S4J – love of running for a greater cause

The S4J (Sudan4Jesus) has just released a short video to share the story of how elite runner, Renier Grobler combines his love for Jesus and running for a greater cause. Renier is part of the S4J team of athletes and buddies to raise funds to help the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

Renier in top gear at the Comrades Marathon. He is part of the S4J team that runs for a greater cause.

Renier is an elite athlete. In the past four years he achieved two top 20 positions in the Comrades Marathon and two top 10 positions in the Om die Dam 50 km marathon.

To WATCH the S4J video, click on this link.

To view the various projects the S4J is involved with, click on this link.

Episcopal Church of South Sudan’s Bishop of Yirol, Simon Adut Yuang, killed in plane crash

Posted on: September 10, 2018 7:05 PM


Bishop Simon Adut Yuang was one of 20 people killed when their plane crashed in Lake Yirol yesterday (Sunday)
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The Anglican Bishop of Yirol, Simon Adut Yuang, was one of 20 people killed when a plane carrying them from the South Sudanese capital Juba crashed into a lake as it attempted to land at Yirol Airport. Reports say that thick fog around Yirol, in the centre of the country, may have played a part in the accident. Only three of the plane’s passengers: two children and an Italian doctor, survived.

Other victims include a member of the Red Cross in South Sudan. “When it arrived the weather was so foggy and when it tried to land it crashed into Lake Yirol adjacent to Yirol town”, regional government minister Abel Aguek was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying. “The whole town is in shock, the shops are closed, some people have taken their relatives for burial. It is a commercial plane that crashed.”

Local fishermen were first on the scene to rescue survivors and retrieve the bodies of those killed.

The wreckage of the plane in Lake Yirol, central South Sudan, in which Bishop Simon Adut Yuang was among 20 people killed.
Photo: Juba Airport / Facebook


“Mama Joyce and I are saddened to hear of the plane crash in Yirol this morning, which has claimed the lives of a number of people, including the ECSS Bishop of Yirol, Rt Revd Simon Adut Yuang,” the Primate of South Sudan, Archbishop Justin Badi Arama, said.

“Bishop Simon was an energetic young man and is a loss to the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Please join us in praying for the families and friends of all involved in the accident.

“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.’”

Bishop Simon had been Bishop of Yirol for a relatively short time. He succeeded Bishop Daniel Deng Abeil, who died in office in January 2015 as a result of cancer. Bishop Simon was elected in May that year and consecrated and enthroned that July. He leaves behind a wife and six children.

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Twenty dead in aeroplane crash in South Sudan

A crashed plane is seen in Lakes State, South Sudan September 9, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. RADIO MIRAYA/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

A plane crash in South Sudan killed 20 people, including an Anglican bishop and four foreigners, regional spokesman Taban Abel Aguek has said.

Three survived when a small plane crashed into a lake close to Yirol in the centre of the country on Sunday morning.

“Among the dead, 16 are South Sudanese nationals while four are foreigners including the pilot and the co-pilot, who are Sudanese. One Ugandan and an Ethiopian also died in the crash,” Abel said in an update on Monday.

The deceased Anglican bishop of Yirol, Simon Adut, was a staff member of the South Sudanese Red Cross. An Italian doctor and two children were among the survivors.

An official with the South Sudan Aviation Authority said investigations were underway but that overloading and bad weather may have led to the accident.

Abel said the regional governor had declared three days of mourning.

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Sudan inaugurates new leaders

Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan President

Sudan’s newly-appointed First Vice President, Bakri Saleh; Second Vice President, Osman Kibir and Prime Minister, Mutaz Mussa were sworn in on Monday before Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

“These changes came to reaffirm a real will to achieve a positive change in the economy, society and politics,” Mr Kibir said this at the swearing-in ceremony.

“We are fully aware of the requirements of the current phase which come within the framework of the national economic reform programme,” he added.

The Leadership Office of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday approved the decision of Mr al-Bashir to dissolve the national unity government and appoint a new prime minister to tackle the country’s growing economic crisis.

The decision came after an earlier meeting held by the NCP Leadership Office, chaired by Mr al-Bashir, to discuss changes to the government and the proposed candidates of the new cabinet members.

The meeting appointed Mr Saleh, who had served as both prime minister and first vice president, as the first vice president, and Mr Mussa, former Minister of Irrigation and Electricity, as prime minister.

Meanwhile, Mr Kibir was appointed as the second vice president to replace Hassabo Abdul-Rahman.

Sudan has been suffering from an economic crisis caused by the shortage of liquidity and the devaluation of its national currency.


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Cash-Strapped Sudan to Form Leaner New Government in Two Days

FILE – Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during a press conference at the palace in Khartoum, Sudan, March 2, 2017.

Sudan will form a new government within two days, President Omar al-Bashir said on Monday, a day after he dissolved the cash-strapped administration and slashed the number of ministries by a third to tackle a deepening economic crisis.

Sudan has been looking to cut down spending as it grapples with a crisis-ridden economy battered in recent months by shortages of hard currency and staples like fuel and bread.

After an emergency ruling party meeting to discuss the economy on Sunday, Bashir named a new prime minister, Motazz Moussa, and asked him to form a tighter government of 21 ministers instead of 31 as part of efforts to cut costs.

Speaking on state television on Monday, Bashir said the new government would look to slash government spending “to a minimum” but did not specify the nature of the cuts.

“Within the next two days a national reconciliation government will be formed to implement a program to reduce government spending, reform the civil service, eradicate all forms of corruption, and provide an attractive environment for investment,” the longtime president said.

The ministries to be shelved have not yet been announced, but a ruling party official said on Sunday that the ministers of foreign affairs, defense and presidential affairs would remain in their posts.

Sudan’s decision to reduce bread subsidies earlier this year triggered rare nationwide protests after bread prices doubled.

A severe shortage of hard currency in the formal banking system has led to a booming black market for dollars where the hard currency currently trades for a roughly 40 percent premium.

This premium has hiked the cost of imports and helped push inflation to about 64 percent in July.

In recent months liquidity of local currency at commercial banks has also dried up, with long queues outside of banks and daily withdrawal limits falling to as low as 500 Sudanese pounds ($17.06) in some places.

Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south of the sprawling northeast African country seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of oil output and depriving Khartoum of a crucial source of foreign currency.

Bashir, who has ruled since a 1989 Islamist and military-backed coup, has said he will not stand in elections expected in 2020 and appointed a prime minister last year for the first time.

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Justice for South Sudan rape victims

A South Sudanese military court on Thursday sentenced 10 soldiers to prison for the rape of foreign aid workers and the murder of a journalist in an assault on a hotel in Juba in 2016, and ordered the government to pay compensation to the victims.

Here is a video article to follow the unfolding of this story.

Testimony from the South Sudan attack – BBC Newsnight

On 11 July, a compound in Juba housing staff from multiple international organisations – many of them aid workers – was overrun by South Sudanese troops. A journalist was killed. Women were raped. The entire complex was ransacked. A UN base sits only a mile away. This is the story of that day in the words of five of the people who were there. We asked actors to read their testimony to protect their identities. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

Link to video. (8:14)

South Sudan: aid workers raped and assaulted by soldiers

Details are only now emerging about a shocking attack on aid workers and foreigners in south Sudan. The incident happened last month when south Sudanese soldiers rampaged through a compound, killing a journalist, raping women and assaulting foreigners. UN peacekeepers were just down the road yet despite desperate appeals for help, they did nothing.

Link to video. (4:30)

S.Sudan court finds 10 soldiers guilty of raping aid workers

A South Sudan military court on Thursday found 10 soldiers guilty of raping foreign aid workers and murdering a local journalist during fighting in Juba in July 2016. “The military court has found out that the accused… are guilty for their direct responsibilities in committing these crimes,” ruled Judge Knight Baryano Almas, detailing charges of rape, murder, looting and destruction.

Link to video. (1:17)

Ten South Sudan soldiers jailed for murder, rape in 2016 hotel raid

A South Sudanese military court on Thursday sentenced 10 soldiers to jail sentences ranging from seven years to life for the rape of foreign aid workers and the murder of a local journalist in an assault on a hotel in the capital Juba in 2016. Eleven soldiers were on trial but one was set free due to the lack of charges against him. The court also ordered the government to pay damages to the victims. Two soldiers received life sentences whiles eight others got prison terms of seven years and … READ MORE : http://www.africanews.com/2018/09/06/…

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Sudanese President Bashir dissolves government, appoints new PM

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during his visit to the war-torn Darfur region, in Bilal, Darfur, Sudan September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Bashir named Motazz Moussa as the country’s prime minister. He replaces Bakri Hassan Saleh, who was appointed in 2017 as the country’s first prime minister since Bashir came to power in 1989.

Moussa had been serving as minister of irrigation and electricity before the government was dissolved.

Saleh, who had been serving as both prime minister and vice president before the shake-up, will stay on in the newly created post of first vice president, while Osman Yusuf Kubur was appointed second vice president.

The announcement came just after Bashir called an emergency meeting of ruling party officials in the presidential palace on the back of growing economic concerns over price rises and shortages.

No other ministerial appointments were announced, but the number of ministries in the new government will be slashed to 21 from 31, a move intended to cut down on spending, National Congress Party Deputy Chairman Faisal Hassan told a news conference.

The ministers of foreign affairs, defense and presidential affairs will remain in their posts when the new government is formed, Hassan said.

Khartoum has been trying to slash expenditures as it grapples with record high inflation, the hard-currency shortage and growing concern over low levels of liquidity at commercial banks.

Long queues outside commercial banks have become a fixture around Khartoum in recent weeks as the liquidity of the local currency has dwindled and ATMs have been emptied of cash. Daily withdrawal limits in some places have been set as low as 500 Sudanese pounds ($16.60).

A presidency statement said the latest measures were necessary to solve “the state of distress and frustration faced by the country during the last period”.

Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of oil output and depriving Khartoum of a crucial source of foreign currency.

The lifting of 20-year-old U.S. trade sanctions last year was expected to usher in a more prosperous era for a country that had long been isolated.

But economic woes have only deepened as a black market for U.S. dollars has in effect replaced the formal banking system, making it more difficult and expensive to import essential supplies such as wheat.

The dollar has risen to about 47 pounds on the black market in recent months, against an official rate of about 30 pounds. That helped to push annual inflation to around 64 percent in July.

A doubling of the price of bread in January, after the government eliminated subsidies, triggered demonstrations.

Sudan has been without a central bank governor since June, when Hazem Abdelqader died after suffering a heart attack while on a trip to Turkey.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 / 10:04 PM / A DAY AGO

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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir dissolves government

President Omar al-Bashir has fired all 31 government ministers as he seeks a new, smaller cabinet amidst economic crisis. Inflation has reached an astronomical 65 percent.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir dissolved the country’s government on Sunday amidst an increasingly dire economic crisis. With the approval of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Bashir fired all 31 cabinet ministers including Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh.

“The economic situation needs to be resolved and for this President Bashir decided to cut the government at all levels,” Bashir’s aide told reporters.

“President Bashir has decided to have a smaller 21-member government,” he added.

The former irrigation minister Moutaz Mousa Abdallah is Bashir’s new pick for prime minister, and will be tasked with forming the new, smaller cabinet.

Economic meltdown

Sudan has been suffering from an acute economic meltdown, with inflation rising to a staggering 65 percent and stagnant growth that has been difficult to overcome.

Although the conflict-ridden country recorded growth of about 6 percent between 1998 and 2008, it lost much of its oil reserves when South Sudan became independent in 2011.

Hopes that Washington would lift some sanctions against the Sudanese government would boost the economy have also proven futile.

In 2013, the government attempted to save funds by cutting fuel subsidies, leading to fatal clashes between protesters and police in Khartoum.

The World Bank has urged authorities in Sudan to undertake sweeping structural reforms if they want to revive the flagging economy.

es/kl (AFP, Reuters)

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