South Sudan: Alarmed by violence in Yei, UN mission calls for immediate end to hostilities
Oct11

South Sudan: Alarmed by violence in Yei, UN mission calls for immediate end to hostilities

Extremely concerned by the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where an estimated 100,000 people are trapped, the United Nations mission in the African country today called on warring factions to immediately end all hostilities. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received “deeply disturbing reports of horrific violence perpetrated against innocent and vulnerable...

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South Sudan refugees soar past one million mark
Sep17

South Sudan refugees soar past one million mark

The number of refugees from South Sudan has passed the one million mark after a renewed bout of fierce fighting in July sent nearly 200,000 people fleeing the war-scarred nation, the UN said Friday. The latest United Nations refugee agency figures see the world’s youngest nation join the ranks of Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, where conflict similarly has driven massive numbers fleeing to safety across national borders. The...

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UN demands South Sudan cooperate on regional force
Sep15

UN demands South Sudan cooperate on regional force

The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged South Sudan’s government to take immediate steps to allow a new regional force to deploy in Juba as it weighed imposing an arms embargo. Following a closed-door meeting, New Zealand Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, who holds the council presidency, said it was time for “actions, not words” from President Salva Kiir’s government. The council voted last month to deploy the...

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UNHCR requests more aid for South Sudan refugees
Aug30

UNHCR requests more aid for South Sudan refugees

The international community must respond to the refugee crisis caused by fighting in South Sudan in the same way it responded to the crisis in Europe, the UN refugee chief said in Uganda on Monday. “Uganda is in the middle of an unstable region and being a stable and peaceful country they are somehow compelled to receive thousands of refugees everyday. In Europe the same number of new arrivals per day could bring governments down,”...

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Kerry urges deployment of South Sudan ‘protection force’
Aug23

Kerry urges deployment of South Sudan ‘protection force’

US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for the deployment of a 4,000-strong “protection force” to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. “There is absolutely no question that we need to move forward with the deployment of the regional protection force authorised by the UN Security Council,” Kerry said after meeting with five regional foreign ministers in the Kenyan capital Nairobi....

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