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South Sudan: Fresh violence displaces 25,000 people

Fresh violence in South Sudan has displaced about 25,000 in the town of Kodok on Tuesday, Doctors without Borders said. The move comes a day after the United States slammed South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir for the state’s “man-made” famine and ongoing conflict. “We must see a sign that progress is possible,” U.S. Ambassador to […]

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AfDB questions Africa’s annual $35bn food importation

African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday lamented the negative effects that huge food imports had on the African continent. Speaking at the Center for Global Development event held in Washington DC, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister indicated that the continent must break the food import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production […]

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Japan troops exit from S. Sudan peacekeeping mission

A contingent of Japanese troops has departed from South Sudan on Monday from U.N. peacekeeping mission in the famine and war-stricken nation. According to Reuters, the strong contingent based in the capital city Juba, has helped build infrastructure in the landlocked and impoverished country. “The first group is leaving today,” Daniel Dickinson, spokesman for the […]

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South Sudan suspends plans to jack up permit fees for foreign aid workers

War and famine-stricken South Sudan government has cancelled plans to charge foreign workers a $10,000 work permit fee, the finance minister said. The world youngest nation has announced in March that it will charge $10,000 for “professional” humanitarian workers up from around $100. However, experts said that it would create a huge expense for aid […]

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Some 60k South Sudanese refugees flee to Sudan in 2017 – UNHCR

The UN refugee agency UNHCR on Wednesday said about 60,000 South Sudanese have crossed borders to neighboring Sudan in the first quarter of 2017 as famine spreads and fighting continues. More than 365 000 South Sudanese refugees, most of them women and children have arrived in Sudan since the world youngest nation has been engulfed […]

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Six aid workers killed in South Sudan

Six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization were killed when their convoy was ambushed Saturday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) has said. Their bodies were found on the road by other members of the convoy who were some way behind. “The […]

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South Sudan: U.S., UN accuse Juba of ‘deliberate starvation tactics’

The United States on Thursday joined the chorus to warn South Sudan’s government over “deliberate starvation tactics,” that are leading to a humanitarian crisis in the World’s youngest nation. About 50,000 people have died in South Sudan’s civil war, which began in December 2013 as a result of a struggle for power between President Salva […]

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Ethiopia: Armed group kills 28 people, abducts 43 children near South Sudan

Fresh cross-border raid by suspected south Sudan gunmen on Monday and Tuesday left 28 people dead and 43 children abducted in Ethiopia. The attackers came from South Sudan last weekend and killed civilians, including women and children at Gambella’s Gog and Jor areas in Ethiopia territory, a regional government spokesman told Reuters. “The Ethiopian military […]

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South Sudan: UN expert denounces rights abuses, prevailing impunity

Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, Yasmin Sooka, has vehemently decried the “massive” increase in gross human rights violations, as well as an escalation in fighting in South Sudan, where, she deplored, “impunity is the norm”. Yasmin Sooka made the statement while she was presenting her report to the UN Human […]

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U.N. needs $4 bln by March to ‘avert a catastrophe’ in 4 countries

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the global body needs over $4 billion by the end of next-month to help nearly 20 million people who risk starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. “Despite some generous pledges, just $90 million has actually been received so far,” said Guterres, about two […]

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