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[WASHINGTON - VOA by Ayen Bior] He was once called a Lost Boy but today, his official title is Councilor-Elect.

Chol Majok won the 3rd District Common Council seat in Syracuse, New York, this week, becoming the first former refugee in city history to do so, according to Onondaga County’s Board of Elections.

Majok arrived in Syracuse 18 years ago with other Lost Boys of Sudan -- a group of 20,000 boys who were displaced or orphaned during the second Sudanese civil war in which about 2 million were killed. He was 16 years old and anxious to begin building his life.

He lived in foster homes until he turned 18, and although he was there for just two years, he says the conditions he experienced in the system changed his life. Read more on VOA

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[Mwaakilishi, Nairobi Kenya, John WanjohiUS technology conglomerate, Cisco has appointed Kenyan Sally Kimeu as Country Leader and Regional Manager for its East Africa operations.

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[Chevenning] Dr Chuor de Garang Alier (MD, MMed-OBGY), an MSc student in Clinical Embryology at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, was given the top prize in awards which celebrate the academic achievements of African and Caribbean students in the UK.

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[New York, USA, TCT] President of the United States Donald Trump wants nations of the world to bring to an end religious persecution.

“Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution,” said the President during the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event at the United Nations, an article originally published in www.Caffeinatedthoughts.com.  

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[Juba, South Sudan, ST] South Sudan and neighbouring Kenya have signed an agreement granting citizens from the two countries free visas.

The agreement, an official said, was inked last week.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, by Francis Mading]Former NBA basketball player Luol Deng was elected as the new president of the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) after winning 24 votes out of 25, last Sunday during , the first elections since the body was formed more than eleven years ago.

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[Yei,South Sudan, TCT] Yei - Rainbow FC girls’ football beat their City Stars FC counterpart to win the football trophy in Yei River State. The colorful game was played at Yei freedom square attended by thousands of fans including officials from state government and nongovernmental organizations in the town.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar, is expected to arrive in the capital, Juba today, after his visit was postponed on Monday, the opposition announced.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, by Francis Mading] The Speaker of the National Parliament of South Sudan, Anthony Lino Makana, has offered his resignation from his post after mounted pressure by members of his party’s Parliament bloc. He was asked to resign or be dismissed for reasons related to corruption and mismanagement of resources. 

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, by Francis Mading ] A Sudanese high-level government delegation led by Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Doglo, the Vice-President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council arrived in the capital Juba on Monday November 25, to follow up on the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement in South Sudan.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By Philip Buda] The long awaited electrification of South Sudan's capital Juba is finally a reality as Ezra Power Plant Juba launched its first 33 Mega Watts electric power on Thursday the 21st November 2019. President Salva Kiir Mayardit together with First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit presided over the launch.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, by Philp Buda] Jubilant residents of Juba’s Gudele Block 7 neighborhood  on November 7, witnessed the laying of a foundation stone  for the construction of Gudele General Modern Hospital by South Sudan vice president James Wani Igga.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By Francis Mading] A member of South Sudan Alliance of Opposition Parties and a political activist, Abdul Karim Kamoun, welcomed the decision postponing the formation of the unity government for another 100 days, describing the decision as a natural procedure.

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] M-Gurush, a rapidly growing mobile money transfer company has won the 2019 Quality Award for best mobile money service provider awarded by the South Sudan National Chamber of Commerce.

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[Nairobi, Kenya, TCT] It was barely days after the second president of Kenya late Daniel Arap Moi was buried when news filtered in that the peace talks in South Sudan had hit a deadlock. The late Moi was among the most concerned African leaders with the peace and lasting stability for South Sudan, sending envoys over the years to negotiate and follow up on efforts to see the youngest democracy in Africa settle down.

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