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Uganda’s Military Chopper Crashes

May 22, 2014 1:35 pm0 comments

Kampala-An army helicopter has crashed in northern Uganda injuring three soldiers. Sources from northern Uganda told The Continent Observer that the helicopter which was on its way back from a mission in Southern Sudan crash-landed at a place called Atiak In Gulu district. The scene of the crash is about 426 kilometers north of the capital Kampala and few kilometers from the South Sudan border. Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda the Uganda’s Defense and Military Spokesperson confirmed the crash in an email to The Continent Observer this afternoon. “There were three people on board. One got injured but he is stable. Crash landing was caused by bad weather”. Ankunda explained that […]

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South Sudan Rivals Sign Peace Deal

May 10, 2014 7:04 am0 comments
Photo credit: UNMISS

Adis-ababa-The warring parties in the South Sudan conflicts have agreed to a peace deal aimed at ending a five months old conflict. The deal which was reached yesterday by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned foe Riek Machar calls for an immediate ceasefire and the formation of a transitional government ahead of the drafting of a new constitution and new elections. The peace deal which was struck in Adisababa Ethiopia aims to end a conflict that has left thousands dead and more than one million people homeless. An earlier ceasefire agreed in January collapsed within days, with both sides accusing each other of restarting the fighting. […]

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US Calls For Withdrawal of Foreign Forces From South Sudan

February 9, 2014 5:03 pm0 comments
US Calls For Withdrawal of Foreign Forces From South Sudan

Washington– The US government has called for the withdrawal of foreign troops from South Sudan. In a strongly worded press release issued by State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, the US government warned of the risk of regionalization the conflict as a result of foreign interference. “We urge the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by either side, and warn of the serious consequences which could result from any regionalization of this conflict,” Psaki said. She also called for an inclusive reconciliation process in the IGAD-sponsored political dialogue in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The US call for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops comes as Juba and Kampala are […]

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President Museveni Explains Uganda’s Interest in South Sudan

January 19, 2014 2:44 pm0 comments
President Museveni Explains Uganda’s Interest in South Sudan

Kampala-President Yoweri Museveni says he deployed the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF in South Sudan to avoid it from collapsing. Museveni made the remark in Bombo barracks near Kampala, while addressing the Army Council which is the highest decision making body in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces. “I sent troops to South Sudan which is affected by a conflict. We did not want them to collapse”, he said adding that the two main groups in the neighbouring country, being led by President Salva Kiir and Mrs. Rebecca Garang were with the Uganda Government. Museveni noted that the Uganda People’s Defense contingent that’s in South Sudan is performing well in its fight […]

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South Sudan Hospitals Overwhelmed By War Victims

January 17, 2014 7:03 pm0 comments
South Sudan Hospitals Overwhelmed By War Victims

By Joseph Elunya &Agencies Health workers in South Sudan are reporting that they have been overwhelmed by the high number of patients. The health workers who are operating from Juba’s  Tomping base, which hosts over 17,000 displaced South Sudanese says they are facing tremendous challenges. According to the Hospital Commandant of Tomping Dr. Chanthy Phok, the 25 bed hospital is now host to 100 patients. “We have many women and children,” he said. “These need treatment for which the hospital was not equipped in the first place.” Notes Dr. Phok. The hospital, which is ordinarily intended for UN staff, was now dealing with pregnancies and deliveries and children’s diseases. “Treating […]

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UN Expresses Concern Over Gross Human Rights Violation in South Sudan

December 31, 2013 6:35 pm0 comments
UN Expresses Concern Over Gross Human Rights Violation in South Sudan

Juba-The United Nations is expressing deep concern over mounting evidence of serious human rights violations in the South Sudan conflict. The concerns stem from mounting evidence of gross violations of international human rights law that have occurred in South Sudan during the past 15 days. The mission notes that extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers have occurred in various parts of the country, as evidenced by the discovery of large numbers of bodies in Juba, as well as the Upper Nile and Jonglei state capitals of Malakal and Bor, respectively. Massive displacement and arbitrary detentions of civilians have been observed. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the atrocities […]

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South Sudanese Celebrate Christmas in IDP Camps

December 26, 2013 1:43 pm0 comments
South Sudanese Celebrate Christmas in IDP Camps

Juba-The people of South Sudan have joined the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas Day after a week of violence. The clergy who presided over the mass from various Catholic parishes called for an end to ethnic killings which has wrecked the world’s youngest nation. In Unity state, Father Joseph Makuey said the Church was deeply concerned about the crisis that has hit South Sudan since 15 December. “The message that I would like to convey to the people of Unity state […] should continue pray for peace, truly this moment is a critical moment because we have lost many lives in South Sudan but I firmly believe through […]

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Uganda Deploys Troops to South Sudan

December 20, 2013 12:42 pm0 comments
Uganda Deploys Troops to South Sudan

Kampala-Uganda has deployed troops to the troubled South Sudan. Military sources from Uganda confirmed to the Continent Observer this afternoon that a contingent of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has been deployed in Southern Sudan on the invitation of the Government of Southern Sudan. “At the authorization of the southern Sudan government a small force has been deployed to facilitate the evacuation of stranded Ugandans some of whom are injured back to safety in Uganda” Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda the Defense and Military Spokesperson told the Continent Observer this afternoon. The troops that have been deployed are from the Special Forces Group- SFG a crack unit within the Uganda People […]

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UN Confirms Death of Two Peace Keepers

11:46 am0 comments
UN Confirms Death of Two Peace Keepers

Juba-Two United Nations soldiers have been killed in clashes in Southern Sudan. The two who were formerly serving under United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS died during clashes that occurred yesterday in Akobo town. The UN in a press release issued on Friday afternoon confirmed the deaths of two Indian Battalion soldiers. “This morning, the UN Mission in South Sudan conducted an aerial assessment to Akobo Town. We can confirm that two UNMISS Indian Battalion troops were killed in action. UNMISS can also confirm that one injured Indian soldier has been transported to the Mission’s medical facility in Malakal”. The statement reads. The statement condemned the killing of the peace keepers […]

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South Sudan Quashes Attempted Coup

December 16, 2013 11:18 am0 comments
Civillians crossing to UNMISS headquarters for shelter following the coup attempt. Phot UNMISS

Juba- Hundreds of civilians have taken shelter at the headquarters of United Nations Mission in South Sudan following overnight heavy gunfire in the capital Juba. President Salva Kiir in an address to the press this morning said there was an attempted coup by disgruntled soldiers that was quashed. Kiir said the Government troops have taken control of the situation and a night time curfew had been imposed in the capital Juba. Sources in Southern Sudan say there was an exchange of gunfire between rival members of the presidential guard. Hundreds take refuge at UNMISS headquarters “UNMISS can confirm that hundreds of civilians have been seeking refuge in the UNMISS compound […]

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