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'Scorched earth policy’: thousands displaced in East Jebel Marra

Darfur and Sudan News Update by Radio Dabanga (31 December - 6 January)
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East Jebel Marra, January 6, 2015 (SSNA) -- Militia troops of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), and militiamen on camels and horses have begun ‘cleansing’ villages and water resources in the areas north of East Jebel Marra after government forces gained control over the area of Fanga, about 30 km northwest of Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur. The sweep, which began on Thursday evening, was backed by fighter jets of the Sudanese Air Force. “The operations are taking the shape of a scorched earth policy,” a witness told Radio Dabanga. Reportedly about 15,000 residents have sought refuge in the camps for the displaced in Tawila locality, and thousands are also hiding in the mountains of East Jebel Marra region since the large-scale attacks. Radio Dabanga received reports from fleeing people west of Fanga that they passed “dozens of bodies” lying out in the open.

Hundreds of people arrived on Monday in Zamzam camp for displaced people, near El Fasher. “They told us that they had left hundreds more families behind, without water or food,” a sheikh in Zamzam explained. A source in the area reported that RSF troops plundered villages south of the capital of North Darfur on Friday and Saturday. Thousands of livestock were stolen from the villagers. A source from inside Tamarawa village said that militiamen shot dead nine women, who tried to prevent the attackers from stealing cows.

'Conflicts within Darfur's LJM', 'imbalance in DRA funds'

January 5 - 2015 NYALA Dr El Tijani Sese, head of the Darfur Regional Authority, has admitted the existence of conflicts within the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) he chairs, but denied that they may lead to a split. He told journalists in Khartoum on Saturday that there are no factions within the movement that are reluctant to implement the security arrangements as stipulated in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), for which the Authority is responsible. Simmering conflicts about the delayed execution of the disarmament and reintegration programme seem to have divided the LJM, which was formed in 2010 by factions of rebel groups. With the upcoming general elections in 2015, LJM Secretary-General Bahar Idris Abu Garda intends to transform the movement into a political party, he announced on 28 December. Abu Garda stressed that his group does not intend to split from the LJM.

According to a Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) minister, the body underperforms and neglects development projects in Darfur. Development Minister Tajeldin Bashir Niyam strongly criticised the “large imbalance” the DRA management has caused in its funds and resources, in Nyala on Sunday. “If the funds had been used appropriately, it would have changed many Darfuri lives. But […] the total amount used for projects and infrastructure in Darfur does not exceed $200 million.” Bashir Niyam submitted his resignation last September over disagreements with DRA head Sese, but prominent Darfuri leaders convinced Niyam to stay at his post.

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Habaniya, Fellata sign peace protocol in South Darfur 

January 6 - 2015 NYALA Chiefs of the Habaniya and Fellata tribes successfully concluded a peaceful coexistence conference in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, on Sunday. The tribal leaders signed a protocol in which they agreed that any crime committed by a tribesman will be handled as an individual...

Six die in raid on North Darfur village 

January 5 - 2015 KUTUM LOCALITY Six people were shot dead in an attack by militiamen on Shagar Gei village in Kutum locality, North Darfur, today. “At about 10 am, dozens of government-backed militiamen stormed the village, north of Kutum town,” a listener from the area told Dabanga...

AnotherEl Midan print-run confiscated by Sudan’s security

January 5 - 2015 KHARTOUM For the second time within four days, all copies of El Midan newspaper were confiscated by security officers in Khartoum on Sunday. Last Thursday, the distribution of the newspaper was also halted at the printing press. El Midan, issued by the Sudanese Communist...

West Darfur girls’ team wins national basketball cup
January 5 - 2015 SENNAR The girls’ team of West Darfur won the Sudanese basketball cup on Sunday. They beat the North Darfur team in the final match of the 24th national schools’ basketball championship, that took place in Sennar, eastern Sudan, last week. The school team...

Constitutional amendments make Sudan a police state’: MP 

January 5 - 2015 KHARTOUM Members of the Sudanese opposition have condemned constitutional amendments passed in parliament today, saying that ‘they will turn the country into a full-blown police state’. The Sudanese parliament passed a number of amendments to the 2005 Interim...

Yellow fever vaccination campaign completed in Sudan 

January 4 - 2015 KHARTOUM The yellow fever vaccination campaign, launched by the Ministry of Health in many states throughout Sudan, in December, has reached almost four million people between nine months and 60 years-old. According to the Ministry of Health, an estimated 1.9 million people...

West Kordofan sit-in continues, power outage in North Darfur 

January 2 - 2015 LAGAWA / EL GEZIRA / EL FASHER The demonstrators in Lagawa town, West Kordofan, remain determined to continue their strike for the improvement of vital basic services in the area. Their sit-in entered its 55th day today. Shopkeepers and residents in North Darfur's capital...

Sudan’s opposition hope for peace and freedom in 2015 

January 1 - 2015 ADDIS ABABA / KHARTOUM / NORTH DARFUR / EASTERN SUDAN On the occasion of Independence Day, celebrated in Sudan today, National Umma Party leader El Sadig El Mahdi, and several other opposition leaders expressed their hope that 2015 will bring freedom...

Khartoum Criminal Court acquits ten students from Darfur 

December 31 - 2014 KHARTOUM NORTH El Doroshab Criminal Court in Khartoum North acquitted ten Darfuri students of the University of Bahri on Tuesday. “The cases filed by the security apparatus against them were closed, as the prosecution could not provide any evidence about their...

Sudan govt, SRF rebels may meet in South Africa’: El Mahdi 

December 31 - 2014 ADDIS ABABA Preparations are underway for a meeting between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) to discuss the cessation of hostilities in the country. The leader of the National Umma Party (NUP), El Sadig El Mahdi, said in an interview with...

Sudan security denies Unamid, USAID access to Zamzam camp 

December 31 - 2014 ZAMZAM CAMP Security agents have prevented representatives of Unamid and USAID from entering Zamzam camp for the displaced in El Fasher locality, North Darfur. Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a camp elder said that Unamid officers were stopped by the security when they...

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Thiang Nuer Youths of Fangak County Congratulate Major General Gabriel Gatwech Chan on his Appointment as the Inspector General of the SPLA-in Opposition

Press release
Re: Congratulatory Message

January 3, 2015 (SSNA) -- We, the Thiang Nuer Youths of Fangak County would like to express our utmost happiness to South Sudan’s former Vice President who is also the current Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA-IO, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon for having appointed on 21th December 2014, our Father, a great military expert, who has [or more than]40 years excellent military experience; Major General Gabriel Gatwech Chan Deng (aka Gatchan or Gat-ginye na Tang) as a SPLA Resistance Movement’s Inspector-General.

This is a right position for a right General, Gabriel Tang-i-nyang! We’re, therefore, one hundred percent sure that Gen. Gabriel Gatwech won’t fail the South Sudanese people and will really do what the nation does expect from him. The decision order that appointed SPLA’s Inspector General particularly at this time to be, Gatchan Gabriel Gatwech Chan; is one of the national wise decisions Dr. Machar Teny had been taken and will continue to take. Thus, we congratulate him, Major General Gabriel Gatwech Chan (aka Tang-ginye) for the new assignment, the SPLA-IO’s Inspector General.

Moreover, the Association, Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA) would not and cannot forget to put across its gratitude also to Dr. Machar Teny for having appointed by a separate order, the former Jonglei state’s Minister of Law Enforcement, a man who in his life time, never worked against the interest of his own people, General Gabriel Duop Lam (Wich Tuotmhok) as Phou federal State’s Governor.

All, the Thiang Nuer Youths both in South Sudan and overseas are ,therefore, more than ready to work together, support and rally behind H. E Gabriel Duop Lam at the state level and generally, rally behind the most competent and wise national Leadership of the present SPLM/SPLA-IO’s Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

So that to implement collectively the awaiting national programs including far-reaching reforms, equality, justice, accountability, equitable sharing of national resources, development and democracy in the Federal Republic of South Sudan.

Long Live Federal Democratic Republic of South Sudan!

Long live H.E Dr.Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, SPLM/SPLA’s Leadership!

Long Live Major Gen.Gabriel Gatwech Chan, SPLA’s Inspector-General!

Long Live H.E Gabriel Duop Lam, the Governor of Phou federal state!


Manyun Guek Beliu, Chairperson
Thiang Nuer Youth Association (TNYA)

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Lou Nuer Youth in frontline welcome the disclosure of Government’s secret by its top official in Juba

By Mekonen Tefere

Addis Ababa, December 31, 2014 (SSNA) -- Lou Nuer Youth in frontline expressed their gratitude to Hon. Rachel Nyadak Paul, a South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting who revealed to the press that South Sudan Government plans to launch new offensives in Lou-Nuer Areas, Jonglei State.

Ms. Rachel Nyadak Paul, who represents Lou-Nuer’s [Uror County] in Salva Kiir’s government, said on her official account on social media that, the youth must allow the “constitutional army from entering Lou Land next week”. She also accused the rebel leader and his wife for mobilizing the Lou Nuer Youth and urged the youth to either choose to died or surrender their weapons if resist to fight the Government.

Speaking on the satellite phone today from Uror County, the head of overall command for Lou Nuer White Army Mr. Bordoang Leah appreciated the roles played by Hon. Rachel Nyadak Paul for informing her beloved Lou Nuer Youth to stay alert for the attack from Juba Government led by president Kiir. “I really appreciated Hon. Rachel Nyadak for revealing the Juba’s secret, I know she is there (in Juba) for reason.” The White Army commander said on satellite interview with media.

Moreover, Dak Kueth, a self-claim prophet has also affirmed his happiness to Ms. Paul for the important and appreciable revelation by the deputy Minster. “Thank you indeed for the job well-done, this is a true sign of being a real citizen to this community of Lou Nuer.” Prophet Dak said online from Uror.

Meanwhile, some youth leaders in Nyirol and Akobo Counties, Mr. Wie Bol Bipal and Mr. Bol Chuol Yakuach respectively expressed their happiness on the secret disclosure by the Deputy Minister. Instead they urged the Government of Juba to honor the cessation of hostility, which was recently signed between the warring factions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In separate interview, one of the highest officials for rebel faction who prefers to talk in condition of anonymity said that the Government must respect the truce. “We will never attack the government, but we must fight for self-defense if Juba attacks us.”

The conflict has been in hot spot for a year with low pace from IGAD while other Countries including TROIKA are pushing for possible sanction on the warring parties.

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