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  • UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

    02/22/2017 5:15:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 7:44 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday. With over 20 million people at risk of starvation over the next six months and famine already declared in parts of South Sudan, “we are facing a tragedy,” Guterres said. “We must avoid it becoming a catastrophe.” Convening reporters for a briefing at the U.N. headquarters, Guterres amplified concerns that U.N. officials and humanitarian groups have expressed in recent weeks about the...
  • UN humanitarian aid agency: Record $22.2B needed in 2017

    12/05/2016 5:15:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 4:53 AM EST | Jamey Keaten
    The U.N.’s humanitarian aid coordination agency says it and partners require a record $22.2 billion next year to help people hit by conflict and disasters around the world, a 10 percent increase from this year. The appeal announced Monday from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs seeks to help nearly 93 million people in 33 countries — nearly two-thirds of them in Africa. More than one-third of the total appeal — $8.1 billion — aims to help people in Syria and refugees from it, and another $4.4 billion would support people inside or fleeing war-torn Yemen and South...
  • The United Nations’ Botched Mission in South Sudan

    08/20/2016 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/16 | Joseph Klein
    The UN's protection of the alleged perpetrator Machar, added to the UN peacekeepers' failure to adequately protect civilians when they had the chance, adds up to a botched UN mission in South Sudan South Sudan, the youngest member state of the United Nations, began its life as an independent country with expressions of hope for a bright future. At the independence ceremony of South Sudan, held in its capital Juba on July 9, 2011, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon proclaimed that, after years of violence, “we open a new chapter: a day when the people of South Sudan claim the...
  • U.S. Embassy, U.N. Forces Abandon Americans Targeted in Sudan Rape Rampage

    08/19/2016 5:26:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 19, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    U.S. Embassy, U.N. Forces Abandon Americans Targeted in Sudan Rape Rampage How State Department officials are trying to cover up inexcusable inaction. August 19, 2016 Ari Lieberman    In 1983, Marxist unrest in the tiny Caribbean Island of Grenada threatened the safety of roughly 1,000 Americans residing there. Many of them were medical students at the island’s medical school. President Ronald Reagan did not hesitate. He dispatched 6,000 U.S. troops to evacuate the Americans and secure the island. Within a week, U.S. objectives were met. The Americans were safe, the Cuban mercenaries were expelled and rule of law was...
  • South Sudan government rejects foreign troops, backs protest

    07/20/2016 10:08:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 20 at 12:55 PM | Jason Patinkin | AP
    The African Union this week called for a “regional protection force” to bolster a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the East African country and separate warring parties. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has supported reinforcing the mission. The spokesman for South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar, now first vice president, says Machar has also called for a “third force” to secure the capital, Juba, after President Salva Kiir’s forces bombed his house during the fighting that raised fears of a return to civil war. The spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said Machar fled Juba and will not return, despite Kiir’s invitation,...
  • Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers

    06/09/2016 4:27:08 PM PDT · by orchestra · 2 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Nick Turse
    (full headline) New Nation, Long War:Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers Met a few of them in the town of Pibor last year. These battle-tested veterans had just completed two or three years of military service. They told me about the rigors of a soldier’s life, about toting AK-47s, about the circumstances that led them to take up arms. In the United States, not one of these soldiers would have met the age requirements to enlist in the Army. None were older than 16. Rebel forces in southern Sudan began using child...
  • South Sudan adopts the language of Shakespeare

    10/09/2011 6:02:37 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | October 8, 2011 | Rosie Goldsmith
    The young nation of South Sudan has chosen English as its official language but after decades of civil war, the widespread learning of English presents a big challenge for a country brought up speaking a form of Arabic.I knew there might be problems as soon as I arrived at Juba International airport - and was asked to fill in my own visa form, as the immigration officer could not write English. The colourful banners and billboards hung out to celebrate South Sudan's independence back in July, and still adorning the streets now, are all in English. As are the names...
  • Africans sentenced for notorious hate crime torture attack in Nashville

    03/25/2016 3:16:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Stop Hate Crimes ^ | February 28, 2016
    In March of 2012, two 24-year-old white males were abducted by a group of South Sudanese Africans in Antioch, TN. It was early in the morning and the victims were getting ready to do a paper route. The victims were subjected to 45 minutes of humiliating torture. They were forced to perform sexual acts on each other, sexually tortured, beaten, and stabbed. The perpetrators taunted them the entire time. After the torture, the men were left to die. They were dumped on the side of the road naked and covered in blood. Each had ten stab wounds. One of the...
  • South Sudan's government allows fighters to rape women as a form of PAYMENT while children [tr]

    03/11/2016 6:18:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    South Sudan allows fighters to rape women as payment while children and the disabled are burned alive in 'one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world', a UN report has found. The UN human rights office painted a harrowing picture of civilians suspected of supporting the opposition being torched, suffocated in shipping containers, hanged from trees and cut to pieces. In scorching detail, the report cited cases of parents being forced to watch their children being raped during the country's two-year civil war.
  • South Sudan's President Undermines Peace Deal

    01/27/2016 2:00:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | Aistin Bay
    South Sudan's civil war began on the night of December 15, 2013, when a firefight erupted between soldiers serving in the presidential garrison in the capital city, Juba. "Between" is an important word. The battle pitted soldiers from the Dinka tribe (largest in South Sudan) against soldiers in the Nuer tribe (second largest). The government, led by president Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and the rebels, led by Riek Machar, a Nuer, agreed to their first ceasefire on December 31. Fire and combat, however, never ceased. Instead, it spread. Every ceasefire and peace declaration since has failed to hold. Poor communication...
  • UN accused of 'shocking' lack of action over murder and rape in South Sudan

    12/15/2015 7:13:57 AM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 15 December 2015 | Sam Jones
    The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has been accused of a “complete and utter failure” to protect civilians in one of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the war-ravaged country. ..“There has not been any protection to speak of until now while the violence has been ongoing and there have been thousands of people coming into the [Protection of Civilians] sites in Bentiu from southern Unity – those who manage to flee – and they have been telling their stories.” He added: “It’s not like this is a secret. They talk about the most horrendous incidents of sexual...
  • South Sudan plane crash: 'Dozens killed' near Juba airport

    11/04/2015 4:08:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 minutes ago, 2015-11-04 | BBC
    A cargo plane has crashed on take-off near the international airport in South Sudan's capital Juba, with at least 25 killed. Some reports put the death toll as high as 40.
  • Death toll in S. Sudan's oil tanker blast tops 150: report

    09/18/2015 5:30:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2015-09-18 18:17:17
    "Our situation here in Maridi is not good," he said, pointing out that most of the injured people are women and children. He added that other badly burned bodies have also been found around the wreckage of the tanker. On Thursday, Information Minister of Western Equatoria State Charles Kisagna said over 100 people were killed and about 50 others injured in South Sudan when an oil tanker swerved and exploded. The minister noted that "those people may not survive because we do not have the facilities to treat the highly burnt people." The oil tanker was traveling from the South...
  • No Stopping Russian Arms

    07/27/2004 4:07:57 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 547+ views
    moscow times ^ | 7/27/04 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Russia came in for harsh criticism last week when state-owned jet producer MiG delivered 12 MiG-29 planes to Sudan. Amnesty International suggested that the jets could be used against civilians in Sudan's western region of Darfur, where attacks against indigenous black tribes by the government-backed Arab janjaweed militia over the last 15 months have left at least 30,000 people dead, forced villagers into refugee camps and left some 2 million people without sufficient food and medicine. U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton blasted MiG for selling modern weapons to a government the United States considers a sponsor of international terrorism....
  • Sudan’s al-Bashir set to extend 25-year reign despite war crimes charges, insurgencies

    04/12/2015 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015 10:44 AM EDT | (Maggie Michael)
    Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, the world’s only sitting leader wanted on genocide charges, is expected to win a landslide victory in elections this week, extending a 25-year reign in which the country has endured multiple insurgencies and the secession of the oil-rich south. Despite Sudan’s seemingly perpetual unrest, al-Bashir survived the 2011 Arab Spring. His ruling party dominates the parliament and local councils, and the massive security apparatus has left the once-vibrant opposition a husk of its former self. Al-Bashir has ruled the country since taking power in a 1989 coup, but billboards across Khartoum showing him in traditional robes...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • Armed (and under-employed) groups raid South Sudan school, abduct 89 children, U.N. says

    02/21/2015 11:56:20 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 21, 2015 | Faith Karimi
    (CNN)Armed groups raided a South Sudanese school and seized 89 children who were taking their exams, the United Nations said Saturday. It pointed out that boys were among those taken. The abduction occurred near Malakal, where thousands of people have taken refuge following months of violence in the nation. Kidnappers gathered around a community and conducted house-to-house searches, according to the U.N. children's agency. It said boys over age 12 were taken away by force. U.N. officials warned the abductors that they're violating international law. "The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities," said Jonathan...
  • Ugandan LRA 'in church massacre' (Catholic women and children slaughtered)

    12/30/2008 6:03:51 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 890+ views
    BBC ^ | December 29, 2008
    Uganda's army has accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Capt Chris Magezi said the scene was "horrendous... dead bodies of mostly women and children cut in pieces". The attack happened on 26 December. A rebel spokesman has denied responsibility for the killings, which follow a collapse in the peace process. The UN says at least 189 people were killed in several attacks last week. Some reports say more than 100 people were killed in the church alone. The armies of Uganda, South Sudan and DR...
  • Gunmen kill 20 in attack on South Sudan UN base

    04/17/2014 10:51:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    indiatimes.com ^ | 18 Apr, 2014, 10.35AM IST
    UNMISS said in a statement that "the armed mob forced entry into the site and opened fire on the internally displaced persons sheltering inside the base". Its forces returned fire -- first firing warning shots and then taking part in a ferocious gun battle -- before the fighters retreated, it added. The civilians had fled into the base weeks ago amid brutal ethnic massacres in the world's newest nation. Information Minister Michael Makuei said that a "huge number" of gunmen had come seeking revenge for the rebel capture of the oil town of Bentiu two days ago hoping to kill...
  • WH: Sending U.S. Troops, Military Aircraft to Uganda Doesn't Change U.S. Advisory Role

    03/24/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/14 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony. A senior U.S. military official confirmed Monday that the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft about about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The official confirmed the plans, first reported by The Washington Post, on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss them on the record.