School children demand inclusion of environmental education in the curriculum!

TORIT -27 JAN 2021

Pupils from different schools marching towards Fr. Saturlino Mausoleum to petition government over climate change Friday 22 January 2021 [Photo Radio Tamazuj]
Pupils from different schools marching towards Fr. Saturlino Mausoleum to petition government over climate change Friday 22 January 2021 [Photo Radio Tamazuj]

School children in South Sudan’s Torit municipality of Eastern Equatoria State have petitioned the government demanding that the Ministry of General Education and Instruction include environmental education in the school curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

According to them, environmental education will increase awareness about climate change and environmental issues and their roles as actors of change for a clean and safe environment in the country. 

The petition was read last Friday, 22nd January at the Fr. Saturlino Ohure Mausoleum during the commemoration of World’s Children Day 2020 under the theme “A safe environment for a better future.” 

Every year, UNICEF organizes World Children’s Day on 20th November to celebrate the adoption by the United Nations of the conventions on the rights of a child. The day supports the engagement of children as advocates of their rights. The remembrance of the day was postponed to this year in Eastern Equatoria State.

Esther Amama Pinah, a primary 8 pupil at Our Lady of Holy Rosary in Torit town, while reading the three-paged petition urged the state government and communities to ensure the protection of natural resources including forests and wildlife.

“The government of South Sudan should implement the environmental engagement it took including the planting of 100 million trees over ten years 2020-2030 to fight deforestation. The children of Eastern Equatoria State raise their voices on the impact of climate change and environmental issues and to be actors of change for a green and a clean environment,” she read on behalf of school children. 

Amama said the population should use charcoal responsibly by avoiding cutting trees and reducing air pollution because children are the least responsible for climate change yet they bear the greatest burden of its impact.

The mayor of Torit Municipal Council, Joseph Aye Oswaha, pledged to keep Torit town green by planting trees along all streets and he urged households to plant trees, particularly mango trees, in their compounds for the benefit of children.

“Let us plant trees. I thought of planting mangoes. At least every home should plant two mango trees, plant guava and lemon also. I also have my roads here, instead of planting neem trees which are not eaten,” according to Mayor Oswaha. “I think we need mango trees along all the streets and this is what we are going to work on together with you. You will collect the seedlings from Kinetye River and you plant while praying to God to bless it, in 7 years you will be enjoying the mangoes.”

The UNICEF field officer in Eastern Equatoria State, Mikelele Bernard Ofuho, advised the citizens to sustain the environment to save the future of children. He said the UN is committed to ensuring trees are sustained across all schools in the state.

“Our lives in South Sudan 95 percent depends on nature. We have agriculture, fisheries, wildlife all these. If we don’t sustain them responsibly, then we have a doomed future,” Mikelele said. “If there is a crisis in the climate then definitely there is going to be a crisis in the life of children knowing very well that the population of this country constitutes 65 percent both children and youth. And if we don’t sustain the environment that we live in responsibly then we are destroying the future of the children.” 

Emmanuel Ochiti Ottafiano, the acting governor, said the government is committed to ensuring children live in a safe environment and instructed the public to plant six trees for each felled tree. 

“The state government is in agreement and is looking forward to seeing that the children of this state live in a safe environment for a better future. As for a clean and green environment that our children are advocating for, the directorate of forestry for some years now has made a campaign for ‘cut one, plant two’ and later on we said ‘cut one, plant 6’,” the acting governor said.

South Sudan’s Kiir warns youth against being used by rogue politicians to cause chaos!

Kiir also revealed that the neighboring countries were encroaching into South Sudan borders because there is no unity and stability in the country.


 by STAFF WRITERJanuary 27, 2021

President Salva Kiir Mayardit speaking during the closing session of Jonglei state-Pibor Administrative Area peace conference at Freedom Hall in Juba on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 [Photo by Sudans Post]
President Salva Kiir Mayardit speaking during the closing session of Jonglei state-Pibor Administrative Area peace conference at Freedom Hall in Juba on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 [Photo by Sudans Post]

JUBA – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday warned youths against being used by some sections of rogue politicians he didn’t name saying the world’s youngest country hasn’t seen unity since independence because of politicians pushing the youth to fight senseless ethnic conflicts.

Kiir who was speaking during the closing session of the ‘People to People’ peace conference between Jonglei state and Pibor Administrative Area at Freedom Hall in Juba on Wednesday said he felt heartbroken because some leaders have been using youths to cause conflict  in the county.

Your politicians are playing with your lives and this is why I told you that if a politician wants to fight, let them go and fight, and you stay with your family. We don’t want conflict again,” Kiir said.

Kiir also revealed that the neighboring countries were encroaching into South Sudan borders because there is no unity and stability in the country.

“We gained our independence in a very difficult situation and we are still continuing fighting up to date. All these neighboring countries are encroaching into our country. Each one wants to take something from our country,” he said.

The South Sudanese head of state said that the board committee will negotiate border-related issues with neighbouring countries.

South Sudan Authorities Arrest Two People With $1.8m Counterfeit Cash!

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he South Sudan’s Internal Security Bureau of the National Security Services in Juba has apprehended two people believed to have counterfeited more than $1.8 million.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, David John Kumuri, National Security director of Public Relations, said the suspects were arrested in separate operations.

“The two suspects were respectively apprehended in possession of a machine for counterfeiting United States dollars, as well as fake dollars amounting to 1,880,000 US dollars.

“The suspects are identified as Joseph William Deng, a South Sudanese national who was arrested in possession of 380,000 US dollars and Daniel Brown Nema, a Liberian national who was arrested in possession of a counterfeiting machine and 1,500,000 United States fake dollars,” Mr Kumuri said.

In 2020, a South Sudanese national was arrested in Malaba at the Kenya-Uganda border with fake US dollars and counterfeit materials used to produce the illegal currency.

He was arrested by Ugandan authorities while crossing in from the Kenyan side of the border, enroute to South Sudan.

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U.S. Africa Command Senior Leaders Visit Sudan!

U.S. Africa Command’s Deputy to the U.S. Africa Command Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Director of Intelligence, Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, conducted a historic visit to Sudan to foster cooperative engagement and expand partnership development, Jan. 25-27.

By U.S. AFRICA COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS ,  United States Africa Command Jan 27, 2021

U.S. Africa Command’s Deputy to the U.S. Africa Command Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Director of Intelligence, Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, conducted a historic visit to Sudan to foster cooperative engagement and expand partnership development, Jan. 25-27.

The trip represents a new chapter in U.S. Africa Command engagement with Sudan since the rescission of Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 2020. This rescission is key to the fundamental change in the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Sudan.

“We are at a moment of historic change in the bilateral relationship between the United States and Sudan, made possible by the brave efforts of the Sudanese people to chart a bold new course toward democracy,” said Young. “I am beyond honored to be part of the U.S. Africa Command delegation to visit Sudan to solidify the future of our partnership. We are committed to strengthening our relationship and exploring opportunities together.”

During the trip Young and Berg met with Sovereign Council Chairman General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to recognize the progressive efforts of the transitional government.

“Together with Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government, we are striving to reinforce this new partnership between the Sudanese professional military and U.S. Africa Command,” said Young. 

Young and Berg also met with military leaders, including the Chief of Defense, Gen. Mohamed Osman al-Hussein and Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin.

“U.S. Africa Command understands the importance of combating terrorism and piracy, malign activities, and ensuring safe seas for shipping,” said Berg. “Cooperation aimed at addressing areas of shared concern is a common interest.”

The delegation discussed mutual advantages that partnering brings as part of U.S. Africa Command’s whole-of-government approach to strategic security challenges in Africa. Specifically, discussed were opportunities for future military to military engagements between the two forces.

“U.S. Africa Command’s approach is one of partnership. We are exploring possibilities and opportunity with Sudan, militarily and diplomatically,” said Young. “We see increased engagement in the months and years ahead.”

The U.S. Africa Command signaled an increased commitment of support to Sudan.

“We are pleased to host this high-level U.S. Africa Command delegation to Sudan, which highlights our growing bilateral relationship and underscores the United States’ support for Sudan’s democratic transition,” said Brian Shukan, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Sudan.

The delegation also visited the Sudanese Higher Military Academy. During the visit, Berg provided an overview of U.S. Africa Command’s mission, highlighting the ways in which the command works with partner forces to enhance regional stability and security.

“The transnational threats that seek to disrupt our way of life demand our dedicated teamwork and improved mechanisms for coordination and information sharing,” said Berg. “The conversations we’ve had here this week strengthened the foundation for cooperatively addressing these challenges to peace and stability for years to come.”

East Africa Key Message Update: Conflict, economic, and weather shocks drive elevated food assistance needs in 2021 (January 2021).

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 Posted 27 Jan 2021 Originally published 27 Jan 2021

Key Messages

  • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes are expected through at least May 2021 across much of the region, attributed to conflict and displacement, long-term macroeconomic challenges, the economic impacts of COVID-19, multiple weather shocks, and the ongoing desert locust upsurge. The areas of greatest concern include Yemen, Jonglei (inclusive of Greater Pibor Administrative Area) and the Warrap-Lakes region of South Sudan, the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and cyclone-affected areas in northeastern Somalia. South Sudan and Yemen remain among the worst food insecurity emergencies globally.
  • Conflict continues to be one of the primary drivers of food insecurity in Yemen, South Sudan, and Ethiopia, and conflict is also a contributing factor to food insecurity in Sudan and Somalia. In addition to the loss of life, the impacts of conflict include new and protracted population displacement, loss of livelihood assets and/or disrupted access to livelihood activities, and limited access to markets and humanitarian food assistance. Since the outbreak of conflict in early November between federal and regional forces in Tigray of Ethiopia, nearly 54,000 people were displaced to Sudan as of late December, and additional displacement is likely within Tigray and to bordering areas of Amhara and Afar.
  • Food security usually improves seasonally during the October-January period due to local harvests in unimodal areas and the start of agricultural activities during the second rainfall season in bimodal areas. However, food availability and access remain below normal and are contributing to atypically high food assistance needs in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Rainfall has been erratic, and local harvests are either below the five-year average or insufficient to cover national demand. Meanwhile, food import levels in Yemen have significantly declined compared to the preceding months. Yemen imported just over 100,000 MT of food in November compared to the January-October monthly average of 450,000 MT.
  • Various macroeconomic factors – such as further local currency depreciation, foreign exchange deficits, and high inflation rates – have pushed staple food prices well above the five-year averages in several countries. In December, the retail price of sorghum was 700 percent above average in Sudan, 200 percent above average in South Sudan, and nearly 20 percent above average in southern Somalia. In Ethiopia, wheat prices reached 85 percent above average, while in Burundi, bean prices reached 30 percent above average. Further, fuel prices were 400 percent above average in Sudan.
  • In bimodal areas of the eastern Horn of Africa, the October to December 2020 rainfall season was widely below average. The rainfall season is critical for crop and livestock production in southern and southeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, and most of Somalia. Below-average rainfall led to the rapid depletion of rangeland resources, though unseasonably heavy rainfall in Kenya and Ethiopia in late December and early January somewhat moderated the impacts on livestock migration in pastoral areas. Late-planted crops face substantial water stress and are unlikely to reach maturity, resulting in broadly below-average harvests in January/February. Further, the desert locust upsurge is causing damage to crops and rangeland in southern and southeastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya, Somalia, and western Yemen.
  • A second consecutive season of below-average rainfall is most likely during the March to May 2021 rainfall season in the eastern Horn of Africa based on waning La Niña conditions. The timing of desert locust breeding and the rainfall season is also projected to accelerate desert locusts’ maturation in February and March. A consecutive season of below-average rainfall coupled with widespread desert locust infestation will likely result in another below-average crop and livestock production season, which would reduce agricultural labor income, substantially restrict food and milk consumption, and increase resource-based conflict. An increase in the population in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) is likely, and food assistance needs in the eastern Horn will likely reach an annual peak during the June to September 2021 dry season.

Intelligence minister leads first official Israeli delegation to Sudan!

Eli Cohen holds bilateral talks on regional security, cooperation on economy, health and agriculture; parties sign first memorandum of understanding on security; Israel says Sudan to send return delegation in near future.

» İsrail, BAE'den sonra Sudan'la da "normalleşme anlaşması ...
Head of Sudan’s ruling Council. General Abdel Fattah al Burhan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Minister of Intelligence Eli Cohen on Monday led an official Israeli delegation to Sudan for the first time to discuss moving forward on a U.S.-brokered deal in October to normalize relations.

“I am confident this visit lays the foundations for many important collaborations, which will assist both Israel and Sudan as well as uphold security and stability in the region,” Cohen said in a statement after returning to Israel.

The minister led a delegation that included representatives from the National Security Council met with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, Sudanese Defense Minister Yassin Ibrahim as well as other senior officials.He and his hosts discussed issues including economic cooperation and signed a first memorandum of understanding with Ibrahim on regional security and stability.Members of the delegation also raised potential economic cooperation between the two countries with an emphasis on water, agriculture, renewable energy, health and aviation.The Israelis explored the possibility of bringing water desalinization technology to Sudan.According to government officials, the Sudanese outlined their intention to scrap their laws imposing bans on Israeli products and said they would amend legislation mandating prison terms for returning citizens, thus clearing the way for Sudanese nationals seeking asylum in Israel to be repatriated. There was no immediate comment from Sudanese officials, but Israel said that a Sudanese government delegation is expected to visit Israel in the near future.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing resumption of diplomatic relations with Sudan in October

Sudan joined the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco last year in agreeing to move toward normal relations with Israel. The new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has said it wants to build on those deals.

Cohen, the first minister to head such a trip, said he met with Sudanese leaders and that the Israeli delegation discussed with their hosts a variety of diplomatic and security issues as well as the potential for economic cooperation.
First published: 07:26 , 01.26.21

Israel hails new first in relations with Sudan!

Why is Israel forging secret ties with Sudan?

Issued on: 26/01/2021 – 09:04

Jerusalem (AFP)

Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen has led a delegation to Khartoum, a spokesman said Tuesday, months after Sudan and the Jewish state struck a deal to normalise ties.

The Monday visit marked the first time an Israeli minister headed a delegation to the African state, Cohen’s office said.

Sudanese state media did not report the visit.

The Israeli intelligence ministry said members of the delegation met head of state General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Defence Minister Yassin Ibrahim for talks on “diplomatic, security and economic issues”.

“A first-ever memorandum on these topics was signed between the Sudanese defence minister and Cohen,” it said.

The sides also discussed “deepening intelligence cooperation”.

“The Sudanese authorities briefed the Israeli delegation on their progress on cancelling the law boycotting Israel, and amending the law imprisoning Sudanese migrants, including to Israel, who return to Sudan,” the ministry added.

Sudan agreed to normalise ties with Israel in October last year and an Israeli delegation visited Khartoum the following month.

On January 6, Sudan signed the “Abraham Accords” normalising ties with Israel, making it the third Arab country to do so after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last year.

Morocco also normalised its ties with Israel in December.

Khartoum signed the accords less than a month after Washington removed it from its “state sponsors of terrorism” blacklist as part of a quid pro quo.

But protests against normalisation have continued in Sudan. On January 17, dozens of protesters gathered outside the cabinet office in Khartoum and burned the Israeli flag.

Until last year, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab countries to have recognised Israel, in bilateral peace deals struck decades ago.

Other Arab governments refused to normalise relations until Israel reached a comprehensive peace agreement with the Palestinians and its other neighbours.

Cohen said his visit to Khartoum “laid the foundations for many important collaborations that will help Israel and Sudan, boost regional stability, deepen our ties with Africa and lead to more agreements with states in the region”.

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“The 2021 budget is the first after the signing of the Juba peace deal, and the removal of Sudan from the (US) list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

Members of the Sudanese army stand as weapons that were collected from Sudanese citizens are destroyed in the Hajar al-Asal base, the Nile River State, 200 kilometres north of the capital Khartoum, on 29 September 2020. Picture: AFP.

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KHARTOUM – Sudan approved on Tuesday its first budget since being removed from a US blacklist last year, earmarking funds to redevelop regions torn apart by conflict under ousted president Omar al-Bashir, the government said.

“The joint meeting of the Sovereign Council and the cabinet concluded with the approval of the budget for the current fiscal year,” the civilian-majority Council said in a statement.

“The 2021 budget is the first after the signing of the Juba peace deal, and the removal of Sudan from the (US) list of state sponsors of terrorism,” Finance Minister Hiba Ali was quoted as saying.

Sudan has been undergoing a rocky transition since the army toppled Bashir in 2019 following months of mass protests against his rule.

It has been struggling with a severe economic crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, with galloping inflation and chronic hard currency shortages giving rise to a volatile black market.

The US dollar officially trades at around 55 Sudanese pounds but in the parallel market it can be as high as 270 pounds.

Sudan’s transitional administration, which took over months after Bashir’s ouster, has been pushing to rebuild the beleaguered economy.

In December, Washington removed Khartoum from its blacklist as part of a quid pro quo for the East African country normalising ties with Israel.

Ali said Sudan “will take full advantage of all the opportunities created by Sudan’s removal from the terror list which includes openness to the international financial system, and influx of foreign investments.”

The government said it hopes inflation, which currently hovers around 250 percent, will come down to 95 percent by the year’s end.

It allotted over £54 billion, or $976 million, to peace-building and developing regions that were marginalised and conflict-ridden under Bashir, the finance minister said.

In October, Sudan’s government signed a landmark peace deal in Juba with rebels in three main conflict zones.

The government set aside about £99 billion, or $1.7 billion, from the budget for developing the health sector to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Healthcare providers have complained of acute medicine shortages.

Earlier this month, Sudan signed a memorandum of understanding with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a bridge loan to clear $1 billion of arrears to the World Bank, and another $1 billion agreement with the US Export and Import Bank.

“The ministry plans to use all these agreements in the best possible way to increase the budget for developing marginalised and under-developed regions,” Ali said.

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Sudan looks for ‘alternatives’ as Nile Dam talks stall

‘Sudan does not accept fait accompli policy that threatens safety of 20M Sudanese citizens,’ Premier Hamdok says

Adel Abdurahim and Talal Ismail   |18.01.2021


Sudan on Monday said it is looking for alternative options after negotiations with Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam stalled.

This came after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok chaired a meeting of the Supreme Committee on the Renaissance Dam. The country’s ministers, chief of the General Intelligence Service and head of the Military Intelligence Authority also attended the meeting.

A statement by the government said the meeting discussed “alternative options due to the stalled tripartite negotiations that took place during the past six months,” without specifying them.

The meeting also discussed the impact of the Ethiopian dam on “the safety and operation of the Roseires Dam – a Sudanese dam on the Blue Nile and close to the Renaissance Dam – and other water facilities in the country.”

“Sudan does not accept imposition of a fait accompli policy that threatens the safety of 20 million Sudanese citizens whose lives depend on the Blue Nile,” it stressed.

It was not possible to obtain a comment from Egypt, Ethiopia and the African Union which sponsored the recent trilateral negotiations, regarding the Sudanese statement.

Two weeks ago, a meeting kicked off in Sudan between the irrigation and foreign ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to discuss issues related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondent in Sudan, the meeting which was virtually convened tackled the rules and regulations for filling and operating the $5 billion dam.

At that time, Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas held a virtual meeting with experts from the African Union on the dam’s filling.

The three countries – Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia – have been engaging in talks for nine years which witnessed reciprocal accusations between Egypt and Ethiopia of attempting to impose unrealistic solutions.

Egypt has been opposing the dam since its construction began in 2011, saying the hydro scheme would reduce the flow of water downstream. Ethiopia maintains the dam would be vital to addressing the country’s acute shortage in electricity, the country needs for domestic and industrial use.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

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South Sudan says ready to mediate between Sudan, Ethiopia to end border conflict.

KHARTOUM, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has expressed readiness to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia to end their border conflict, said Sudan’s Sovereign Council on Thursday.

Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday met with Tut Gatluak, South Sudan’s presidential adviser on security affairs, who conveyed a verbal message from Kiir, the council said in a statement.

“President Salva Kiir has expressed readiness to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia to reach a political and diplomatic solution according to the recognized international borders in preservation of the fraternal ties between the two countries and the peace in the region,” Gatluak was quoted by the statement as saying.

Al-Burhan underlined “the friendly and fraternal solution” for the border dispute with Ethiopia, Gatluak added.

Since Sept. 2020, the Sudan-Ethiopia border has been witnessing rising tensions and skirmishes between the two sides.

On Wednesday, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said an Ethiopian military plane penetrated the Sudanese airspace in what it termed as “a serious and unjustified escalation.”

Sudan accuses Ethiopian farmers, backed by armed forces, of seizing Sudanese lands at Sudan’s Fashaga area along the border and cultivating them since 1995.

On Dec. 16, 2020, the Sudanese army announced that Ethiopian forces and militias ambushed its troops on the Sudanese side of the border.

On Dec. 19, 2020, the Sudanese army announced the deployment of strong reinforcements to the Gadaref State on the eastern border with Ethiopia. Khartoum then announced retaking of what it terms as “the seized lands.”