South Sudan in Focus is a 30-minute weekday English-language broadcast/internet program covering rapidly changing developments in the new nation of South Sudan and the region.
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Experts and herders at a meeting in Wau say South Sudan could export livestock to other countries by 2020, but first it needs an official policy for the sector -- and peace.
In first briefing to Security Council, new UN envoy to African country says she is ‘shocked’ by ‘complete disregard for human life’ there
Three factions of South Sudan's ruling SPLM party accept responsibility for 10 months of fighting and vow to end what they call South Sudan's civil war.
Veteran journalist Alfred Taban says the order is focused on silencing "what the rebels say," but a spokesman for President Salva Kiir insists there was no such order.
The U.N. Mission and World Food Program say two South Sudanese workers have been forcefully taken by armed men in two separate incidents in Malakal in the past week.
Officials at the World Food Program in South Sudan say they have not heard from the staff member since he was taken at gunpoint from Malakal airport.
A local staff member was "grabbed" at Malakal airport by men in uniform and driven away in a car, the head of a group representing South Sudanese who work for the U.N. says.
The screenings will take place in states unaffected by fighting, and the data gathered will, for the first time, give the government an idea of how many children in South Sudan are under-nourished.
Amnesty International urges President Salva Kiir to send the bill - which grants the National Security Service (NSS) the power to arrest suspected criminals without a warrant, access information and seize property - back to parliament for revisions.
A Rwandan officials says South Sudan could benefit from a system like the gacaca courts, which tried 1.2 million suspects in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
UN Special Envoy Zainab Bangura says mothers of newborns, elderly women, and children as young as 10 are being raped on a daily basis in South Sudan.
In Bentiu, capital of oil-rich Unity State, residents of UN camp start day by bailing greenish-brown sludge out of their submerged homes
"We cannot stand idly by as the warring parties neglect the suffering of their own people," US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, says in a policy speech.
SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer says reporters who don't comply with the new directive will be taken to court.
The speaker of the National Assembly says there was a quorum because more than half the 323 lawmakers were present, but one of the MPs who walked out disputes that.
The bill gives security forces the right to arrest suspected criminals without a warrant.
In her first news conference since arriving in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Loej says she will "impartially" carry out the revised mandate for UNMISS, which is focussed on protecting civilians.
SPLA soldiers reportedly ran amok after one of their colleagues was shot and killed during a night patrol.
In joint report, groups warn that more than one million people could face severe hunger in the country in first three months of 2015
The official rate for the South Sudanese Pound is 3.16 to $1, but on the black market, $1 will buy just under 5 Pounds.
Opponents of the draft national security bill say it would give excessive power to security operatives, while supporters say it would make South Sudan safer.
American photographer Tim Freccia's pictures show the men of Yirol village as they look for wives, and the men of the White Army as they fight for control of Malakal.
The US ambassador to the United Nations says unless peace talks for South Sudan 'succeed', the UN Security Council could join the United States and European Union and impose sanctions on the country.
Charlton Doki (l) and John Tanza
South Sudan in Focus (SSIF) is a 30-minute weekday English-language broadcast/internet program covering rapidly changing developments in the new nation of South Sudan and the region.
The program co-hosts are John Tanza, in Washington D.C., and Charlton Doki, in Juba. SSIF airs at 7:30 pm in Juba (1630 UTC) and can be heard on FM stations throughout South Sudan, on shortwave, and on VOA’s 24-hour channel in Nairobi at 8:30 pm. SSIF relies on a network of stringers throughout South Sudan, a Washington, .D.C-based reporter, and the worldwide resources of VOA to provide the latest news on South Sudan, the region and the world.
South Sudan in Focus co-hosts John Tanza and Charlton Doki were the moderators for a Town Hall meeting held in Juba on September 7, 2012. Listen to the full program.