South Sudan: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 7:55 am
South Sudan, Africa’s newest independent nation, has invited foreign investors to the nation’s oil-rich areas by saying that regions are safe. The oi-rich nation has seen an escalation in violence since July 7, when fighting broke out in the country’s capital, Juba. The conflict has left over 300 people dead and thousands of others displaced as fierce battle between government forces and rebels allied to deposed Vice-president Riek Machar rages on.
Dana Sanchez, 3:13 pm AFKI Original
Informal cross-border trade is so important for Africa that about 43 percent of Africans are involved in this form of commercial activity in the 19 countries that make up the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. It contributes to economic growth, job creation and food security for the majority of the region’s population. The majority of informal cross border traders are women, and they’re extremely vulnerable.
Staff, 4:08 am
Approximately 70,000 people have now crossed the South Sudanese border with Uganda since fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, between forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar in early July. Like Joyce and Masudio, the majority of the South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children. Alice Sunday, a 16-year-old from Juba, said many people had died in the recent fighting, and she and others had to sleep outside without shelter or food. Her school was closed down.
Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm
Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:45 am AFKI Original
Treason includes acts that are geared towards overthrowing a legitimately elected government or endangering state security. In most countries, this offense attracts the death penalty. In Africa, most governments have used treason allegations to trump up charges against their political rivals in order to silence them or force them out of politics. Here are some of African leaders that have been charged with treason in recent years;
Julia Austin, 7:08 am AFKI Original
Flaviana Matata, 29, won the first-ever Miss Universe Tanzania in 2007 and since then has modeled for Topshop, Diesel, and Kiko Cosmetics. Matata has walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood and Next Models London, and is signed at top New York modeling agency Wilhelmina in New York. The international fashion industry craves diversity in advertising, and African models are rising.
Global Risk Insights, 7:32 am
Fatal clashes in South Sudan raise the possibility of civil war and the certainty of on-going instability, which may have measurable implications for East African businesses and economies. During the course of a meeting between President Salva Kiir and Vice President/former rebel leader Riek Machar, fighting ensued between their respective military forces, the SPLM and SPLM-IO.
Staff, 5:00 am
South Sudan was hit by renewed violence between government forces and former rebel troops that left hundreds dead earlier this week, leading to fears that the country’s two-year civil war could be reignited. A four-day cease-fire is currently holding. Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s communications affairs minister, said the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) would meet to discuss restoring peace to South Sudan.
Keren Mikva, 1:07 pm
In August 2015, South Sudan’s warring parties agreed to form a transitional government, ending the civil war that cost tens of thousands of lives and created 2 million refugees. Nearly 90 percent of South Sudan’s land is arable and cattle and sheep are plentiful, yet the country imports the vast majority of food and non-food items. Lack of economic diversity has made the declining oil revenue an even bigger problem.
Lillian Mutiso, 5:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is faced with several humanitarian crises as millions of people on the continent continue to fall victim to disasters, mostly caused by human actions and some by natural phenomenon. The continent has high percentages of people displaced from their homes due to civil strives and conflicts, sectarian and politically -instigated violence, droughts and floods. Below are some of the 12 most neglected humanitarian crises on the continent.
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