Agrigum News – March 2014

GUM ACACIA MARKET REPORT – March 2014 News Digest FEBRUARY 1, 2014 – BBC AFRICA – “Sudan has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to suspend its activities in the country. The ICRC said it had received a letter from the Sudanese authorities citing “technical issues relating to its humanitarian plans for this year”, but giving no further details. Sudan has in the past suspended or expelled humanitarian organisations. The Red Cross supplies food, water, health care, and other forms of aid, mainly in the western region of Darfur. Last year it helped more than 1.5 million people affected by conflict in Sudan.” FEBRUARY 11, 2014 – BBC AFRICA – “Fresh talks to resolve the crisis in South Sudan have opened in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, more than two weeks after a ceasefire was signed. Rebels agreed to continue the dialogue despite the government’s refusal to release four highprofile detainees. Both sides have accused each other of violating the ceasefire to end the conflict in the world’s newest nation. Thousands of people have died and more than 868,000 have fled their homes since it began on 15 December. The UN says about 723,000 people have been displaced inside South Sudan and another 145,000 have fled to nearby countries, with Ethiopia receiving the largest increase in recent arrivals.” FEBRUARY 15, 2014 – SUDAN TRIBUNE – “The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) welcomed the resumption of talks in Addis Ababa and urged the Sudanese government and rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan to stop hostilities and to reach a peace agreement ending the two and half year...

Agrigum News – January 2014

GUM ACACIA MARKET REPORT – January 2014 DECEMBER 22, 2013 – BBC AFRICA – “Former South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar has said rebel troops have captured the key oil-producing state of Unity and control much of the country. Mr Machar also confirmed to the BBC that the forces fighting the government were under his command. The country has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup. The BBC’s former Sudan correspondent James Copnall says the situation now looks very much like civil war. At least 500 people have been killed since the fighting began with the government struggling to keep control of the capital, Juba. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both men to “find a political way out of this crisis”. Mr Machar’s comments to the BBC came as four US service personnel involved in evacuating US citizens were wounded when their aircraft were shot at in Bor, the capital of eastern Jonglei state. US President Barack Obama has warned that “any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community”, the White House says. The Vatican and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, issued a joint statement calling for the country’s weak and poor to be “spared the trauma of conflict”. Unity, a state on the border with Sudan, produces much of South Sudan’s oil, which accounts for more than 95% of the country’s economy. President Kiir, a member of the majority Dinka ethnic group, sacked Mr Machar, who is from...

Agrigum News – January 2014

GUM ACACIA MARKET REPORT – January 2014 DECEMBER 22, 2013 – BBC AFRICA – “Former South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar has said rebel troops have captured the key oil-producing state of Unity and control much of the country. Mr Machar also confirmed to the BBC that the forces fighting the government were under his command. The country has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup. The BBC’s former Sudan correspondent James Copnall says the situation now looks very much like civil war. At least 500 people have been killed since the fighting began with the government struggling to keep control of the capital, Juba. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both men to “find a political way out of this crisis”. Mr Machar’s comments to the BBC came as four US service personnel involved in evacuating US citizens were wounded when their aircraft were shot at in Bor, the capital of eastern Jonglei state. US President Barack Obama has warned that “any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community”, the White House says. The Vatican and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, issued a joint statement calling for the country’s weak and poor to be “spared the trauma of conflict”. Unity, a state on the border with Sudan, produces much of South Sudan’s oil, which accounts for more than 95% of the country’s economy. President Kiir, a member of the majority Dinka ethnic group, sacked Mr Machar, who is from...

Agrigum News – December 2013

Gum Acacia Market Report – December 2013 DECEMBER 8, 2013 – SUDAN TRIBUNE – “The Central Bureau of Statistics in Sudan announced that the inflation rate rose to 42.6% in November over the 40.3% recorded the month before. The governmental body also noted that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the first 11 months of 2013 was up 36% compared to 33.78% during the same period last year. The Sudanese pound has lost more than half its value since the oil-rich south seceded in July 2011, pushing inflation rates to record levels given that the East African nation imports most of its food. It is also likely that the inflation reflects the government decision in late September to lift fuel subsidies, which caused prices of gasoline and diesel to increase by almost 100%. The government also devalued its currency from 4.4 pounds to the dollar to 5.7.” DECEMBER 9, 2013 – ALL AFRICA – “Sudanese politicians, opposition parties, analysts and journalists have been commenting on the reshuffle of the Sudanese government announced on 8 December. Among them, writer and political analyst, Dr Khalid El Tijani, and Dr El Tayeb Zein El Abdin, professor of political science, writer and political analyst, who described the formation of the new government as “disappointing”. In an interview to Radio Dabanga (broadcasted in Arabic by Radio Dabanga on 09/12/13) both El Abdin and El Tijani state that this new change will not improve the performance of the government nor solve the Sudanese crisis.” DECEMBER 9, 2013 – SUDAN TRIBUNE – “Joint mediator and UNAMID chief Mohamed Ibn Chambas has urged holdout rebel groups to...

Agrigum News – October 2013

Gum Acacia Market Report – October 2013 OCTOBER 2, 2013 – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – “Protests broke out in cities around Sudan on 23 September after President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir announced cuts to fuel subsidies on 22 September. Since the start of the demonstrations the following day, security forces have used excessive force – including live ammunition – killing what is believed to be upwards of 200 protesters. They have censored and shutdown newspapers, and arrested hundreds of activists, members of political opposition parties, and journalists. “We fear that the hundreds of arrested or missing are at grave risk of torture or other forms of ill-treatment. Those detained are being held incommunicado, with no access to lawyers or their families,” said Lucy Freeman, Africa Deputy Director at Amnesty International. The Sudanese Minister of Interior stated in a press release that they have arrested 700 “criminals” in Khartoum and elsewhere since mass protests began on 23 September. But reports from journalists, members of opposition parties, activists, and family members indicate that the figures are much higher.” OCTOBER 4, 2013 – BBC AFRICA – “Demonstrations in Sudan continue despite a deadly crackdown on protesters by security forces. Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested since anti-government protests over fuel subsidy cuts started 10 days ago.” OCTOBER 12, 2013 – SUDAN TRIBUNE – “The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the killing of a Zambian military observer from the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) after an attack by unidentified armed assailants on Saturday in Sudan’s Darfur region. In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Ban Ki-Moon said he expects the...

Agrigum News – September 2013

Gum Acacia Market Report – September 2013 AUGUST 14, 2013 – WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) SITUATION REPORT: SUDAN FLOODS ISSUE 1 “Floods due to heavy rains from the beginning of August 2013 have resulted in damages to lives and properties of marginalized communities in various parts of Sudan. According to the information received from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), majority of people affected by the floods are in twelve States, namely Khartoum, Northern State, River Nile, Gezira, Red Sea, Sennar, North Kordofan, Gedaref, North Darfur, Blue Nile, White Nile and South Darfur.” AUGUST 23, 2013 – THE GUARDIAN UK “Forty-eight people have been killed and more than 500,000 affected by the worst floods in Sudan in quarter of a century. The region around the capital, Khartoum, was particularly badly hit, with at least 15,000 homes destroyed and thousands of others damaged. Across Sudan, at least 25,000 homes are no longer habitable. A UN official described the situation as a disaster. The flooding, caused by continuous rains, has damaged public buildings, including schools, clinics, offices, shops, markets and water and sanitation facilities. Roads have been inundated, disrupting transport.” AUGUST 27, 2013 – BBC AFRICA “Four peacekeepers are missing in Sudan’s Darfur region after being swept away by floods, a UN official has said. The peacekeepers were escorting an aid convoy when a “powerful current” swept them away.” SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 – SUDAN VISION “The Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan have agreed to continue pumping oil through the former territories to the export terminals. At the conclusion of their summit meeting yesterday in Khartoum, President Al...