JUBA (Reuters) – Just six months after South Sudan gained independence, severe inflation, rebellions and escalating tensions with Sudan are dampening the euphoria that followed secession and undermining efforts to build badly-needed state institutions.
South Sudanese celebrated the birth of Africa’s newest nation on July 9 as they split away from Sudan at the climax of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – When Sudan Airways General Manager al-Obeid Fadhl al-Moula starts listing the problems of the ailing state carrier, it takes him quite a time to finish.
One of the oldest African airlines that used to fly across the continent and as far away as London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, Sudan Airways is a shadow of its former self.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan could see the next Arab revolution because anger is rising over an economic crisis and government repression worse than in Egypt before the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, an opposition leader said on Monday.
“The regime is doomed … We as opposition agreed that it cannot be reformed. You need to change, to overthrow the regime,” said Farouk Abu Issa, head of the National Consensus Forces, an umbrella group of Sudan’s main opposition parties.
SUAKIN, Sudan (Reuters) – Sitting in his empty seafood restaurant in Sudan’s historic port of Suakin, Hashem Abdullah is dreaming of better times — particularly the hope that foreign tourists will one day visit his run-down hometown.
Further down the seafront from his “Mistero Seafood Restaurant,” Turkish workers are restoring the ruins of a customs house and other buildings from the Ottoman era.
BIR AJAM, Sudan (Reuters) – For Sudanese worker Mohamed Taher, hunting for gold with a metal detector in the Nubian desert is a way to end years of unemployment.
“Sometimes I find one to four ounces, sometimes nothing. But if I find something it will cover all my expenses,” says Mohamed, who regularly camps out with friends to search for gold.
KOSTI, Sudan, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Standing by his truckful of
onions at the bustling Nile port of Kosti, Sudanese trader Omar
Sheikh hopes shipping his goods to newly independent South Sudan
will justify the bureaucratic hassle.
Nearly three months after the south split from the north
after decades of civil war, no comprehensive trade agreement
exists between them, hampering the flow of goods to the poor,
isolated and underdeveloped south, which has only a little more
than 50 kilometres (31 miles) of paved roads.
KOSTI, Sudan (Reuters) – Four months after Paula Lodo left her Khartoum slum to head back to South Sudan, she finds herself in yet another makeshift home south of the Sudanese capital.
“I am stuck on the way home for four months, can you believe this?” Lodo said, sitting with her six daughters in a dusty tent camp near this northern White Nile city.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan signed a border security agreement on Sunday, making a step toward improving ties after tensions built up for weeks over violence in border areas and sharing of oil revenues.
The South became Africa’s newest nation on July 9 under a 2005 peace deal with its former civil war foe Khartoum but both sides have yet to resolve a large range of disputes. Ending border tensions is one of the priorities.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday urged Sudan and armed opposition groups to end fighting in the Blue Nile border state and warned Khartoum the violence was hurting its chances of repairing relations with Washington.
But shortly after U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Princeton Lyman, spoke to reporters in Khartoum, Sudanese state media reported new fighting in Blue Nile where 50,000 have fled clashes, according to the United Nations.
DAMAZIN, Sudan (Reuters) – When Sudanese tribal leader Youssef al-Mak Hassan al-Dan proposed a ceasefire to end fighting with southern-allied fighters he was immediately interrupted by community leaders in the border town of Damazin.
Fighting erupted last week in Blue Nile state in Sudan between the Sudanese army and fighters allied to Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the dominant force in newly independent South Sudan.