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South Sudan peace deal greeted with quiet optimism by humanitarian world 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

World leaders and aid agencies hail decision of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir to sign deal on ending civil war but warn it will only work if carried through

UN agencies working to prevent millions of people in South Sudan from sliding into famine have responded with cautious optimism after President Salva Kiir signed a long-awaited peace deal aimed at ending the country’s 20-month civil war and putting it on a path to peace.

The agreement calls for a ceasefire within 72 hours and the formation of a transitional government within 90 days. It also bars “actions that may impede or delay the provision of humanitarian assistance, or protection to civilians, and restrict free movement of people”. If adhered to by all warring parties, the deal could allow aid agencies to start increasing humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.

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Conflict abroad or virus outbreak at home? A Liberian aid worker’s dilemma 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Aid worker Alfred Davies speaks of the agonising decision of going home to fight Ebola or continuing his work abroad

When Ebola broke out in my country Liberia, I was coordinating an Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) project in the hot, dusty, remote South Sudanese town of Gogrial. I was in the middle of the desert, surviving on a diet of little more than chickpeas and rice, with a team of first-time MSFers – and an even more demanding bunch of militia leaders – who were running me ragged.

My first thought was that I had to resign and go home. Yes, the humanitarian needs in Gogrial were huge; but my family and friends were in trouble, and I wanted to help.

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World Humanitarian Day: voices from the field revisited 19.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Last year, we marked World Humanitarian Day by profiling a selection of aid workers . Twelve months on, we speak to some of them again – as well as other humanitarians working in crisis areas – to get a flavour of life on the frontline A string of protracted conflicts has pushed humanitarian agencies to their limits, with demand for help increasing even as funding gaps grow. By this time last year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) had appealed for $17.3bn (£11bn) to meet basic humanitarian needs in countries such as Syria, South Sudan and Central African Republic, said John Ging, director of the agency’s operational division. This year Ocha is appealing for $19.4bn, of which only 34% has so far been ...
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World Humanitarian Day: let's all make a greater commitment to life-saving action 19.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
It’s a day to pay tribute to those who help the world’s most vulnerable people and to redouble efforts to provide emergency aid to global victims of crises In today’s volatile world, more than 100 million people need urgent, life-saving humanitarian aid just to survive. More than 60 million have been forced from their homes, in the worst displacement since the second world war. Yet, in today’s interconnected world, every one of us has the power to inspire our fellow human beings to join the action to make the world a better place. The United Nations and the European Union have long been partners in delivering life-saving aid when conflict, war and natural disasters strike, with millions of lives saved every year. Today we reflect on and celebrate these achievements, borne of a collective commitment based on shared principles and ...
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South Sudan: Blockade of aid routes lifted, allowing UN to access conflict-torn areas 15.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 15 : The United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that the month-long restrictions on the movement of goods by air and river routes in South Sudan have been lifted, allowing delivery of aid supplies in crisis-torn Malakal, and has warned of a "dire situation" as fighting continues.
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UN allocates $70 million from emergency fund to assist millions 6.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 6 : The United Nations humanitarian chief on Wednesday allocated $70 million to help provide a lifeline to millions of men, women and children forced from their homes by violence and instability.
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Gangrene and razor wire: charity in Calais is no different to a disaster zone 6.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Instead of promising higher fences and more sniffer dogs politicians should be fixing our broken asylum system and helping fractured people

I’ve visited the wretched refugee camps in Darfur and I’ve walked around post-earthquake Haiti. But in all my years of working in aid and development, I’ve never been as shocked as the day I met a group of 10-year-old Syrian boys, riddled with scabies, huddled together in a rain-sodden ditch under scraps of tarpaulin.

Alone and afraid, these boys, all orphans, weren’t in Lebanon or Jordan but in a remote field 20 minutes’ drive from Calais, close to a service station where lorries stop.

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Over 7,000 face starvation in South Sudan 5.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
Khartoum, Aug 5 : Approximately 7,600 displaced families in South Sudan face starvation after humanitarian assistance ran out last May.
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Calais crisis: medics struggle to cope with number of injured migrants 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Médecins du Monde, which has semi-permanent base in migrant camp, says number of people needing urgent help has rocketed in recent days

Medical staff in Calais say they are struggling to cope with the number of seriously injured migrants, who are taking ever greater risks attempting to get to the UK.

As French police confirmed the death of another migrant attempting to cross the Channel, Médecins du Monde, which has a semi-permanent base in “the jungle” migrant camp in Calais, said that the number of people needing urgent help had rocketed in recent days.

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In Ethiopia, Obama seeks progress on peace, security in East Africa 27.7.2015 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama convened a meeting with the leaders of three African nations and the African Union Monday in an effort to address the worsening situation in South Sudan, even as he met with Ethiopia’s prime minister to discuss how to strengthen human rights and democratic institutions ...
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Obama's Last Chance in Africa 26.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
President Obama needs to unveil a new foreign policy initiative on Africa during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia or risk going down in history as the worst president for Africa in recent memory. It would be a shame if the first American president of African descent ranks last in meaningful engagement with Africa when compared to other presidents in the recent past. Although both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came under intense criticism for doing nothing in the face of genocide and war crimes, they were able to recover somewhat by launching signature initiatives during their second terms. During his first term, Bill Clinton pulled out of Somalia in a spectacular debacle immortalized in the Hollywood movie Black Hawk Down and then refused to intervene in Rwanda, standing by as tens of thousands were slain during one of the worst outbursts of fratricidal violence in the 20th century. During his second term, however, Clinton launched a series of health and development initiatives that partially mitigated ...
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'Sanctity of life paramount,' UN relief chief says in South Sudan, spotlighting need to protect civilians 24.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, July 24 : Mid-way through a four-day visit to assess the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator reviewed aid operations in the warn-torn country today, stressing that "everything" should be done to protect civilians from violence.
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Obama heads to Kenya amid fresh claims of South Sudan war crimes 22.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

US president faces calls to intervene in war-torn country after Human Rights Watch presents new evidence of alleged atrocities

Barack Obama arrives in Kenya this weekend amid calls for the US to take swift action to halt continuing violence in South Sudan, where new evidence emerged on Wednesday of horrific atrocities amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Obama will attend a conference on global entrepreneurship in Nairobi, and may visit Nyan’goma Kogello village, the home of his late father. Nairobi residents have complained that $500,000 (£320,000) in taxpayers’ money has been spent sprucing up the capital ahead of his arrival.

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UN relief chief heads to South Sudan to bolster humanitarian response 22.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Jul 22 : The top United Nations humanitarian official is heading to South Sudan where a new cholera outbreak has claimed nearly 40 lives, more than 2.2 million people have been uprooted from their homes by conflict and nearly 8 million others are expected to face food shortages during the rainy reason.
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Cholera outbreak in South Sudan: WHO 22.7.2015 New Kerala: Health News
United Nations, July 22 : The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a cholera outbreak in South Sudan with more than 1,000 cases recorded so far.
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Sudanese refugee accuses UK of complicity in rights abuses 15.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Lawyer who fled his home country brings legal challenge over government’s decision to provide support and training to Sudan’s armed forces

The UK government has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses in Sudan, because it provides military support and training.

In the high court in London on Wednesday, Ali Agab Nour, a Sudanese human rights lawyer who fled his home country and is now a refugee in the UK, is challenging the government’s actions.

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The millionaire who rescues migrants at sea | Giles Tremlett 8.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Appalled by migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, Chris Catrambone bought a boat and launched his own rescue mission. But as he discovered, there are pitfalls to going it alone In late June 2013, Christopher Catrambone, a garrulous 31-year-old American entrepreneur who had spent almost a decade travelling the world to build a multimillion-dollar company, decided to take a break. Tangiers Group, which Catrambone runs with his Italian wife Regina, provides insurance in conflict zones – to US military subcontractors, NGO workers, journalists and missionaries, among others. The business, rooted in such war-wrecked countries as Iraq and Afghanistan, was flourishing. But that summer, Catrambone decided, the company could take care of itself for three weeks. Catrambone and Regina, along with Regina’s teenage daughter Maria Luisa, set off from their home on the Mediterranean island of Malta, aboard a glistening white 24-metre chartered motor yacht with Burmese teak decking and varnished Tanganyika walnut joinery. ...
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PM defiant amid Greek cash squeeze 1.7.2015 BBC: Business
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras makes a defiant speech urging a No vote in Sunday's referendum as bank cash limits begin to bite for Greeks.
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Toward a Rational US Strategy (Part 1) 1.7.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Special Report: Current U.S. foreign policy is driven by neoconservative ideologues and tough-talking “liberal interventionists” who spread chaos and death around the world while failing to serve real American interests. It’s time for a fundamental rethinking, writes former U.S. diplomat William R. Polk. By William R. Polk Judaism, Christianity and Islam have proclaimed that humankind faces…
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South Sudan army raped and then burned girls alive, says UN 30.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Report by UN rights investigators accuses Sudan People’s Liberation Army of brutality and widespread abuses in civil war

South Sudan’s army raped then burned girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its “new brutality and intensity”, a UN rights report said on Tuesday.

Rights investigators from the UN mission in the Republic of South Sudan (Unmiss) warned of “widespread human rights abuses”, including gang-rape and torture in a report based on 115 victims and eyewitnesses from the northern state of Unity, scene of some of the heaviest recent fighting in the 18-month-long civil war.

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