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April 3rd, 2020

South Sudan and COVID-19

As the world’s attention is focused on the Coronavirus outbreak, in South Sudan preventative measures are being taken as the number of cases across Africa begins to grow. According to figures provided by WHO, in the last two weeks the number of cases in the continent has increased exponentially, from 450 on 17th March to 4,861 on 30th....

March 27th, 2020

Slavery in South Sudan

South Sudan and Sudan, like many African nations, have a history of slavery and traditions which have promoted and normalised slavery in many communities today. Inter-tribe rivalries and conflicts have often resulted in the abduction of people, women and children in particular....

March 11th, 2020

Baroness Cox’s question in the HoL on aid – 10/03/2020

Question: Baroness Cox, Crossbench My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Baronesses, Lady Berridge and Lady Sugg, on their appointments, which we warmly welcome. As I will be speaking about older women, perhaps I should declare an interest, given my age of 82....

February 8th, 2020

South Sudan: how the nation’s instability has let down the gentle pangolin

Pangolins are known for their gentle and unassuming character, even the way they move suggests their humility. Sadly, precious pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal which has pushed the species to extinction. The pangolin is a well-known commodity in Asia, however, the instability of South Sudan since its genesis, has led to a severe decrease in funding for conservation organisations, as well as thoroughness of border checking, meaning that more people and groups are partaking in and getting away with pangolin trafficking....

February 3rd, 2020

Lords Questions: Baroness Cox’s question and received answer concerning massacre in Abyei, South Sudan, 29/01/2020

Question: Baroness Cox, Crossbench My Lords, is the Minister aware that, just last Wednesday, I was in Abyei, the region suffering from disputes over whether it is located in Sudan or South Sudan, and witnessed the immediate aftermath of a massacre perpetrated by Arab Misseriya tribesmen against Dinka villagers?...

January 28th, 2020

Suicide amongst the South Sudanese: the growing problem of South Sudanese refugees taking their own lives

Although South Sudan’s suicide figures are reasonably low, at 3.7 deaths per 100,000 people, there is a growing concern over the risk of suicide amongst South Sudanese refugees living in Uganda. UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, found that the suicide rate amongst South Sudanese in Uganda in 2019 more than doubled compared to the previous year....

January 27th, 2020



  On Wednesday 22 January, just after 7am, nomadic Misseriya herders attacked the Dinka village of Kolom in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border. The herders arrived on tuk-tuks and motorbikes, armed with assault rifles and two RPG-7s....

January 21st, 2020

Sudan’s Interim Government: Violence Continues

Sudan is one of the most fragile nations in the world with a long history of corrupt government and military. August 2019 saw a new interim government set to bring about democratic representation to the country within the next three years. But how well is this new government settling?...

December 4th, 2019

HIV Prevention and Civil Conflict: the Case of South Sudan

To what extent does the escalation of conflict link with the spread of HIV? Within the context of South Sudan, data seems to suggest that a link can at least be made between difficulty in preventing HIV and the effects of war within local communities. South Sudan has been experiencing civil war since 2013, as forces of the de facto government and opposition forces ignited combat shortly after the country became an independent state in 2011....

December 3rd, 2019

Country Briefings: September – November 2019

In the countries where our partners work, human rights issues, political events and humanitarian crises rarely reach international headlines. Thus, we have put together briefings sourcing the latest humanitarian reports and news from the past three months in Burma, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria....
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