South Sudan - the best personalized free web-based Email en en South Sudan South Sudan government forces killed 114 civilians, UN says JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in a single town last year and brutally raped girls and women in front of their families amid growing ethnic violence in the country's civil war, a new United Nations report said Friday. The investigation released by the U.N. human rights office said those cases and other a... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:46:00Z US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday's first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela because the crisis is getting worse and the Trump administration wants to prevent another conflict like Syria, North Korea or South Sudan, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez strongly rejected the U.S. b... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:43:00Z South Sudan says divisive army chief of staff removed NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's army chief of staff, accused of directing last year's fighting in the capital that left hundreds dead, has been removed from his post after months of government infighting and high-level military resignations and as ethnic violence in the country's civil war has dramatically increased. Paul Malong, whose removal was ann... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:42:00Z Kenya police: 4 arrested in South Sudan for going to join IS NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenya police official says South Sudanese security agents have arrested three Kenyans and a Somali refugee for allegedly attempting to go to Libya to join the Islamic State extremist group. Kenya police spokesman George Kinoti said Tuesday the families of the four men assisted authorities with information that led to their apprehen... Tue, 09 May 2017 13:51:00 GMT 2017-05-09T13:51:00Z 1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million children have fled South Sudan's civil war, two United Nations agencies said Monday, part of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis. Another 1 million South Sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the U.N.'s child and refugee agencies in a statement Monday. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 13:59:00 GMT 2017-05-08T13:59:00Z Famine could spread to 3rd South Sudan county: New report NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Famine is at risk of spreading to a third county in South Sudan in the absence of food aid, a new report from a U.S.-backed monitoring group says, with the United Nations warning on Sunday that hundreds of thousands of children could die without assistance. The report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network says starvation is l... Sun, 07 May 2017 11:38:00 GMT 2017-05-07T11:38:00Z NPR reporter freed in South Sudan after 3 nights in jail NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan detained an NPR journalist for nearly four days before releasing him Monday, a spokeswoman for the organization said. Eyder Peralta has returned to his base in Kenya but his South Sudanese assistant is still being held by authorities, Isabel Lara told The Associated Press in an email. "We are in touch w... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT 2017-05-01T21:38:00Z Advance team of UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An advance party of peacekeepers with a bolstered mandate to use force have arrived in South Sudan, the United Nations said on Monday, the first blue helmets with a greater authority to protect civilians in the troubled East African nation. At least 13 peacekeepers from a regional protection force mandated by the Security Council hav... Mon, 01 May 2017 14:13:00 GMT 2017-05-01T14:13:00Z 'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life IMVEPI, Uganda (AP) — Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a few sons (off fighting) and his cattle (stolen). Alfred is one of more than 800,000 South Sudanese ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-04-28T03:30:00Z New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 25,000 people were displaced after fighting in the town of Kodok, according to a spokesman for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, one day after the top United Nations official in South Sudan warned of a government offensive on the town. The fighting has caused a reduction in humanitarian services and a shortage ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-04-26T23:20:00Z South Sudan fighting forces 100,000 to flee, says UN report NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A South Sudanese government offensive in the Jonglei region has displaced roughly 100,000 civilians, the United Nations said Thursday, causing aid workers to relocate from an area that has dire humanitarian problems. A report from the U.N's office of humanitarian affairs said that fighting in the Waat and Walgak areas last week cause... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:54:00 GMT 2017-04-20T16:54:00Z UN says 16 staff members freed by South Sudan refugees KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations said late Tuesday that 16 staff members taken hostage by unarmed South Sudanese refugees at a U.N. camp in eastern Congo have been released unharmed. The U.N. peacekeeping department said in a statement released at U.N. headquarters in New York that "the camp is quiet and under full control" of peacekeepers at the Munigi base in Nort... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:05:00 GMT 2017-04-19T05:05:00Z South Sudan army denies charges its troops killed 14 in Raga JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's army denies charges that its forces killed 14 civilians in the northwestern town of Raga. "This is a negative media campaign by the rebels. We didn't kill anybody, we're there to protect the citizens," said Col. Santo Domic Chlo, acting spokesman of the army. "We cannot kill citizens who we are responsible for their security. It's a com... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:06:00 GMT 2017-04-16T14:06:00Z US senators say food aid constraints delay help amid famine BIDI BIDI CAMP, Uganda (AP) — As President Donald Trump seeks to cut foreign aid under the slogan of "America First," two U.S. senators are proposing making American food assistance more efficient after meeting with victims of South Sudan's famine and civil war. Following a visit to the world's largest refugee settlement in northern Uganda with the Republ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-04-15T19:07:00Z Key US senator pushes back against Trump's proposed aid cuts BIDI BIDI CAMP, Uganda (AP) — Face-to-face with victims of South Sudan's famine and civil war, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee strongly defended U.S. foreign aid on Friday despite President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts in humanitarian assistance. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee visited the world's fastest-growing refuge... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 02:50:00 GMT 2017-04-15T02:50:00Z World Food Program 'horrified' as South Sudan workers killed JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The World Food Program said Friday it is "horrified" to learn that three of its South Sudan workers were killed this week in violence in the western town of Wau, as the country's civil war continues under warnings of possible genocide. A statement from the U.N. agency said the three men had been contracted to work as porters and a... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:01:00 GMT 2017-04-14T14:01:00Z South Sudan's war disrupts farming, creates famine THONYOR, South Sudan (AP) — "I went only with my fear," said Gatluok Chuol. "If the soldiers found me, they would have killed me." For several months last year, the 65-year-old South Sudanese farmer risked his life in order to feed his family. In July, when fighting erupted between South Sudan's government and opposition forces close to... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:37:00 GMT 2017-04-12T13:37:00Z South Sudan residents say army carrying out ethnic killings NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Targeted ethnic killings and killings of civilians by government soldiers spread panic throughout the western town of Wau on Monday, residents told The Associated Press. A government spokesman could not confirm the violence but the U.N. mission confirmed killings in Wau. U.N. officials have repeatedly warned that South Sudan is at risk of genocide. ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:57:00 GMT 2017-04-10T16:57:00Z Alarming rise in attacks on South Sudan civilians, UN says NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Civilians and aid workers in South Sudan have seen an alarming rise in attacks and harassment in the past week, the United Nations said Saturday, as the East African country faces both civil war and famine. The top U.N. humanitarian official in South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, said in a statement that both government and opposition forces ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 13:47:00 GMT 2017-04-08T13:47:00Z UN images: 18,000 destroyed structures in South Sudan region NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — United Nations satellite images obtained by The Associated Press show at least 18,000 structures have been destroyed in the Yei area of South Sudan. It is one of the most significant caches of evidence of widespread destruction in the country's civil war. The Yei region has become an epicenter of fighting between government and rebel... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-04-07T14:26:00Z A look at UN peacekeeping missions as US seeks cuts UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Part of President Donald Trump's proposed deep budget cuts in foreign aid could be significant reductions in U.N. peacekeeping missions in some of the world's most dangerous places. The U.N. Security Council is meeting Thursday on the issue at the United States' request. Here's a look at some of the 16 current peacekeeping missions around the world, inc... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-04-06T17:29:00Z South Sudan's civil war creates a new lost generation BIDI BIDI, Uganda (AP) — Six-year-old Santo proudly wears a Harvard T-shirt as if he has just been accepted into the elite institution, but its warped lettering, layers of dirt and gaping holes say more about the young refugee's future. After fleeing South Sudan's three-year civil war, Santo and his family have found themselves in the bleak Bidi Bidi sett... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:16:00 GMT 2017-04-01T09:16:00Z South Sudanese forces blamed for torching thousands of homes NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudanese government troops burned thousands of civilians' homes late last year, monitors of the country's troubled peace agreement said Friday, making some of the strongest allegations yet against security forces in the three-year civil war. The new report says three villages in the southern Yei region visited by investigators ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:30:00 GMT 2017-03-31T12:30:00Z Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives. Michael Omona's surrender to Ugandan forces in Central African Republic "shows the degraded capacity" of the L... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:44:00 GMT 2017-03-30T16:44:00Z US ambassador to UN calls Congo government 'corrupt' NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday the United Nations is partnering with a "corrupt" government in Congo and she called for a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission in the troubled African nation. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.N. missio... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:33:00 GMT 2017-03-30T00:33:00Z Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7 JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died. David Kim Choop was driving the vehicle when he and six aid workers were ambushed and killed on Saturday, March 25th. The four South Sudanese and three Kenyans worked for a local non-governmenta... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:36:00 GMT 2017-03-27T15:36:00Z 6 aid workers killed in South Sudan NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the East African nation's civil war began in 2013. The attack took place Saturday on the road from Juba, the capital, to Pibor, where there have been recent reports of fighting, said Eugene Owusu, the top U.N. humanitarian official in South Sudan ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-03-26T17:39:00Z Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation, and any cut in funding to humanitarian agencies working in famine-affected areas will cause untold suffering, a spokesman for the World Food Program said in Johannesburg Thursday, responding to questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:29:00 GMT 2017-03-23T16:29:00Z 1st units of South Sudan protection force arrive soon: UN JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The first units of a long-delayed regional protection force for South Sudan will deploy within a few weeks, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday. Herve Ladsous spoke during a visit to South Sudan's capital, Juba. "We'll spare no effort to speed up the process," he said. The U.N. Security Council last year ap... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:43:00 GMT 2017-03-21T13:43:00Z South Sudan plane crashes, all 49 passengers, crew survive JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A passenger plane crash-landed and burned in Wau, northwestern South Sudan on Monday, but all 49 passengers and crew survived, an airport official. The plane was landing but then crashed, said Wau's Acting Airport Manager Stephen Youngule. "The plane touched down and then jumped up again. The pilot couldn't cont... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-03-20T20:15:00Z