South Sudan

Nobel Peace Prize recognition is an ‘amazing day’, says UN food agency 

The announcement that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is being described as an “amazing day” for its workers in the field, who put their lives on the line to help at-risk communities. 

That’s the message from Matthew Hollingdale, head of the agency’s South Sudan operation. 

In this interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, he’s been explaining how the 1,200-strong humanitarian team there, has been helping communities hit by the worst flooding in decades and ongoing violence.

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Starvation used as weapon of war in South Sudan conflict, UN rights body finds

Starvation is being intentionally used as a war tactic in South Sudan’s brutal conflict, a UN-backed human rights panel said on Tuesday, releasing its latest report on the country. 

News in Brief 6 October 2020

  • Starvation being used as a method of warfare in South Sudan: UN panel 
  • Yemen: IOM warns disaster looms in Marib, as humanitarian needs grow 
  • Countries across Europe reporting rising levels of ‘COVID-19 fatigue’ 
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News in Brief 29 September 2020

  • Millionth COVID death is an ‘agonizing milestone’ says UN’s Guterres 
  • Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ levels of hunger 
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Flooding leaves South Sudan facing threat of ‘catastrophic’ hunger levels 

Torrential rains and flooding across South Sudan have created the threat of “catastrophic” levels of hunger and left hundreds of thousands homeless, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 23 September 2020

  • Impact on workers of COVID-19 is ‘catastrophic’: ILO 
  • Mali: independent rights expert calls for ‘immediate release’ of former officials detained during coup  
  • South Sudan’s ‘epic’ corruption is preventing country’s peaceful future
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South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along’, UN envoy tells Security Council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday. 

Rights expert denounces lack of investigation into 2017 killing of journalist in South Sudan

Lack of investigation into the killing of a journalist three years ago in South Sudan is indicative of a wider climate of hostility towards journalists in the country, an independent UN human rights expert has said. 

South Sudan’s humanitarian challenges intensified by COVID-19 

August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate humanitarian workers worldwide, who dedicate themselves to protecting and saving the lives of millions around the globe.  

2020 has been a particularly challenging year, as a result of the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this interview, we hear from Meshak Malo, a humanitarian worker with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who’s in South Sudan.  

He spoke to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas about the challenges faced by the country, and what inspires him to go the work each day.  

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South Sudan refugee, athlete, Olympian is newest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

A track and field athlete from South Sudan who was forced to flee conflict as a child was on Tuesday named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.