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World Bank boosts South Sudan initiative to improve rural roads for service delivery

For Immediate Release
Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning
The Republic of South Sudan

Juba, May 18, 2012 (SSNA) -- Yesterday, Minister of Finance & Economic Planning Kosti Manibe Ngai met with World Bank Country Manager Laura Kullenburg, to sign a grant agreement aimed at improving rural roads in South Sudan. The minister expressed gratitude for the US$38 million grant saying, “Roads are the basis for trade and job creation, for getting services to people, for bringing our communities together.” 

The funds will be used to upgrade and rehabilitate rural roads linking productive agricultural areas to market centers, and to strengthen the ability of the Ministry of Roads & Bridges to manage rural infrastructure.

The minister described the roads project as way to take services to rural people so that they are not forced to migrate to urban centers. “This project will also transport farm inputs to productive areas, and encourage farmers to produce given there is access to the market,” he said.

World Bank Country Manager Laura Kullenburg explained the grant came from the South Sudan Transition Trust Fund (SSTF), established by the World Bank to provide bridge financing to the new nation in period between its independence until such a time when South Sudan begins to benefit from the services offered to member countries.

The rural roads project was conceived as part of the joint government and development partners’ initiative to develop the feeder roads network of South Sudan. The project is aligned with the priorities set out in the three-year South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP)

The project has three components - rehabilitating selected rural roads, road maintenance and spot improvements, and support for institutional development in the Ministry of Roads & Bridges for rural infrastructure management. Besides substantially benefiting farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in South Sudan, the long term effort is expected to help ensure food security.

 

 
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SPLM-USA May 16 Message

SUDAN PEOPLES’ LIBERATION MOVEMENT (SPLM) USA Secretariat
May 16, 2012 Message

United States, May 16, 2012 (SSNA) -- Today marks the 29th anniversary of the peoples’ revolution waged in 1983 by Sudan people’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). Known as one of the longest revolutions in the continent of Africa, the struggle reached its climax in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Kenya. It should be noted that previous struggle waged by Anya Nya I in 1955 also ended in the signing of the Addis Ababa peace accord in 1972. Although the 1972 peace accord was dishonored by the Khartoum regime, as it did the Khartoum Peace Agreement (KPA) and many others, they set the stage for SPLM negotiation team in Kenya to settle for nothing less than a guarantee that the past does not repeat itself. That resolve is responsible for the terms of the CPA, particularly the right of an internationally supervised self-determination for the people of South Sudan and popular consultations for the Nuba Mountain, Southern Kordofan, and the Abyei referendum. Although the last three provisions were dishonored by the Khartoum regime, the right of self-determination was not to be denied as the people of South Sudan voted overwhelmingly for separation, which was officially realized on July 9, 2011.

So today is a commemoration of not only our victories but our losses, particularly of the 2 million lives, led by Dr. John Garang, William Nyuon, Kerubino Kuanyin, and many other martyrs. The SPLM – USA National Secretariat, therefore, seizes this opportunity to congratulate the SPLM, its members and all the South Sudanese across America and beyond on this momentous day for their sacrifices and achievement. We will be remiss if we did not remind you to continue to work for the South Sudan that would make our departed heroes and heroines proud because we still have a lot of work to do. We therefore call on all to put aside personal and political differences, unite under one goal and leadership, and not only confront but help overcome the current and future challenges that are a threat to our young nation. Only then will we be able to truly realize the meaning of freedom, democracy and justice for all.

We know that this is possible because the recent provocation that led to the capture of Panthou by our gallant armed forces – SPLA, revealed the much needed unity among ourselves against a common enemy. We urge you to keep this spirit and we shall prevail!

SPLM Ooyee! South Sudan Ooyee!

Mangok Mangok Mayen
Chairman, SPLM – USA Secretariat

Sudanese refugees face rising challenges as outflow grows: UNHCR

May 11, 2012 (SSNA) -- Thousands of people have fled Sudans South Kordofan and Blue Nile states into neighbouring countries in the last month, putting pressure on existing supplies and services.

In western Ethiopias Assosa region, nearly 2,000 Sudanese refugees have arrived from Blue Nile so far in May. The refugees cite night-time killings, abductions and the burning of their crops as reasons for fleeing. Many are arriving in Ethiopia with heavy luggage and livestock. They tell our staff that more people are on their way to an area already hosting nearly 35,000 mainly Sudanese refugees. UNHCR is making preparations for the possibility of a further influx.

In South Sudans Unity state, Yida settlement has received more than 3,200 arrivals from the Nuba Mountains so far this month. That’s an average of 550 refugees per day - nearly double the rate in April and six times that in March. The border settlements population now stands at nearly 30,000 refugees.

UNHCR has doubled its presence in Yida and accelerated the registration of new arrivals. We continue to see increasing numbers of refugees arriving in a malnourished state due to food shortages in parts of South Kordofan. All new arrivals are immediately registered and provided with food assistance including high-energy biscuits where needed. Partner agencies such as MSF-France and Samaritans Purse are treating malnourished children urgently and implementing therapeutic and supplemental feeding programs. The World Food Programme has sufficient full-rations of food for the entire camp population in Yida, including the new arrivals. It is also pre-positioning food stocks for the coming rainy season when road access to Yida will be cut off by flooding.

As the rainy season approaches, our staffs have been distributing additional relief supplies such as plastic sheets and mosquito nets in the camp. New arrivals and vulnerable refugees such as unaccompanied children, the elderly and disabled continue to benefit from targeted distributions.

Although recent hostilities between South Sudan and Sudan did not directly affect refugee-hosting areas in Unity state, UNHCR remains deeply concerned for the refugees security due to the proximity of Yida to the disputed border area of Jaw.. Preserving the civilian character of refugee locations remains a core priority in all refugee-hosting areas. We therefore continue to advocate for the refugees in Yida to move to other settlements at a safer distance from the border.

Meanwhile refugees from Sudans Blue Nile state continue to cross the border into Upper Nile state, and are being relocated to safer areas further inland.  This week UNHCR completed individual registration and verification of refugees in Doro and Jammam settlements. The presence of 70,000 refugees was confirmed.

In Jammam, aid agencies are stepping up efforts to increase the water supply and reduce the risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera. Our partners have been trucking and piping water to refugee locations and treating surface water where available.

To reduce demands on limited water sources, UNHCR this week started relocating the first of 15,000 refugees from Jammam to Doro I and II camps. We will also continue drilling efforts with partners to provide water in Jammam for the remaining refugees as well as local communities.

Efforts are underway to transport a much larger drilling rig than those already in place, to explore deeper water sources. Transporting such heavy duty equipment to this remote part of the country is a major logistical challenge.

In the meantime, medical and other humanitarian actors have drawn up contingency plans to respond to any eventual outbreak of disease. They have pre-positioned medical supplies and established treatment units.

In total, more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees have fled into South Sudan since the middle of last year. UNHCR has so far received 31 per cent of the US$145 million we need to care for the Sudanese refugees in South Sudan and Ethiopia. More contributions are urgently needed as we accelerate preparation for the camps before access is cut off by rains.

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Teresa Ongaro, Senior External Relations Officer
UNHCR, Juba, South Sudan
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