(CNN) – On a dirt path dotted with bright-red bougainvillea, women in ankle-length dresses gather in groups of five or more before venturing into the forest. Right outside the largest refugee camp in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, sickles readied in their hands to cut firewood, the women say banding together offers a tiny sense of security, […]

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(Médecins Sans Frontières) – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended most of its activities in Maban, South Sudan, after suffering a violent attack on Monday 23 July. A group of unidentified armed men broke into the MSF office and compound in the morning, looting the organisation’s and staff’s property, burning down a tent full of […]

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(Associated Press) – The U.N. Security Council narrowly approved a U.S.-drafted resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan Friday over objections that it could hurt African efforts to end the five-year conflict in the world’s newest nation. The resolution received the minimum nine “yes” votes. The six other council members abstained — Russia, China, Ethiopia, […]

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(Al Jazeera) – The United Nations has accused South Sudan’s government forces and aligned troops of killing dozens of civilians, including children and the elderly, in deliberate and ruthless attacks this year that may amount to war crimes. The UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) jointly published a report on Tuesday, documenting at least 232 […]

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(Norwegian Refugee Council) – When Daniel Malaul and his son returned home after a doctor’s visit in early 2013, they found Simon’s mother and brother dead on the floor. Armed groups had found their way to their neighbourhood as a new, bloody conflict was about to break out in South Sudan. Daniel grabbed his son […]

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(UNICEF) – Out of 3.4 million babies born in South Sudan since it became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million have been born in war, UNICEF said on the eve of South Sudan’s independence. Conflict and underdevelopment have plagued South Sudan for decades, leaving its children out of school, malnourished and vulnerable to disease, […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – First the bad news: the United Nations secretary-general’s annual report on children and armed conflict found a 35 percent increase in violence against children compared to the year before. But there’s good news too: incidents of armed groups – be they government forces or rebel groups – using schools for military purposes are down 14 percent […]

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