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Street children cry out for help

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The 12 April 2011 was the international day of the street child but, in much of South Sudan, soon to be the world’s newest state, it has passed without notice or acknowledgement, save for a local charity in Yei which organized an event to highlight the social and economic magnitude of the problem.

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Another perspective

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A granny's view on the new State of South Sudan

"We have known nothing but injustice since we were born"

Sudan People's Voice Articles
Windhoek Anniversary timely as South Sudan struggles with press freedom PDF Print

WPFDBy Oliver Modi

The 3rd May is the date set aside annually to celebrate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). This date was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UJOSS press freedom observatory report on the state of press freedom across South Sudan PDF Print

Oliver Modi, UJOSS ChairpersonBy UJOSS

Amongst the challenges facing the fledgling state of South Sudan is the dire need to promote and establish the fundamental democratic principle of press freedom. In order to assist in this process, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) has set up a Press Freedom Observatory (PFO) to regularly monitor the situation regarding press freedom in all ten states of South Sudan. What follows is the first report from the PFO.

UNESCO provides training on post conflict sensitive reporting PDF Print

Participants of the UNESCO seminarThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is committed to media development and press freedom in South Sudan. In line with this commitment, UNESCO’s Cairo office organized an intensive four-day training workshop for journalists on the topic of conflict-sensitive reporting, in February 2011 in Juba. The aim of the workshop was to equip media practitioners with specific skills and techniques regarded as essential in analyzing conflict and post-conflict related issues in the South Sudan. A total of eighteen journalists, coming from all the ten states of South Sudan attended the course.

Press Freedom: Views from stakeholders PDF Print

Hon. Joy Kwaje, Head of the Committee of Information, South Sudan Legislative Assembly: “As a committee, we are committed to ensuring that the Media Bill is passed. All of us are in agreement that the Bill should be fast-tracked because it will address the issues bedeviling the media sector.”

Editorial: Awaiting concrete action by GOSS on press freedom PDF Print

By Michael Koma, UJOSS Secretary General

On May 3rd this year, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) marked World Press Freedom Day in a small hotel room in Juba. May 3rd was proclaimed by the United Nations as a day of celebrating and evaluating the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world, as well as defending the media from attacks on their independence and paying tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while trying to do their jobs.

Corruption: will we learn from the mistakes of our fellow Africans? PDF Print

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South Sudanese citizens are saying silent prayers that corruption, Africa’s biggest development problem, does not swallow their country.

A series of interviews conducted by the People’s Voice in Western Equatoria State revealed that the majority of South Sudanese are worried that their fledgling nation may follow in the footsteps of other African countries, where corruption has adversely affected economic growth and led to massive poverty among low income groups. Those questioned asserted that corruption remains the biggest monster and threat to development in most African countries.

It’s down to business as honeymoon ends PDF Print

dtbBy Owen Bosco

The honeymoon is over for South Sudan, Africa’s newest republic. After hosting a colourful and emotional independence party that officially separated it from the North on 9 July 2011, the hard work begins amid high expectations from its citizens. After dancing and singing patriotic songs for a whole week to welcome in the new country, Southern Sudanese people, including politicians and government officials, are pondering what the future holds for the nation.

Voices from the Villages PDF Print

VfVBy Alfred Taban

Barely one month after the birth of the new nation of South Sudan, The People’s Voice travelled to Minyori village, which is located some seven miles outside of Yei town, to talk to villagers about their concerns and problems with a view to bringing them to the attention of the government.

We found that, among the many issues raised by villagers, such as lack of farming equipment and a dirth of medical and educational facilities, that the sorry state of roads in Yei River County is a key factor affecting all aspects of life, from being able to access health facilities to being able to get produce to market.

Women & children caught in tribal crossfire PDF Print

By John Actually

Despite the much hyped tribal peace talks in Jonglei state, deadly tribal conflicts continue to claim a high toll in lives. The government’s efforts to restore peace amongst feuding communities, many of them cattle keepers, have hit a snag, as evidenced by the upward trend in the number of cattle raiding incidents.

Jonglei is the most populous administrative unit in South Sudan and has for a long time desperately sought to secure a lasting peace amongst its multi-ethnic population. The vast territory is occupied by the Nuer, Dinka and Murle communities, with Anuak, Jie and Khasipo tribesmen as minorities.

Jonglei’s tribal conflicts can be traced back to the 1950s when local communities; Murle, Dinka and Nuer resorted to cattle raiding from each other. Since then the communities have continued to sporadically attack each other using spears, bows and arrows and sticks. The situation worsened towards the end of the 1980s with the introduction of fire arms. The conflict took on a new dimension after both sides started abducting children.

Government plans to make South Sudan a major bread basket PDF Print

agricultureBy Paul Jimbo

The government of South Sudan plans to prioritize food production in order to ensure the new nation becomes Africa’s next bread basket. The Ministry of Agriculture in the new republic is currently working on a strategy for food production that will convert South Sudan into a strategic food reserve aimed at reducing reliance on food imports.

Having exposed concerns from citizens about high food prices, poor infrastructure and lack of support for farmers in previous issues, The People’s Voice sought the response of the concerned government officials and spoke to Mr Joseph Brok Maneya, Director of Agricultural Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

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