South Sudan

South Sudan Is Locked in a Cycle of Violence

Elizabeth Ashamu Deng | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Elizabeth Ashamu Deng

On 9 July, South Sudan will mark three years as an independent state. But the growing pains of the world's newest country are evident as millions are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence. Amnesty International's Elizabeth Ashamu Deng looks at some of the problems facing South Sudan today.

Who Is Really Paying the Price of Fighting in South Sudan?

Luol Deng | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Luol Deng

I know what it's like to lose your childhood to war. When I was five and conflict raged in Sudan, my family and I were amongst the lucky ones to leave for Egypt. Four years later we were granted asylum in the United Kingdom. Inspired by legendary South Sudanese basketball player Manute Bol, my siblings and I took up basketball which helped us fit in. Like Manute, I was lucky enough to turn the sport I loved into a career as a professional NBA player in the United States.

Jessica Elgot

As Old As Their Country, These South Sudan Children Only Know A Life Of War And Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

For these six children, who are the same age as their country, their short lives have been fraught with violence, hunger and sickness. Three years ...

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Rose Caldwell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations.

Despite War and Famine, Young People in South Sudan Have Not Given Up

Mary Suat | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Mary Suat

When I was born, 18 years ago, my country did not exist. Sudan and South Sudan were all one big nation, the largest in Africa, but already there was always fighting between the south and the rest. My family left our home in Akobo state, one of the most violent areas and moved to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, which was much safer.

Time to Put the Spotlight on South Sudan

David Bull | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK
David Bull

South Sudan's children are suffering - and the crisis is set to get worse - much worse - in the coming months if more action is not taken urgently. The world's newest nation is on the brink of devastation with a brutal conflict destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and a growing humanitarian emergency putting the entire future of the country and its children in jeopardy. The United Nations Secretary General has predicted that by the end of this year, an incredible half of South Sudan's 12million people will be either in flight, facing starvation, or dead. At least half of these will be children.

To Speak Plainly: Obstetric Fistula

Sarah Kessler | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

"It is absolutely devastating. When they get undressed for medical exams you will see they're wearing so many layers, plus plastic wrapped around them. The smell is so overwhelming some people can't go into the same room."

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.

Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Consider for a moment some of the countries currently making the news and the challenges that lie ahead in rebuilding infrastructures and services disrupted by internal conflict, chronic violence and protracted crisis: the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan...

'We Are All Displaced Now' - South Sudanese Health Workers Tell of Treating Patients in the Bush

Nicole Johnston | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Nicole Johnston

As the international community holds its breath, hoping that the latest peace deal signed between warring parties in South Sudan holds, civilians caught up in the conflict are praying for an end to the killings, for the chance to return home and to plant their crops.

Sleepless in South Sudan

Aimee Ansari | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Aimee Ansari

I smelled the decaying bodies in Haiti after the earthquake and I got ill because of the terrible fumes of the dead buried under buildings in Lebanon after the bombings. That was nothing compared to the massacres and violence happening in South Sudan now. I won't go into the details; they're too gory, too much everything.

No News From Malakal

Agus Morales | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

Life has disappeared from Malakal, a key town in oil-rich Upper Nile state, South Sudan. The clashes between government and opposition forces have turned Malakal, a square grid bordering the river Nile, into a ghost town. But some people didn't manage to escape - they were forced to witness the horror.

I Love South Sudan

James Elder | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
James Elder

Nyatut fled her village in South Sudan two months ago. Armed men burnt her home and killed her mother. From Syria to Central Africa Republic to S...

In 25 Years as an Aid Worker I Have Never Witnessed This

Judy Leigh-Moore | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Judy Leigh-Moore

I have been an aid worker for over 25 years. In that time I've witnessed and experienced events and horrors that are beyond most people's imaginations. But I don't think I have ever felt the mixture of emotions that hit me recently as I boarded a tiny plane to take me out of the city of Malakal in South Sudan, back to the relative safety of the capital Juba.

Forgotten Crisis: Why Aren't We Talking About South Sudan?

Sir Nick Young | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Reports of continued fighting in South Sudan are worrying. But even more distressing is how little attention this humanitarian crisis is generating. Let us not underestimate the scale of the crisis in the world's newest nation.

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

Reflections on South Sudan

Tony Baldry | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

One would have thought that the international community, including the UN, the US and the EU, would have been swift to have condemned a failed coup d'état, i.e. the seeking of seizing power and control of the country by the barrel of a gun rather than through the ballot box.

What We Need to Save Lives in South Sudan

Arjan Hehenkamp | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Arjan Hehenkamp

Ordinary South Sudan citizens have been extraordinarily affected by the violent events of the past weeks. The destruction of hospitals and markets, as well as the increased pressure on host communities due to mass displacement, brings me to this conclusion: South Sudan will face a humanitarian emergency for the months to come, and its people will need all the help they can get.

A Deadly Sleight of Hand

Olivia Warham | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is a tactic beloved of despots: while the world's attention is on one bloody conflict, you can slaughter with impunity elsewhere... Since mid-December the media has watched as the world's newest nation, South Sudan, has torn itself apart. Meanwhile, its old oppressor next door in Sudan is enthusiastically grasping the chance to "end" its own troublesome "rebellion".

Alex Crawford Vs. Kelvin MacKenzie On Value Of Foreign News

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Newsnight pulled off another lively piece of broadcasting on Wednesday with Alex Crawford of Sky News defending the coverage of foreign news on Britis...

Goodbye to an Ominous Year

Marc DuBois | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Marc DuBois

I work for Médecins sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders). Professional humanitarians are many things; rarely superstitious. And yet 2013 has proven a year to leave behind, and I find myself harbouring nothing morbid, yet nonetheless fairly shaken by the 13th year of the new millennium... As a director in MSF, the spectre of Somalia 2013 leaves me feeling apprehensive about Syria, CAR or Sudan in 2014. Or Myanmar and DRC. Or many others.

We Have An Untidy Church, In An Untidy World, Says Welby

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury has used his first Christmas Day sermon to highlight the "injustices" facing Britain's poor and victims of conflicts arou...

The Real Significance of the New South Sudan Civil Conflict

Paul Reynolds | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The latest civil conflict within newly-independent South Sudan is a depressing, avoidable tragedy. This is a part of Africa that has already fought two 'civil' wars in pursuit of independence. It is chronically poor and suffers the worlds highest infant and maternal mortality - and female illiteracy.

Plane Sent For Stranded Brits As Violence Flares In South Sudan Capital

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK

An aeroplane is on its way to South Sudan to evacuate Britons from the war-torn country, the Foreign Office (FO) has said. Fighting has spread thro...

Independence Is the Longest of Battles: Impressions From South Sudan

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

I approached Juba with trepidation. In the few years since I last came it has become the capital of the world's youngest country and everyone that visits keeps telling me how quickly it is changing.It was also the city chosen by the African Union to commemorate World AIDS Day earlier this month.