Breaking: Federal forces capture the capital, Mekelle

Nov 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–Federal forces fighting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front in the Tigray region announced their capture of the capital, Mekelle, just a few minutes ago.

“The military forces confirmed that General Birhanu Jula has fully controlled the capital, Mekelle.”


This is a developing story, check back in a few minutes for more updates!

Achai Wiir establishes a new organization for the vulnerable

A person with disability receives a trike from Achai Wiir in Juba on 26, 2020 |Photo: Achai Wiir Foundation

October 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–A prominent businesswoman and philanthropist, Achai Wiir, has announced the formation of a new humanitarian agency that will meet the needs of people with disabilities, victims of armed conflict and flood-stricken communities.

“This is a humanitarian and Peace-building agency looking at aiding people who are suffering, including, victims of armed conflict, famine, flooding, orphans, extremely sick persons lacking financial support and organising inter-communal peace initiatives to unite the youth and elders,” Achai announced on social media on Monday.

Achai explained that their new office will be located at the International Commercial Bank building, and it is expected to expand its branches across the country soon.

“We are fully registered under Non-governmental Organisations, The NGO ACT 2016. Our head office is located at International Commercial Bank building, along Airport road with branches in other states expected to open soon to extend our support at state-level.”

Meanwhile, she donated a three-wheeled motorcycle to a disabled person as part of her ambitious plan to support people with disabilities.

A person with disability receives a trike from Achai Wiir in Juba on 26, 2020 |Photo: Achai Wiir Foundation

“Today through the Foundation, I donated a Trike to support a disabled man’s movement living in Gudele 2. The trike will help him commute over the long-distanced Gudele 2 – Juba town route on a daily basis.”

“I decided to replace the wheelchairs with trikes because I learned that most of the physically disabled people around Juba have difficulties in rolling their wheelchairs. It’s so tiresome and cumbersome to deal with everyday.
The three-wheeled motorcycles (trikes) provide more comfort over the wheelchairs by giving extra stability that means the disabled will use way less physical strength to control and navigate.”

As the project formally began on Monday, CEO Achai, said that more trikes will soon be distributed to anyone with disabilities as long as they meet illegibility criteria.

“The foundation has stationed more trikes in the warehouse that are scheduled to be distributed from tomorrow onward to eligible persons with disabilities within Juba and its outskirts.”

U.S. pledges $108m in humanitarian assistance for S. Sudan

The Emblem of the State Department, USA.
Official Emblem of the United States (Photo: US)

Sept 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–In the face of the ongoing alarming humanitarian crisis facing the people of South Sudan, the United States has pledged $108 million in humanitarian aid to help alleviate their suffering across the region.

The pledge was announced two days ago, at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting, entitled “A Dialogue with the World’s Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs,” hosted by the United States.

“We announced nearly $108 million in humanitarian assistance for the people South Sudan, including South Sudanese in neighboring countries. This funding includes nearly $97 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and more than $11 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance,” the U. S. said in its statement.

USA

Since the onset of the conflict in South Sudan in 2013, the United States has contributed nearly $5.5 billion and an additional $ 64 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the response, including refugees and those affected by conflict and natural disasters, to nearly $907 million in Fiscal Year 2020 alone and nearly $5.5 billion since the start of the crisis in 2014, including more than $64 million in supplemental humanitarian assistance to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.”

“Heavy rains, fighting between armed groups, food insecurity, a deteriorating economic situation, and the COVID-19 pandemic have compounded an already dire humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.”

“In this response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the United States supports the operations of a network of nearly 30 non-governmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, and international organizations like the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Program, the International Organization for Migration, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance, both in South Sudan and globally.”

The United States reaffirms its commitment to support the people of South Sudan in these difficult situations in their lives.

“We will continue to be a catalyst for the international response to alleviate the suffering of the people of South Sudan.”

CMD delivers medical supplies as floods wreak havoc in Ayod

August 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–As seasonal floods continue to worsen in different parts of the country, Christian Mission for Development (CMD), in partnership with UNICEF, has provided life-saving medical supplies to Primary Health Care Centers in Ayod.

In a brief statement, CMD Executive Director, Thomas Tut Gany commended the positive role that CMD and its partners have played in ensuring that the local population receives the necessary support needed to avert such a catastrophic situation.

“CMD in partnership with UNICEF manages to deliver essential drugs to Jiech PHCC and Kharmun PHCU today. Tomorrow will be Mogok PHCC, Kandak PHCU, Pagil PHCC and Normanyang PHCU. Scaling up response amidst heavy flooding is paramount,” Tut emphasized.

Christian Mission for Development is a humanitarian organization that provides medical and educational services to vulnerable people in hard-to-reach areas.

Humanitarian situation in South Sudan

South Sudan plunged into violent conflict in 2013, creating a catastrophic situation that has severely affected health infrastructure and the economy.

In recent months, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that “more than 7 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance throughout Southern Sudan due to the cumulative effects of years of conflict, chronic vulnerabilities and poor basic services.”

S. Sudan joins battle against COVID-19, pledges $1 million to AUF, Africa CDC

Africa’s Map featuring African Union member states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic/Photo: Africa CDC

May 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan, one of the African Union member states, has joined the rest of the African countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, pledging $750,000 to African Union Fund and $250,000 to the Africa Centres for Disease (Africa-CDC).

The announcement came on Thursday following an urgent meeting held at the State House by the Presidency.

“The Presidency has approved the amount of $ 750,000.00 as contribution of the Republic of South Sudan to African Union Fund (AUF) to fight COVID-19,” the Presidency said on Thursday.

“The Presidency further approved the amount of $ 250,000 as contribution of the Republic of South Sudan to the Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC).”

The Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC) is a flagship continental body, supporting and cooperating with African Union member states in providing coordinated and integrated solutions to deficiencies in public healthcare services.

European Union announces €100 million to support the democratic transition process in Sudan

Press Release 

(Thessherald)–Today, the European Union has announced €100 million to support the civilian-led authorities in Sudan to meet the most pressing needs of the democratic transition.

“The European Union is fully committed to accompanying the ongoing political transition in Sudan through all the means at its disposal. Besides political support, financial assistance to Sudan remains crucial, given the severity of the economic crisis in the country. We hope that these additional €100 million will boost the efforts of the transitional Government to implement reforms”, said High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell , who is currently on his first official visit to Sudan.

“Sudan now has an historic opportunity to transform into a democratic society. The European Union is fully committed to supporting the Sudanese people to succeed.”
EU support to Sudan comes in the context of the popular protests that toppled President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. The transitional civilian authority is preparing the country for free and fair elections in 2022 but faces enormous social, economic and political challenges.

“ This new package of financial assistance will help the Sudanese Government to implement critical economic reforms required to create jobs and expand the provision of public services across the country, and to provide opportunity for the youth and women at the forefront of change in Sudan”, Jutta Urpilainen , Commissioner for International Partnerships, said earlier today.

EU assistance in Sudan will focus primarily on support to:

economic reforms,
economic opportunities for youth and women, and the peace process and democratic Governance.

Sudanese authorities, EU and international partners together identified these sectors as being vital for the welfare of the population and the future of the country.

The Sudanese economy has contracted for a second year in a row, and the transitional Government recognises a clear need for macro-economic and structural reforms to stabilise it. These reforms should carefully manage a move away from generalised subsidies to a comprehensive social protection system.

The EU will support the efforts to buffer the transition for the most vulnerable citizens. The EU will also support the transitional Government in enhancing accountability and improving the management of public finances.

The EU will work with the Sudanese authorities and partners to create employment opportunities in Sudan, especially for youth and women. There will be a focus on education and training, and on women’s economic empowerment.

Finally, the EU will also support the peace process and the protection and promotion of human rights in Sudan.

Background

Sudan has embarked on a complex political transition following the agreement on a civilian-led transition of 17 August 2019. This represents a major step towards civilian-led rule with a historic opportunity to achieve peace, democracy and economic recovery.
The European Union is a key partner for the Sudanese authorities in their quest to make the transition to democracy a success.

To that end, it supports the consolidation of the political transition in Sudan and is ready to accompany the country on its path to political and economic reform and implementation.


The new financial assistance of €100 million announced today will be delivered through the ‘European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa’ (EUTF for Africa).

Last December, the EU already provided, through the EUTF for Africa, a €7 million support package to the Prime Minister’s Office and €35 million to bolster the country’s social protection system. This came in addition to a funding of €60 million for projects under the EUTF for Africa, which will start in early 2020.
The EU supports the political transition in Sudan through technical assistance.

The announcement made today brings the total contribution by the European Union to the Sudanese civilian-led transition to €217 million for development cooperation.

In addition, the EU provided €13 million in the second half of 2019 for stability and peace, specifically to help strengthen social cohesion and human security in the peripheries and to reduce the risk of conflict.