifted; Around two dozen South Sudanese in the U.S. staged a “peace rally” in front of the White House Saturday to demand that President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar step down.
A Juba-based economic analyst says South Sudan will continue to experience a protracted economic crisis following an announcement by the country’s finance minister that South Sudan’s crude oil has been sold up to 2027; Police in the Northern Bahr al Ghazal State capital, Aweil say they are interrogating three Sudanese traders for their alleged involvement in defiling and killing a six-year-old girl on Wednesday before they are charged with defilement and murder; Around 30 political detainees in Sudan have entered a second day of hunger strike to protest their illegal months-long detentions without charges. The detainees demand they be released immediately or charged in a court of law.
Authorities in Duk County of South Sudan’s Jonglei State say at least 13 people were killed and several others injured in a fresh attack in the area; Local authorities in Eastern Equatoria State say suspected armed cattle keepers kidnapped eleven men from the Gaji area of Mugali Payam; Some women activists in Sudan’s Darfur say hundreds of women displaced by recent inter-communal fighting in Kreneik and Al Geneina towns of West Darfur State are experiencing anxiety and depression and are in need of psychosocial support.
Internally Displaced Persons in South Sudan say they continue to live in fear for their security despite the government’s call for reconciliation in the country; Authorities in Magwi County of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state say nearly 900 families have been displaced from their homes in Mugali Payam following an attack on the community there; The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Sudan says the situation in Kreneik locality of West Darfur State remains a major concern.
The U.S. Embassy in South Sudan has expressed concern about the state of press freedom in the country as journalists face censorship, intimidation, and extralegal suspension of media outlets at a critical time in the implementation of the 2018 peace agreement; South Sudanese journalists in the Capital Juba say they are subjected to constant intimidation, arbitrary arrests and detention because of their work; Journalists in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum say a hostile media environment since the October 25 military coup coupled with economic hardships have forced many journalists to abandon the profession.
Health authorities in South Sudan’s Warrap State are reporting the outbreaks of three diseases including measles, rubella and anthrax in the area; Hundreds of residents in Juba’s Gurei neighborhood have become homeless after unknown land agents demolished their houses following a land dispute; As Muslims mark the end of Ramadan by the Eid al-Fitr celebration today, families of detained members of the resistance committees are calling on the Sudanese authorities to release their loved ones who have been behind bars for months without charges.
The Darfur Bar Association and UNICEF say at least 20 children were killed in recent inter-communal fighting in West Darfur State; A spokesperson for the SPLA-In-Opposition says a lack of political will from the main peace partners is delaying the graduation of South Sudan’s unified forces
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