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South Sudan hikes visa fees to $10,000 sparking outrage

South Sudan hikes visa fees to $10,000 sparking outrage

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—International relief groups were sharply critical of South Sudan’s recent decision to increase foreign worker visa fees. The new fees would aggravate a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country, they warned. The government is set to charge $10,000 for foreigners working in a “professional” capacity, $2,000 for “blue collar” employees and $1,000 for “casual workers” […]

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Pope plans trip to South Sudan amidst civil war, famine

Pope plans trip to South Sudan amidst civil war, famine

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—At a question and answer session at Rome’s All Saints Anglican Church, Pope Francis revealed that his staff is “studying the possibility” of a visit to embattled South Sudan. He said the reason was that the Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic bishops of South Sudan had come to ask him: “Please, come to South Sudan, even […]

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Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The government of South Sudan and the United Nations are reporting that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but […]

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South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

South Sudanese activists warn of nation’s ‘catastrophic collapse’

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudanese human rights activists are turning to open letters and opinion pieces to plead for intervention in the newly-independent east African nation that appears in danger of imminent collapse due to a brutal and endless war, the activists warn. “Ending the conflict will require more political courage than simply adopting a UN resolution,” wrote […]

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World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, will be going green for COP 22, the international follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. World leaders will be gathering there for the next 11 days to advance the landmark agreement, where an unprecedented number of countries agreed to limit the increase in average […]

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South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

South Sudanese leaders stole millions, says U.S. actors’ rights group

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—South Sudan’s top political leaders have siphoned millions from state coffers, dating back to 2005, according to a blistering report released by a U.S. watchdog. The 65-page report, entitled “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay,” claims South Sudan’s nearly three-year-old conflict has been fueled by battles over control of state assets and the country’s natural resources. While […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A Saudi company which owns close to 10,000 acres of Arizona farmland is beginning to drain irreplaceable groundwater for its alfalfa cultivation. Media reports of the development stunned some Americans more used to hearing that news from Africa. Almarai, the Saudi dairy giant, purchased the land in Vicksburg last year for $47.5 million after the […]

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UN experts say violence likely for foreseeable future in South Sudan

UN experts say violence likely for foreseeable future in South Sudan

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)—A U.N. panel of experts has warned that violence will likely “remain a feature of South Sudanese life for the foreseeable future” even if warring parties agree to end their conflict. The experts shared their views with the Security Council last week. They described South Sudan as an arms bazaar, with sophisticated weapons from outside […]

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Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

Prospects for peace in South Sudan fading fast

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Dismissing efforts, including those of President Obama, to sign off on a peace agreement and end the 20-month long civil war in the world’s newest nation, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declined to sign, saying he needed more time for consultations. President Kiir’s team reportedly had “reservations” over the deal and wanted an additional 15 […]

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