TWO MEN FOUGHT BECAUSE OF THE WORDS BOR, BORI

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It was Saturday June 27 that i witnessed the most amazing things that happen in South Sudan. Cholera is on the rise in the country and most common food for the common people  was not easy to find at the usual places. Hence i ran to Jebel Market to find something to eat because my friend had told me of a Place where there exist at hiding a plate of Meal for me. I had to rush not to miss that Chance. Everyone knows how difficult it is to get food at affordable cost leave alone before city authorities’ ordered closure of restaurants. Some people who rely on street food might have gone for   days now without having food. But for me that Saturday after having sat comfortably at my hiding waiting for the plate to land on that table, the person who was to serve me ran inside and said at low tone ‘’People are fighting outside,’’ i became unlucky because my chance to eat is already gone since the area is already stormed by different groups of people. I too rush to the scene to feed my ears with that event. I saw two people seriously exchanging fist. In a minute another two have started searching for sticks to help their tribe mate. There was already blood on both sides. After short while these guys were dragged to Jebel police Station.

Why they fought- Statement to the police

One man Started: You see i went to type my document at the Computer point. I gave my work and the owner of the computer is typing my document. I sat there waiting for when my work will be completed. And this man came inside with his national identity card to be photo copied. I saw on the Card his place of birth written Bor. I kept quiet and want him to finish his photo coping and i will ask him. When his ID was photo copied i asked him to give me the ID to see. He refused. I asked him are you Dinka from Bor. You do not look like Dinka Bor rather you look like People from Uganda’s Arua or Yumbe, how did you get this ID from Bor. I again asked him to bring the ID and took the ID from him. When i looked it is written Bor so this person is not from Bor but he forged the document. He is a criminal then i slapped him that is how we started fighting. So you here in Jebel you cannot handle this case i am taking him to where i know he can tell who gave him the ID.

The Next Person gave his Statement.

I went to Photo copy my ID because i wanted to go to my journey since i do not have any document i use the National ID as a travel document. I found this man there waiting for his documents to be typed. When i gave my ID and i am suppose to go he asked to see it. I asked why you want to see my docmunent he said just bring. Then he asked if i am a Dinka from Bor. I do not look like Dinka he told me. I told him i am a Pojulu from Lainya County of Central Equatoria State and my birth Place is called Bori. But he did not understand then he slapped me then i also gave him that is how we started fighting.

Any way the police solved the case by sending each to treat himself.

Why do you think BOR AND BORI spelling difference could cause fight?

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Statement By IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Greece

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Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today:

“I have briefed the IMF Executive Board on the inconclusive outcome of recent discussions on Greece in Brussels. I shared my disappointment and underscored our commitment to continue to engage with the Greek authorities.

“The coming days will clearly be important. I welcome the statements of the Eurogroup and the European Central Bank to make full use of all available instruments to preserve the integrity and stability of the euro area. These statements underscore that the euro area today is in a strong position to respond to developments in a timely and effective manner, as needed.

“The IMF also will continue to carefully monitor developments in Greece and other countries in the vicinity and stands ready to provide assistance as needed.

“I continue to believe that a balanced approach is required to help restore economic stability and growth in Greece, with appropriate structural and fiscal reforms supported by appropriate financing and debt sustainability measures. The IMF is prepared to continue to pursue that approach with the Greek authorities and our European partners.”

CEPO restarts walk for peace Campaign says Funding short fall derailed it.

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June 9th 2015 Juba_Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation has on the 9th July restarted their Walk for Peace Campaign for a period of one month saying it was disrupted by lack of funding after five months of walking for Peace Activities in the Country.

The restart of the Peace Campaign comes at a time when the Warring parties are set for Addis consultations meeting to prepare for the opening of the Negotiation that collapsed early in March.

‘’Today’s campaign we have launched as CEPO is the renewal of our campaigns that we have been doing months ago. It is a peace campaign that we are calling for the two warring parties to Prioritise   peace and stop the war,’’ Edmond Yakani CEPO executive director told reporters in Juba at a Press conference.

He said though there was no funding they did not stop completely but withdraw the activities of having peaceful protest in the state capitals and resorted to issuing of statements.

Adding they are going back to the protest in the state capitals.

We launch it today because it is the 9th of June and as you know from today towards the 9th of July which is our independence day is one month, Yakani explained.

‘’The aim of this campaign is to ensure that our warring parties listen to the voices of our citizens and communities,’’ he said ‘’ the events that we will be having include peaceful processions in the eight state capitals and  what we want is real peace not war’’

Yakani added: ‘’we cannot do it in Malakal and Bentiu. We can also be having dedication of prayer for peace as part of the campaign. We have also established Skype called Southsudan.aucampaign to bring international media house to interview our citizens that have suffered from this crisis’’

He said the organisation will be engaged in meetings with leadership of the warring parties and keep on submitting petitions to IGAD and the Security Council to ensure that peace come to South Sudan and War is stopped.

South Sudan though her  warring parties have been engaged in  an on and off peace talks in  Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa  there has been no fruitful outcome but War raging killing thousands with more displaced either internally or externally in need of humanitarian assistance. There are plans to restart the negotiations but no day has been announced while consultations are ongoing in Addis.

Yakani added that within the Walk for Peace campaign there will be demands for the inclusion of every stake holder to have chance to participate in the Peace Process. There should be a free space that is not restricted for others to have voice in the talks he said.

CEPO called for the religious leaders to dedicate every Sunday and Friday for fasting and prayer for peace in the war torn country.

South Sudan Conflict started in Juba mid December 2013 engulfing the three States making the Upper Nile region but kept on spilling to other Parts of the Country. Recently top national government and army officials are warning of growing rebellion in the Western Equatoria Region but State officials deny it saying the conflict is a result of Cattle keeper’s activities.

Eastern Equatoria official visit to emulate Yei Water Project

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Hassan Urbano Alex Eastern Equatoria State Minister of Physical Infrastructures Thursday visited Yei Water Project calling on the people of the new nation to accept Change in their life.

The Minister Made the Statement in Yei at the end of one day visit to learn how Yei is delivering Water to the Natives.

We have come to Yei to Change the experience of the government in giving the People services in social economic development. If you have clean Water there will be healthy people who will be Productive economically in a good town Urbano said

Urbano said: ‘’after our tour we have seen the Water Kiosks. We have learnt a lot, giving the people Water at low cost is an experience we will take to our People to accept’’

He said accepting Change is a major challenge in South Sudan urging the South Sudanese to accept it in their lives adding that there is need for sensitization for the people to fit the world.

Though we are going through difficulty in the country due to high prices Urbano said he has seen that in Yei the people are healthy meaning food is there in the Market.

The minister requested the municipality to keep protecting the people advising citizens towards development to achieve economic growth.

Urbano appreciated GIZ as a good partner that want to free the People of South Sudan from Water associated diseases by providing clean drinking water.

He called on GIZ to put more effort in helping South Sudanese get good services.

Appreciating the security situation in Yei Urbano said the Citizens of Yei and Eastern Equatoria are peace loving people hosting other South Sudan citizens displaced by the 15 December ongoing conflict.

Santo Paul Lasuba the Mayor of Yei Municipality said the Municipalities of Torit and Yei will work together to develop the lives of their citizens urging for a stronger cooperation among the two Municipal leadership.

We have come to Yei to see the Water Utility in Yei and we would like to copy the same system to be in Torit. We have visited many sites including water Kiosk and we have seen that it is wonderful. It is good giving services in terms of clean drinking water said Matrin Odeki Ohuro Mayor of Torit Municipal council.

Yei Hiking Commodity Prices Abnormal: Chamber

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May 15 2015 Yei. Taban Jacob John Deputy Chairperson of Yei Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that in Yei Prices of goods are not stable going higher every minute and hour of the day calling it an abnormal increase that require serious actions from all the citizens.

100 US Dollar in Yei as of 15 May Friday Midday sells at 1400 SSP in the black market while 100 SSP sells at 20 thousand Uganda shillings.

‘’One of the reasons as to why the prices are not stable in Yei is because of the Dollar rate. You find last week the dollar rate was at 950 SSP. Reaching to the end of last week it increased to 1050 South Sudanese pounds. This week on Monday the dollar was 1200 SSP,’’ Taban says .

‘’When we went for survey to the Market we found that prices of goods changes from last month to this month and even last week to this week,’’ the deputy chairperson explained ‘’ Now days 50 kg of sugar is sold at 500 SSP which is abnormal increment in price of goods. Soap which was sold at 80 to 95 per box has now increased to 155 SSP making things very difficult for consumers to get access and buy things to be used at their homes’’

He says business conditions in Yei are very difficult at the moment.

‘’Sack of flour is changing from time to time. If you find today at 350 tomorrow you come and find at 450 SSP,’’ he adds

Taban says now it is not clear as to why prices are going higher asking if it is dollar or importing.

The Deputy Chairperson states that since the commodities are coming from the neighboring countries traders are complaining of higher dollar rate and bad roads making it difficult for the Chamber to control prices within the municipality.

Taban advises wholesalers bringing goods in bulky to trade at a price that allow retailers sell to the final consumer at affordable prices.

‘’If the wholesaler sells at 500 SSP to the retailer, retailers may sell to final consumers at close to ten pound or more to get profit from the sugar. I urge big companies and wholesalers not to increase prices on their own,’’ Taban says.

The deputy chairperson asks businessmen to consult the Chamber in case there in need for change in commodity prices so that it is approved.

He said despite fuel crisis all the shells are selling Petrol at 7.5 to eight pounds- the old cost in the municipality adding that this have to apply to all commodities. Though diesel is not there he points no change in price.   Unnecessary increment is not needed until things come to normal, Taban adds.

Member of the executive at the Chamber Emmanuel Banja Samuel appealed to the government to control the supply of dollar in the Market for the South Sudanese pounds to gain their value.

Banja advised Yei Business Community to back their businesses with farming to produce agricultural products revealing that some shops have closed due to difficulties facing local traders in South Sudan.

Rose Apayi a retailer in Yei said the hiking prices make retailers unable to decide  on how much to sell a kilo of sugar, 300 milliliter of cooking oil, bar of soap because retailers use pounds not dollars.

She urged the government to promote use of the local currency other than foreign adding that hard currency should be kept in the bank not on tables along the streets.

Apayi said for retailers to maintain themselves in the market they need to sell also at higher prices which other consumers can not afford.

Traders in manufactured food staff said they increased the prices due to dollar scarcity in the Market.

The government should control the black market. If we buy dollar today at 900 tomorrow you find it has either gone up or down making us get loses. We need fix rate to sell goods at fix prices, the traders said.

Education is tool for liberation we will Create Jobs but government should find happiness for the suffering citizens _Catholic University Graduates

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Juba June 7th 2015_ Catholic University of South Sudan Juba Campus fresh graduates has  in Juba at the freedom hall expressed their willingness to create jobs to get employ South Sudan Job seekers.

The graduates asked the government to also help in expanding the chances of getting job in the country.

Having finished four years courses, about 125 graduated with 113 in Economics and Business administration and 12 in Education.

Charline Mariam Francis Miongo age 26 graduated with degree in Economics and Business administration saying her paper would help her think of ways of creating job for herself and employ others as she has nothing much to worry about at the moment.

Miongo says a woman has to put on four clothes in her life. She has to put on school uniform, gown, weeding clothe and finally put on a maternity clothe.

‘’I am very glad today to put on a gown,’’ she expresses her happiness ‘’ In fact all the graduates especially the females are very happy for this event because this is their time to push for the development of South Sudan through education’’

She encourages those who dropped out from school and have not graduated to strive to get to higher levels adding that education does not mean being in rich family.

I supported myself to this level she added.

‘’I wash clothes of people, i do any work,’’ Miongo explains her Status ‘’I wash anything that i can so that i get money to pay my school fee. My mother is poor and i belong to a single family whereby she cannot pay my tuition fee to cater for my education’’

She reveals that after seeing her suffering the government of Western Equatoria helped her to finish the long journey to get degree in Economics and Business Administration.

When we graduate like this and have nothing to do some of us become criminals so for this the government should also understand that they open jobs for people so that they work and avoid other criminal activities, Miongo adds

She however advised the graduates to be job creators stressing that she will continue with her clothe washing to go further to higher levels and do business to create jobs for others.

The Female graduate cites that foreigners are sweeping money in the country from work South Sudanese give the impression of being as dirty.

Miongo says she needs to study for her masters and PHD in Economics asking the government to encourage girl’s education beyond university.

Miongo: ‘’If i have the economy of South Sudan in my hands i will make sure that every resource that we have in South Sudan must go to each and every corner of the states in the country equally’’

Hillary Okulang  Kerbino 45 works for the National Ministry of Finance in South Sudan. He says he completed Diploma in Business Administration from Osol College Nairobi Kenya back in 2002. Kerbino adds that his degree in Economics and Business administration will help him do better in his work place improving the economy of South Sudan and Africa at large.

He advises the People of South Sudan to work for peace to reduce the ongoing economic crisis consoling that the economic crisis will not last for long.

Kerbino urges the business community not to keep increasing prices from time to time saying that South Sudanese need to stick to their humanitarian attitude of helping each other.

‘’ We should focus on Humanity and see how people are suffering,’’ Kerbino said ‘’ People are dying in other states. They do not have food. They do not have shelter. But if you have humanity you can at least think of how you can reduce the prices so that you can help your brothers and sister who are suffering’’

Our land is very rich in minerals, agriculture,’’ he added ‘’ We should put our focus mostly on agric because most of the things come from neighbouring countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia  and Dr Congo, most agric products come from there but if we put effort  in agric it will reduce this economic crisis .We can help through hard work and recue this country’’ 

On education Kerbino says the government should put more efforts on by giving chance to the private sectors working in the education sector to improve learning in South Sudan to reduce taking children to the neighbouring countries.

Simon Kulang Nyoul Major in the SPLA Army at his 50s graduated with degree in Education saying Education is a tool of liberation and development.

Kulang adds that there is no age limit in education but determination.

‘’How you determine your objectives is what matters,’’ Kulang says ‘’ you have to struggle until you achieve certain level of success. There is no freedom without struggle. You can get to School at 50, 60 or even 70 it is only determination’’

I urge the pastoralist communities to allow their daughters go to school to be the future of South Sudan, the Major adds.

‘’I have three daughters that have graduated in the East African Universities before me,’’  Kulang said‘’One graduated in Kampala, one in Makerere University, another in Nairobi with the fourth in college. My plan is to encourage these daughters of mine’’

As i hold this degree i pray that i use it for development he prayed to God.  

Kulang calls on the South Sudanese to remain united and let alone tribalism advising citizens of the new country to avoid sabotage at their various levels.

 

U.S. Pledges Additional Humanitarian Assistance for People Affected by the South Sudan Crisis

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us-lgflagThe United States announced more than $133 million in additional humanitarian assistance today in response to a surge in conflict and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan over the last two months. The announcement was made in Geneva, Switzerland, by a U.S. delegation led by U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald E. Booth and including Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Catherine Wiesner and USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Director Jeremy Konyndyk, at an international conference on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and its impact on the region.

The United States joined other countries in voicing support for South Sudan’s citizens who are internally displaced or have fled to neighboring countries, refugees from other countries inside South Sudan, and others caught up in the conflict. The delegation also emphasized the urgent need for the parties to the conflict to negotiate a peaceful solution.  Including this additional contribution, the U.S. government has contributed more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian assistance since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013.

 This new funding will allow U.S.-funded organizations to provide food and livelihood support and prevent the spread of diseases by providing emergency health services, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education.  It will also help survivors of gender-based violence, malnourished children, and persons with disabilities among affected populations in South Sudan, and neighboring countries.  The U.S. government is also supporting the transport of life-saving supplies to ensure that people in remote areas get assistance quickly.  Over the past two months, there has been an acceleration in the number of displaced civilians, an increase in the harassment of aid workers, and continued restrictions that hamper efforts of aid groups and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. 

 The United States calls on all parties to the conflict to immediately bring an end to the senseless violence in South Sudan.  The South Sudanese government and opposition must allow unfettered humanitarian access throughout South Sudan, and ensure the safety and security of civilians, humanitarian workers, and humanitarian supplies.

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WRD UNHCR STORIES: Teacher. Mother. Women’s representative

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“We walked and hid for more than 3 months”

Gisma, 28 years old: “I am proud to represent the women here at the UNHCR SSD_WRD_Gisma story camp. Until two years ago, I knew nothing
about women’s issues and children’s rights. I was so happy when I was selected to give an interview to the local
radio on International Women’s Day to speak out against early marriage. As a member of the women’s committee,
I also help identify refugee children who have been separated from their families and organize foster care.

The community work keeps me busy and always sparks new ideas. Our latest initiative is to open a women’s teashop.

We are putting together a business plan. Tidiness, good manners and cold water are key to attract customers.
I have always had a passion for learning new things and sharing knowledge. My whole life back home was about
education. I would be a secondary school teacher in the morning and university student in the afternoon. At
night, I would take care of my husband and children. We had a nice house, with electricity, an air-conditioner and
a fridge. I miss those times.”
Gisma is a refugee in Gendrassa, one of South Sudan’s 10 refugee camps. She was forced to ee her hometown
Bau in Sudan’s Blue Nile State in early 2012, as the conict between government and opposition forces
intensied. “I was terried and horried to hear about cold-blooded executions and gang-rapes in my
village,” she says.

Gisma was pregnant at the time she decided to run for her life together with her husband
and daughter. “We walked and hid for more than three months before reaching South Sudan,” she says. “I fell
sick during the journey and I had a stillborn child soon after crossing the border.” Those sad memories still
haunt her: “I will never forget what I have gone through, but life goes on. My dream is to nish university and
learn English.”

UNHCR STORIES: Teacher. Dancer. Avid reader.

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“One day, when the bombs fell close to my house, I decided to flee”

UNHCR SSD_WRD_Farah story

Farah: “I love reading. When I close my eyes I see myself sitting on top of a tall pile of books and looking at the
world from above. Sometimes, I see books hanging from baobab trees. I would pick one and take a bite as if it was
a sweet fruit. It reminds me of home. After school, I used to walk long distances to get to the farthest baobab tree,
sit underneath and read short stories and fairy tales for hours until sunset. In that moment, I felt like nothing could
bother or hurt me.
Knowledge is freedom. This is what I tell my students. That education is the most powerful tool they have to distinguish
right from wrong. I want them to believe they can be the leaders of the future if they get a good education.
When they get distracted, I start dancing to draw their attention. It works like magic. First they laugh, then they
fall silent and refocus. I used to dance when I was in my country, especially after the rain. The whole community
would gather outside and dance to celebrate the rain. It was a moment of pure joy.”
Farah is 21 years old and teaches English to primary school children. He is the youngest teacher in Kaya, one
of the six camps in South Sudan hosting Sudanese refugees eeing the conict between the government and
opposition forces in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Before becoming a refugee in South Sudan in
early 2012, he lived in El-Damazin with his family. “Many people lost their lives in shelling attacks”, he says.
“One day, when the bombs fell close to my house, I realized I couldn’t bear to stay there any longer. I ed the
same night.” The conict prevented Farah from completing his secondary education. “But I would never give
up on my education”, he says. “My dream is to nish my studies and become a fully qualied teacher.”

SABMiller: Water security key to unlocking African prosperity

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June 4 2015_ SABMiller’s Chief Executive Alan Clark in a statement extended to this media house said that the key to unlocking African prosperity stand on Water security.

He said with coordinated action, better water provision in Africa will strengthen economic growth and unlock the path to prosperity for millions.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Cape Town, Alan Clark highlighted that water security and resource efficiency have become and will remain a priority for SABMiller in Africa as climate change exarcebates competition for resources.

Adding: ‘’This year’s WEF Global Risks Report ranked water scarcity as the biggest single risk to societies and economies’’

While growing production volumes, SABMiller has cut its global carbon emissions by 35% since 2008, reducing absolute emissions by nearly one million tonnes. Over the same period it cut water use per litre of beer by 28%, now using 3.3 litres of water to make one litre of beer, exceeding its 2015 target. In the last year alone, the company reduced its water use by 29 million hectolitres – the equivalent to the water used by over 116,000 Africans each yeari.

South African Breweries is mother to SSBL_South Sudan Beverages Limited.

This has translated into tangible gains for the company –  SABMiller saved US$117million in the last financial year compared with 2010 through water and energy related initiatives as a key part of its overall cost reduction plans.

Leading a panel discussion on the Future of Water, Alan Clark said:

“The business case for conserving water both within our own operations and in the communities where we work is clear and compelling. Companies from all sectors are facing up to the risks that water scarcity poses to their business – even more so with the impact of climate change. Now is the time to step up and make clear commitments to reduce overall water use and improve efficiency.”

He also stressed that companies need to look beyond their operations if they want to effect real change:

“There has been progress on water in Africa but it is neither universal, nor consistent . Hundreds of millions of people in Africa, especially in rural and poor households, lack access to safe drinking waterii. Tackling water scarcity can release untapped prosperity at every level – not just for business, but for communities, societies and national economies. Yet businesses are still too focused on their own operations – only by working with local partners and communities will they bring about real change.”

Providing both financial and operational support, SABMiller is a leading contributor to the Strategic Water Partners Network, a partnership between the South African government and private sector. It aims to close the gap between water supply and demand, which is forecast to reach 17% by 2030iii. Through more efficient water use, reduced leaks and improved water management, the network will work to close this gap.

Alan Clark pointed to mounting evidence of the risks posed by water scarcity to business and economic growth, quoting a 2012 projection by the International Food Policy Research Institute that 45% of total GDP – US$63 trillion – will be at risk due to water stress by 2050iv.