South Sudan

Immunisations: Saving Lives, Whatever It Takes

Nicholas Alusa | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Nicholas Alusa

Measles is a highly contagious, horrific disease. If left untreated it can lead to death. There's no specific treatment. All us medics can do is isolate the sufferer, give them vitamin A, and hope for the best.

Why Critics Of South Sudan Humanitarian Aid Have Got It Wrong

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

The caustic nature of the dialogue and sheer volume of comments was shocking. Some people said they didn't see the point of supporting the appeal because they'd been donating for years and it hadn't made one iota of difference. They're wrong.

Time Is Running Out To Stop Famine In South Sudan

Lily Partland | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Lily Partland

An hour and a half northeast of South Sudan's capital Juba by light plane, near the border with Ethiopia, the parched red earth below is dotted with bright green trees. Within weeks, the wet season rains will turn this 'runway' or strip of bare earth that we land on, into a muddy quagmire, making access incredibly difficult. Travelling by four wheel drive to one of Save the Children's treatment centres for malnourished young children, we travel down a picturesque avenue of trees, their canopies providing welcome relief from the hot day.

Fighting Famine: A Week In South Sudan

Anna Foster | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Anna Foster

The signs of home are everywhere. A small boy playing football dressed in a faded Arsenal shirt. The Union flag fluttering on the shop awning fashioned from old tarpaulins. But this isn't the UK. It's South Sudan. And it's a country in crisis.

A Repeat Of Ethiopia Famine Would Be Catastrophic For East Africa's Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

New mother Nyankan and her baby Both have endured much since he was born in Bor, South Sudan. Malnourished since birth, the two-month-old has been get...

The British Public's Staggering Response To The Hunger Crisis In East Africa

Saleh Saeed | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Saleh Saeed

It's just one week on from the launch of DEC's East Africa Crisis Appeal and we have been completely overwhelmed by the incredible response from the British public. We've also had generous donations from the UK government, trusts and companies and many high profile figures, including the Queen and Prince Charles. To date, a staggering £32 million has been raised for East Africa... Sadly, though the scale of this response also reflects the severity of the situation; hunger is looming on a massive scale across East Africa.

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

Christmas Crises, Humanitarian Disasters, And Hope

Johan Eldebo | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Sometimes I struggle with Christmas. It is that time of the year when there is an expectation to be happy. And yet when I look out the window, there ...

'The Past Will Not Let Me Sleep': One Sudan Refugee Shares His Harrowing Story

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

Hassan Hassan was just seven years old when his father was killed by janjaweed - the militia which operates in Darfur, Sudan. “I remember it exactly...

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 25.11.2016 | 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.