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24 Jun 2018 description
report The Guardian

by Peter Beaumont

The canoe is barely visible at first, a dark shape moving among the lily pads and grasses in the vast expanse of South Sudan’s Sudd marshes.

The little craft is laden with five villagers – faces anxious and tired – and the few possessions they were able to rescue as they fled fighting around the counties of Leer and Mayendit, two days distant by boat.

21 Jun 2018 description
report The Guardian

Deadly dispute between South Sudanese refugees during Brazil v Switzerland game inflames ethnic tensions

Ugandan officials have begun segregating refugees after a rise in ethnic tensions led to the deaths of four South Sudanese, including a teenager.

Security agencies have been heavily deployed in northern Uganda’s refugee settlements, home to more than 1 million people, in response to unrest between the warring ethnic groups that have fled conflict in South Sudan.

24 Jan 2018 description
report The Guardian

Non-GMO and fast-growing, a high-yield bean variety is helping South Sudanese refugees feed their families and cultivate new livelihoods

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are being given drought-resistant “super beans” to reduce their reliance on food aid and encourage self-sufficiency.

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10 Jan 2018 description
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Civil war has ravaged once-bountiful Equatoria, now a wasteland of looted shops and abandoned homes, with close to 400,000 people desperate for food

“Food,” says John Lasona, “tortures my mind.” Hunched over, bare-chested, the 48-year-old father in Lainya town runs his fingers over his hollowed frame. “The hunger is killing me.”

Once regarded as South Sudan’s breadbasket, the ravaged Equatoria region is slipping into catastrophe, its once self-reliant citizens now dependent on handouts.

05 Jan 2018 description
report The Guardian

As the South Sudan conflict enters its fifth year, 31 British parliamentarians call on the UK government to redouble its efforts to support peace in the country

04 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

17 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

As the number of people fleeing across the border passes the million mark, Jason Burke meets the strangers forging family units to replace those splintered by war

This, then, is a family. There is 23-year-old Gloria Keoji, the only adult, and six children. The oldest is 17, the youngest three months. There are five girls and a boy. The ties that bind them are made more of blood spilt than blood shared but, they insist, they are a family nonetheless.

24 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

South Sudan has the largest number of child soldiers in Africa. Most are still fighting, but efforts are being made to disarm and reintegrate them into society

David Zelu, not yet 16 years old, looks up, smiles, and stretches his arms to the sky where the sun is finally breaking through the clouds. The rain that has hammered on the wooden roof of the small hut he shares with four other teenagers has passed. Crows wheel overhead, and small thin children jump in puddles.

03 Jul 2017 description
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Doctors, aid workers and officials in South Sudan are warning of a “devastating” outbreak of cholera that could kill thousands of people in a country where millions are already threatened by famine.

More than 2,500 cases of the disease have been registered since April, a sharp increase over previous months. The total over the last year has now risen to 8,000, with about 250 confirmed deaths. Experts say this is likely to be only a fraction of overall toll.

03 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

Larry Elliott

Imagine, if you will, a city the size of Birmingham with a population of a million or so. Now imagine that a disaster has befallen that metropolis, a brutal war that has caused its citizens to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Picture the lines of refugees heading west to find a place of safety, which they eventually find across the border in Wales. There, despite severe financial constraints, the million displaced people are met with warmth and generosity.

15 Jun 2017 description
report The Guardian

The rains are now falling, but on a country where people cannot work their fields because of fighting and where food prices are escalating beyond their reach

Gethin Chamberlain in Abiriu

The tape measure wound around the arm of two-year old Apiu tells its own story. Under the traffic light system for measuring undernutrition, green means healthy, amber is for “at risk”. Apiu is deep in the red zone: seriously malnourished. South Sudan is grappling with famine and severe hunger.

09 Jun 2017 description
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Conflict and desperate hunger are driving families to marry off their daughters to secure precious cows, despite the girls having to forfeit their education

Gethin Chamberlain in Rumbek

Down a red dirt road on the outskirts of Rumbek, a sprawling town at the heart of the world’s youngest country, a small herd of white cattle plods southwards. Evening is fast approaching and the cattle cast long shadows.

22 May 2017 description
report The Guardian

Country has seen nearly a million incomers from South Sudan alone

Dazed and exhausted, Joyce Mori sits on the floor cradling her sleeping daughter as they wait to have their fingerprints taken. One of 1,600 refugees who have arrived at the Imvepi reception centre in the West Nile region of northern Uganda, she has finally made it out of South Sudan’s war but, like many others, is thinking about loved ones left behind.

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10 Apr 2017 description
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Here we are again. Famine is back. Drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, and the Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal for east Africa. We are being reminded there is one last chance to stop utter devastation in South Sudan. More and more horror reveals itself as areas are taken back from Boko Haram by the Nigerian army.

Outside Africa, across the Gulf of Aden, we are seeing the little bodies of children wasting away in Yemen.

03 Apr 2017 description
report The Guardian

A compassionate refugee policy has led Uganda to welcome 800,000 people escaping conflict and famine in South Sudan. But the strain is starting to show

09 Mar 2017 description
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Karen McVeigh

Aid agencies condemn mooted hundredfold increase in cost of permits despite earlier promise to allow ‘unimpeded access’ to 100,000 starving people

Aid agencies say they are urgently seeking clarity from the South Sudanese government after it signalled that it would ramp up the cost of work permits for foreign aid workers, days after a famine was declared in the country.

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07 Mar 2017 description
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By Kevin Watkins

South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen are on the brink of catastrophe, thanks to conflict, drought, and a shocking failure in our international response

12 Feb 2017 description
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Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian network

Karen McVeigh and Ben Quinn

Famine is looming in four different countries, threatening unprecedented levels of hunger and a global crisis that is already stretching the aid and humanitarian system like never before, experts and insiders warn.

24 Jan 2017 description
report The Guardian

Bidi Bidi camp was opened six months ago but already hosts a fifth of all the South Sudanese fleeing violence and hunger in their home country

Moses Roba still has the scar on his face from when the glass shattered. It runs around the outside of his right eye, starting at the tip of his eyebrow and curving down to the top of his cheekbone. He got it, he says, when rebels opposed to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir attacked his car near his home in the small border town of Nimule. The rebels wanted to steal the vehicle, he claims. But he said no.