(Newsweek) – It was just before dark, and Charles was pulling weeds with his father in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state when roughly a dozen armed rebels appeared, demanding he join their ranks. Charles was terrified. His father tried to intervene, but he was outnumbered. That night, Charles, whose name has been changed to protect […]

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(Reuters) – Gunmen in famine-hit South Sudan killed two people and wounded three when they attacked a humanitarian convoy in the center of the country, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement on Thursday. South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has been mired in conflict since President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his […]

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(AFP) – Four South Sudanese soldiers were arrested for their role in the gang rape of a dozen women and girls in a village in February, the government spokesman said on Friday. The violence took place in the village of Kubi, some 40 km south of the capital Juba, where the army sought possible suspects in […]

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(AP) – A network of organizations seeking to protect children in conflict urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to add 11 parties to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children. The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict’s recommended additions included the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, which was taken off […]

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(Institute for Security Studies) – Recent reports underline the worsening situation of child soldiers employed by warring factions to commit indiscriminate violence in South Sudan.  According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 17 000 children have been recruited by government and opposition forces in South Sudan since the war began in 2013. About 1 […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – There’s a town in Africa that offers an amazing view of the Mongolian steppes. The picturesque panorama is hand-painted on the patio wall of Rubkona Primary School, in a rural town in South Sudan. The flowing rivers on the wall contrast sharply with the country’s brown landscape during the dry season. The […]

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(UNMISS) – The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict is ‘saddened’ and ‘disappointed’ by the continued recruitment of children into armed ranks in South Sudan. In an exclusive interview with the Radio Miraya, Leila Zerrougui said the eruption of violence in July saw recruitment and maiming of children just as the […]

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