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SOUTH SUDAN CHURCH PERSONNEL TO ATTEND TRAUMA HEALING WORKSHOP

22 September 2014 – A group of church personnel from the Diocese of Malakal started this Monday a five days trauma healing workshop in Juba, South Sudan (22-26 September). The workshop is intended to help participants to get read of their traumas and change their lives for better.

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SOUTH SUDAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ MEETING KICKS OFF IN JUBA

22 September 2014 (Catholic Radio Network Morning News Service) - South Sudan Catholic Bishops Secretary said the meeting of the heads of the dioceses is starting on Tuesday and is expected to run until Friday in Juba.

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WORKSHOP ON THE PLAN FOR THE REGENERATION OF AFRICA CONCLUDED IN ROME

20 September 2014 – A five days workshop (15-19 September) on the Comboni’s ‘Plan for the Regeneration of Africa by Africans’ has been conducted in Rome on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Plan itself. Some 30 missionaries (priests, nuns, brothers and lay people) have attended this important meeting.

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UN CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

21 September 2014 – The United Nations celebrates today its International Day of Peace around the world amid ongoing conflicts in places like Syria, Iraq, South Sudan. According to UN this day “serves as a reminder of the challenges our world is facing and the importance and promise of working through the UN to address them.”

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HEAVY GUNFIRE IN DOLEIB HILL AREA

20 September 2014 (Published at radiotamazuj.org on 19 September 2014) - Civilians started running toward the UN base in Malakal seeking protection since yesterday in Malakal town in Upper Nile, saying that they were scared by the sounds of the battle in Doleib Hill. Multiple sources told Radio Tamazuj this afternoon that they heard from afar sounds of heavy guns for several hours this morning. Citizens pointed out that they fear rebels could advance to Malakal.
Santino who spoke inside the UN base said he ran after reports suggested that there were clashes at Doleib Hill area: “Yes I can hear gunshots, but it is very far.”
Meanwhile, another citizen explained that there has been fear among civilians this morning within the town, but the situation has returned to normal.
“I came to UN base at around 6:00 a.m. after hearing rumours that the rebels had crossed from Canal to Obel area,” he said.
He the situation has returned to normal after hearing that the rebels were repulsed by the SPLA at Obel area, about 25 minutes driving.
He further said citizens have arrived in the UN base, some of whom returned back home after they came to realize that there was nothing to fear.
John Akech also said he is unlikely to return back home soon, describing the security as “tense”.
The number of new arrivals in the UN base this morning is estimated at hundreds, according to Akach.
Philip Aguer, spokesman of SPLA-Juba forces, accused forces loyal to Riek Machar of carrying out attacks on Gongbaar, Doleib Hill and Duk Duk areas in Upper Nile.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Friday, Aguer claimed that SPLA-Juba is still maintaining its position in Doleib Hill, Malakal and Renk towns.
“Actually it is they who attack us, but when they feel ashamed of what they are doing they accuse the SPLA of attacking them,” he said.
He further said Riek Machar forces have been attacking areas along the Upper Nile-Sudan border since 17 September 2014.
Gatluak Liphos, Upper Nile Minister of Information said, “This morning at 5:00 there were clashes at Doleib Hill area… there was an attack by the rebels who were based in Canal and Khor Fulus.”
He said they crossed the Sobat River and attacked SPLA-Juba positions but were repulsed.
https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/heavy-gunfire-doleib-hill-area

KAJO KEJI REVENGE ATTACKERS OVERRUN MOYO DISTRICT CAPTURING 12 WOMEN

21 September 2014 – (Catholic Radio Network Evening News Service – 20 September 2014) - Kajo-Keji County Senior Information Inspector said angry residents retaliated attacks, overrunning Moyo District of Uganda, capturing and detaining twelve Ma’di women in Kajo-Keji. Beden Elikana Kenyi disclosed that the captives are now in South Sudan Police Service’ custody.

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