(Foreign Policy) – Brig. Gen. Moses Lokujo stood in the ruins of Loopo, a strategic hilltop village in South Sudan’s lush southern Equatoria region. Less than two miles to the east, telephone poles poked over a green ridge, marking the outskirts of Kajo Keji, the seat of the county of the same name, where rebels under […]

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(UNICEF) – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way. “Children’s access to safe water and sanitation, especially in conflicts and emergencies, is a right, not a privilege” said Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF’s […]

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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Late last year, a bunker buster bomb shot through an underground shelter in Syria’s Hama province. A group of aid workers were taking shelter inside at the time. Nine of them, all Syrian, were killed instantly. In February, six Red Cross workers were shot dead in an ambush in northern Afghanistan while travelling through […]

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(Reuters) – The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hit one million on Thursday, the United Nations said, as hundreds of desperate families pour across the border every day seeking a haven from the civil war. The conflict in South Sudan has created Africa’s biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and U.N. agencies […]

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(Radio Miraya) – “I plan to intensify my corporation with regional and sub-regional organisation particularly the African Union and IGAD to come up with a more regional approach to dealing with children affected by conflict.” The newly appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict is considering a regional approach to stop violations against […]

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(ICRC) – The president of the ICRC arrived in South Sudan today to view the devastating effects that the country’s continued violence is having on the millions of residents on the brink of extreme hunger. The numbers associated with South Sudan’s violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. Of the country’s population of […]

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(UNICEF) – Around the world, conflict is exacting a devastating toll on millions of children. With increasing frequency, children are being deliberately and indiscriminately attacked and denied life-saving humanitarian assistance in breach of international humanitarian law. On World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, join the United Nations and its partners in standing together to demand that children […]

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(Equal Times) – Peter Taban is, paradoxically, privileged. The 14 year old lives with his mother and five younger siblings in a mud and straw tukul near the border with Uganda. Peter’s father was a soldier. He died in the war of independence. His mother, Teresa, spends her days gathering wood, wild fruits, going to the well for […]

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(HRW) – South Sudanese government and opposition leaders have failed to halt atrocity crimes, including killings, rape, and forced displacement, or to hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 52-page report, “‘Soldiers Assume We Are Rebels’: Escalating Violence and Abuses in South Sudan’s Equatorias,” documents the spreading violence and serious […]

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