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South Sudan Artists’ Association in Ethiopia to launch peace concert in Akobo next week

Addis Ababa, July 28, 2015 (SSNA) -- The office of south Sudan Artists Association in Ethiopia (SSAAE) is hereby announcing to the public that it will be launching peace concert next week in Akobo.

Akobo is adjacent to the Ethiopian border and it is one of the most peaceful counties in the rebel control areas and is inhabited by majority of IDPs who were displaced by the conflict in Bor, Malakal and Unity State.

Paul Ruot Bayoch (AKA - Paul B), the secretary of the association revealed that the event is being organized in concert with the currently established Indigenous Knowledge Center (IKC) in Akobo to boost citizens morale in their quest for peace.

“As we’re hoping for peace to come to the young nation in the next round of talks, its essential to boost citizens’ morale and to restore hope for peace they have lost in the past rounds of peace talks which failed to bear fruits”.

Khor Deng Jang (AKA- Khor dj), the chairman of the association is urging all the warring parties to put the interest of the nation first and negotiate in good faith in the next round of peace talks to be held next week in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“I am hereby sending clear message to the warring parties. We want peace, no for war. We need peace to come to south south this time. Enough is enough. You put the interest of the nation first. We’re for peace and we want you to negotiate in good faith. Peace is what we long for and we need it right now!.”

BulBul Dojiok (AKA- LTD), the deputy chairman of the association is urging the international community to exert more pressure on warring parties.

“We, citizens of south Sudan, almost lose hope on international community; we’re finishing ourselves in your watch. You’ve never taken any tough action which can pressure both warring parties to sign peace agreement. Rather, you opted for targeting sanctions which shall never bring any tangible result. Stop barking like a toothless dog. We’re tired of you. We want you to fully pledge to make sure that this agreement is signed”.

Chuol Yien, one of the organizing team and member of the Indigenous Knowledge Center (IKC) said the peace concert will be used as the official launching ceremony for the IKC.

The invitation is extended to international and national NGOs operating in the area, Church leaders, local authority, women association, traditional authority, trade union, Akobo Youth Association and to all residents of the county.

The ceremony will be officially opened by the commissioner of Akobo East County under the SPLM/A-IO Hon. Tut Chot Rial.

Messages of peace will be delivered and famous local artists of the area will be performing thereafter. The prominent artists invited include Paul B, Deng Maroal, Jock Badeng, Gatruop Yian and many others.

The concert will take place on Saturday, 08/August/2015 and the Venue is commissioner’s compound. Time is 1:00 PM to 6: 00 PM.

For more information, contact SSAAE's Secretary, Paul Ruot Bayoch, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

South Sudan’s rebel leader establishes a ‘national telecommunication company’

Addis Ababa, July 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- In a move seen as a mean to assert himself as a capable national leader, the former South Sudan’s vice president issued numerous orders establishing more national institutions that directly challenge current government companies.

“Pursuant to April 15-18, 2014, Nasir Consultative Conference Resolutions and December 6-12, 2014, Pagak Conference Resolutions to enhance the economy of South Sudan, SUDAR Telecom Corporation is hereby established by this order as a National Telecommunication Company representing any assigned interest of people of South Sudan in this sector,” Machar said in a statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

This is not the first time Dr. Machar establishes national institutions.

In the past, he created military command of the rebel movement, national committee for energy and mining, 21 states, foreign ministry, among others.

The rebel leader also established SUDAR High Tension Transmission Company Limited, SUDAR Electricity Distribution Company, Women Empowerment, Child Welfare and Social Development, and National Committee for Roads and Transport Systems.

Machar argues that the establishment of national institutions is essential to the economic growth of South Sudan’s rebel-held territories.

South Sudanese government troops steal “relief food” in Unity State

Addis Ababa, July 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s government troops and their allied militia have been accused of stealing “relief supplies” which were given to South Sudanese refugees by the UN’s world food program. The report also alleged that government soldiers killed at least seven people in a rebel-held area, the Associated Press (AP) has reported.

The AP also reported that the World Food Programme on Saturday dropped 270 metric tons of food in Dablual, saying it is “the first delivery of food to the area in two months.”

SPLA-Juba Spokesman Philip Aguer denied the report saying Juba-backed soldiers and their allies didn’t steal food or other supplies destined for refuges, adding that SPLA-Juba faction did not launch any attack against rebels in Unity State.

However, local officials in the area reported that government troops have burned the whole village completely, killed people, and rapped women and girls.

In February 2014, government soldiers were accused of stealing UNICEF Backpacks.

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