Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.

Sudan and South Sudan

BREAKING NEWS: South Sudan’s rebel leader George Athor “killed”—Sudan Tribune

“The South Sudanese rebel leader and renegade general, George Athor, has been killed, announced the country’s Vice-President Riek Machar Teny in a press conference held in the capital Juba today…”

SPLA besiege George Athor in C. Equatoria: spokesman—Sudan Tribune

“A Sudan People’s Liberation Army unit has besieged rebel leader George Athor and his forces in Central Equatoria’s Morobo county area, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Phillip Aguer, the army spokesman said today…”

South Sudan rebels abductees describe South Kordofan ordeal—Sudan Tribune

“Two South Sudanese described their forcible recruitment by the rebel South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) in Khartoum and escape from South Kordofan, in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday…”

Sudanese refugees recall horror of Blue Nile fighting—Reuters

“Pointing to a scarred bald patch above his ear, Lise Dide shows where shrapnel grazed his head when his village in Sudan’s Blue Nile state was hit in an air strike. “The plane came when I was asleep. I was still in my bed, I did not hear the sound,” he said in South Sudan’s Doro refugee camp, set up just three weeks ago some 40 km (25 miles) from the Sudanese border…”

Janjaweed leader calls for military action to protect Darfur peace—Sudan Tribune

“A former Janhaweed leader called for a military action to protect the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) in order to ensure its enforcement and end the over eight-year insurgency in western Sudan…”

Amnesty: UN Did ‘Nothing’ to Protect Civilians in Sudan’s Abyei—Voice of America

“Amnesty International says United Nations peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during fighting this year in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan.  The rights group is calling for the new U.N. peacekeeping force currently deploying to the area to do a better job…”

Human rights organisation calls for UN to improve security for Abyei’s displaced—Sudan Tribune

“Amnesty International (AI) is calling upon the United Nations to provide a secure environment for people displaced by the conflict in Abyei…”

New approach needed to ensure food security says UN expert—Miraya FM

“The current global trade system is not helping to ensure food security in poor countries. That’s the conclusion of a United Nations independent food expert, who says the current global trading system does not work for the poor…”

Jonglei village attack amid increased displacement—Sudan Tribune

“A village in Jonglei was attacked on Saturday; one of numerous recent incidents of insecurity in the region which are seeing marked depopulation, according to a local chief…”

UN envoy hails Vice-President’s appeal for reconciliation in Jonglei—Miraya FM

“The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has welcomed an appeal by the country’s Vice-President Riek Machar to communities in the troubled Jonglei state to refrain from violence and to immediately engage in talks on reconciliation and peaceful coexistence…”

USA lifts sanctions—Miraya FM

“The United States of America has lifted sanctions on the Republic of South Sudan, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the minister for Information said on Sunday upon his arrival from the International Engagement Conference (IEC) in Washington DC…”

S. Sudan demands presence of oil companies in negotiations—Sudan Tribune

“The Government of South Sudan (GoSS) has made proposals to have representatives from oil companies included in the next round of post-session negotiations mediated by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Pagan Amum, its chief negotiator said on Monday…”

Sudan opens bidding on oil exploration blocks—Miraya FM

“The government of Sudan said it will open six exploration blocks for bidding by international oil companies. “Everyone is invited to invest in this country,” Minister of Petroleum Awad Ahmed Aljaz told reporters…”

Syria

Syria unrest: Dozens of army deserters ‘gunned down’—BBC News

“Dozens of army deserters have been shot dead by Syrian troops as they tried to flee their bases and join anti-government protests, reports say. Activist groups said more than 70 defectors were gunned down in the north-western Idlib province. They said Monday’s death toll across the country could exceed 110 – which if true would make it one of the deadliest days of the uprising…”

Syria Sets Death Penalty for Terrorist Arms Smugglers—Voice of America

“Syria’s state-run news agency says President Bashar al-Assad has issued a new law allowing for a death sentence for anyone found to be distributing arms to terrorists…”

Turkish-Syrian Border Becomes Haven for Syrian Opposition—Voice of America

“The Turkish-Syrian border has become a key conduit for the Syrian opposition, including defectors in the Free Syria Army who have set up an underground network of bases. A couple of kilometers over the border: A cellphone video captures Syrian soldiers firing on people trying to flee across to Turkey…”

Democratic Republic of Congo

Amid Dispute, DRC President Takes Oath of Office—Voice of America

“Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has been sworn in for a new term, as opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi continues to assert he is the country’s rightful leader…”

DRC Opposition Leader Calls for Kabila’s Seizure—Voice of America

“Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi says he is the country’s rightful leader and has called for the seizure of President Joseph Kabila. Election officials say Mr. Kabila easily won last month’s presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Mr. Tshisekedi has rejected the results as fraudulent and declared himself president, saying he will take office on Friday.

Analysis: DR Congo elections open new wounds—BBC News

“Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila’s victory in the 28 November election is fragile and contested. His swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday. But main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, 79, will also be sworn in as president “by the people” on Friday at a mass rally Martyrs’ stadium in the capital, Kinshasa…”

USA boosts its presence in Central Africa in hunt for LRA—Miraya FM

“As part of its regional hunt for fighters from the Lord’s Resistance Army the US special forces have set up a base in the Central African Republic. “The deployment of this contingent, the size of which is unknown, was carried out very discreetly with Ugandan military aircraft,” reported a Central African military official who would like to remain anonymous…”

Libya

U.N. lifts sanctions in Libya—CNN International

“The United Nations Security Council on Friday lifted sanctions on the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Foreign Bank, moves that were warmly received by the United States and Britain. This will allow the United States and other countries to unfreeze billions of dollars to help Libyans build their new democracy,” U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said…”

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