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Peter Martell in Riwoto
The breath is shallow and ragged, as if the intake of air is painful for two-year- old Lotabo Loworet, his bony ribs visible through his ragged shirt.
“I had nothing to feed the baby,” says Lowerio Loworet, his aunt, who has looked after the boy since Lotabo’s mother died of a fever in the Kapoeta region, in the far southeast of war-torn South Sudan. “I was afraid he would die.”
As well as severe acute malnutrition, he is suffering from medical complications including pneumonia, causing a cough that wracks his tiny body.
Uganda is the largest host country of refugees in Africa and the third largest in the world, after welcoming an average of 2 000 displaced men, women and children every day for the past 11 months.
The new statistics, released on Monday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, come less than a week before Uganda’s Solidarity Summit on Refugees – a conference aimed to mobilise international support for those affected by the South Sudanese Civil War.
The Nigerian Defense Ministry official described how the authorities had built ditches around schools and installed security lighting and set up roadblocks to keep Boko Haram fighters from invading schools and carrying off students and teachers. She explained how the government has moved thousands of students in the most heavily-affected areas to safer areas to allow them to finish their studies free from fear and attack.
Among the birthday missives South Sudan received as it turned two this month was one that stood out for all the wrong reasons. It was an open letter written by a group calling itself the "friends of South Sudan" to the country's president.
It accused Salva Kiir Mayardit of failing to meet the basic needs of his people, of running a government "synonymous with corruption", and – most damningly – of human rights abuses reminiscent of the regime in Sudan, against which southerners fought a long and bloody war to win their independence.
Thousands of villagers in South Sudan hid in the bush on Monday, waiting for UN and government troops to stop a cattle vendetta which officials fear may have left scores of people dead over the weekend.
A column of some 6 000 armed youths from the Lou Nuer tribe marched on the remote town of Pibor in the troubled Jonglei state, home to the rival Murle people, who they blame for cattle raiding and have vowed to exterminate.