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UNMISS predicts an outbreak of inter-communal violence in South Sudan's Warrap State in the coming year; local residents in Tonj North County live in relative peace after armed youth hand over their guns; and authorities in Sudan appeal to the international community for urgent humanitarian intervention.
Sudanese authorities offer amnesty to rebel leaders who took up arms against the government; a U.S.-based research organization warns of illegal gold mining in parts of South Sudan; and dozens of South Sudanese students return home after being stranded for months in Zimbabwe.
Former Sudanese rebels meet in South Sudan and express optimism that peace will be restored in their country; the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region raises fears of a potential civil war; and the promising results of a coronavirus vaccine renews hope that the pandemic will soon be brought under control.
The South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance pulls out of a workshop organized by the country's monitoring body; residents and local leaders in Western Equatoria State live in fear following an attack at the Central African Republic-South Sudan border; and a South Sudanese Catholic priest says some communities in the country's most remote villages are unaware of the coronavirus pandemic.
A senior SPLM-IO official resigns over lack of transparency in the decision-making process; Sudan's transitional government reacts to escalating violence in neighboring Ethiopia; and South Sudanese believe lack of social distancing at COVID-19 testing sites increases their risk of contracting the virus.
An unknown number of people are killed and several others wounded during inter-communal violence between two Tonj East County communities; Sudanese officials in Kassala State close their border with neighboring Ethiopia; and health officials say over a dozen children in Jonglei State have died of acute malnutrition due to ongoing flooding in the area.
A senior South Sudanese government official is detained after being found in possession of weapons and boxes of ammunition; a senior member of the South Sudan Army is shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Upper Nile State; and Jonglei State authorities suspend all court hearings due to widespread flooding in the area.
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