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Forest Whitaker's commitment to Africa

6 days agoNews : USAToday: News

Forest Whitaker first visited Africa while doing research for "The Last King of Scotland" some 12 years ago. Now starring in "Black Panther," Whitaker has returned regularly to Uganda and South Sudan, launching a nonprofit organization called Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative. (Feb. 15)        

African press review 14 February 2018

South Africa awaits Jacob Zuma's resignation but is he really a "dead President walking"? Meanwhile, the Oxfam scandal spreads to South Sudan.

South African adviser to South Sudan rebels could face death penalty

JUBA (Reuters) - A South African on trial in South Sudan could face the death penalty if found guilty of charges including conspiracy to overthrow the government and supplying weapons, his lawyer said on Tuesday, a day after his co-defendant was sentenced to death.

South Sudan sentences rebel leader's spokesman to death

JUBA (Reuters) - A spokesman for South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was sentenced to death on Monday on charges of treason and incitement against the government.

African press review 10 February 2018

Is Kenya on the road to dictatorship? Or civil war? How much longer will Jacob Zuma hang on as South African president? Why have three Sudanese newspapers been taken out of circulation? And why has South Sudan's ambassador to Washington been recalled to Juba?

250 Child Soldiers in South Sudan Begin Recovery with World Vision

The world’s newest nation remains its most fragile state. With the help of World Vision, more than 250 South Sudanese children will have the chance to return to school, reunite with their families, and receive counseling after yearsShow More Summary

'They told me to kill my mother,' South Sudan child soldier says

last weekNews : NY Daily News

Another 400 are set to be released in the coming weeks, after Wednesday's "laying down of the guns" ceremony.

Hundreds Of Child Soldiers Released In South Sudan

More than 19,000 kids have been lured into combat since the civil war erupted.

Children recount trauma of abduction after mass release by South Sudan rebels

YAMBIO, South Sudan (Reuters) - Bakhita was only 12 years old when rebels snatched her from her family's farm, adding her to a grim list of almost 19,000 children that the United Nations says have been recruited, often by force, by armed groups in South Sudan's brutal civil war.

South Sudan: More than 300 child soldiers released

The United Nations in South Sudan says 311 child soldiers have been released from armed groups in the war-torn country.

African press review 7 February 2018

How much longer can Jacob Zuma hang on to his job as South African president? Kenya deports Odinga supporter. South Sudan asks Nairobi to deport former army chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan. Uganda is investigating allegations that its officials defrauded donors by inflating refugee numbers and diverting food aid.

American journalist suffers ‘serious attack’ in South Sudan

2 weeks agoNews : NY Daily News

Sam Mednick has been reporting on the war-torn African nation for the Associated Press.

Hundreds protest against U.S. arms embargo in South Sudan, journalists attacked

JUBA (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters massed outside the U.S. embassy and U.N. headquarters in South Sudan's capital on Tuesday, chanting slogans against an arms embargo imposed by Washington, before some attacked journalists at the scene.

Child abductions rise as South Sudan war incites desperation

AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet.

Last chance for peace in South Sudan

The second round of high level talks to end South Sudan's conflict kicked off Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Pressure is mounting on President Salva Kiir to ressurect a 2015 peace deal with his rival Riek Machar, and put an end to the suffering of the South Sudanese people.

US slaps arms embargo on South Sudan, urges UN to do same

2 weeks agoNews : The Cutline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing a U.S. arms embargo on civil war-torn South Sudan while urging the United Nations and other countries to do the same.

Blog: As peace talks resume South Sudan continues its assault on press freedom

A ceasefire agreement signed on December 21 between the South Sudanese government and opposition forces has revived a 2015 peace process and brought hope that the conflict will not persist into its fifth year. The agreement includes obligations to "ensure protection of media" and "[c]ease all forms of harassment...

U.S. raises pressure on South Sudan's Kiir, bans export of arms, defense services

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday banned the export of weapons and defense services to South Sudan, stepping up pressure against President Salva Kiir to end the country's four-year civil war.

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