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26 Jun 2015 description

An estimated one-third of government spending goes towards Chad's vaunted army, a dependable regional policeman and the pride of the people. But a taste of stability, and oil money, has Chadians wanting more.

By Ariel Zirulnick
JUNE 26, 2015

N'DJAMENA, CHAD — When asked why Chad has taken such an assertive role in its neighborhood, Moussa Dago gets up from his office chair and walks over to an enormous map of Africa, his elegant white jalabiya wishing as he moves.

25 Jul 2014 description

Millions in South Sudan and Somalia are at risk, according to sophisticated tracking models and data collected this year on crops, livestock, markets, and stockpiles. But early warning doesn't always mean action.

NAIROBI, KENYA — Nearly seven million people in South Sudan and Somalia are in urgent need of food handouts and several areas of both countries could slip into famine without increased and sustained international action, aid agencies are warning.

18 Mar 2014 description

Many Eritreans, Somalis, Ethiopians, and others came to South Sudan after 2011 to escape repression or fear. Now they say they have a double portion.

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29 Jan 2014 description

Rebels from South Sudan sent three women to Addis Ababa. But the government sent none. Syria talks in Geneva lack any women participants.

Read the full report on the Christian Science Monitor.

20 Aug 2013 description

On Aug. 19, 2003, a cement mixer filled with explosives slammed into the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 17 people, including the top UN envoy to the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The tragedy underscored the persistent danger of humanitarian aid work in conflict zones, and prompted the UN to begin annually marking Aug. 19 as “World Humanitarian Day.”

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27 Mar 2013 description

Fleeing atrocities at home, 70,000 Sudanese now live in South Sudan's sprawling Yida refugee camp.

By Akshaya Kumar

19 Apr 2012 description

After South Sudan seizes Heglig oil fields, which both countries claim, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declares war. How can international community prevent a regional conflict?

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.

09 Apr 2012 description

Brewing conflict with Sudan in the north, and Joseph Kony's LRA in the south, are just two of South Sudan's challenges. Nonviolent Peaceforce is working to protect the population, especially women and children, from these and other threats.

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27 Dec 2011 description

American Tom Prichard founded Sudan Sunrise to promote religious harmony and build schools in the new nation of South Sudan.

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.

12 Oct 2011 description

Sudan and South Sudan's leaders met this weekend to begin addressing disputes that have spurred violence in the tense border region.

By Alex Thurston, Guest blogger / October 11, 2011

This weekend South Sudanese President Salva Kiir met with his counterpart, President Omar al Bashir of Sudan, in Khartoum. Although the problems between the two Sudans are far from over, this visit hopefully marks a step toward a resolution of major issues. This resolution may be flawed, but hopefully it will be one that both sides can live with.

24 Aug 2011 description

While the Ugandan and US strategy of chasing the brutal Lord's Resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony, has produced some attrition, it has also generated a massive recruitment campaign by the LRA.

By Philip Lancaster, Guest blogger / August 23, 2011

26 Jul 2011 description

Despite the United Nations' insistence, the Sudanese Army is refusing to pull out of Abyei until Ethiopian peacekeeping forces are fully deployed.

22 Jul 2011 description

Now that northern Sudan and South Sudan are divided by an international boundary, it's harder for embattled Nubans to flee south and harder for help to reach them.

By Matt Brown, Guest blogger, Laura Heaton, Guest blogger / July 21, 2011

Juba, South Sudan

12 Jul 2011 description

Western- and UN-backed aid organizations have lined up to support the fledgling Republic of South Sudan, but the challenges facing the nation 'would tax even the most developed of countries.'

The Republic of South Sudan was born on Saturday to much international fanfare, as tens of thousands of southerners joined African heads of state, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and a host of Western diplomats representing the nations who have supported the South in its long walk to this moment: statehood.

09 Jul 2011 description

South Sudan burst into song, dance, and exultation as people ushered in July 9. Today, South Sudan officially becomes the world's newest nation after decades of armed liberation struggle.

By Maggie Fick, Correspondent / July 9, 2011

Juba, South Sudan

As the hours and minutes counted down to midnight, the sheer joy of freedom began to electrify the world's newest capital.