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South Sudan: potential crisis looms as nation teeters between war and peace 13.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Aid agencies warn that millions of people already traumatised by conflict could face famine next year if fighting resumes

With the eyes of the world focused on conflict in Syria and Iraq, and the seemingly inexorable spread of Ebola in west Africa, the worlds newest nation stands at a critical juncture.

Aid agencies warn that South Sudan faces a catastrophe unless its leaders can deliver peace to a traumatised people, who have already exhausted their resources trying to stay alive during more than nine months of conflict.

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South Sudan food crisis: children bear brunt of man-made disaster 6.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Despite aid agencies efforts, the worlds newest nation is close to famine as its leaders fight for the spoils of power

Water bottle in hand and rucksack on back, his grey trousers rolled up to reveal spindly legs, 12-year-old Gatwech boarded the first flight of his life. His ear protectors dwarfed his head as he gazed wide-eyed through the window of the Russian-built UN helicopter that lifted into the sky, sweeping over lush plains and thick forests.

Gatwech crossed the invisible frontlines separating government and rebel forces in South Sudans civil war. Finally, the aircraft came in to land on a ringfenced field in the village of Akobo, deep in opposition territory, and the boy strained to look at the excited crowd waiting under trees. He was about to be reunited with his family for the first time after nine arduousmonths in a displacement camp.

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WorldViews: South Sudan wants to kick out foreign aid workers, even as a devastating famine looms 17.9.2014 Washington Post: World

On Tuesday, South Sudanese authorities announced that they are planning to ban foreign workers by Oct. 15 — a move that could also affect foreigners employed by aid agencies. The report comes amid a rapidly deteriorating food security situation in the East African country, which has suffered through months of civil war.

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Isis video claims to show beheading of British hostage David Haines 14.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
  • David Haines, an aid worker, was captured in Syria in 2013
  • David Cameron has called the murder an act of pure evil
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AP: More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic 12.9.2014 AP Top News
GUEN, Central African Republic (AP) -- More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late for thousands....
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Women in South Sudan: They attack us at toilets or where we collect water 11.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Women who fled the fighting to live in camps on UN bases risk harassment and sexual attack whenever they leave their tents

Julie Franciss self-imposed curfew starts when the sun sets. The widowed mother of four has been living at the UN base outside Malakal since December, one of more than 17,000 people who have fled there to escape fighting in South Sudans Upper Nile State capital. But the overcrowded camp is not without its own dangers, especially for women and girls.

Francis can hear drunken teenagers hound women as they make their way around the sites paths. She has seen the holes men have cut through the tarpaulin walls of the showers so they can peep and leer at women. She has comforted rape survivors.

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Migrant crisis hits Europe 10.9.2014 Washington Post: World
Clinging to a plank from the wreckage of his sinking raft, Ali Salib gazed into the cobalt blue of the open Mediterranean and began to speak to the dead. To those who have gone before me, I go now to join ...
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Sudan pushes back against Iran: Cultural centers closed, envoys banished 2.9.2014 Washington Post: World
Sudan pushed back against Iranian reach Tuesday, announcing the closure of Tehran-backed cultural centers and ordering the expulsion of a diplomat and other envoys in an apparent sign of fraying ties after years of close ...
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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That 28.8.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.
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To South Sudan’s woes, add famine — 50,000 kids at risk of death 24.8.2014 Washington Post: World
MALAKAL, South Sudan — Nyarony Choing is as old as South Sudan. And like the world’s newest nation, she has been to hell and back before her fourth birthday. When civil war broke out eight months ago in Juba, the capital, Nyarony’s mother fled with her three children, eventually winding up in a refugee camp inside the United Nations base in the northern city of Malakal. Every time it rains, which is often these days, the floor of their tent disappears underwater, the thick, cloying mud of the Nile basin mixing with the human excrement that flows freely in the ...
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Children, armed and in uniform, used as soldiers in South Sudan 21.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The U.N.'s top official for children and armed conflicts says the use of child soldiers and violence against children is commonplace in South Sudan's year of warfare.
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Political dialogue key for South Sudan reconciliation: China 20.8.2014 New Kerala: World News
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Inside the luggage of a humanitarian worker in pictures 19.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
What do aid workers pack when assigned on a mission abroad? Heres a few picks from our recent assignment When humanitarians find themselves in the field, conflict and lack of resources often mean that the contents of their backpacks will be invaluable to getting the job done. As we mark World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday, we asked our community to share a picture of what they pack when assigned on a mission abroad. Heres a few of our picks: This is the contents of my personal MapAction emergency deployment kit. Were expected to be fully self sufficient in the field for five days and be deployed within 24 hours of a major emergency, which means the bag always remains packed. In here I have rations, water purification gear, manuals, tools, first aid kit and a mosquito net. On the way to the airport, everything that isnt needed for a particular mission goes into another bag and is left at the airport. This was last used for a Philippines mission in 2013. On this trip to Uganda, I will photograph ...
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World's Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises 19.8.2014 NPR News
USAID's Nancy Lindborg: "What we have now ... are really complex, difficult crises that are fundamentally the result of non-democratic governments."
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Humanitarian workers deaths reach record high 19.8.2014 Hindu: International
One hundred and fifty-five aid workers were killed in 2013 as attacks on humanitarian workers around the world increased by 66 per cent over those in 2012, according to a report published...
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Deaths of humanitarian aid workers reach record high 19.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Figures released for World Humanitarian Day show 2013 was most dangerous yet, with 155 deaths and 134 kidnappings

Last year was the most dangerous on record for humanitarian workers, with 155 killed, 171 seriously wounded and 134 kidnapped as they attempted to help others in some of the worlds most dangerous places, new research has shown.

The study, released to mark World Humanitarian Day, also reveals that 79 aid workers have died so far this year, making the first eight months of 2014 deadlier for the humanitarian community than the whole of 2012.

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WorldViews: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it? 16.8.2014 Washington Post: World
The warning signs were everywhere. At the beginning of this year, NGOs began to caution that South Sudan faced a famine. Fears became more substantial in May, when local farmers were forced to flee their homes due to fighting between Dinka and Nuer  ethnic groups at a time when they would usually have tilled their fields. At the beginning of August, the United Nations Security Council expressed "grave concern" about the situation and described it as "currently ... the worst [food insecurity situation] in the world." Some 50,000 children could die, the U.N. warned, and more than one third of South Sudan's population is dangerously ...
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UK prepares to supply arms directly to Kurdish forces fighting Isis 15.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Kurds welcome move by Britain to significantly intensify its involvement in the current Iraq crisis

David Cameron is prepared to supply weapons directly to Kurdish forces fighting jihadists from the Islamic State (Isis) in northern Iraq, in a move that risks drawing Britain back indirectly into the country's conflict.

In a significant intensification of British involvement in the Iraq crisis, the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, will tell his EU counterparts in Brussels on Friday that Britain is prepared to join France in arming the Kurds. Cameron and Nick Clegg agreed the plan at an emergency Cobra meeting.

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Iraq humanitarian crisis has reached highest level, UN aid officials warn 14.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Sheer amount of displaced people has created dangerous and complex situation, despite lifting of Isis siege on Mount Sinjar

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains complex and highly dangerous for hundreds of thousands of people, even after the lifting of the Islamic State (Isis) siege of Mount Sinjar, aid officials in northern Iraq warned on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday night, the UN declared its highest level of emergency for the crisis facing the 1.2 million people displaced by fighting this year in Iraq, putting it on a par with Syria, South Sudan and Central African Republic.

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Will Israel’s War Crimes Go Unpunished? 14.8.2014 ConsortiumNews.com
Will Israel’s War Crimes Go Unpunished?
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