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President Salva Kiir Downplays Refugee Crisis, Blames Social Media

“The flood of refugees fleeing South Sudan aren’t a big deal … many were chased away by ‘social media’ in a conspiracy against the government.” – President Salva Kiir

South Sudan refugee crisis aren’t a big deal …

BY ADRIAN KRIESCH | DW

South Sudan has been embroiled in a violent conflict since 2013, when a split between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar, escalated into outright war. The brutal conflict has forced parts of the country to the brink of famine. More than a quarter of South Sudanese have since fled their homes, 2 million of them seeking safety in neighboring countries. Continue reading President Salva Kiir Downplays Refugee Crisis, Blames Social Media

Western Donors Freeze Support for ‘Obsolete’ South Sudan Peace Deal

Juba dismayed by western donors decision to freeze support .

BY REUTERS

Western donor nations will commit no further resources to support implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal, until East Africa’s leaders find a credible way of relaunching an agreement ripped apart by a worsening conflict.

Signed in 2015, the deal collapsed when rebel leader Riek Machar, appointed First Vice President in a unity government under President Salva Kiir, fled the country after fighting broke out in the capital Juba last July. Continue reading Western Donors Freeze Support for ‘Obsolete’ South Sudan Peace Deal

South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN

“We have not bought arms for the last of two-three years” – Government Spokesman

At least half – “and likely substantially more” – of the country’s budget expenditures are devoted to security including arms purchases, according a confidential UN report.

BY AFP

South Sudan’s government is spending its oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by Juba’s military operations, according to a confidential UN report.

The report seen by AFP on Friday calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure backed by the United States but rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December.

“Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries,” said the report by a panel of experts. Continue reading South Sudan Buys Weapons Amid Famine: UN

Rebecca Garang Calls for President Kiir to Resign

South Sudanese politician Rebecca Garang, widow of SPLM founder John Garang, tells Upfront on Al Jazeera: – “President Kiir has caused a “manmade famine”; – All of us, as the leaders of South Sudan, we did not lead our people properly; – Our leaders are using the name of their tribes in order for them to cling to power; – We are calling for a dialogue where the whole people of South Sudan are brought on the table.”

By Al Jazeera | Upfront,

Last week, the U.N. declared a famine in two counties of South Sudan, affecting more than 100,000 people, with a further million people on the brink of famine in the country.

On Upfront on Al Jazeera this weekend, host Mehdi Hasan asked South Sudanese politician Rebecca Garang who is to blame. “Of course it’s the leader,” she replied. “…because it is a manmade famine… He did not…ah, all of us, as the leaders of South Sudan, we did not lead our people properly.” Continue reading Rebecca Garang Calls for President Kiir to Resign

Famine Declared in South Sudan’s Unity State

More than 100,000 people in two counties of Unity state are starving, UN and government officials say.

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three UN agencies.

By BBC News,

A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.

A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but South Sudan is the first to declare one. Continue reading Famine Declared in South Sudan’s Unity State