Mobile networks at risk in Yambio. Deteriorating security situation in Yei. Newspapers close shop in Juba. Hijackings on the rise in Torit. These are just some of the developments making news in Equatoria last week.
- JMEC starts a two-day workshop for peace deal stakeholders to review security arrangements.
- Women sheltering at the UNMISS camp in Jebel Kujur area of Juba say they were raped by soldiers while a young man and a woman were wounded in a random shooting on the UN base.
Lainya: Heavy fighting reported at Keni junction following alleged fresh SPLA troop deployment to the area.
Magwi: Two gunmen killed in a failed attack on a military unit protecting a construction company. Meanwhile 75 private properties are reported to have been torched by SPLA in revenge attack following clashes with armed resistance forces operating in the area.
Mundri: 250 gunmen stop a commercial vehicle travelling from Juba to Mundri, detaining passengers for 24 hours before releasing them. Meanwhile 65 armed youth are alleged to have abandoned armed struggle against the government, according to local officials.
- Local officials confirm the defection of deputy governor Abraham Wani Yoane to the SPLM/A in Opposition.
- Dozens of children forced to relocate after SPLA soldiers forcefully take over their orphanage.
- Thousands fleeing violence are reported to be stranded in Yei airstrip.
- Thousands of refugees camping in Lasu Payam of the South Sudan-Congo border town are reported to be stranded without relief food and medical assistance.
- A UN High Commission for Refugees official accuses government and opposition forces of repeated attacks on Lasu refugee site.
Juba: 60% of solar traffic lights installed at over 50 junctions throughout Juba have been vandalized.
Yei: Residents complain of financial mismanagement and call for an investigation into spending of the state allocation received from central government
Ezo: Thousand of residents are in dire need of humanitarian assistance after returning home from bushes, according to Commissioner Arkangelo Bakinde.
Juba: A health worker at Juba Teaching Hospital acknowledges lack of equipment to diagnose Hepatitis C.
Yei: Blood bank closes in Yei Civil Hospital due to fuel shortages resulting in suspension of major surgical operations
Juba: Daily newspapers in Juba stop publishing due to high cost of production caused by the economic crisis.
Yambio: Vivacell Mobile Network faces suspension in Yambio and nearby areas due to fuel shortages.
Yei: Farmers turn to beekeeping for honey, but decry poor infrastructure which prevents them from getting goods to market.
Yei: Disabled persons plead for vocational training from government as financial crisis bites.
Juba: Kator FC beat Malakia by three goals to nil on Sunday at Juba Stadium as part of the division one clubs matches of Juba Football Association in the fifth week of the second round.
Torit: Burkan Football Club beat Nile Stars two goals to one in Torit Football Premier League First Division at Torit Freedom Square.
The US announces US$ 133 million in new humanitarian assistance for refugees in neighboring countries and internally displaced people.
UAE donation of 100 tons of relief supplies is expected to help 60,000 refugees sheltering in Uganda.
Over 5,500 flee to Uganda in just two days according to the UN High commissioner for Refugees
Federico Vuni, Chairperson of the Equatoria Community says President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar should step down from power for failing South Sudan, and calls for new approach to peacebuilding.
News items credited to the following media houses: Radio Tamazuj, CRN, Eye Radio, and South Sudan Liberty. Links to their articles are provided throughout.