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Thousands trapped by fighting in South Sudan as aid agencies pull out

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Katy Migiro Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have fled their homes and are now trapped under intense sun without food, water or medical care, aid agencies said after fierce fighting forced them to pull out of the region.

Nigerian Democracy

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   A military infused organised democracy or liberal system of government?  

South Sudan refugees pass 1.5 million

B. Gezahegne   By Male Daniel The United Nation High Commission for Refugees stated that South Sudan has become Africa’s largest refugee crisis “With no solution in sight, refugee numbers from South Sudan crossing the 1.5 million mark.”

Over 100 children released by armed groups in South Sudan

Sebastian Rich   By Peter Louis Armed groups in South Sudan last week released a total of 145 children. This is the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots

AFP photo   By Nehad Ismail Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab […]

South Sudan: Deliberate killings by govt troops as UN forces fail to protect civilians

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters   By Amnesty International South Sudanese government forces are responsible for deliberately killing civilians, raping women and girls and looting property in July in Juba, the country’s capital, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report launched earlier this week.

The rise of creating a country against an existing country

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP   By Ogunniyi Abayomi I was dispatched to Imo state, Nigeria in the month of October 2015 by the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) for a year orientation service and programme. Nigeria had just sworn in  General Muhammadu Buhari as the newly elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and everything […]

‘Eluga Tamil’ (Arise Tamils) and vilifying Justice Wigneswaran

Chamila Karunaratne/AP   By Thambu Kanagasabai The ‘Eluga Tamil’ rallies held in Jaffna on September 24, 2016 received an overwhelming response and ended with astonishing success beyond the expectations of many, belying the pessimists.

South Sudan crisis increases as civilians flee insecurity

By Peter Louis Nearly three years after conflict erupted in South Sudan, the regional impact of the crisis is rising alarmingly as the number of South Sudanese crossing international borders in search of safety grows each day.

United States discredited by war in South Sudan

By Dukhan Jundit The United States, believed by most South Sudanese to be a friend in their stand for peace in the country, have contradicted themselves in their motivation as the world’s champion of democracy by accepting an illegitimate Vice President General Taban Deng Gai to land on its soil as representative of President Kiir.

Human Rights Commission in South Sudan concludes first visit

By Peter Louis The South Sudan Commission on Human Rights recently concluded its first mission to South Sudan.

Is Riek Machar the new saviour of South Sudan?

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters   By Dukhan Jundit Decades ago, Dr Riek Machar-Teny was fighting both Bashir and Garang to liberate South Sudan from injustice and corruption, but many Sudanese are unaware of who freed them from a regime of dictators.

Unity in Diversity?

Israel Ophori   By David Adejumo It can be said that Nigeria has been in a vicious cycle of tribalism, nepotism, ethnicity, religious chauvinism and sentimentalism after over 100 years when the Entity called Nigeria was formed, although there were both negative and positive motives to the so called amalgamation which will be discussed later. […]

Warlords, please leave South Sudan alone!

Camille Lepage   By Joe Khamisi  If reports from Juba are to be analyzed objectively, South Sudan, dubbed Africa’s youngest nation, may be on the verge of a fresh ethnic conflagration and possible economic collapse.

Over 37,000 South Sudanese Sheltering in UN Protection Site

By Peter Louis An estimated 37,200 displaced persons are currently seeking protection at one of the two UN peacekeeping bases in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, according to a population count held at the UN House protection of civilians (PoC) site in August.

African leaders call on UN and international community to end conflict in South Sudan

Frederic Noy   By Peter Louis The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Plus countries held its Second Extra-Ordinary Summit meeting on 5th August 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and deliberated on the prevailing situation in the Republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan President replaces rival as Vice President amid violence

Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP   By Dukhan Jundit Salva Kiir, the President of South Sudan relieved his Vice President and rival Dr Riek Machar-Teny of his position following recent violence between the government and opposition, replacing him with Gen Taban Deng Gai.

South Sudanese fleeing violence cross into Uganda

F Noy   By Gloria Nakiyimba The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that a total of 2,959 refugees crossed into Uganda from South Sudan on Friday and throughout the weekend.

Fighting continues in South Sudan, hundreds killed

EPA photo   By Dukhan Jundit Since Friday, intense fighting among different military factions in South Sudan has killed approximately 270 people to date, the earlier Peace Agreement now effectively in tatters among fear and instability in the country.

Agencies warn of an unprecedented level of food insecurity in South Sudan

Alissa/UNICEF   By Peter Louis Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan – well over one-third of the population – will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, as the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies have warned.

South Sudan cancels independence day celebrations

By Dukhan Jundit The Cabinet of the Republic of South Sudan has announced that the country will not celebrate its fourth anniversary of independence this year.

UN not formally recognising 28 states of South Sudan after formation of government

By Peter Louis The Special Representative for the Secretary General and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, Madam Ellen Loj earlier briefed journalists on the general situation in South Sudan following the formation of the Transitional Government of the National Unity.

Japan provides funds to support emergency relief work in South Sudan

By Peter Louis The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$3.2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support WFP’s lifesaving relief operations in South Sudan, including specialized nutrition treatment for mothers and children and a critical aviation service for humanitarian workers.

MSF condemns looting of its Medical Centre in Pibor, South Sudan

By Peter Louis Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly condemns the looting of its medical centre in Pibor, South Sudan that occurred during and after heavy fighting from February 23 to 25, which also destroyed large sections of the town.

Rwanda accused of recruiting refugees from Burundi to fight

By Byobe Malenga Burundi and DRC ask UN Security Council to rein in Rwanda, accused of recruiting Burundian refugees to destabilze Bujumbura

Observations From An Expat: Bouteflika and the future for Algeria

By Tom Arms In September 1919 President Woodrow Wilson collapsed. He was exhausted from a whirlwind national tour to win support for his political baby — the League of Nations. Shortly afterwards he suffered a series of strokes.

Congolese refugees flee new fighting in South Sudan

By Peter Louis Clashes erupted between the so-called ‘Arrow Boys‘ and South Sudanese government soldiers late last year. Schools and hospitals were looted and homes burnt to the ground. Now, Pierre and thousands of other refugees have to move again.

Numbers in South Sudan Protection of Civilians camps increase

By Peter Louis The Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in the South Sudanese town Bentiu has been fluctuating in term of numbers due to the scarcity of food, the difficulty to move around and the spike of fighting.

Widespread human rights abuses by all sides as South Sudan peace process gets underway

By Peter Louis Widespread human rights violations and abuses have been committed in South Sudan by all parties to the conflict since December 2013, including hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, forced recruitment and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, according to a UN report published.

9% of the DRC population in need of humanitarian assistance

By Darell Maurice Almost 9% of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo is in need of humanitarian assistance in 2016, according to the “Humanitarian Response Plan 2016” for this country released earlier by the United Nations.