Pope says he may add South Sudan leg onto Africa trip

Africa 05/10/19, 07:30

Pope Francis says he may add a South Sudan leg onto his Africa trip in September if conditions there are "mature."Francis told a visiting nun from Juba on Friday he wants to go to South Sudan as part of his trip but can't promise.He planned to visit South Sudan with ...

Mia Farrow pursues anti-hunger work in South Sudan visit

Africa 04/15/19, 04:17

Mia Farrow will never forget the day she watched a baby die in her mother's arms."It was a little girl staring at her mother and finally she just stopped breathing. I just moved away and listened to the mother's cry," the actress and human rights activist told The Associated Press ...

In South Sudan, midwives bring down deaths despite the odds

Africa 04/13/19, 04:33

Seated in a stifling hallway in South Sudan's main hospital, the midwife recounted the day she watched a young mother bleed to death after giving birth."She died while holding my hand," said Aber Evaline, hanging her head. Her patient was one of more than 40 women who died in Juba's ...

Sudan’s upheaval brings fears for South Sudan’s peace deal

Africa 04/12/19, 04:51

The military overthrow of Sudan's longtime president quickly has raised concerns about whether the upheaval will destabilize neighboring South Sudan's fragile efforts at peace after five years of civil war. Amid the laughter and applause on the streets of South Sudan's capital, Juba, moments after the ouster on Thursday, there was ...

7 in South Sudan charged with sabotage and insurgency

Africa 03/25/19, 11:57

Seven people including South Sudanese academic and activist, Peter Biar Ajak, were charged in court Monday with sabotage, insurgency and possession of weapons for allegedly staging an uprising in South Sudan's main national security prison in October. If found guilty they could be sentenced to death.The men are being tried ...

South Sudan spends millions on cars, homes instead of peace

Africa 03/21/19, 06:28

South Sudan's committee overseeing the fragile transition from civil war has approved almost $185 million in spending on vehicles, food and home renovations while the country's peace deal suffers from an alleged lack of funds, according to internal documents seen by The Associated Press.As the East African nation emerges from ...

South Sudan’s hunger is growing, despite 5 months of peace

Africa 02/22/19, 05:57

Five months into South Sudan's fragile peace, 1.5 million people are on the brink of starvation and half the population, more than six million people, are facing extreme hunger, say the United Nations and South Sudan's government in a report issued Friday.Without aid more than 7.5 million people will be ...

Sexual violence rampant in South Sudan’s Unity area, says UN

Africa 02/15/19, 08:04

Brutal sexual violence committed with "pervasive impunity" and a level of "premeditation" persists in South Sudan's northern region, the United Nations said on Friday.At least 134 women and girls were raped, including some as young as eight, between September and December last year, according to a report issued by the ...

High-level detainee accuses Kenya, South Sudan of kidnapping

Africa 02/06/19, 04:39

I was terrified ... I knew that I was heading for a terrible situation." For the first time, the spokesman for South Sudan's armed opposition leader has spoken out about his alleged kidnapping in neighboring Kenya, deportation to his home country and death sentence.James Gatdet Dak, one of the highest-profile ...

South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace

World 01/26/19, 04:24

Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan's capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. "At the moment it's impossible for someone to leave," he said.The 33-year-old is among tens of thousands ...

Tense 1st meeting of South Sudan armed leaders since peace

World 11/30/18, 04:03

Stepping out of a helicopter last week, South Sudan armed opposition commander Ashab Khamis came face-to-face with his rival in a crushing five-year civil war, army Gen. Keer Kiir Keer.The meeting, witnessed by The Associated Press, was their first attempt at reconciliation since the conflict began and a crucial test ...

Oil-rich South Sudan seeks investment in fragile new peace

Africa 11/21/18, 14:04

South Sudan is making its first big foreign investment pitch since declaring an end to civil war, but the oil-rich nation faces hesitation from some companies that want to make sure the fragile new peace deal holds.The country is eager to make up for $4 billion in lost revenue caused ...

South Sudan opposition leader returns as part of peace deal

Africa 10/31/18, 05:13

For the first time since fleeing South Sudan more than two years ago, opposition leader Riek Machar returned on Wednesday to take part in a nationwide peace celebration.Under the new peace deal signed on September 12, Machar will once again serve as a vice president in President Salva Kiir's government. ...

War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace

Africa 09/28/18, 05:20

Clutching the ball with both hands, Gloria Nene charges past opponents and proudly scores a try. The 11-year-old girl traded in Boro Boro, South Sudan's equivalent of dodgeball, for rugby a few months ago and already has decided she wants to go pro."It's good to play. If you're outside doing ...

Nearly 400,000 ‘excess deaths’ in South Sudan, report says

Africa 09/26/18, 07:25

South Sudan's civil war has caused nearly 400,000 "excess deaths" since fighting erupted in late 2013, a new report funded by the U.S. State Department said Wednesday after years of uncertainty.The report by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine estimates that "violent injuries" caused about half of those ...

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