User: newstrust Topic: Darfur Crisis
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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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US to provide South Sudan with $180 million in emergency food aid 12.8.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Africa summit marks a tectonic shift that should be bolstered 9.8.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
EVEN WHILE irrational fears about Ebola’s spread to the United States swirled, the three-day Africa summit in Washington this week managed to crystallize the continent’s continued evolution from a beneficiary of U.S. aid and security interventions to a partner in ...
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UN calls for South Sudan rivals to resolve crisis 9.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urgently called Friday for South Sudan's feuding political leaders to resolve a mounting crisis and threatened targeted sanctions against perpetrators of ethnic violence.
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As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan 7.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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UN outraged at ethnic murder of South Sudanese humanitarian workers 6.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Murders will further jeopardise relief efforts in South Sudan, UN says, as peace talks crumble and 5 million people need food aid

The UN has described the apparently ethnically motivated murder of six South Sudanese humanitarian workers as an outrage that has further jeopardised efforts to get food, medicine and water to more than 100,000 refugees in the north-east of the country.

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South Sudan's rebel faction a no-show at peace talks; aid leaders condemn killings 6.8.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Sudan crisis: displaced Darfuris and their most treasured possessions 5.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The conflict in Darfur, western Sudan, has forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes since 2003. While most displaced people are fortunate to escape with their lives, some manage to take with them a handful of belongings. Here, residents of homeless camps in central Darfur reveal the objects they hold dear and share their hopes of one day returning home. Photographer Annie Bungeroth, working with Cafod, reports

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South Sudan peace talks begin as spectre of famine lurks 4.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar meet for African-led negotiations but ongoing violence dents hopes of resolution

Talks between rebels and the government to try to end seven months of bloodshed in South Sudan resumed in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. The session begins amid continuing reports of fighting and increasingly dire warnings from aid agencies of impending famine.

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