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    Maik Aye Teng, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan. CREDIT DR In an official letter dated September 23, Sudanese diplomacy noted that communication with the Polisario delegation to the UN “does not in any case mean recognition of the government”, contradicting allegations so far made by the Algerian news agency APS. Polisario Channel SPS. Republic of South Sudan “recognizes only member states of the United Nations”, South Sudan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Nationals Abroad, in an official letter to Nasser Bourita, distributed to New York on September 23. “South Sudan, under the leadership of His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayerdit, salutes His Majesty King Mohammed VI and reaffirms its commitment to further strengthen relations between the two countries to achieve the interests of our allies and peoples”, Added the same source. Called by Nasser Burita to clarify his position on the Sahara issue following an interview by South Sudan officials with a Polisario representative on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations in New York, Juba’s...
    The diplomat who slipped out of police custody in New York City by invoking his immunity after being accused of rape has returned to South Sudan.  Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, returned to his home country this week after being released by the NYPD.  The government of South Sudan released a statement today confirming he had been recalled. He has been suspended from his role pending the investigation into the rape claims. If he is charged, South Sudan will have to extradite him in order for him to face justice.  Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, returned to his home country this week after being released by the NYPD
    The diplomat who slipped out of NYPD custody by invoking his immunity after being arrested on suspicion of raping a neighbor on Sunday continues to evade public scrutiny, shielded by the silence of both the State Department and his own government.  Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, vanished after being released from NYPD custody early on Monday morning.  He was arrested after a woman who lives in his building in Fort George near the Bronx called police claiming he followed her into her apartment and raped her twice.   Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating the allegations. If he does bring charges, NYC Mayor Eric Adams must ask the State Department to appeal to South Sudan to revoke Oliha's immunity in order for him to be prosecuted.  But the US government is being tight-lipped on whether it'll do so - or even if Oliha remains in the country.  Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, vanished after being released from NYPD custody early on Monday morning. He was arrested after a woman who lives in his building in Fort George near the Bronx called...
    The South Sudanese diplomat accused of rape is a drunk who once attempted to instigate a racially motivated fight against a white neighbor who attempted to wake him from a drunken stupor, DailyMail.com can reveal.   That incident occurred outside of the Bronx building where he is now accused of forcing his way into a neighbor's apartment and sexually assaulting her - only to flee thanks to his diplomatic immunity status.  Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46, lives in the building near 191st Street in upper Manhattan with his wife and their four young children.  A neighbor, Melvin, said Oliha and his wife regularly would sit outside the apartment building on foldable beach chairs drinking together, sometimes with their two daughters.  Melvin said: 'One time, we saw him passed out and my friend went to wake him up. The guy woke up and started wildin' out. My friend, cause he's white, gets called a racist and stuff. The guy started wanting to fight him calling him a racist and all 'a that. We had to separate them.' He also commented about the suspect's...
    Reporters attempted to contact Oliha for comment, but the only people present at his New York residence were reportedly his female relatives. Oliha is married and has four children. The U.N. told the Daily Mail that this "particular case involves a member of the Permanent Mission of South Sudan who is not a staff member of the United Nations. ... This is a bilateral issue between South Sudan and the US authorities." A spokesman for the U.S. State Department told Fox News: "We take these allegations seriously, and we are working closely with the New York Police Department and the Mayor's Office of International Affairs, as we do in all legal and criminal cases involving foreign diplomats assigned to Permanent Missions and Observer Offices at the UN." South Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a release on August 23 indicating that, pending the conclusions of an ongoing investigation into the facts of the case, their administration "will urgently take appropriate measures to address it." It is presently unclear whether Oliha has fled the country, in which...
    A United Nations diplomat who was arrested having been accused of rape by one of his neighbors has been released without charge because his status provides him diplomatic immunity and renders him free from prosecution.  Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, 46 who is a career diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in South Sudan was arrested on Sunday following an alleged sexual assault in upper Manhattan. The alleged attack is said to have occurred around lunchtime in the same building  where Oliha resides. He was arrested on suspicion of rape and questioned by police but once detectives from the NYPD's Special Victims Unit learned of his immunity he was released without charge. Charles Dickens Imene Oliha, is a UN diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oliha was released by NYPD officers after they were informed of his diplomatic immunity that comes from his role at the United Nations RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Oberlin college professor faces fire for 1989 comments... Archie Battersbee's mother will give him 'mouth-to-mouth' if... ...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Parties to the peace deal ending South Sudan’s devastating civil war have again delayed the country’s first elections since independence by extending the transitional period by two years. The vote meant for early next year has been pushed to December 2024. The United States, Britain and Norway shortly before Thursday’s announcement in the capital, Juba, warned in a letter to President Salva Kiir they wouldn’t send their top diplomats because they believed that not all parties to the peace deal had been consulted. The countries are known as the Troika for South Sudan. The new plan “must demonstrate how another extension would differ from the previous ones and include steps for clear progress in setting up the institutions and mechanisms necessary to hold elections,” said the letter seen by The Associated Press. In explaining the latest delay, South Sudan’s president said he wanted to avoid creating conditions for more bloodshed. “I am not extending the transitional period because I want to stay in the government longer. I do not want to rush you into an...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An explosion of violence in South Sudan is raising fears that the country’s fragile peace agreement will unravel before elections the international community hopes can be held next year. The wave of near-daily killings across this East African country is often blamed on marauding militias whose attacks threaten the 2018 truce between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar. While the two leaders work in the same government in relative peace in the capital Juba, elsewhere South Sudan appears at war with itself: Hundreds of people have been killed since the start of the year in violence ranging from cattle raids to ethnically motivated revenge killings. The violence appeared to worsen in June after Pope Francis canceled his visit this month, citing his knee problem. The pope’s visit was meant to encourage faith in a country damaged by years of war, including a long conflict for independence from Sudan and then a civil war. At least 209 people were killed and 33 others wounded across the country in June alone,...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s president ordered the suspension Saturday of all dredging-related activities in the country until evidence-based studies are carried out on their on surrounding communities and the ecosystems they rely on. Salva Kiir Mayardit’s announcement, which was made during his address on the country’s 11th independence anniversary, means the dredging project on the Bahr el Ghazal-Naam river, approved by the cabinet last year, and the century-old Jonglei canal project will now be halted. In May, Unity State government received dredging equipment from Egypt for the project on the Naam river, claiming it would reduce the flooding that displaced thousands in the state. This was met with strong criticism from environmentalists, citizens and activists who said that the plan would result in environmental and economic catastrophe, drying up the country’s White Nile river and the Sudd wetlands which farmers and local wildlife rely on. But government officials, including South Sudan’s vice presidents, have argued that the dredging process would help open up rivers for economic activity and help mitigate floods that have affected most of...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis’ envoy to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, was received by religious leaders, government officials, and hundreds of who sang and danced upon his arrival. “It is a good chance for us,” said a nun, Sister Adriana. “We are to be blessed.” Another nun, Sister Flexisita, said: “I’m so excited. I was able to greet him and kiss his ring because that is a blessing.” Francis canceled a planned July trip to two African countries, South Sudan and Congo, on doctors’ orders because of his knee problems. Parolin said Tuesday the pope remains willing to visit South Sudan. “It is a great joy for me to be with you and to be able to stay for a few days to celebrate and pray and to meet people on behalf of the Holy Father Pope Francis,” Parolin told...
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan on Saturday to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development. Francis issued a video message on the day he had planned to begin a weeklong pilgrimage to the two African countries. He canceled the scheduled trip last month because of knee pain that makes walking and standing difficult. In the message, Francis said he was “greatly disappointed” by the turn of events and promised to visit “as soon as possible.” He urged the people of both countries not to allow themselves to be robbed of hope despite the violence, political instability, exploitation and poverty that he said had pained them for so long. “You have a great mission, all of you, beginning with your political leaders: It is that of turning a page in order to blaze new trails, new paths of reconciliation and forgiveness, of serene coexistence and of development,” Francis said. He said political leaders owed the pursuit of such goals to young people who...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan urged the East African country’s transitional government Thursday to set a date for elections as time passes. Nicholas Haysom told journalists in the capital, Juba that with barely eight months remaining in the transitional period agreed by political parties, “I am urging south Sudanese leaders to do everything necessary to move the country out of transition and conduct free, fair, creditable and peaceful elections.” A 2018 peace deal that binds President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar in a unity government encourages authorities to hold elections before February 2023. The international community has long hoped a vote would usher in a democratically elected government in the world’s youngest country. A timetable for the polls must be availed in advance for the international community to support the process well, Haysom said, adding that without a date “nobody will really commit to supporting the elections and the South Sudanese will not get into the frame of mind which is necessary” for elections. The government has yet...
    ROME — The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis’ trip to two African nations, previously postponed due to health issues, has been definitively canceled and the Vatican Secretary of State will go in his place. “Following the postponement of his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to South Sudan, His Holiness Pope Francis has decided to send the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Kinshasa and Juba in order to show his closeness to the beloved peoples of the Congo and South Sudan,” reads a Vatican communiqué. Cardinal Parolin will visit the DRC and South Sudan from 1 to 8 July 2022, the Vatican added. In early June, news of the postponement of the papal trip fueled rumors that Francis might be considering resigning from the papacy as his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, did in 2013. The 85-year-old pontiff has suffered a series of health setbacks, including sciatica and the removal of a segment of his colon last summer. In early May he began regularly using a wheelchair because of acute knee pain. Moreover, on...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Some young girls are still auctioned off into marriage for cows in South Sudan — one of the social challenges that activists had hoped to highlight during Pope Francis’ now-postponed visit. The price of a daughter, determined in negotiations between her father and would-be husband, is typically 50 to 100 cows, each worth up to $1,000. A girl viewed as beautiful, fertile and of high social rank can bring as many as 200 cows. One girl in a well-publicized case a few years ago was auctioned off for 520 cows, plus cars. “The younger the girl marries, the more the family gets cattle in return,” said Jackline Nasiwa, executive director of the Center of Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. “They sell their daughters so that they get something to survive.” Though South Sudanese law limits marriage to those age 18 and over, it’s rarely enforced, particularly in rural areas. South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011 brought widespread hope for prosperity and peace for the country’s 12 million people,...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — At least 1.7 million hungry people in South Sudan are losing humanitarian food aid “at the worst possible time” as the United Nations World Food Program suspends the help, blaming critical funding shortages. South Sudan faces unprecedented hunger amid climate shocks, soaring food prices linked to the war in Ukraine and recovery from civil war. Over 60% of the population of more than 11 million people faces severe food insecurity, according to WFP, which said it had to halve food rations last year. Among those now losing food aid in the middle of South Sudan’s lean season are 178,000 children who will no longer receive school meals, WFP said. Food security experts have warned that 1.4 million children will be acutely malnourished during the lean season between June and August. “Humanitarian needs are far exceeding the funding we have received this year. If this continues, we will face bigger and more costly problems in the future, including increased mortality, malnutrition, stunting, and disease,” WFP acting country director Adeyinka Badejo said in a statement. Copyright © 2022...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canceled his planned July trip to Congo and South Sudan on doctors’ orders because of ongoing knee problems. The Vatican said on Friday that the trip had been postponed, but no new date has been set. “At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy Father has been forced to postpone, with regret, his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan, planned for 2 to 7 July, to a later date to be determined,” the Vatican said in a statement. Francis has been using a wheelchair for about a month due to strained ligaments in his right knee that have made walking and standing difficult. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope cancels his July trip to Congo, South Sudan because of knee problems; Vatican says visit will be rescheduled. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, the archbishop of Canterbury and the leader of a the church of Scotland will together lead a prayer vigil for peace while visiting South Sudan next month, the Vatican said Saturday. It released details of the pontiff’s itinerary of his July 2-7 African travels, which he will begin in Congo. Then he travels to South Sudan, where he will make what is being billed as an historic “ecumenical pilgrimage of peace” along with the Rev. Justin Welby, who heads the Anglican church, and the Right Rev. Iain Greenshields, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The visit seeks to boost a 2018 agreement aimed at ending civil war in South Sudan. The African trip will be the first overseas voyage for the pontiff since he has taken to using a wheelchair on occasion in public lately as he struggles with a knee ligament problem. Francis, 85, battled a major medical issue last summer, when he underwent intestinal surgery in July necessitated by what the Vatican said was a...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted by a narrow margin Thursday to extend an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals for a year. For a resolution to be approved by the 15-member council, it needs at least nine “yes” votes and no veto by a permanent member. The vote on the U.S.-drafted resolution on South Sudan sanctions was 10-0 with China, Russia, India, Kenya and Gabon abstaining. South Sudan has repeatedly called for the arms embargo to be lifted, and the five countries that abstained expressed opposition to the sanctions. But earlier this month, the U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions against South Sudan recommended that the Security Council extend the arms embargo because of “persistent cease-fire violations” and intensifying violence in the country’s regions. The experts said the government’s purchase of approximately 25 new armored personnel carriers for the police, shown in a March photograph, was a violation of the U.N. arms embargo. Stressing that conditions for millions of civilians “are getting worse,” the panel said violence,...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A petition to stop the revival of the 118-year-old Jonglei Canal project in South Sudan, started by one of the country’s top academics, is gaining traction in the country, with the waterway touted as a catastrophic environmental and social disaster for the country’s Sudd wetlands. It follows a series of calls within South Sudan’s government to restart the project in order to prevent flooding and improve the region’s infrastructure. The country’s vice president has already announced plans to conduct a feasibility study in the hopes of getting the defunct canal operational. The vice chancellor of the University of Juba, professor John Akec, launched the ‘Save the Sudd’ social media petition with the intention to submit it to the country’s president once completed. Akec’s petition has already gained tens of thousands of signatures out of the required 100,000. Previous research has shown that the canal would have serious repercussions on the delicate ecosystem of the Sudd region, including negative effects on the aquatic, wild and domestic plants and animals, as well as interfere with the...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Many of South Sudan’s civil servants have not been paid for months as the government has run out of funds, with income from oil exports allocated to servicing loans until 2027, the finance minister and affected workers said. Government employees demanding salary arrears include members of the security forces, doctors and nurses, according to Finance Minister Agak Achuil. “The reason why we are not paying the arrears is that the oil money is going towards the payment of loans which have been taken before and paying for some of the priorities of the government,” he told reporters in Juba, the capital. “Where am I going to get the money if the oil has been sold in advance up to 2027?” The government will allocate oil sales for 2028 and beyond in order to pay salaries for this year, he said. The finance ministry recently paid the November and December salaries but now owes for the first four months of 2022. President Salva Kiir’s government depends on oil proceeds to pay salaries...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Many political leaders and civilians in South Sudan are “deeply skeptical” a 2018 peace agreement can deliver stability to the world’s newest nation and worry it may be heading back into conflict, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Monday. The experts pointed to political disputes between former rivals now leading the government — President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar — that have gridlocked much of the peace deal they signed more than 3 1/2 years ago. “Almost every component of the peace agreement is now hostage to the political calculations of the country’s military and security elites, who use a combination of violence, misappropriated public resources and patronage to pursue their own narrow interests,” the report said. “Far from delivering transformational change to the predatory political system of South Sudan, the peace agreement has itself become a lucrative venue for elite power politics.” In the report to the U.N. Security Council, the panel of experts monitoring sanctions on South Sudan said warnings about the agreement’s prospects from civilians and many political, military and...
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis, whose mobility has been limited of late by a nagging knee problem, is looking forward to visiting South Sudan in July, according to a joint message by the pontiff, the archbishop of Canterbury and a Scottish church official. The Vatican on Saturday released the text of the message, which refers to previously announced plans by Francis to make a July 5-7 pilgrimage to South Sudan. The Holy See two months ago announced that the pontiff would make the latest African pilgrimage of his nine-year-old papacy, beginning with a pastoral visit in Congo on July 2. The message was addressed to South Sudanese political leaders and signed by Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Jim Wallace, Moderator of the Church of Scotland. The three church officials will visit South Sudan together. The message referred to last month’s celebrations of Easter, which for Christians marks their belief that Jesus rose from the dead after crucifixion. Jesus “shows us that a new way is possible: a way of forgiveness and freedom, which enables us humbly to...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Dozens of people have recently been killed in violence that includes beheadings and sexual attacks in a volatile county in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan said Monday. The mission said it documented 72 civilian deaths between Feb. 17 and April 7 in Unity State’s Leer county. Among the victims was a local staffer with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, it said. Sixty-four cases of sexual violence, including gang rapes, were recorded in Leer in the same period. The attacks were carried out by “armed youth” from the neighboring counties of Koch and Mayendit. “I am strongly appalled by these horrific attacks on civilians in Leer,” Nicholas Haysom, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for South Sudan, said in a statement. “We must all do everything we can to ensure that victims and survivors get the justice they deserve and receive the care and support they need.” Markets, homes, humanitarian facilities and warehouses were looted and burned down. An estimated 40,000 people have fled the violence in Leer, with...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s president and his deputy signed an agreement Sunday to unify the command of the security forces, a deal that eases political tensions in the East African country. Clashes in recent days between government troops and forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar raised the threat of another outbreak of serious fighting. In a letter to regional mediators, Machar had accused President Salva Kiir of violating a 2018 truce, citing attacks on his forces. Sunday’s agreement calls for a unified structure in the security services, including the army and the police, with 60-40 distribution in favor of Kiir’s side. Other details, including the positions allocated to each party, were not immediately available. Both Kiir and Machar witnessed the signing ceremony in Juba, the South Sudan capital, where on Monday there was heavy military deployment, highlighting growing tensions. “This is to inform everyone that we have agreed to unify the military command. We are for peace and that all of us should strive for peace,” said Tut Gatluak, a presidential advisor...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s vice president is urging regional mediators to intervene to protect the country’s fragile peace deal, warning of a return to war amid alleged attacks by government troops on his forces. Riek Machar accused President Salva Kiir of violating a 2018 truce in a letter to the regional mediator, the 8-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development, or IGAD. “The security situation in South Sudan has been deteriorating for the last few months,” Machar said in the letter. “Therefore, we request, as a matter of urgency, the intervention of IGAD and other international partners to prevail on President Salva Kiir not to take this country back to war.” There was heavy military deployment in the capital, Juba, Monday near the international airport and the presidential palace, highlighting growing tensions. Puok Both, a spokesman for Machar, confirmed the deployment of government troops in parts of Juba, saying “we don’t know their intentions.” It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the presidential spokesman. South Sudanese government troops and forces loyal to Machar have...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Fresh fighting broke out between rival soldiers in South Sudan, threatening a fragile peace agreement forged with the help of outsiders including the United States. Sporadic fighting was reported Thursday in Upper Nile state, according to spokesmen for the rival groups. Army Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, spokesman for South Sudanese government troops, charged that rival forces — known officially as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition — had “declared war” in attacking their positions in Longechuk County. Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, a spokesman for the rival forces, said government troops attacked first. His group’s political bureau on Tuesday had approved the suspension of its participation in meetings of the security mechanisms holding together the peace deal between President Salva Kiir and his rival Vice President Riek Machar. The decision came after government forces were accused of carrying out unprovoked attacks on their rivals’ military bases, including cantonment sites, in the states of Upper Nile and Unity. In a statement Wednesday, the U.S., the U.K. and Norway — the troika supporting...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the mandate for the 19,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan for a year Tuesday, while demanding an immediate end to fighting in the country and political dialogue to advance a plan to prevent the world’s newest nation from returning to civil war. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 13-0, with Russia and China abstaining, both calling the measure unbalanced for focusing too much on human rights in the east African nation. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield welcomed approval for the strengthened mandate for the mission, known as UNMISS, in the U.S.-sponsored resolution. She said the measure reinforces its mandate “to protect civilians, support delivery of humanitarian assistance, monitor and investigate human rights and support the peace process.” The United States also supports the resolution, she said, “because it calls for UNMISS to strengthen its sexual and gender-based violence prevention activities, responding to the horrific sexual violence in South Sudan.” China’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Dai Bing, criticized the United States for pushing “for inclusion of many human rights-related texts,...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A local official says at least 27 people were killed and four others wounded in an attack in the Abyei region that’s disputed between South Sudan and Sudan. A spokesman for the government of the Abyei special administrative area, Ajak Deng Miyan, blamed local herders and fighters from Sudan for Sunday’s attack on ethnic Dinka. The statement called on the U.N. peacekeeping force there to protect civilians. Oil-rich Abyei has been contested since South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Sudanese Americans protest against last month's military coup in Sudan in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13, 2021. The Biden administration took a major step to protect Black immigrants this week, announcing that it would be designating Sudan, and redesignating South Sudan, for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new designation will expand eligibility to thousands more people who are already in the U.S. and will shield them from deportation for 18 months.  “Sudan is currently experiencing political instability and unrest, and armed conflict in South Sudan has displaced millions of residents,” said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas. “After careful consideration, I have decided to offer temporary protection to Sudanese and South Sudanese nationals in the United States until conditions in each country improve and individuals can safely return.” The announcement was widely supported by advocates. "These renewed protections have been long awaited and much needed,” said UndocuBlack Network Policy and Advocacy Analyst Timantha Goff in a Temporary Protected Status Deferred Enforced Departure Administrative Advocacy Coalition (TPS-DED AAC) statement received by Daily Kos. UndocuBlack is among the over...
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is planning to visit Congo and South Sudan in July, the Vatican announced Thursday, fulfilling a wish to minister to the faithful in the conflict-ridden countries. Francis is scheduled to visit the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, and the city of Goma on July 2-5, and plans to be in Juba, South Sudan, on July 5-7, the Vatican said. The trip would be one of Francis’ longest in years and his third to sub-Saharan Africa. He visited Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in 2015 and Mozambique, Mauritius and Madagascar in 2019. Francis also visited Egypt in 2017. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — People in the U.S. from Sudan and South Sudan can stay with temporary legal status to escape the conflict and natural disasters in their homelands, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday. It faces pressure to grant the same to Ukrainians. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited political instability, unrest, and armed conflict as he approved a new designation of Sudan for what’s known as temporary protected status and extended an existing one for neighboring South Sudan. There are 12 countries whose nationals receive temporary protected status, a program that former President Donald Trump sought to curtail amid criticism of frequent extensions that have enabled people to live in the U.S. for years in a kind of legal limbo. Members of Congress have recently called on the Biden administration to grant the status to people from Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of their country. South Sudan has been designated for TPS since 2011, and it has been extended in 18-month increments ever since. Sudan has been designated since 1997 and was re-designated to account for the recent...
    (CNN)Here's a look at Sudan, a North African country bordering the Red Sea, Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. About Sudan(from the CIA World Factbook)Area: 1,861,484 sq km slightly less than one-fifth the size of the United States. Population: 46,751,152 (July 2021 est.) Median age: 18.3 yearsRead MoreCapital: KhartoumEthnic groups: unspecified Sudanese Arab (approximately 70%), Fur, Beja, Nuba, FallataReligion: Sunni Muslim, small Christian minorityUnemployment: 19.6% (2017 est.)Other FactsSudan was the largest country in Africa prior to the secession of South Sudan in 2011. It is now the third largest, after Algeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Sudan lost most of its oil reserves, estimated to be between five and seven billion barrels, when South Sudan seceded. The United Nations has called the Sudan/Darfur conflict one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Between 2003 and 2008, at least 300,000 people were killed, and three million displaced.More than 63,000 refugees have fled Ethiopia into Sudan since November 2020, after the Ethiopian government began carrying out a military campaign in its Tigray region (as of...
    GONDOKORO, South Sudan (AP) — As South Sudan struggles for peace, it’s still cleaning up the deadly threat posed by thousands of land mines from previous conflict decades ago. Cattle herders. Charcoal collectors. Children. All have been victims of long-forgotten mines that continue to make South Sudan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for unexploded ordnance. The mines are a stealth problem among the country’s more pressing ones, which include the slow recovery from a five-year civil war, the worst flooding in decades and hunger that’s expected to affect more people this year than ever during the young nation’s decade of existence. The explosives are a danger to fragile efforts at rebuilding and development. After a road construction company accidentally detonated an anti-tank mine last year just 25 kilometers (15 miles) outside the capital, Juba, a mine-clearing team was in the community of Gondokoro last month to safely detonate over a dozen more. The explosives were older than South Sudan itself, dating back to the 1980s and the long fight for independence from Sudan. Independence came in 2011, but...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A local official says at least 31 ethnic Dinka have been killed in clashes with suspected Murle armed youth in South Sudan’s restive Jonglei state. Bor South County Commissioner Yuot Alier told The Associated Press that more than 20 other people were wounded in Sunday evening’s attack in Baidit village and some houses were burned. The commissioner said 28 people were shot dead and three children were drowned while people tried to hide. The commissioner said the attackers left with hundreds of cattle. Two of the attackers were reported killed. The acting governor of Jonglei, Tuong Majok, condemned the attack and urged South Sudan’s national government to intervene to cease the “cowardly attacks” against civilians. The reason for the new communal fighting is not immediately known, though cattle rustling often leads to clashes. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Islamist extremists raided the Christian community of Yinh Pabol in South Sudan, killing at least 28 residents and torching 57 houses in early January, the Barnabas Fund reported this week. Bishop Joseph Mamer Manot of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) said that the attack caused “massive displacement,” adding that “the humanitarian situation is alarming as food and other property have been burned down into ashes, leaving survivors with no shelters, no food and no safe drinking water.” In its report, the Barnabas Fund said the attack is the latest example of violent assaults on South Sudanese Christians by Muslim Massiriya tribesmen from the Republic of Sudan, along the disputed border separating the two countries. South Sudan’s Eye radio similarly reported that four separate violent incursions in South Sudan by armed Sudanese Massiriya tribesmen occurred in early January, leaving more than 20 people dead in Aweil East County. A South Sudanese Catholic believer wearing a headdress depicting Jesus Christ sits during a mass held at the St Theresa Cathedral church Kator, in Juba, on March 3, 2019. (SIMON MAINA/AFP...
    OLD FANGAK, South Sudan (AP) — Nyayiar Kuol cradled her severely malnourished 1-year-old daughter as they traveled for 16 hours on a crowded barge to the nearest hospital to their home in rural South Sudan. For months she had been feeding her four children just once a day, unable to cultivate because of disastrous flooding and without enough food assistance from the government or aid groups. She worries her daughter might die. “I don’t want to think about what could happen,” she said. Seated on her hospital bed in Old Fangak town in hard-hit Jonglei state, the 36-year-old Kuol tried to calm her daughter while blaming the government for not doing more. Nearly two years have passed since South Sudan formed a coalition government as part of a fragile peace deal to end a five-year civil war that plunged pockets of the country into famine, and yet Kuol said nothing has changed. “If this country was really at peace, there wouldn’t be hunger like there is now,” she said. More people will face hunger this year in South Sudan than...
    OLD FANGAK, South Sudan (AP) — Nyayiar Kuol cradled her severely malnourished 1-year-old daughter as they traveled for 16 hours on a crowded barge to the nearest hospital to their home in rural South Sudan. For months she had been feeding her four children just once a day, unable to cultivate because of disastrous flooding and without enough food assistance from the government or aid groups. She worries her daughter might die. “I don’t want to think about what could happen,” she said. Seated on her hospital bed in Old Fangak town in hard-hit Jonglei state, the 36-year-old Kuol tried to calm her daughter while blaming the government for not doing more. Nearly two years have passed since South Sudan formed a coalition government as part of a fragile peace deal to end a five-year civil war that plunged pockets of the country into famine, and yet Kuol said nothing has changed. “If this country was really at peace, there wouldn’t be hunger like there is now,” she said. More people will face hunger this year in South Sudan...
    Almost 100 hundred people have died in Fangak, Jonglei State in the northern part of South Sudan from an undiagnosed illness, according to a recent press statement.  In this photo taken Monday, April 2, 2012 and released by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Abdurrahim Ahmed Mohamed, 12, is seen at the Al Salam camp for displaced persons in El Fasher, Sudan. (AP Photo/UNAMID, Albert Gonzalez Farran) On November 13, 2021, the South Sudan’s Ministry of Health received a report of several deaths affecting children ages one to 14 years old as well as the elderly with symptoms of high fever, vomiting, fatigue, joint pain, loss of appetite, and chest pain without an unknown cause.   RECORD NUMBER OF SOUTH SUDANESE FACE CRITICAL LACK OF FOOD Two days later, a team of health experts deployed to the area, with the initial finding of a high positivity rate for malaria among those tested at private clinics, the statement added.  A displaced Ugandan boy is held by a relative as they wait for an evacuation flight from...
    A BRIT who travelled to Afghanistan during the fall of Kabul and had to be evacuated has now fled war-torn South Sudan after being threatened with violence. Miles Routledge, 21, arrived in the North African country this week with a tent and tinned food to “teach memes”. 4Miles Routledge has to flee war-ravaged South SudanCredit: Instagram 4Miles had been evacuated from Afghanistan in AugustCredit: Facebook Despite the Foreign Office advising against all travel to the country, Miles said had planned on spending the next several weeks hiking and then crossing over to neighbouring Uganda. South Sudan has been embroiled in a savage civil war since breaking away from the Republic of Sudan in 2011 that has killed 383,000 people. His journey so far has been chronicled on Twitter and he claims to have been in the capital of Juba teaching locals about “memes” as well handing out cash to poverty-stricken people on the street. He has also helped starving animals — but he had to flee after being threatened with violence and the military has been closing roads. Miles...
    THE World Health Organisation has deployed a rapid response task force to South Sudan to investigate a mysterious illness that has left at least 89 people dead. The ministry of health in South Sudan has reported fast-spreading illness in the northern town of Fangak, in the Jonglei state, which local scientists haven't been able to identify. 1The WHO is sending a task force to a town in South Sudan after a mysterious outbreak has killed at least 89 peopleCredit: Reuters The region was recently hit with severe flooding - with health officials tasked with gathering samples to help identify the deadly disease. Local health officials in Fangak said initial samples from the sick returned negative results for cholera.  Sheila Baya, a spokesperson for the WHO spoke to the BBC, saying the team of scientists had to reach Fangak via a helicopter due to the flooding. She added that the group is waiting for transport to return them to the capital Juba on Wednesday. ...
    Bentiu, South Sudan (CNN)Many of the main roads running through Unity State are now completely submerged, yet the traffic remains. There are no cars, just people, some of whom swim, others wade, pushing their way through the heavy silt-laden water. The more fortunate glide by on canoes with their livestock and whatever possessions they could salvage from the floods. In this traffic, between the cities of Bentiu and Ding Ding, is a group of women, pushing to dislodge their makeshift raft that has become stuck in mud, weighed down by six children. The men in the family went back north to keep their cattle safe, and the women were left to push for four days in the hope of reaching higher ground. Along the way, their food ran out, said one of the women, named Nereka. Her 5-month-old baby wails as she talks. "Of course, I'm worried about my children," she said. "That's why we keep moving." Ravaged by years of conflict, there has barely been enough peacetime in the world's newest nation to begin building. Only 200 kilometers of...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — At least 10 people, including five children, died this week in South Sudan after their boat capsized on the White Nile river in Upper Nile state, an official said Thursday. The boat was heading to Malakal when it sank with 28 people on board Monday, Luke Sadalla, the state’s information minister, said. The boat was overloaded, he said. The five children were all siblings, Sadalla added. Such accidents on overloaded boats are not uncommon on waterways in parts of central Africa. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An airport official in South Sudan says a cargo plane crash in the capital, Juba, killed five crew members Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what caused the plane belonging to Optimum Aviation Ltd. to crash shortly after takeoff from Juba International Airport en route to Maban county, located in Upper Nile state in the country’s north. “Five people, including pilot and crew members, lost their lives,” airport director Kur Kuol told The Associated Press. He said two Russian nationals and South Sudanese nationals were killed. The chartered Antonov was carrying cargo that included fuel. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MALUALKON, South Sudan (AP) — He feels like a man who has drowned. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of sorghum, which fed his family, is under water. Surrounding mud dykes have collapsed. Other people have fled. Only Yel Aguer Deng’s family and a few neighbors remain. This is the third straight year of extreme flooding in South Sudan, further imperiling livelihoods of many of the 11 million people in the world’s youngest country. A five-year civil war, hunger and corruption have all challenged the nation. Now climate change, which the United Nations has blamed on the flooding, is impossible to ignore. As he empties a fishing net, Daniel Deng, a 50-year-old father of seven, recalls a life of being forced to flee again and again because of insecurity. “But this one event (the flood) is too much,” he said. “It is the worst thing that happened in my lifetime.” The U.N. says the flooding has affected almost a half-million people across South...
    (RNS) — On the corner of East Avenue and West Yates Street in East Syracuse, New York, sits Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The quaint building, with its bright white exterior and cherry red doors, is the home to not one, but two distinct congregations. The first, a modest parish of 25 Americans, meets early on Sunday morning, and the other, a group of South Sudanese refugees, in the midafternoon. Diangdit Episcopal Chapel has been worshipping out of Emmanuel Church for three years. The congregation is made up of refugees from South Sudan who pray in their native language, Dinka. Their success has been fostered by the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York and a local interfaith resettlement agency that found them a place to hold services and supported their integration into the community. Many of the congregants of Diangdit Chapel have been in East Syracuse for more than two decades. The first to arrive in the area were part of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a group of over 20,000 Sudanese and South Sudanese boys who were forced to seek refuge...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan has ordered the freezing of bank accounts of five members of a coalition of activists calling for political change. The People’s Coalition for Civil Action, formed in July, has called for President Salva Kiir and his rival deputy Riek Machar to step down, accusing them of failing the people of South Sudan for a decade of war and fragile peace. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the director-general of the government’s banking supervision division on Wednesday directed all commercial banks operating in South Sudan to block accounts belong to the five activists “with immediate effect.” The statement didn’t give reasons for the order. The Central Bank of South Sudan confirmed the letter. A government spokesman could not be reached. The order freezes the accounts of Abraham Awolich, former executive director of the Sudd Institute; Rajab Mohandis, executive director for the Organization for Responsive Governance; Wani Michael, former executive director of the Okay Africa Foundation; Jame David Kolok, executive director of the Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance and Kuel Aguer...
    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — At least 20 people have died in flooding in recent months amid torrential rains that are still afflicting a remote part of South Sudan, an official said Thursday. The deaths between July and September occurred in one county of Warrap State, Gorial West County Commissioner Victor Wek Koor said. Among the victims are children who drowned when a waterlogged house collapsed, he said. Officials in other areas have not cited deaths related to flooding. Many parts of South Sudan have been hit by flooding since July, and some areas are currently submerged. The states of Unity and Jonglei are among the most affected. Even the residence of President Salva Kiir in the northwestern state of Warrap is waterlogged, according to Information Minister Michael Makuei. A group chaired by First Vice President Riek Machar last week declared a national emergency due to flooding across the country. Wek said 17,000 people have been displaced by the floods in his county, home to over 240,000. The homeless are taking shelter in highland areas and along roads....