Hopes rise for South Sudan peace deal

Juba, February 13, 2016 (GMN) - South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir names rival Rieck Machar as deputy, fuelling hopes of end to two years of ethnic conflictSouth Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, raising hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war.

Life is slowly getting back to normal in Gambella but instability, insecurity remain

Gambella, February 10, 2016 (GMN) - Life in the Gambella region of southern Ethiopia is getting back to normal after a recent surge in tribal tensions, the Bishop for the Horn of Africa reports. The Rt Revd Dr Grant LeMarquand, an area bishop in the diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, says that “buses have started running, banks and shops are open again” but he asks for continued prayers for the region.