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North, South Sudan Reps Take to the Airwaves to Discuss Abyei

A month after the fact, the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal’s July 22 ruling remains a major topic of discussion. Voice of America’s radio show Straight Talk Africa discussed the ruling this week, with commentary by Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, the Head of the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the U.S., and Ambassador Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed, the […]

By Victoria Bosselman

August 20, 2009

More Violent Clashes Rock South Sudan

After last week’s round of Sudan-related hearings on Capitol Hill, which highlighted the life or death implications of the Obama administration’s ongoing Sudan policy review, this week started with tragic news from southern Sudan. At least 185 people were reportedly killed in inter-ethnic violence Sunday in Jonglei’s Akobo County, a remote, tense, and heavily armed […]

By Maggie Fick

August 4, 2009

South Sudan Still Scattered with Landmines

Nineteen out of the 25 states in southern Sudan are still littered by landmines from the 22-year civil war that ended in 2005. Efforts are now underway to clear the most densely mined areas – a process critical to enabling displaced populations to return home, humanitarian aid to be dispersed, and peacekeeping forces to fully […]

By Victoria Bosselman

July 29, 2009

Obama Finds Time for Story about South Sudan

What is the What tells the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese “lost boy” who lived through a brutal Sudanese civil war between North and South that killed more than 2 million people during over 20 years of conflict. The book, published in 2006, details Deng’s journey from his home in the southern Sudanese […]

By Rebecca Brocato

June 15, 2009

Government of South Sudan Comes Out Against Khartoum's Actions

South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, or SPLM, has come out publicly against Khartoum’s action against NGOs. Speaking to reporters, SPLM spokesman Yien Matthew said, "They (the NCP) are aware (of our disapproval) and yet they are continuing." He also noted, "People in Darfur who are displaced are dependent on these humanitarian agencies. […]

By Rebecca Brocato

March 8, 2009