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President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar arrive in Addis Ababa to meet face-to-face; residents in Juba hope a meeting between the two leaders will restore peace in South Sudan; and on World Refugee Day, an entrepreneur from Sudan says his experience as a refugee has helped him develop the skills needed to run a successful company.
President Salva Kiir and former First Vice-President Riek Machar are set to meet in Addis Ababa; the Heads of Mission in nine western counties call on warring parties to stop using sexual violence as a tactic of war; and a British charity distributes reusable sanitary pads to refugees in Uganda’s Arua District.
A spokesperson for the SPLM-IO expects opposition leader Riek Machar to meet with President Salva Kiir for face-to-face talks; SPLM-IO rebels welcome a push by the U.S. government to freeze assets of leaders fueling the conflict in South Sudan; and Uganda’s Ministry of Gender and Youth Affairs work with police to place homeless children into government centers.
The South Sudan government says it is no longer interested in a meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar; civil society groups petition lawmakers to do more to end the conflict in South Sudan; and Egypt suffers a 1-0 loss against Uruguay in their World Cup opening match.
Unidentified gunmen attack a fleet of small boats on the River Nile; South Sudanese farmers expect a good harvest, but worry about the falling price of agricultural produce; and thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers across Africa are banned or discouraged from attending school.
The United States calls on Uganda and Kenya to stop the flow of corrupt South Sudanese investments from entering their countries; the head of the SPLM former detainees says peace must be restored before the Arusha agreement is implemented; and Pope Francis is set to open the Vatican’s first permanent embassy in South Sudan.
A Horn of Africa expert says as much as the Bashir administration would like it to happen in Khartoum, a meeting between President Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar will likely take place in Ethiopia or Kenya. And South Sudan’s Central Bank plans to print a 500 Pound note so South Sudanese no longer have to carry around bulky cash, but a Sudd Institute analyst says the move won’t help solve the country’s economic crisis.
Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga met with South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar in South Africa in an attempt to iron out the differences between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy. But the leader of the National Democratic Movement says the Machar/Kiir meeting will not end the conflict in South Sudan. Lam Akol says President Kiir is the main obstacle blocking the road to peace.
The new U.S. ambassador to South Sudan Thomas Hushek says the U.S. wants to see peace restored after four-and-a-half years of fighting and denies accusations from the Kiir administration that the United States wants a regime change in the country; and also the French group Doctors Without Borders says there has been a rise in attacks on civilians in Leer and Mayendit Counties of South Sudan, forcing thousands to flee for their lives.
The U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan calls for restored peace in the country; President Salva Kiir confirms his willingness to meet with rebel leader Riek Machar; and South Sudanese church leaders in Australia express alarm over the number of South Sudanese youth serving time in Australia’s prisons.
The former Prime Minister of Kenya launches an initiative to help resolve the South Sudan conflict; Congolese refugees in Yei River State live in fear amid violence in the region; and South Sudanese officials mark World Environment Day with the theme, “Together We Can Stop Plastic Pollution.”
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