Insecurity was the big story for the last week with reports of government offensives against opposition forces throughout Equatoria. But scratch below the surface and you will see that much more was happening in Equatoria.
In the Region:
The Joint Technical Committee for Border Delineation & Demarcation sets the deadline of 2017 to finally agree Equatoria’s border with Uganda, Kenya & Democratic Republic of Congo.
Amnesty International, an international civil rights organisation, has demanded the release of journalist Joseph Afandi, who has been held in detention by South Sudan’s National Security Service since December.
A youth leader in Pokula Quarter complains of poor delivery of services since the creation of the municipality which is 20 miles from Yei town.
A Women’s Association in Yei issued a strong statement against gender based discrimination and violence whilst demanding women are given 25% of posts in government as is legally required by the country’s transitional constitution.
In the Region:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns of a jump to ‘Crisis’ level classification for food insecurity in Eastern Equatoria with malnutrition levels exceeding emergency thresholds.
A former commissioner of Torit warns that people in the area are being forced to drink untreated water due to the unaffordable price of clean water, which has shot up from 7 SSP to 20 SSP.
In the Region:
A civil society study, conducted in Yei, Lainya & Morobo by Community Empowerment for Rehabilitation and Development, reveals that 80% of residents are surviving on just 10 SSP per day, which is less then 1 USD.
The Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has appealed to the rich to share their wealth with the poor this Lent as the country faces unprecedented economic hardship.
In the Nation:
Central government has scrapped dollar auctions and admitted that the auctions have done little to stop spiralling currency devaluation in the country.
Mary Hillary Wani, Undersecretary in Ministry of Labour asks employers to raise salaries so employees can cope with the currency devaluation.
Despite surrounding turmoil in the area, local officials in Maridi report that 255 out of 270 pupils passed their primary exam with 6 of 13 schools having 100% pass rate.
Schools re-open in Nimule amid concerns of unaffordable hikes in tuition fees and fears that parents may be forced to pull their children out of school due to the high cost.
In the Region:
Spokespersons for the armed opposition group, SPLM/IO, have accused the government of launching a fresh offensive against designated cantonment sites in Western Equatoria in violation of the peace agreement.
SPLA engineers prepare to dig water boreholes in Nesitu and Jebel Malok as the military gets ready to redeploy 25 km out of Juba city.
The UK ambassador to South Sudan has made an offer to arrange and fund transportation for the relocation of SPLM/IO troops to Juba.
The government has designated an area behind Jebel Kujur to house Riek Machar’s 200 bodyguards in Juba.
Police in Juba have received training on the laws governing gender violence in an attempt to tackle the prevalence of domestic abuse in the capital.
County residents express concern over an influx of herders and their cattle arriving from Jonglei into Kala Boma in Liwolo Payam.
Armed opposition reports civilians killed in assault by government forces on Katiba settlement 20 miles west of Mundri.
Local authorities in Magwi are pushing for the withdrawal of UPDF from the border area. Micah Oloya Olweny, a Paramount Chief in the county, raised concerns that the presence of UPDF in the disputed area with heavy weaponry is a threat to peace and security of local residents.
Following a brief investigation, UNMISS reports that they found no evidence that chemical weapons were used by government forces in Mundri.
Having taken the law into their own hands, angry traders reportedly caught and lynched a man who was suspected of breaking into shops in Malakiya market in Nimule.
A faction of the locally recruited civil defence forces, commonly known as Arrow Boys, under command of Henry Malesh Louis is reported to have merged with SPLM In Opposition.
Local cleric accuses SPLA troops of heavily beating a student in Ikpiro area as he headed home from school.
Displaced persons in the Ikpiro area, who fled the recent fighting in Yambio have issued an appeal for urgent humanitarian assistance.
The South Sudan Equatorians Association Inc. in Victoria held its general meeting and appointed new executive board members.
In the UK:
Diaspora communities comprising Equatorian, Chollo, Nuer and Fertit communities petition British government to apply pressure on South Sudan’s government to suspend further implementation of 28 states.