South Sudan

South Sudan: UN peacekeeping mission’s helicopter shot down, killing all crew members

A United Nations helicopter has been shot down in eastern South Sudan by the nation’s armed forces, killing all four crew members onboard, the world body’s peacekeeping operation in the country reported today.

Ban and Security Council condemn fatal shooting down of UN helicopter in South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting down today of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan – killing all four crew members onboard – by the country’s armed forces and called for those responsible to be held to account, his spokesperson said today.

South Sudan: UN peacekeepers continue protecting civilians amid tense situation in town of Wau

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan reports that the situation in the town of Wau remains tense, following the arrival of some 5,000 people seeking safety at a UN base there yesterday, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

UN peacekeepers provide protection for thousands fleeing violence in South Sudanese town

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is providing shelter to thousands of civilians, mainly women and children, who have sought protection in a base in the country’s northwest today.

UN urges restraint by South Sudanese security forces after recent deadly incidents

The United Nations is calling on South Sudan’s security forces to exercise maximum restraint after nine civilians were killed and many more injured in incidents involving protestors and police last weekend in the city of Wau.

UN concerned over reports of human rights violations in Sudan, South Sudan

The United Nations human rights office today expressed its concern over the recent killing of a prominent public commentator in South Sudan, warning that a series of attacks on human rights defenders in the country amounted to an “assault on freedom of expression.”

South Sudan: UN peacekeeping mission deplores killing of journalist, urges investigation

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed deep concern today at the reported murder of journalist Diing Chan Awol and added its voice to the growing calls for a full investigation into the killing.

On visit to South Sudan, senior UN official spotlights ‘forgotten refugee crisis’

A senior United Nations official today highlighted the need to assist some 60,000 displaced persons living in South Sudan’s largest refugee camp close to the border with Sudan, describing their situation as a forgotten crisis.

Former refugees help refugees in South Sudan

Former South Sudanese refugees are now helping Sudanese refugees who have fled to their country.

The refugees have escaped fighting between the Sudanese army and armed rebel forces in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

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South Sudan: UN needs urgent funds as Hepatitis E risk grows in refugee camps

The United Nations refugee agency today warned that efforts to contain a Hepatitis E outbreak in South Sudan is being threatened due to lack of funding, and concern is growing with thousands more refugees expected to arrive in the country in the coming weeks.