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south sudan: drought and war devastating economy


it now has to import almost everything, but rising customs fees are making even the most basic products unaffordable.






as south sudan plans 2018 elections, un expresses concern


south sudan's plan to hold elections next year risks "deepening and extending" an already devastating civil war, the united nations warned friday.






un says fighting in 2 south sudan hotspots is ‘devastating’


united nations (ap) — the u.n. peacekeeping department said in a confidential note to the security council that recent increased fighting in two hotspots in south sudan is having “devastating consequences” for civilians. the note, obtained late monday by the associated press, focuses on fighting between government and rebel forces in the wau shilluk area […]






south sudan warring sides sign cease-fire for christmas eve


south sudan's warring factions on thursday signed a new agreement to cease hostilities and protect civilians in the latest effort to calm a devastating civil war.






starvation stalks nigeria, somalia, south sudan, yemen


appeal made for $4bn as mix of drought and conflict threatens 20 million in nigeria, somalia, south sudan and yemen.






pope donates to help feed south sudan’s hungry


juba, south sudan (ap) — the leaders of south sudan’s roman catholic church are calling on the pope to visit this war-torn nation. “we know his heart is in south sudan,” samuel abe, secretary general for the archdiocese of juba told the associated press on monday. “my wish is if he comes he can be […]






child marriage increasing in civil war-torn south sudan


rumbek, south sudan (ap) — humanitarian workers in south sudan say the country’s ongoing civil war has increased the rate of child marriage to alarming levels. according to the united nations, more than half of girls in south sudan are married before age 18, often by force. years of conflict are worsening what was already […]






new report blames south sudan military for civilian deaths


aburoc, south sudan (ap) — albin koolekheh watched his 4-year-old son die in his arms. he and his family were among tens of thousands of people who escaped a wave of fighting in south sudan’s civil war, only to find themselves living in a filthy camp near the border with sudan. a new report by […]






somali pirates ‘motivated by drought:’ us commander


pirates in somalia are being driven to the seas by a devastating drought, says the top u.s. military commander in africa. a spate of pirate attacks have occurred off the coast of somalia in recent months after a five-year hiatus in the region. piracy cost the global economy billions of dollars befor...






as us weighs lifting sudan sanctions, south sudan a concern


as the united states considers lifting sanctions on sudan, one of the most sensitive issues is on display in these tense borderlands: weapons. south sudan's government accuses its neighbor of supplying arms to rebels fighting its bloody civil war.






egypt’s foreign minister in south sudan to boost relations


juba, south sudan (ap) — egypt’s foreign minister sameh shoukry met with south sudan president salva kiir in the capital, juba, monday to encourage an end to the country’s civil war and to give assistance in health and education. south sudan is well into its fifth year of fighting and the conflict, which has killed […]






us man killed in south sudan; army says ‘caught in fighting’


juba, south sudan (ap) — an american man has been killed in civil war-torn south sudan, the u.s. embassy said saturday, while south sudan’s army said he was caught up in fighting between rebels and government forces. embassy official jeremiah knight confirmed the man’s death to the associated press, with no further details. the body […]






new report blames south sudan military for civilian deaths


albin koolekheh watched his 4-year-old son die in his arms. he and his family were among tens of thousands of people who escaped a wave of fighting in south sudan's civil war, only to find themselves living in a filthy camp near the border with sudan.






famine declared in part of south sudan by government and un


famine has been declared in two counties of south sudan, according to an announcement by the south sudan government and three u.n. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn east african nation.






south sudan should probe death of us reporter: rights group


juba, south sudan (ap) — the killing of an american journalist in south sudan violates international humanitarian law and should be investigated, according to an international human rights group. south sudan’s leaders should “condemn this killing, investigate how it happened and hold those responsible to account,” jehanne henry, senior africa researcher for human rights watch, […]






us, uk, norway warn south sudan over breaking cease-fire


johannesburg (ap) — the united states, britain and norway are warning south sudan’s warring sides to respect a cease-fire after reported violations. the statement by the three countries on tuesday comes after the armed opposition and south sudan’s government traded accusations of violations of the cease-fire that began early dec. 24. south sudan’s civil war […]






un gives sudan and south sudan 6 months for abyei monitoring


united nations (ap) — the u.n. security council has decided that the stalemate between sudan and south sudan over the status of the oil-rich region of abyei has gone on for too long and is given the countries a final six months to implement joint border monitoring. a u.n. peacekeeping mission has been in abyei […]






rape reaches ‘epic proportions’ in south sudan’s civil war


mundri, south sudan (ap) — after months of being raped by her rebel captors in the middle of south sudan’s civil war, the young woman became pregnant. held in a muddy pit, sometimes chained to other prisoners, she later watched her hair fall out and her weight plummet. but the child was a spark of […]






death toll in attack on south sudan aid workers rises to 7


juba, south sudan (ap) — the death toll of an attack on aid workers in south sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died. david kim choop was driving the vehicle when he and six aid workers were ambushed and killed on saturday, march 25th. the four south sudanese and […]






un: conflict, drought bring ‘acute’ hunger to 124 million


rome (ap) — a u.n.-led report says 124 million people last year suffered such acute hunger that their lives were at risk, up from 108 million in 2016. the increase was largely attributed to new or intensified conflicts in myanmar, nigeria, yemen and south sudan, as well as ongoing drought in several african countries. the […]






south sudan has world’s fastest growing number of displaced


bentiu, south sudan (ap) — south sudan has the world’s fastest growing displaced population and more needs to be done to help them, says the director of the united nations refugee agency. more than 4 million south sudanese have fled their homes, nearly 2 million of whom went to neighboring countries, said u.n. and other […]






south sudan’s war disrupts farming, creates famine


thonyor, south sudan (ap) — “i went only with my fear,” said gatluok chuol. “if the soldiers found me, they would have killed me.” for several months last year, the 65-year-old south sudanese farmer risked his life in order to feed his family. in july, when fighting erupted between south sudan’s government and opposition forces […]






un peacekeepers in south sudan accused of paying for sex


juba, south sudan (ap) — the united nations mission in south sudan says it has recalled a 46-member peacekeeping police unit after some members allegedly paid local women living in a protection camp for sex. a u.n. statement says the ghanaian policemen have been recalled from wau to the capital, juba. the u.n. chief in […]






south sudan’s war leaves disabled, elderly at special risk


bentiu, south sudan (ap) — more than 1 million disabled people are vulnerable to the increasing violence of south sudan’s brutal civil war. mary nyakwas lost her leg to a crocodile while fleeing the fighting. she and her four children had taken refuge from the conflict in a nearby swamp when the reptile attacked her. […]






south sudan’s war disrupts farming, creates famine


thonyor, south sudan (ap) — “i went only with my fear,” said gatluok chuol. “if the soldiers found me, they would have killed me.” for several months last year, the 65-year-old south sudanese farmer risked his life in order to feed his family. in july, when fighting erupted between south sudan’s government and opposition forces […]






famine declared in part of south sudan by government and un


kampala, uganda (ap) — famine has been declared in two counties of south sudan, according to an announcement by the south sudan government and three u.n. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn east african nation. the official classification of […]






famine declared in part of south sudan by government and un


kampala, uganda (ap) — famine has been declared in two counties of south sudan, according to an announcement by the south sudan government and three u.n. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn east african nation. the official classification of […]






more than 300 child soldiers released in south sudan


yambio, south sudan (ap) — more than 300 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in south sudan, the second-largest release since civil war began five years ago. the united nations calls the ceremony for 87 girls and 224 boys the first step in a process that should see at least 700 child soldiers […]






un farm agency warns south sudan conflict is fueling famine


brussels (ap) — the head of the u.n.’s food and agriculture agency warned tuesday that conflict in south sudan could undermine hopes of avoiding a new famine next year. around 100,000 people face starvation in south sudan, where crop production has plummeted since 2013 as conflict has killed tens of thousands and forced 3.5 million […]






us man killed in south sudan; army says 'caught in fighting'


an american has been killed in civil war-torn south sudan, the u.s. embassy said saturday, while south sudan's army and opposition said the journalist was caught in the fighting between the two sides.






us man killed in south sudan; army says 'caught in fighting'


an american man has been killed in civil war-torn south sudan, the u.s. embassy said saturday, while south sudan's army said he was caught up in fighting between rebels and government forces.






south sudan requests to join arab league


egypt's foreign minister visited south sudan's president in juba.






there are no clear winners in south sudan's war


with about 3.5 million uprooted from their homes, children are the biggest losers in south sudan's war.






1st foreign victim of south sudan hotel rampage testifies


juba, south sudan (ap) — the only foreigner to come forward and testify in a high-profile south sudan trial where army troops are accused of gang-rape and murder in a hotel rampage a year ago is urging other survivors to speak up, especially men. the trial is a key test of accountability in a civil […]






in south sudan, just 2 dogs patrol for wildlife trafficking


juba, south sudan (ap) — leaping from the van, south sudan’s only two patrol dogs raced toward passengers disembarking a plane in the capital, juba. after frantically sniffing their luggage, one dog abruptly sat in front of a wary young man and stared at his bag. removing a piece of ivory from a side pouch, […]