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Hopes rise for South Sudan peace deal 12.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir names rival Riek Machar as deputy, fuelling hopes of end to two years of ethnic conflict

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, raising hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million forced from their homes since the conflict broke out in December 2013, pushing the world’s youngest nation to the brink of famine.

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Unprecedented food crisis looms over strife-torn South Sudan, UN agencies warn 9.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Feb 9 : South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned today.
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40,000 S. Sudanese on brink of catastrophe: UN 9.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
Khartoum, Feb 9 : At least 40,000 South Sudanese citizens are threatened to starve to death due to escalating food insecurity in the new-born state, UN agencies said Monday.
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Darfur: UN expresses grave concern over new hostilities and impact on civilians 28.1.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Jan 28 : The United Nations on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the impact of the ongoing hostilities in Darfur on thousands of civilians who have been forced to flee their homes amid the conflict that began two weeks ago.
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Will a “grand bargain” solve the humanitarian funding crisis? 18.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
A new report offers solutions to the growing gap between humanitarian needs and available resources - but can they be put into practice? The aptly titled report, Too important to fail from the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing was launched in Dubai yesterday. Does it offer viable solutions to the widening gap between humanitarian needs and available resources? Is the “grand bargain” it offers enough to transform a struggling aid system? All eyes are on humanitarian financing in 2016. The World Humanitarian Summit in May is fast approaching and the launch of the report comes against a backdrop of the displacement of millions of people in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Iraq and other disaster and conflict-affected countries. Their suffering reminds us of the need to get this right ...
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The refugee who took on the British government | Ben Rawlence 12.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
For British politicians, foreign aid to Africa has become a cherished emblem of our idealism and generosity. But what happens when our funds harm those they are meant to help? The story of an Ethiopian farmer who sued the UK after losing his home to a development programme funded by foreign aid One day in late 2010, a farmer – I will call him Opik – woke up in his village in the remote Ethiopian province of Gambella. In this lush lowland area of savanna bordering South Sudan , the semi-nomadic Anuak people have lived for centuries, cultivating sorghum and maize, swimming in the river and gathering nuts, berries and fruits from the trees and wild honey from the forest. “It was paradise,” Opik recalled. The Anuak have an intimate relationship with their landscape. Their highest traditional authority is a spiritual leader called the wat-ngomi, who must sanction any human intervention in nature. Some trees are deemed sacred and cannot be cut down. Spirits live in certain sites and even the boundaries of ...
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Sudan, S. Sudan extend agreement on transit of humanitarian aid 11.1.2016 New Kerala: World News
Khartoum, Jan 11 : Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Sunday to extend their agreement on transit of humanitarian aid through Sudanese territory in the South, a media report said.
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Chad: UN provides funds for scores displaced by Boko Haram violence 9.1.2016 New Kerala: World News
New York, Jan 9 (Just Earth News/IBNS): With nearly 200,000 people in Chad in need of urgent aid - 50,000 of them uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists from Nigeria - the United Nations emergency fund on Friday announced a $7 million grant, the second in five months, and called on international donors to provide much more.
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People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away 7.1.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa -- one caused by drought, the other by war.

Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, and in South Sudan, conflict has made it difficult...

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UN Year in Review 2015 looks back at 'pivotal year' for international community 24.12.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Dec 24 (Just Earth News/IBNS)The year 2015, in which the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary, was "pivotal" - in the words of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - marked by major achievements, including the adoption of a long-term global sustainable development agenda and crowned by the UN climate conference which committed every nation on Earth to do its part in combatting global warming.
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Food rations bring respite to South Sudanese forced to live in swamps | Simona Foltyn 23.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Aid agencies that had left because of fighting are slowly returning to Unity state, giving relief to locals surviving on palm fruits and waterlilies

Leer, in South Sudan, hadn’t seen this much life in a long time. The town – or what is left of it – had been largely deserted since May, when fresh violence forced residents from their homes.

On 15 December, however, tens of thousands emerged from their hideouts in nearby swamps to receive their first food ration in months. Pushed to the brink of starvation, they anxiously lined up to collect a ration card from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is organising the distribution.

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UN's rapid response humanitarian fund marks 10th anniversary with plans to upgrade 18.12.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Dec 18 (Just Earth News/IBNS) The United Nations rapid response funding mechanism for saving tens of thousands of lives in both sudden disasters and long-festering crises marked its 10th anniversary on Thursday with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laying out plans to strengthen it in the face of mounting challenges.
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"I Don't Want to Die. This War Is Not My War": A Syrian in France's Largest Refugee Camp Speaks Out 9.12.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Broadcasting from Paris, France, Democracy Now! travels an hour and a half north of the city to Calais, site of the largest refugee camp in the country. Six to seven thousand people are camped out in makeshift tents. Their goal is to reach Britain, and each night members of the camp set out along the highway to the Channel Tunnel, where they attempt to cross into Britain by jumping on top of or inside trucks or lorries. We meet Majd, a 21-year-old Syrian man, one of thousands stranded in the the camp. He describes how a Sudanese man named Joseph was recently killed when he was run over by a car on the highway. On Saturday, camp residents protested that the police hadn't stopped the driver, and held signs reading "We are Humans, Not Dogs" and "What Do the Survivors of War Have to Do to Live in Peace?" This comes as the world faces the greatest exodus of people since World War II. On Monday, the United Nations appealed for $20 billion in additional aid money, saying that at present funding levels the U.N. ...
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Sudan braces for 'fighting season' as peace talks fall flat 9.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Civilians in Blue Nile and South Kordofan are preparing for more war after government and rebels fail to reach consensus, writes Nuba Reports

For residents in southern Sudan, the official return of the dry season brings with it the renewed threat of war.

As roads dry out, government forces and rebel groups have mobilised to resume fighting after peace talks between representatives from the two sides failed to reach an agreement in late November.

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How mobile tech is improving global disaster relief 8.12.2015 BBC: Business
How technology is helping disaster relief efforts
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UN launches its biggest ever annual appeal for humanitarian funding 7.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

$20bn sum is almost sixfold the amount asked for decade ago, and reflects not just growing demand but increasing scope and complexity of humanitarian work

The United Nations will today (Monday) issue the largest appeal for humanitarian funding that it has ever launched, reflecting a crisis of unprecedented scale in difficult operating conditions.

The UN is likely to ask for about $20bn (£13bn) to fund works next year in 37 countries, including Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Ukraine.

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South Sudan at critical juncture, UN peacekeeping chief warns 3.12.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Dec 3 (Just Earth News/IBNS): With both sides repeatedly violating the ceasefire, endangering progress so far made towards a political transition, the South Sudan peace process is at a critical juncture and in need of increased international support, the top United Nations peacekeeping official warned on Wednesday.
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South Sudan thought it had solved its child soldier problem. It hasn’t. 13.11.2015 Washington Post: World
South Sudan thought it had solved its child soldier problem. It hasn’t.
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Yes, Ethiopia has problems - but this drought is no 1984 rerun | William Davison 11.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
With rapid economic growth and a government safety net, Ethiopians are understandably angry at being associated in western minds with misery When the BBC’s Michael Buerk brought Ethiopian famine to the world’s attention in 1984, the footage panned over thousands of people on the brink of starvation in the region of North Wollo. A BBC report this week, filmed in the same drought-stricken area, focused on one mother’s loss of her son to hunger. But it was an indication that although Ethiopia still suffers preventable tragedies, it may well have gained the capability to prevent catastrophe. A statement from the Ethiopian embassy in London was quick to challenge yesterday’s report: “The sensational news broadcast by BBC TV, regarding children dying on a daily basis, does not reflect the current broad reality on the ground and the full preparation that has gone into overcoming the ...
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UN must make good on its resolution to protect women against wartime violence | Kenneth Roth 9.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
In the 15 years since resolution 1325 was passed, the UN has done far too little to safeguard women in war zones or give them a meaningful role in peacemaking It has been 15 years since the UN security council passed resolution 1325 , which aimed to end violence and abuse against women during war, and to bring women’s voices into peace talks. But there is little to show for it. Government forces, rebel groups and even peacekeepers are still raping women as wars are fought. Girls are still being married off when wars leave their families unable to care for them. Aid groups in many places continue to distribute help only to male heads of households, when people can no longer tend their crops or work because of ...
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