South Sudan

South Sudan Crisis: A Failure Of A Half-Hearted International Community?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Responsibility for the unfolding disaster in South Sudan can also be laid at the door of the international community. The United States, for instance, was instrumental in pushing for its independence, but was not prepared for the long term commitment required to build a functioning state.

Why UN Intervention Brigade Spells Doom for South Sudan

Mading Ngor | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Mading Ngor

Our glaring failures of self-governance must not be a pretext to force through a UN backed intervention brigade in South Sudan. An intervention force with a mandate to disarm our national army and takeover important installations will create a "Somalia" in the Republic of South Sudan.

Is There a Third Force Involved in South Sudan's Crisis?

Rachael Akidi | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Rachael Akidi

Machar is insinuating there could be a third party involved. Should we therefore believe Riek Machar's claims? And if so, who could this be? Could it be an internal or external force? Or is this just an attempt by both leaders to extricate themselves from blame for this recent violence?

South Sudan's Fifth Anniversary: Marked by Silence and Hope

Rachel Lees | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

This Saturday, July 9, marks the fifth birthday of the world's newest nation. This year however South Sudan won't be commemorating its independence from Sudan with the same joyful celebrations as in 2011.

Celebrating UN Peacekeepers

Baroness Anelay | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

There may be obstacles on the way to reaching our peacekeeping goals, but we are more committed and determined than ever to overcome them in order to ensure peacekeeping delivers for the UK and the wider world.

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

George Clooney To Honour World’s Modern-Day Saviours

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK

George Clooney is set to honour some of the world’s modern-day saviours at a ceremony in Armenia on Sunday. The $1,000,000 (£700,000) Aurora Prize ...

Women Raped In Lieu Of A Salary By South Sudan Army

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

The government of South Sudan allowed pro-government soldiers and militia to rape female civilians during last year’s civil war, according to a harr...

Why Isn't Every MP Wearing a White Ribbon Today?

Clare O'Neill | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Clare O'Neill

With the Chancellor's autumn statement in parliament today, there is enough to distract us from the small white ribbon on Jeremy Corbyn's lapel. The r...

Four Years After Independence Donors Must Commit to South Sudan

Rocco Blume | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Rocco Blume

What does it take to galvanise international action - and funding - for such a crisis? The great tragedy is that in South Sudan's recent history this situation is not an aberration but the norm. The last civil war lasted from 1983-2004 in which 2 million people died. The Darfur conflict, beginning in 2003, still burns away.

The Grass Under Fighting Elephants

Aimee Ansari | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Aimee Ansari

"The leaders of our country can learn a lot from us. Bring them here - we can teach them how to make peace," a tribal leader told me. He heads the...

World Refugee Day: A Crisis of Compassion

Johan Eldebo | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It is perhaps time to ask what kind of a society Europe is, and in what direction we want to move in. The political climate in much of Europe and the UK, having historically been open, is now harsh towards refugees and at risk of shutting its doors even more tightly.

No Guarantees in South Sudan's Deadly Conflict

Aimee Ansari | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Aimee Ansari

Walking into the CARE supported clinic in Pariang, I see a little girl with edema - her belly is swollen because she hasn't got enough to eat. It's been a long time since I've seen a child with edema, and I certainly didn't expect to see one in this part of the country. Of all the places that CARE supports health care, Pariang, in Unity state, has traditionally been the least food insecure.

What Would Happen if Cameron Decided to Postpone the Election Until 2017?

Jeremy Horner | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

That is exactly what happened in South Sudan in February when elections due to take place this June were suddenly postponed for two years, a move barely reported upon by the world's media or its leaders.

Kids in Camps

Jezza Neumann | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Jezza Neumann

It should be the right of every child to have an education but more than that - as Grace also says - education is the way to build a country. As a film maker, what I have witnessed is a tragedy. In Africa today, thousands of bright young minds are being lost in a sea of war and displacement.

Christmas Choices in a Broken World

Johan Eldebo | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Johan Eldebo

It's Christmas time. There's no need to be afraid, or so the Band Aid lyrics start. Sadly, in today's world they express more an aspirational desire than an actual reality. Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Ebola outbreak give plenty of reason for fear.

South Sudan Has One of the Highest Maternal Mortality Rates - Yet With the Proper Investment and Resources, We Can Make Safe Births a Reality

Aimee Ansari | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Aimee Ansari

I've heard stories like the one I am going to tell four times already. I'm not sure I can stand to hear it again. It's terrible - doubly so because the tragedy could have been prevented. The problem has been exacerbated by the conflict in South Sudan, but its roots go back many decades.

Give Peace a Chance - Run With Youth

Ettie Higgins | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Ettie Higgins

The well of pain runs deep in many parts of Africa, and yet it is young people who offer the best chance for true conflict resolution, and lasting peace. Conflict-affected youth are often the most ambitious, the hardest workers. They want back what was taken from them: opportunity. They want an education and they want to earn a livable wage.

Young Nations Need Support

Tony Baldry | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

The rarity of these new, liberal democratic nations is illustrated by the speculation in the media and elsewhere that a newly independent Scotland would have a lot to learn from three-year-old South Sudan. The inference is clear: Establishing a fully functional government and the apparatus of the state is a phenomenally difficult task.

South Sudan: Providing Aid in the Outskirts of Nowhere

Johan Eldebo | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

In few places in the world can one week include both artillery fire and riding a speedboat down the Nile. South Sudan is one of those contrasts. The view is amazing - an enormous river, lined with greenery, very few buildings and exotic birds fly alongside the boat. There are no hotels, resorts or many people at all.

Thirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World - Here's What We Learned About Famine Since Then

Hans Zomer | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On 23 October, it will be exactly 30 years since a BBC report alerted the world to a famine in Ethiopia. Michael Buerk's harrowing reports for BBC...

From Crisis to Catastrophe in South Sudan

Mark Goldring | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam and other aid agencies are warning that rival groups in South Sudan are regrouping ready to resume violence once the rainy season ends this month. An upsurge in fighting would exacerbate what is already the world's worst food crisis and could lead to famine. The number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger is expected to increase by one million between January and March.

South Sudan's Leaders Must Do More to End Crisis

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

While the eyes of the world rightly look towards global crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and West Africa, there is a serious and worsening humanitarian disaster almost going unnoticed in South Sudan. It is deeply saddening to see a country that was once so full of hope for the future, now embroiled in such a painful and destructive war with itself. When I first visited South Sudan less than two years ago I was struck by the optimism and hope that filled the air but today it is an entirely different story.

To the Leaders of South Sudan: Look Into Your Heart and Ask for Forgiveness for the Things You've Done

Aimee Ansari | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Aimee Ansari

Before this conflict started in December, there was no inspiring and unifying vision of what South Sudan could be. The hope and optimism that came with independence is gone. Instead, there is now fear, mistrust and disillusionment between the people of South Sudan. An amazing opportunity has been squandered. It may take years to re-build a sense of unity.

South Sudan's Invisible Children

Saul Guerrero | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Saul Guerrero

From UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to Hollywood A-lister Keira Knightley - the world has begun talking about the impending food crisis in South Sudan. And with good reason. We can now deliver a humanitarian response that was unavailable in the famines of the 1980s and 1990s.