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south sudan: drought and war devastating economy | south sudan news


for south sudan, there are hopes a continent-wide agreement will ease the economic crisis. drought and war have decimated the young country's industries. it now has to import almost everything, but rising customs fees are making even the most basic products unaffordable. al jazeera's hiba morgan reports from juba.






south sudan amputees: lack of healthcare spurs infections | south sudan news


in south sudan, injuries that are relatively simple to treat by doctors in other countries often result in amputation.three years of civil war have devastated the healthcare system and many resort to traditional healing methods.by the time the injured decide to travel to a hospital, it can often be too late to save their limbs.al jazeera's hiba morgan reports from agok, south sudan.






who is to blame for famine in south sudan? | south sudan


south sudan has huge areas of fertile land but many of its people are dying from hunger.the crisis is man-made, following years of civil war and a collapsing economy.government leaders and the united nations have declared famine conditions in unity state in the north where around 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation.the un says five million south sudanese - that's about half the population - are in need of urgent help. around a quarter of a million are severely malnourished.is the world failing to help?presenter: laura kyleguests:hussein mar nyuot - south sudan's minister of humanitarian affairsmawan muortat - political commentatorgeorge fominyen - un world food programmesource: al jazeera news






south sudan's kiir in khartoum to discuss borders | news


khartoum, sudan - south sudan's president salva kiir has arrived in sudan to meet the president on a two-day trip aimed at resolving border disputes and discussing security issues. kiir was welcomed by his sudanese counterpart omar al-bashir on wednesday, according to afp news agency. south sudan gained independence from sudan in july 2011 after more than two decades of civil war, the longest-running conflict in african history."there are a lot of agreements between us (sudan and south sudan), and now we have agreed to start implementing those agreements as they were signed," awad bin auf, sudan's defence minister, told reporters after a meeting with an advance team from south sudan on sunday. "we have previously agreed to opening 10 border crossings between the two countries, and we will






south sudan: war deprives children of education | south sudan news


south sudan has the world's highest proportion of young children not getting an education.the civil war has seen thousands of people killed and millions displaced. it's also had a major impact on education, with 1.8 million, or 70 percent of school-going age children not getting any education.the united nations says years of war makes it difficult for kids to get to school, even in areas not directly affected by fighting.al jazeera's hiba morgan reports from juba, south sudan.






south sudan's kiir to visit khartoum to discuss borders | south sudan news


khartoum, sudan - south sudan's president salva kiir is meeting with the president of sudan in the sudanese capital, khartoum, on wednesday, after several delays. according to aides from the two sides, border security and oil trade - two of many issues that have strained relations between the two countries - will top the agenda of the visit. south sudan gained independence from sudan in july 2011 after more than two decades of civil war, the longest-running conflict in african history."there are a lot of agreements between us (sudan and south sudan) and now we have agreed to start implementing those agreements as they were signed," awad bin auf, sudan's defence minister, told reporters after a meeting with an advanced team from south sudan on sunday. "we have previously agreed to opening 1






child abductions rise amid south sudan’s grinding civil war


akobo, south sudan (ap) — child abductions have risen during south sudan’s civil war as desperate people try to make a living. one child, no matter the age, is said to sell for 20 cows, worth about $7,000.during a visit to one of the opposition’s last remaining strongholds, the associated press spoke with a father whose children were seized from the yard of his home. all were under the age of 5. he fears that two were sold for cattle and that the youngest is no longer alive.it is a little-acknowledged tragedy in south sudan’s five-year civil war. child kidnappings between clans have increased as people become more desperate amid widespread hunger and a devastated economy, human rights groups say.






child abductions rise amid south sudan's grinding civil war


akobo, south sudan — child abductions have risen during south sudan's civil war as desperate people try to make a living. one child, no matter the age, is said to sell for 20 cows, worth about $7,000.during a visit to one of the opposition's last remaining strongholds, the associated press spoke with a father whose children were seized from the yard of his home. all were under the age of 5. he fears that two were sold for cattle and that the youngest is no longer alive.it is a little-acknowledged tragedy in south sudan's five-year civil war. child kidnappings between clans have increased as people become more desperate amid widespread hunger and a devastated economy, human rights groups say.






1 million children refugees from south sudan’s civil war


nairobi, kenya (ap) — more than 1 million children have fled south sudan’s civil war, two united nations agencies said monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.another 1 million south sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the u.n.’s child and refugee agencies in a statement monday.“the future of a generation is truly on the brink,” said leila pakkala, unicef’s regional director for eastern and southern africa. “the horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in south sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country’s most vulnerable.”roughly 62 percent of refugees from south sudan are children, according to the u.n. statement, and more than 75,0






1 million children refugees from south sudan's civil war


nairobi, kenya — more than 1 million children have fled south sudan's civil war, two united nations agencies said monday, part of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.another 1 million south sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the u.n.'s child and refugee agencies in a statement monday."the future of a generation is truly on the brink," said leila pakkala, unicef's regional director for eastern and southern africa. "the horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in south sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict has been for the country's most vulnerable."roughly 62 percent of refugees from south sudan are children, according to the u.n. statement, and more than 75,000 ch






south sudan areas affected by famine | south sudan


the united nations (un) has declared a famine in south sudan, the world's youngest country.the severe food shortage is the result of a civil war that has been going on since 2013. tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced millions. according to the un, the famine affects more than 100,000 people in two counties of unity state. there are fears it will spread as an additional one million south sudanese are on the brink of starvation. roughly 5.5 million people, or about half of south sudan's population, are expected to face severe food shortages and be at risk of death in the coming months, according to the un.officials have contested that hunger in south sudan is even more shocking because of the country's fertile land conditions.






south sudan's civil war a 'unique crisis' for aid workers


kampala, uganda — the president of the international committee of the red cross says south sudan's civil war presents humanitarians with "one of the unique crises" in the world.peter maurer said monday that "uncomfortable elements of poverty" are making life even harder for millions of people already displaced by war.maurer said "the inability of the state to pay salaries has had so much impact" on the conflict.he said icrc operations in south sudan have been displaced several times over the last three years, forcing the aid group to abandon relief facilities amid fighting.maurer visited parts of south sudan last week and later toured some refugee camps in neighboring uganda, which is struggling to keep up with more than 1 million refugees from south sudan.






can famine in africa be contained? | south sudan


the united nations is warning that more than 20 million people are in serious danger of starvation in various countries across africa and in yemen too.kenya, nigeria, somalia, uganda and south sudan are all at risk. famine has already been declared by the un in two states of south sudan.more than one and a half million people have fled to neighbouring countries in search of food and to escape war.is the world doing enough to help?presenter: dareen abughaidaguests:ateny wek ateny - south sudan's presidential spokesmanpeter biar ajak - founder and director of the centre for strategic analysis and researchbester mulauzi - director of programmes for the save the children in south sudansource: al jazeera news






south sudan rebels release 3 abducted foreign oil workers


juba, south sudan — south sudanese rebels say they have released three oil workers — two indians and a pakistani — after they were abducted and held for three weeks amid the country's civil war.a statement by rebel leader riek machar says the men were released and the indian and pakistani embassies were notified.india's ambassador to south sudan, srikumar menon, told the associated press on friday that "it's a big relief that it's over."the three men released thursday were subcontractors for dar petroleum, a consortium of oil exploration and production companies based in south sudan's capital, juba. it was not clear why they were kidnapped in the upper nile region.the two indian nationals have been taken to the capital of neighboring sudan and are said to be unharmed.






us after supporting south sudan's leader calls him 'unfit'


united nations — u.s. ambassador nikki haley says washington is giving up on south sudan president salva kiir after investing over $11 billion since the country's independence in 2011, calling him "an unfit partner" in the pursuit of peace and urging an arms embargo on the conflict-wracked nation.she cited kiir's failures to adhere to a dec. 21 cease-fire and allow unhindered aid to millions in need as well as his promotion of three generals under u.n. sanctions for leading "the slaughter" of civilians.in a hard-hitting speech to the security council, haley said wednesday that attempts to ease the suffering of south sudan's people are failing "not despite the leadership of south sudan, but because of it."she accused south sudan's leaders of "not just failing their people" but "betraying th






as us weighs lifting sudan sanctions, south sudan a concern


wadakona, south sudan — 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.on a visit last month, the associated press spoke with opposition fighters who recently defected to the south sudan government side. they described how weapons flow in from sudan — and how rebels flee there to find safe harbor.past documentation by arms experts that sudan has supplied weapons to south sudan's rebels are a concern as the trump administration considers permanently lifting sanctions on sudan in october. the sanctions have been in place for two decades because of grave human rights concerns.sudan's government h






smugglers become a lifeline for the starving in south sudan


wanyjok, south sudan (ap) — sadiq mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler’s perch. red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. he switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he’s fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair.the sudanese trader-turned-smuggler says life is good. with both civil war and famine raging in south sudan, “i have more business now than before.”after crossing from sudan into this small south sudan town, the 38-year-old father of two unpacks his shipment of food before trying to relax from his three-day journey. what began as a respectable, legal food transport job in 2009 has turned into a risky profession.after south sudan gained i






south sudan’s civil war a ‘unique crisis’ for aid workers


kampala, uganda (ap) — the president of the international committee of the red cross says south sudan’s civil war presents humanitarians with “one of the unique crises” in the world.peter maurer said monday that “uncomfortable elements of poverty” are making life even harder for millions of people already displaced by war.maurer said “the inability of the state to pay salaries has had so much impact” on the conflict.he said icrc operations in south sudan have been displaced several times over the last three years, forcing the aid group to abandon relief facilities amid fighting.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.maurer visited parts of south sudan last week and later toured some refugee camps in neighboring uganda, which is struggling to keep up with more than 1 mill






who is to blame for famine in south sudan? | south sudan


south sudan has huge areas of fertile land but many of its people are dying from hunger.the crisis is man-made, following years of civil war and a collapsing economy.government leaders and the united nations have declared famine conditions in unity state in the north where around 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation.the un says five million south sudanese - that's about half the population - are in need of urgent help. around a quarter of a million are severely malnourished.is the world failing to help?presenter: laura kyleguests:hussein mar nyout - south sudan's minister of humanitarian affairsmawan muortat - political commentatorgeorge fominyen - un world food programmesource: al jazeera news






smugglers become a lifeline for the starving in south sudan


wanyjok, south sudan — sadiq mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler's perch. red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. he switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he's fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair.the sudanese trader-turned-smuggler says life is good. with both civil war and famine raging in south sudan, "i have more business now than before."after crossing from sudan into this small south sudan town, the 38-year-old father of two unpacks his shipment of food before trying to relax from his three-day journey. what began as a respectable, legal food transport job in 2009 has turned into a risky profession.after south sudan gained indepe






south sudan: people queue for food cards and vaccination


aid has started to reach some of the 100,000 people affected by famine in parts of south sudan. three years of civil war have driven families into the marshes of the nile to hide from the fighting, and the un and other agencies have been struggling to get access to deliver food. bbc africa correspondent alastair leithead travelled to the rebel-held town thonyor in leer county - where people have been told to gather to get help.south sudan declares famine in unity statesouth sudan profile - timeline






south sudan army denies charges its troops killed 14 in raga


juba, south sudan — south sudan's army denies charges that its forces killed 14 civilians in the northwestern town of raga.col. santo domic chlo, acting spokesman of the army, said the report from south sudan's opposition is a lie.opposition spokesman lam paul gabriel said troops attacked the town late saturday morning.the report of fighting in raga comes after residents of the western town of wau reported ethnically targeted attacks last week, with the u.n. mission in south sudan saying its workers had seen the bodies of 16 civilians.south sudan's three-year civil war has grown more intense in recent weeks. u.n. officials repeatedly have warned of the risk of genocide.the acting envoy of the u.n. secretary-general, moustapha soumare, urged both sides to show restraint and protect all sout






aid workers under 'heavy fire' rescued in south sudan


juba, south sudan — the medical charity doctors without borders is condemning the latest attack on one of its clinics in south sudan.the aid group also known by its french acronym msf says the armed robbery by several men in pibor injured two team members early thursday and forced some staffers to relocate. some workers were threatened with guns, and office equipment was stolen.a separate statement by the u.n. peacekeeping mission in south sudan says peacekeepers early thursday rescued more than a dozen aid workers in pibor who came under "heavy fire from unknown gunmen." the statement says about 40 attackers were involved and the aid workers were evacuated from the compound unharmed.aid workers have faced widespread insecurity amid south sudan's civil war, which is well into its fourth ye






u.s. imposes embargo on arms to south sudan


washington—the u.s. imposed an arms embargo on south sudan friday, in a sign of washington’s mounting frustration with continued violence in the country.the move is more symbolic than practical, as the u.s. government doesn’t sell arms or provide defense services to south sudan, and there is virtually no military trade between the two countries.however,...






south sudan no longer in famine, but situation critical | south sudan news


south sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost two million people are on the brink of starvation, south sudan's government and the united nations said in reports.the un's food and agriculture organization (fao) and south sudan's national bureau of statistics said the situation remains critical, warning that an estimated six million people, half the population, will face extreme food insecurity between june and july."people are in a catastrophic situation," said serge tissot, of fao.the country's government said its urgent response to the emergency situation averted a humanitarian catastrophe in the country."the government of south sudan has done tremendously well. and now south sudan has moved away from near famine in some parts of the country to food insecurity," ateny wek ateny, s






south sudan rebels say troops kill 14 civilians in raga town


entebbe, uganda — south sudan's armed opposition is accusing government troops of attacking the northwestern town of raga and killing 14 civilians.opposition spokesman lam paul gabriel says troops attacked the town late saturday morning.spokesmen for south sudan's government and military could not immediately be reached for comment.the fighting comes after residents of the western town of wau reported ethnically targeted attacks on monday, with the u.n. mission in south sudan saying its workers had seen the bodies of 16 civilians.south sudan's three-year civil war has grown more intense in recent weeks. u.n. officials repeatedly have warned of the risk of genocide.the acting envoy of the u.n. secretary-general, moustapha soumare, says both sides must show restraint and protect all south su






south sudan areas affected by famine | south sudan


the united nations (un) has declared a famine in south sudan, the world's youngest country.the severe food shortage is the result of a civil war that has been going on since 2013. tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced millions. according to the un, the famine affects more than 100,000 people in two counties of unity state. there are fears it will spread as an additional one million south sudanese are on the brink of starvation. roughly 5.5 million people, or about half of south sudan's population, are expected to face severe food shortages and be at risk of death in the coming months, according to the un.officials have contested that hunger in south sudan is even more shocking because of the country's fertile land conditions.






us slaps arms embargo on south sudan, urges un to do same


washington — the trump administration is imposing a u.s. arms embargo on south sudan while urging the united nations and other countries to do the same.a state department official says the u.s. is restricting all sales of defense equipment and services to all parties to south sudan's conflict. it's mostly symbolic since the u.s. has almost no defense trade with the country in the first place.the official says the move is in response to south sudan's humanitarian crisis and that the restrictions effectively amount to a "domestic arms embargo." the official wasn't authorized to discuss the situation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.the united states is also calling on south sudan's neighbors to implement similar arms restrictions and urging the u.n. security council to support a






unicef: road from soldier back to child 'biggest challenge' | south sudan news


monday marks international day against the use of child soldiers.according to the un, the number of children recruited is still rising - more than 2,000 took up arms in the past three years.now young soldiers in south sudan are being given a chance to lead a normal life, but some are struggling to reintegrate into their communities.al jazeera's hiba morgan reports from yambio in southern sudan.






tough talk from pence at demilitarized zone separating north and south korea


fighting famine in war-torn south sudan in south sudan, 5m people don't know where their next meal is coming from and, of them, 100,000 are starving and face death. if not for humanitarian efforts, millions could die






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nikki haley blames salva kiir for 'man made' famine | usa news


the united states has condemned south sudan's president salva kiir for the state's "man-made" famine and ongoing conflict, urging him to fulfill a month-old pledge of a unilateral truce by ordering his troops back to their barracks."we must see a sign that progress is possible," us ambassador to the united nations nikki haley told a united nations security council briefing on south sudan on tuesday. "we must see that ceasefire implemented."south sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after kiir fired his deputy, unleashing a conflict that has spawned armed factions often following ethnic lines. a peace deal signed in august 2015 has not stopped the fighting.un south sudan envoy david shearer told the security council, "the political process in south sudan is not dead, however it requires s






nikki haley blames salva kiir for 'man-made' famine | usa news


the united states has condemned south sudan's president salva kiir for the state's "man-made" famine and ongoing conflict, urging him to fulfil a month-old pledge of a unilateral truce by ordering his troops back to their barracks."we must see a sign that progress is possible," us ambassador to the united nations nikki haley told a united nations security council (unsc) briefing on south sudan on tuesday. "we must see that ceasefire implemented."south sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after kiir fired his deputy, unleashing a conflict that has spawned armed factions often following ethnic lines. a peace deal signed in august 2015 has not stopped the fighting.un south sudan envoy david shearer told the security council, "the political process in south sudan is not dead, however, it req






japan to end 5-year peacekeeping mission in south sudan


tokyo — japan is ending its peacekeeping mission in troubled south sudan after five years, prime minister shinzo abe announced friday.abe said japan would not renew the mission after the current rotation returns in may. the 350-person team has focused on road construction.the team, which arrived in south sudan in november, was japan's first to have an expanded mandate to use force if necessary to protect civilians and u.n. staff. the japanese military's use of force is limited by its post-world war ii constitution.abe said japan would continue to assist south sudan in other ways such as with food and humanitarian support, and will keep some personnel at the u.n. peacekeeping command office."as south sudan enters a new phase of nation-building, we have decided that we can now put an end to






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recruitment of child soldiers still rising in south sudan | south sudan news


yambio, south sudan - john was taken when he was 15 years old. he is one of 700 children who were forcibly recruited by south sudan's national liberation movement."they arrested me when we were going to the garden," he told al jazeera."life in the bush was hard and if you leave, they will look for you until they find you again and they will take you back."the civil war in south sudan is now in its fifth year. it has killed thousands and displaced millions.monday marked international day against the use of child soldiers. according to the un, the number of children recruited in south sudan is still rising.sarah, who is 13, was also taken by the national liberation movement."i was in the garden working and i saw these people coming and i started to run," she said."they told me to come - why






north korea missile launch attempt fails, u.s., south korea say


fighting famine in war-torn south sudan in south sudan, 5m people don't know where their next meal is coming from and, of them, 100,000 are starving and face death. if not for humanitarian efforts, millions could die






eden prairie museum showcases aviation history year-round


the smell of oil filled the air in the brightly lit airplane hangar crammed with history.from a 1940s jeep to a p-51 d mustang — one of only six in the world to return home from world war ii combat in europe — the restored relics are unquestionably the main attractions at a new aviation museum in eden prairie.although air museums are closing elsewhere, the nonprofit wings of the north bucked the trend and opened a museum just over a year ago after nearly two decades of organizing the annual airexpo aviation show in eden prairie. it now showcases history year-round.“that’s what we’re all about, telling the history,” director bob jasperson said. “we don’t want this history to be lost.”the wings of the north museum, which will mark its second year this summer, is housed in an office building