The Sudanese government’s war of attrition in South Kordofan
The people of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan State are accustomed to hardship. Receiving little outside aid, they have managed to farm and survive despite the challenges of a protracted civil war with the Sudanese government. But that could be about to change.
For Ismail Jamaat, a science teacher at Tanjung primary school, going to work can feel like entering a war zone. Over the past decade, his government school has three times endured firebomb attacks. In 2013, Ismail, along with scores of schoolchildren, had to witness the murder of his friend and colleague Cholathee Charoenchol by masked gunmen in the school cafeteria.
Ben Parker, Annie Slemrod
Dozens of people were reportedly killed by US airstrikes in northern Syria last week in what may amount to the greatest loss of civilian life in the coalition’s two-year war against so-called Islamic State.
UK-based group Airwars, which monitors coalition action in Iraq and Syria, estimated that between 74 and 203 civilians were killed on 19 July near the village of Manbij, where the US is backing rebels in their assault on IS.
Uganda has received 30,000 refugees in just three weeks and reception facilities are overflowing. Recent fighting in South Sudan has caused a new wave of arrivals, putting pressure on its southern neighbour, which was already hosting half a million refugees.
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Are the Sustainable Development Goals fit for purpose?
By Philippa Garson
Ten months ago, the UN’s 2030 Agenda laid out an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals to be met over the next 15 years as 193 countries committed themselves to “leaving no one behind” in the endeavour to end poverty and promote development.
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By Aamir Saeed
PIPLE GARHI/PAKISTAN, 21 July 2016
The Bara Market was once a bustling hive of about 10,000 shops. Now it’s a listless wreckage of rubble, and a reminder of the destruction that the war between Pakistan’s government and militant groups has inflicted on the economy in this region on the Afghanistan border.
By Kristy Siegfried
In the midst of bloody, drawn-out wars like those raging in Syria and South Sudan, it can be hard to envisage a peaceful outcome. But the fact that one of the world’s longest-running armed struggles finally appears to be drawing to a close offers a glimmer of hope and even some lessons for resolving other seemingly intractable conflicts.
By Mohammed Ali Kalfood
Additional reporting by Annie Slemrod, Middle East Editor
Something peculiar is afoot in Yemen: the usually arcane topics of monetary policy and central banking have become part of everyday chatter, even street art.
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Self-reliance can get you only so far
By James Jeffrey
In mid-April a boat capsized crossing the Mediterranean killing up to 500 migrants, a large proportion of whom most international media reported as being Somali. But in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, local media noted how many who died were actually Somalilanders.
By Obi Anyadike
Although a ceasefire between rival forces in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, is largely holding, the underlying tensions that led to five days of deadly violence earlier this month remains unaddressed.
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By Kristy Siegfried
When world leaders convene at the UN General Assembly on 19 September for a high-level summit on refugees and migrants, there are high hopes they will do more than just commit new funding or resettlement places for refugees. The aim of the meeting is to come up with nothing less than “a blueprint” for a better, fairer and more predictable international response to large movements of refugees and migrants.
Private sponsors ease refugees into new lives
By Brynna Leslie, IRIN Contributor
OTTAWA, 14 July 2016
Shortly after midnight on 31 December 2015, Iman and Zaher Ahmad* and their two young daughters arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada after a 14-hour flight from Beirut.
They didn’t speak English. Not a word. There was confusion as they were moved into lines with other Syrians to be processed by immigration officials at Canada’s largest airport.
More protest action called
By Sally Nyakanyanga
The focus of Zimbabwe’s growing civil disobedience campaign shifted to a court building in Harare on Wednesday, where pastor Evans Mawarire, a leader of the protest movement, was appearing on the charge of subversion.
By Ben Parker
Aid agencies in South Sudan are weighing their options after an intense outbreak of fighting in the capital left hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced. Many soldiers from rival factions are among those killed and wounded. Aid agencies in Juba have spent the last few days largely hunkered down, with staff staying at home or sleeping at office compounds.
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Calls for peace don’t seem to mean much in South Sudan
By Rajiv Golla
WAU, 11 July 2016
If the fighting in Juba between the forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar marks South Sudan’s return to civil war, it won’t be for a lack of warnings over the shakiness of the peace.
The numbers of people facing both moderate and severe food insecurity are at three-year highs, due mainly to conflict. The latest report from the IPC Global Partnership, stops short of classifying any part of the country at its worst categorisation. However, the report repeats a famine warning made in February: "the risk of famine is still looming in parts of Unity State (Leer, Mayendit and Koch) where conflict and other factors can quickly and dramatically escalate."
A Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus is at risk of being further cut off from aid following weeks of bombing by Syrian pro-government forces and Russian warplanes.
While there has been unprecedented interest in Syria’s besieged areas in recent weeks – aid has finally reached civilians in all 18 of the areas classified by the UN as besieged – the war on more than 9,000 civilians in Khan Eshieh has been intensifying.