November 29, 2015 (JUBA) - Rebecca Nyandeng, the wife of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) founder, John Garang was reportedly assaulted at Emmanuel Jieng church in Juba, forcing some members of the congregation to abandon Sunday’s church service in protest.
An angry worshipper reportedly attempted to slap Nyandeng in church, less than 48 hours since she returned from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Nyandeng, accompanied by some of the former political detainees, was asked by the pastor to kneel before the congregation for prayers. She was joined by Majaak D’Agoot and two others.Suddenly, an angry woman reportedly approached the podium and attempted to slap Nyandeng, only to be restrained.
She, however, hulled insults at the former first lady whom she accused of allegedly “betraying” her community. The woman reportedly demanded that Nyandeng as well brings her son, Mabior Garang for prayers.
Nyandeng is accused of having allegedly “sold out” the government by siding with South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) members. She has been critical of government and most supporters of the regime from her home area of Twic East and Bor have condemned her for publicly exposing civilian deaths in Juba, ignoring those killed in Bor.
While Mabior joined the SPLM-IO headed by former vice-president Riek Machar, his mother remained with the country’s former political detainees led by Pagan Amum.
Meanwhile the motive of Sunday’s attack, however, remains a subject of speculations.
19 November 2015 – Insufficient food, shelter, health services are among the top challenges displaced people are facing in Central Darfur , the United Nations relief wing has warned in a latest humanitarian update on the situation in Sudan.
For the first time since 2011 and after months of planning, an inter-agency mission visited Fanga Suk in Central Darfur’s Northern Jebel Marra locality, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and found that 7,875 displaced people and 10,000 people from the host community are in need of food, emergency shelter and household supplies, as well as water, health, education and protection services.
In this regard, the mission indicated that food, emergency shelter and household supplies will be soon provided to the displaced people in Fanga Suk.
Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is in contact with the Government to accelerate water and sanitation access in the area.
Noting that communities in West Darfur have difficulties to manage water facilities, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNICEF, along with partners, is beefing up trainings on veterinary services and water management, said the report.
With the mosquito-borne dengue fever being epidemic in 21 localities and causing about one third of the fatalities among the 392 cases in Darfur, the World Health Organization (WHO) has helped implementing about one third vector control activities by providing trainings to medical staff and activating additional surveillance sites, according to the report.
Turning to the Blue Nile state, despite the ongoing conflict, UNICEF is working with partners to offer child protection services to some 13,700 children, while confronting travel delay and insecurity challenges, according to the report.
Moreover, intensified fighting in South Sudan has led to a new influx refugees into Sudan. The United Nations refugee agency, in response, has boosted humanitarian assistance while addressing water and sanitation needs by funding to build 2,000 more latrines.