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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
Domestic violence haunts Yei county PDF Print

domestic violenceby Agele Benson Amos

Yei River County has lately been in the limelight for the wrong reason - domestic violence. Police have reported an increase in domestic violence cases, which contribute heavily to family break ups in the county.

An in-depth look at police reports on gender related violence cases in Yei River County arouses serious doubts and fears as far as human rights issues are concerned. The damning reports point to high poverty levels amongst locals as a major factor in the rising number of domestic violence cases.

 
South Sudan’s education sector in tatters as independence nears PDF Print

accessttobasiceducationBy John Actually

With only two months to full independence, Southern Sudan’s education sector is in tatters, with most of its young citizens seeking education in neighboring countries due to a shortage of schools.

 
Women suffer due to the Kuku’s outdated customary laws PDF Print

womensufferkukusBy Yuggu Charles

To outsiders, it is a cruel and outdated custom, but to the people of Kuku in Central Equatoria State, the customary law is good and must be followed to the letter. Some of the community’s customary laws are particularly cruel to women, a situation that has provoked the anger of human rights activists, who are now campaigning to have them changed.

 
Fresh efforts to save South Sudan’s street children PDF Print

fresh effortBy Paul Jimbo

June 16th marks the ‘Day of the African Child’, which has been celebrated every year since 1991. It was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity to commemorate the 1976 march in Soweto, South Africa, when thousands of African school children took to the streets to protest about the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language.

 
High food prices dampen spirits ahead of independence celebrations PDF Print

By Yuggu Charles & Paulina Poni

The continued rise in food pieces in Juba has dampened the spirits of many residents, even as they prepare to celebrate the birth of their new nation in July. In most parts of Juba, sorrow and helplessness are quickly replacing the excitement that hung in the air soon after the Southern Sudanese people voted, to the last man and women, to separate from the North.

 
Rumbek residents decry poor health services PDF Print

by Abraham Machuor Lum

Poor health services in Southern Sudan’s Rumbek region have sparked uproar among residents, many of whom are now turning to traditional healers. Locals claim the state hospitals in the region lack drugs and vital facilities that could save lives.

 
Turning to stones for survival PDF Print

turningtostoneBy Yuggu Charles

The hammers and chisels rise and fall on the huge stones, crushing them into pieces as the villagers race against time before night comes. They work at the site from dawn to dusk. To a visitor, it is a site to behold. But to villagers living in Rock City on the slopes of Jebel Kujur Mountain near Juba in Southern Sudan, crushing stones is a major economic activity that has attracted the interest of not less than 200 families.

 
Defying the scourge to soldier on PDF Print

By Yobu Annet

HIV/AIDS remains a major threat in a post conflict society such as Southern Sudan despite the extensive civic education programme mounted by several civil society organizations. That the scourge has continued to quietly conspire with increased poverty levels in the war torn region is not only evidenced by the high bed number occupancy in most health facilities but, also by the number of orphans left behind after their parents succumb to HIV/AIDS.

 
World Press Freedom Day provides opportunity for debate in South Sudan PDF Print

By Paul Jimbo

The 3rd May is the date set aside annually to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. 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.

 
Thirsty Southern Sudanese villagers turn to dirty water for survival PDF Print

By Abraham Machuor Lum

A visit to the sleepy village of Abyei Cok in Rumbek, Southern Sudan, reminds one of an old saying – “every one for himself, God for us all.” In this sun-baked village, in Lake’s state, it is survival of the fittest as villagers scramble for a very scarce commodity, water. The only source of water here – an old well owned by an individual – serves 596 families, together with their livestock.

 
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