South Sudan

Country South Sudan
Capital Juba
Continent Africa
Currency South Sudanese pound(SSP)
Languages English, Bari, Dinka, Murle, Nuer & Zande

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Introduction

Egypt attempted to colonize the region of southern Sudan by establishing the province of Equatoria in the 1870s. Islamic Mahdist revolutionaries overran the region in 1885, but in 1898 a British force was able to overthrow the Mahdist regime. An Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was established the following year with Equatoria being the southernmost of its eight provinces. The isolated region was largely left to itself over the following decades, but Christian missionaries converted much of the population and facilitated the spread of English. When Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the political system. When the Arab Khartoum government reneged on its promises, a mutiny began that led to two prolonged periods of conflict (1955-1972 and 1983-2005) in which perhaps 2.5 million people died - mostly civilians - due to starvation and drought. Ongoing peace talks finally resulted in a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in January 2005. As part of this agreement the south was granted a six-year period of autonomy to be followed by a referendum on final status. The result of this referendum, held in January 2011, was a vote of 98% in favor of secession. Independence was attained on 9 July 2011.

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South Sudan - Wikipedia
South Sudan - CIA World Fact Book

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UN says 1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda - The Hindu

The Hindu

UN says 1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda
The Hindu
In this Tuesday, June 6, 2017 file photo, South Sudanese refugees queue to receive lunch at the Imvepi reception centre, where newly arrived refugees are processed before being allocated plots of land in nearby Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, in northern ...
1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN saysABC News
South Sudan refugees in Uganda pass 1 million mark, UNHCR renews call for helpUNHCR
Today marks 1 million South Sudanese fleeing to UgandaNorwegian Refugee Council
Reuters -Independent
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More urgency needed in quest for South Sudan peace UN Refugee Chief - UNHCR

UNHCR

More urgency needed in quest for South Sudan peace UN Refugee Chief
UNHCR
AL-NAMIR, East Darfur, Sudan - As worsening violence in South Sudan drives ever more men, women and children to run for their lives, the UN Refugee Chief is calling on warring parties, regional states and the international community to look for urgent ...
Sudan: Inter-Agency Operational Update: South Sudanese Refugee Response, 31 July 2017Reliefweb
South Sudan refugees face long exile in camps: UN's GrandiThe Japan Times
UN official urges S. Sudan to increase investment in youthXinhua
Sudan Tribune
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From South Sudan to NBL: The 'huge potential' of Deng Acouth - SBS

SBS

From South Sudan to NBL: The 'huge potential' of Deng Acouth
SBS
In 2013, he joined the Savannah Pride program, an initiative that was started with the South Sudanese community in Western Sydney. It uses basketball to inspire and educate young Australians. "It felt good because everyone there was like me," Acouth said.

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South Sudan's Parliament Suspends Debate on Budget - Voice of America

Voice of America

South Sudan's Parliament Suspends Debate on Budget
Voice of America
South Sudan's parliament have suspended debate on a $451 million budget as questions linger over how government agencies will be financed and how money was spent during the past fiscal year. Oil production and other sources of revenue for the ...



Uganda: International community must avert growing crisis as number of South Sudanese refugees reaches a million - Amnesty International

Uganda: International community must avert growing crisis as number of South Sudanese refugees reaches a million
Amnesty International
Driven by the ongoing violence in South Sudan, refugees have been entering Uganda in their thousands, especially since the spread of the conflict to formerly peaceful areas after July 2016. Amnesty International has documented evidence of unlawful ...



South Sudan rebels recapture Pagak, their headquarters - ABC News

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South Sudan rebels recapture Pagak, their headquarters
ABC News
South Sudan's rebel forces have reclaimed their stronghold of Pagak, less than a week after being pushed out of the town by government forces, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy spokesman for the opposition IO, told the Associated Press. "We have always ...
South Sudan denies armed opposition troops recaptured PagakSudan Tribune

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Sudanese bishop: papal visit to South Sudan possible in 2018 - National Catholic Reporter

National Catholic Reporter

Sudanese bishop: papal visit to South Sudan possible in 2018
National Catholic Reporter
Rome The head of the Sudanese bishops' conference says recent discussions with the Vatican's secretariat of state gave him hope Pope Francis will be able to visit war-torn South Sudan some time next year. Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, president of ...



South Sudan: Is Peace Possible Without Rebel Leader Machar? - AllAfrica.com

AllAfrica.com

South Sudan: Is Peace Possible Without Rebel Leader Machar?
AllAfrica.com
Cape Town Four years into the South Sudan crisis, a solution is yet to be found. Gruesome crimes continue, with millions displaced and hundreds of thousands facing famine, according to numerous reports from Human Rights Watch. The group also points ...

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South Sudan rebels claim back border town - defenceWeb

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South Sudan rebels claim back border town
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South Sudan border town South Sudan rebels said they had wrested control of Pagak, their stronghold town near the country's border with Ethiopia, from government forces, a day after launching an offensive to drive them out. Formerly controlled by ...

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South Sudan rebels say have retaken town near border with Ethiopia - The Indian Express

The Indian Express

South Sudan rebels say have retaken town near border with Ethiopia
The Indian Express
South Sudan's rebels on Saturday said they had wrested control of Pagak, their stronghold town near the country's border with Ethiopia, from government forces, a day after launching an offensive to drive them out. Formerly controlled by the rebels, the ...
South Sudan govt deny rebel recapture of key Ethiopia border townafricanews
Heavy fighting erupts in South Sudan near border with EthiopiaReuters
South Sudan Rebels Fight Back After Losing HeadquartersVoice of America
Business Insider -TRT World
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