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Wounded In Spirit, South Sudan’s People Need The Salve Of Mutual Forgiveness

Wounded In Spirit, South Sudan’s People Need The Salve Of Mutual Forgiveness

As recent clashes in the north-west town of Wau and Juba have shown, South Sudan still has a long way to go to dispel entrenched mistrust and break the tussle for power between factions that fight on, five years after we gained independence. At least 43 people died in the fighting between militia factions, and […]

Why Elections May Be the Only Answer for South Sudan

Why Elections May Be the Only Answer for South Sudan

The peace agreement won’t be implemented under the current leadership. And the escalating fighting in Juba highlights the danger of continued inaction. Five years ago today, over 100,000 South Sudanese from all walks of life gathered at Dr John Garang’s Mausoleum in Juba, the nation’s capital, to celebrate the independence of their country from Sudan. […]

Violence Erupts Again In South Sudan As Faith In Peace Deal Flounders

Violence Erupts Again In South Sudan As Faith In Peace Deal Flounders

A two-year-old boy was shot in the arms of his neighbour. A woman was dragged into the streets and raped. Others were killed in their homes trying to protect their properties from looters. Eyewitnesses seeking refuge at the compound of the Catholic cathedral in Wau, in north-west South Sudan, have described horrendous acts of violence […]

UN Says Response To Violence In Its South Sudan Camp Marred By Confusion

UN Says Response To Violence In Its South Sudan Camp Marred By Confusion

Confusion about the rules of engagement marred the ability of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) to protect civilians at its compound earlier this year, it has emerged. In a note to correspondents, the UN said on Tuesday evening that it had completed its investigation into an attack on its protection of civilians […]

Women Demand Role in South Sudan Govt

Women Demand Role in South Sudan Govt

South Sudanese women’s rights activists are calling on the leaders of the Transitional Government of National Unity to include more women in the various branches of government that are to be formed. The women made the call Wednesday at the start of a two-day national conference in Juba. Zeinab Yassin, chairwoman of the South Sudan […]

Rape Used As Weapon Of War in South Sudan

Rape Used As Weapon Of War in South Sudan

Civil society organisations working in South Sudan want the international community to do more to hold perpetrators of Sexual and Gender based violence to account. In a report released in Nairobi on Thursday the organization says in the history of the country’s conflicts nobody has been prosecuted for sexual violence. They say in the latest […]

South Sudan: Report – No One Held Responsible for Sexual Violence

South Sudan: Report – No One Held Responsible for Sexual Violence

Nairobi/Juba — A first responder who helps rape survivors among displaced South Sudanese women in Juba says the number of cases she sees has skyrocketed. Anet, who prefers to be identified by one name only, said that before South Sudan’s conflict started in December 2013, she would receive only a handful of rape cases each […]

Africa: Mental Health Care in Emergencies ‘Not an Optional Luxury’ – Experts

Africa: Mental Health Care in Emergencies ‘Not an Optional Luxury’ – Experts

Mental illnesses are the world’s leading cause of disability affecting millions and, even during a humanitarian crisis, treating them is not an optional luxury, experts said before a World Bank/World Health Organization meeting on the issue in Washington this week. The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has nearly doubled in the past decade, […]

Women of South Sudan: Broken bodies, shattered dreams

Women of South Sudan: Broken bodies, shattered dreams

  South Sudan’s peace agreement signed in August was meant to end a 21-month-old civil war that has left thousands dead and many more displaced in the wake of the country’s historic declaration of independence in 2011.Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes after experiencing horrible crimes. Last month, a previously secret report by […]

South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage

South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage

Nyal, Unity State, South Sudan – Elizabeth Nyanyot Diu was forced into marriage and motherhood when she was still a child. At 12, she was told she had to marry a 30-year-old man who beat her regularly. “At any time, whenever he wanted, he would cane me,” she remembers. Two years into their union, she became […]