On a pale dirt road in the Palorinya refugee camp in northern Uganda, Raida Ijo clung to her 16-year-old son, Charles Abu. They sobbed quietly into each other’s shoulder. They had been separated for 19 months, since the day that fighting broke out between rebels and government troops in their
South Sudanese leaders have once again agreed to end the country’s five-year civil war and work towards peace.
The deal, signed by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Macahr, agreed to end hostilities and to work together in a transitional government scheduled to last for three years. As part
In her first visit to civil war-town South Sudan, actress Ashley Judd had a message for survivors of sexual assault in a country where rape is a widespread weapon.
“I see you, I love you and I’m here for you,” she said in an interview.
Judd was among the first
For the first time in almost two years, South Sudan’s warring leaders met face-to-face for peace talks amid efforts to end a brutal civil war.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. A statement from Mr. Machar’s opposition spokesman called
The accounts are horrific. A young girl strangled and gang-raped. Children burned alive as government soldiers blocked the door of their hut and set it aflame.
These are some of the atrocities revealed in 14 reports, seen by The Associated Press, that have not yet been released by the independent
More than four years of civil war in South Sudan has chased millions from their homes, leaving countless farms abandoned. The economy has been obliterated. Fighting has overcome some of the nation’s most productive land. Food prices are ruinously high.
Even during harvest time, when food was most abundant, more
The UN says 210 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in civil war-torn South Sudan.
It was the third such release this year, bringing the total number of underage fighters freed so far to 806.
UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said the children were formally disarmed and given
More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1,000 children freed in the coming months.
At the “laying down of the guns” ceremony, 112 boys and 95 girls were returned to their families in
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
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