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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Their hopes for peace dashed time and again, families in Ganyiel, in Unity state, try to survive on World Food Program rations and water lilies they gather from the river
Army spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, says latest clashes, in Jonglei and Unity states, were started by rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar
Officials in Jonglei state say there has been no flooding in Bor since a 17-kilometer-long dike was built last year by Korean soldiers
Opposition also says motion to postpone elections set for end of June and extend terms of president, lawmakers and state governors should be put to a popular vote
Security Council raises possibility of penalizing 'senior individuals' deemed responsible for thwarting nation's security, stability
A 14-year-old boy was seriously wounded when a container packed with ammunition left over from clashes in Unity state, between government and rebel forces, exploded.
The lawmakers' vote delays elections and extends the terms of elected officials even longer than the two-year delay that President Salva Kiir's cabinet called for last month.
Years of violence, poor harvests and trade constraints leave 2.5 million without enough food
With rainy season approaching and peace talks at standstill, UN refugee agency to relocate 50,000 people in Ethiopia’s Gambella region
Head of World Food Program says in 4 months since her last visit, things have gone from bad to worse, with hundreds of thousands displaced, millions facing hunger
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will visit a food distribution site and a mother-child nutrition center in Unity state, before traveling to an island in the Sudd marshes where thousands of South Sudanese have sought shelter.
Lankien, in northeastern Jonglei state, is an opposition stronghold
Construction of the bridge across the River Nile is expected to be completed by 2018.
President Salva Kiir tells a rally of his Sudan People's Liberation Movement party that South Sudan's economy is already on its knees after 15 months of conflict.
African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the report on human rights violations in South Sudan was only submitted to the African Union in late January.
Asia's youngest nation, Timor-Leste, releases $80,000 to build a school in Jonglei state, while Japan collaborates with South Sudanese officials in Juba to clean up a million-dollar road that is clogged with trash.
In a country where most women can't read and write and girls are married off in their teens, Elizabeth Yacob held onto her dream of doing something more with her life.
South Sudanese officials and wildlife conservationists say poaching has increased since South Sudan plunged into conflict in December 2013.
At least a dozen social media accounts have been set up under South Sudanese President Salva Kiir's name, but his spokesman says all of them are fake.
Analysts Jok Madut Jok and Luka Biong say the leaked report is a good historical record of events in South Sudan since Dec. 2013, but question the recommendations it makes.
A spokesman for the South Sudan army says government positions at opposite ends of the country were attacked by rebel forces.
Leaked report also calls for country to be placed under AU control
Rebel leader Machar blames government for impasse; Minister of Information says more time needed for sides to work out disagreements
The East African bloc mediating the talks says it will not abandon the South Sudanese people -- and gives President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar another day to iron out their differences and make peace.
In a unanimous vote, Security Council establishes legal framework for sanctioning individuals and entities deemed spoilers of peace process
President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are expected to sign a final peace deal for South Sudan by Thursday.
UNICEF says a militia group aligned with South Sudan’s forces forcefully recruited hundreds of children, a charge the government denies
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.