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, ...

May 2, 2014

Onodera to inspect SDF operations in South Sudan

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will fly to South Sudan next week to check on Japanese troops there, becoming the first Japanese minister to visit since the new nation since it won independence from Sudan in July 2011, the ministry said Friday. On Thursday, Onodera ...

Apr 23, 2014

'Piles and piles' of bodies seen in S. Sudan slaughter

The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn’t safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young ...

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

Mar 14, 2014

South Sudan faces 'specter' of famine, U.S., EU envoys warn

South Sudan faces possible famine if warring government and rebel forces do not heed a cease-fire deal they have signed, U.S. and EU envoys warned Thursday. “The parties have failed to respect their commitment to the Jan. 23 cessation of hostilities,” said U.S. envoy ...