South Sudan

News in Brief 18 October 2018

  • UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan
  • ‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib
  • Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger
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UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted in South Sudan

South Sudan must bring to justice the military forces responsible for abducting more than 900 men, women and children from the east of the country, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Thursday.  Hundreds of people are still missing from Gbudue and Tambura states, both of which are in Western Equatoria region, OHCHR said in a report co-authored with UN peacekeeping mission, UNMISS.  OHCHR’s Julie de Rivero spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release.

FROM THE FIELD: One South Sudanese woman’s harrowing escape to UN camp

A South Sudanese woman has been telling a high-level delegation of officials from the African Union and United Nations how she walked for five days and nights to find sanctuary in a UN protection site,  from violent clashes.

First South Sudan river convoy in five years, delivers UN aid to remote areas

For the first time since civil war erupted in South Sudan in 2013, a United Nations food convoy has managed to deliver thousands of tonnes of aid by river, to people in seven hard-to-reach locations, saving millions of dollars on costly aid flights.

‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief

Putting the latest peace deal into real effect across South Sudan, must include addressing “in a stronger manner, the challenges facing women and girls”, said the UN’s leading voice for gender-equality, who is part of a joint United Nations-African Union delegation to the country this week.

UN Mission in Darfur, important ‘source of protection’ to displaced and civilians of Golo: rights chief

UNAMID is a valuable “source of protection” to people in central Jabal Marra, an area strongly affected by the long-running conflict across the Sudanese region, according to Marcel Clement Akpovo, the Mission’s Chief of Human Rights.  Mr. Akpovo, who recently met with internally displaced persons in Jabal Marra, Darfur, Sudan, spoke with UNAMID’s Setyo Budi.

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‘Selfless’ South Sudanese surgeon, who’s saved thousands of lives over 20 years, ‘humbled’ to receive top UN award

For 20 years, Doctor Evan Atar Adaha has been providing medical services to the conflict-affected people of Sudan and South Sudan and, on Monday, he received the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award, a prestigious prize given annually by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to honour the women and men who work tirelessly to provide life-saving help to people caught in humanitarian crises.

South Sudanese doctor wins top UNHCR award for tireless efforts

For 20 years, Doctor Evan Atar Adaha has been providing medical services to the conflict-affected people of Sudan and South Sudan. Today, his dedication against all odds is being rewarded, as he is the winner of the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award – a prize given annually by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to honour the women and men who work tirelessly to help people caught in humanitarian crises.

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South Sudan’s ‘relentless conflict’ leaves almost 60 per cent suffering desperate food crisis

“Relentless conflict” in South Sudan has now left more than six million people facing crisis levels of hunger, three UN agencies have said, amid ongoing efforts to deliver aid to the war-weary country.