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19 Feb 2018 description

Stefanie Glinski | AWEIL, South Sudan, Feb 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Malit ran away from home a year ago, he didn’t know he would be eating from the garbage and sleeping rough.

But the 12-year-old insists life on the streets of Aweil, a city in South Sudan’s northwest, is better than the one he left.

“My father left us and moved to Sudan and my mother wasn’t able to cook food for us every day,” Malit told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, devouring a mango including its peel. “I was always hungry. That’s why I decided to run away.”

18 Jan 2018 description

"Needs have gone through the roof for the whole of the humanitarian system, and donors really can't keep up with these increased needs."

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, Jan 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cuts in food rations for 1.5 million refugees in east Africa, due to funding shortages, could increase school dropouts, crime and malnutrition, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

11 Jan 2018 description

"I feel so happy to see fellow girls getting skills to stand for themselves, to feed their families, and help their parents and neighbours"

By Pius Sawa

KYANGWALI, Uganda, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In western Uganda's Kyangwali refugee settlement, Tamari Mutesi teaches tailoring to young women who do not go to school.

27 Dec 2017 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota

The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked 10 aid agencies to name their top priorities for 2018

BOGOTA, Dec 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Violence, displacement and hunger will drive record humanitarian needs in 2018, with nearly 136 million people worldwide in need of aid, according to the United Nations.

The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has appealed for a record $22.5 billion for humanitarian responses across the globe.

20 Dec 2017 description

"Death is so horribly common ... There has been a collective numbing of South Sudanese people"

By Ruairi Casey

LONDON, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Achol Mach Chiek, a 66-year-old woman, was last seen in the central town of Bor in December 2013, at the start of South Sudan's most recent war.

She is among more than 5,000 victims of violence whose names appear in the "Remembering the Ones We Lost" project, a memorial to people who have died in seven decades of conflict.

12 Dec 2017 description

While the rest of the country is divided, Ganyiel, sheltered by marshes, has grown as an ethnically mixed town that could serve as a model for nurturing pockets of peace elsewhere

By Stefanie Glinski

GANYIEL, South Sudan, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Surrounded by swamps and accessible only by plane or boat, South Sudan's Ganyiel, a rebel-held town in a country torn apart by civil war, has been dubbed a "haven of peace" by its residents.

03 Dec 2017 description

"I know there could be crocodiles, pythons and Guinea worm in here and I'm scared every day"

By Stefanie Glinski

GANYIEL, South Sudan, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Martha's fear grows each morning as her toes touch the cold and muddy water of the swamp in a remote part of South Sudan.

Yet she steps confidently into the chest-deep marsh, her clothes drenched and her feet sinking into the slippery mud as she holds her schoolbag above her head to keep it dry.

01 Dec 2017 description

"If there is ever going to be long-term peace in South Sudan, violence against women and girls must be addressed"

By Sebastien Malo

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Civil war in South Sudan is generating unseen levels of domestic violence, according to a study released on Wednesday showing a reported increase in the brutality and frequency of assaults.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and a third of the East African country's 12 million residents have been forced to flee since civil war broke out in 2013.

06 Nov 2017 description

By Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation

More than 1.1 mln children under five children are forecast to be malnourished in 2018 including nearly 300,000 "at a heightened risk of death"

ROME, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Harvest season is bringing little relief to millions of hungry people in South Sudan as conflict and hyperinflation have pushed malnutrition to critical levels that could put many lives at risk, food security experts warned on Monday.

17 Oct 2017 description

by Alex Whiting | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 16 October 2017 11:59 GMT

Hunger levels have begun to rise for the first time in a decade, the United Nations says

ROME, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wars and climate change are two major causes of hunger, so the plight that now affects 815 million people should not be treated as "an incurable disease", Pope Francis said on World Food Day.

Hunger levels have begun to rise for the first time in a decade, the United Nations says. Here are some key facts:

01 Oct 2017 description

South Sudan, home to the Nile, is not considered to be a water-scarce country. But civil war and hyperinflation have created a water crisis

By Stefanie Glinski

JUBA, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Jimmy's parents finally pulled their son out of the churning river, his body was already lifeless and limp, heavy in the arms of his father.

24 Aug 2017 description

In predominantly Christian South Sudan, churches are seen as a safe haven - the custom has deep historical roots - and have become a place of refuge for civilians fleeing violence

By Stefanie Glinski

WAU, South Sudan, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Below a painted scene of African mud huts and a crucified Christ, eight-year-old Juma lies on a blue metal bed, recovering from malaria.

17 Aug 2017 description

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming, while helping them integrate with the local community

By Benson Rioba

TURKANA, Kenya, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the simmering heat of the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northwest Kenya, Augustine Murenzi brushes soil off a maturing watermelon in his small kitchen garden.

"My house is fully furnished from these," said the Rwandan refugee, explaining how he sells his surplus melons for income, before moving on to a patch of kale.

10 Aug 2017 description

By Stefanie Glinski

JUBA, South Sudan, Aug 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the past two weeks, Sandy has slept on the dirty floor of a small and stuffy tent, squeezed in tightly with 54 other women and girls and countless night-biting mosquitoes.

Things are looking up.

For now at least, Sandy has company and a canvas cover.

"I feel much safer here in the tent," she said of her new home in a United Nations-protected site.

With her buzzed haircut and mature mien, 14-year-old Sandy is stern faced and slow to smile.

11 Jul 2017 description

A growing number of women deminers are clearing up bomb and unexploded ordnance - most of them mothers wanting to provide safety for their families

By Stefanie Glinski

JUBA, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Margret has decided that South Sudan is not a place to raise children, but she is changing this for future generations.

That's why – 10 years ago – the mother of two joined the country's 400 to 500 deminers, digging up remnants of past and present wars – bombs, unexploded ordnances and landmines.

25 Jun 2017 description

by Astrid Zweynert

LONDON, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When he worked as a nurse in his native South Sudan, Joseph Deng saw many women suffering in pregnancy and childbirth, inspiring him to retrain as a midwife to help cut the number of maternal deaths, one of the highest in the world.

High levels of insecurity after South Sudan slipped into civil war in 2013 and escalating fighting since last year have made conditions even more challenging in the impoverished country.

21 Jun 2017 description

by Emma Batha

Total assistance rose for a fourth consecutive year, but the pace of growth slowed - one factor behind the slowdown may have been the lack of sudden large-scale disasters

LONDON, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International humanitarian aid hit a record $27.3 billion last year, but several leading donors in the Middle East slashed their contributions, data published on Wednesday showed.

13 Jun 2017 description

Consecutive failed rains have led to widespread crop failures

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Food rations for 7.8 million Ethiopians are due to run out in July due to funding shortages, while neighbouring Somalia is on the verge of its second famine in six years.

13 Jun 2017 description

"The health facility in Nimni, as well as at least two schools in the area, have been forced to close due to forced recruitment of personnel essential to their operations"

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Staff working in South Sudan's health centres and schools have been forcibly recruited by armed groups, causing facilities to close, the United Nations said, as it struggles to provide aid in one of the world's most dangerous war zones.

07 Jun 2017 description

"Women and girls may resort to exchanging sex for food, shelter, or money to meet their daily living needs for themselves and their families in order to survive another day"

By Sofia Barbarani and Stefanie Glinski

JUBA, June 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sixteen-year-old Stacey narrowly escaped what could have been a life of poverty and prostitution on the streets of South Sudan's capital Juba when she was taken into a shelter and offered safety and schooling.