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In South Sudan, ‘the body of Christ is bleeding,’ bishop says

In South Sudan, ‘the body of Christ is bleeding,’ bishop says

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, privately met with representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) and discussed how to promote peace in the country.
“We are here as an ecumenical body…we came as Christians to show that the body of Christ is bleeding,” Bishop Paride

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UN threatens to consider arms embargo in South Sudan

UN threatens to consider arms embargo in South Sudan

The U.N. Security Council demanded an immediate end to fighting in South Sudan and threatened to consider an arms embargo and sanctions to prevent warring parties from violating a December cease-fire agreement.
A U.S.-drafted resolution, adopted unanimously, also expresses the council’s intention to consider sanctions “against those who take actions

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The Key to Making Peace in Africa

The Key to Making Peace in Africa

In December 2013, competing factions of South Sudan’s ruling party plunged the country into a horrific civil war as they fought over the spoils of the world’s newest state. Now in its fourth year, the conflict has ravaged the economy, resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, brought hundreds of

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Famine Stalks South Sudan

Famine Stalks South Sudan

In the catalog of horrors afflicting the world’s most hellish places, South Sudan can check about every bloodied box. More than four years of civil warfare has left tens of thousands dead, two million displaced, half the population at threat of starvation without aid and a trail of atrocities —

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Hunger Woes Escalate in War-Torn South Sudan

Hunger Woes Escalate in War-Torn South Sudan

At least two-thirds of the residents of oil-rich South Sudan are at risk of extreme hunger as the country tries to contain a devastating four-year conflict.
Some 5.3 million people, almost half of the population, struggled to find enough food in January, as aid agencies brace to help a record

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Pope declares day of fasting and prayer for South Sudan, DRC

Pope declares day of fasting and prayer for South Sudan, DRC

Pope Francis has declared February 23 a day of fasting and prayer for crisis-ridden South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Pope appealed to those who are faithful to seek spiritual intervention by fasting and praying for peace. The Holy Father has also invited non-Catholic faithful to play

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Hundreds of child soldiers released in South Sudan

Hundreds of child soldiers released in South Sudan

More than 300 child soldiers were released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since civil war began five years ago.
The “laying down of the guns” ceremony for 87 girls and 224 boys was the first step in a process that should see at least 700

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Child Abductions Rise as South Sudan War Incites Desperation

Child Abductions Rise as South Sudan War Incites Desperation

Child abductions among rival tribes have increased during South Sudan’s civil war as desperate people try to make a living amid widespread hunger and a devastated economy.
“Child abductions and trafficking in South Sudan is a real issue that requires an urgent response by the government,” said Edmund Yakani, executive

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UN Refugee Chief Calls for Peace in South Sudan

UN Refugee Chief Calls for Peace in South Sudan

The ratio of South Sudanese refugees to local residents in the Ugandan Imvempi refugee settlement is now 1 to 4, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited the settlement and made an appeal to the warring factions in South Sudan.
“Please make peace.

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Why peace continues to elude South Sudan

Why peace continues to elude South Sudan

Peacebuilding attempts in South Sudan appear to be on the brink of collapse, as violence and the conflict’s chaotic and ever-shifting fault lines already threaten to topple a three-week-old truce.
What began as a two-way fight has become fractured amidst rebel infighting, splinter groups and defections, making it harder to

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