Mediator says South Sudan rivals reach deal to end conflict

Nov 8, 2014

Mediator says South Sudan rivals reach deal to end conflict

South Sudan’s warring parties committed to ending fighting and bringing their months-long conflict to an end without conditions, the chief mediator for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)regional African group, said Saturday after two days of talks in the Ethiopian capital. Fighting erupted last ...

Oct 21, 2014

Cabinet extends SDF mission in South Sudan

The Cabinet decided Tuesday to extend the Self-Defense Forces deployment in South Sudan by four months to the end of February. The decision came after the U.N. Security Council extended the operation of the U.N. mission in South Sudan, which the SDF personnel are ...

Oct 19, 2014

Sudan could be arming S. Sudan rebels, says report

Sudan’s government plans to increase military assistance to rebels in South Sudan, which could prolong the south’s civil war and return the region to a wider conflict, according to a leaked document. Sudan will provide tanks and artillery and share intelligence with rebels fighting ...

Oct 17, 2014

South Sudan headed for upsurge in fighting: U.N.

The end of the rainy season in South Sudan could re-ignite fierce fighting, with factions battling for control of oil fields while the threat of famine looms, a U.N. official warned Thursday. “The rainy season is ending and this could be the signal for ...

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan; three dead

Aug 27, 2014

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan; three dead

A rebel commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor. The U.N. confirmed that three people died and one survived — all Russian citizens ...

Violence sending South Sudan close to catastrophe, U.N. official warns

Aug 7, 2014

Violence sending South Sudan close to catastrophe, U.N. official warns

A top U.N. official on Wednesday told the Security Council that a fresh wave of violence in South Sudan is dragging the nascent country closer to a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Edmond Mulet, the U.N. assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, warned council members that the ...

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...

Jul 17, 2014

War-torn South Sudan gets Chinese weapons delivery

The government in civil war-torn South Sudan has taken delivery of new Chinese arms, including anti-tank missiles, grenade launchers and assault rifles, the country’s defense minister confirmed Wednesday. The minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said the deal with China North Industries Corp (Norinco) was concluded ...

Jul 14, 2014

South Sudan self-destructing

The major importers of oil from South Sudan — including the U.S. and China — should help the youngest country on the African continent achieve a national reconciliation, to pre-empt a full-blown civil war.

May 10, 2014

South Sudan ceasefire set to begin after peace deal

A cease-fire between South Sudan’s government and rebels was due to come into effect Saturday following a deal to end a brutal five-month war that has pushed the country to the brink of genocide and famine. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, ...