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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about South Sudan. There’s “On This Day”, some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!


Hello everyone!

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This week’s quiz: On 29 August, I asked you a question about the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

Unfortunately, less than two years into nationhood, a brutal civil war caused by a power struggle between the president and his former deputy broke out.

A peace deal – the eighth deal in the works – had been signed that week, which ensured a cease-fire and the installation of the former deputy as vice president of the country. And that was my question: you were to send in the names of South Sudan’s president and his former deputy, the names of the men who signed the peace deal in South Sudan on 26 August.

The answer is: Salva Kiir, the president, and Riek Machar, his former deputy.

The current peace deal is not working … fighting has continued, and the United Nations has warned the situation in South Sudan has actually worsened since the deal was signed. You can find out more about what is going in South Sudan right here on the RFI English webpage.

The winners this week are: Eric Abibo Ngandu, from Juba, South Sudan; Fansu Bolong Janneh from Banjul, The Gambia; Omoefe Onoriobe from Houston, Texas; Mamuda Sultana Mitu from Sirajganj, Bangladesh, and RFI Listeners Club member M Ganesan from Goa, India – who just celebrated his 49th birthday. Happy Birthday Mr Ganesan!

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 2 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 7 November program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.



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