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East Africa Doesn't Want 'Clothes of Dead White People' Anymore

And the US isn't happy about it

(Newser) - Seventy percent of donated second-hand clothing ends up in Africa, and a number of African nations are tired of it, the New York Times reports. Last year, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, and Kenya raised import tariffs on what Kenyans call the "clothes of dead white people" so... More »

US Journalist Dead in South Sudan

Freelancer Christopher Allen is killed in fighting

(Newser) - A brutal civil war in the world's youngest country has claimed the life of an American journalist. Freelancer Christopher Allen, who had been embedded with rebel troops, was killed during a battle with government soldiers in the South Sudan town of Kaya, reports Reuters . The State Department has confirmed... More »

The World Now Has a Record Number of Refugees

Figure is 22.5M; in all, 65M are living displaced from their homes

(Newser) - The world broke a grim record last year, with 65.6 million people living forcibly displaced from their homes, an increase of 300,000 over 2015. Most of those people—40.3 million—were displaced but still living within their own countries, per a new report by the UN refugee... More »

Vaccine Workers' Mistakes Kill 15 Kids in South Sudan

Measles campaign didn't follow hygiene protocol

(Newser) - Health workers vaccinating children in South Sudan against measles last month used the same syringe for all the children without sterilizing it and did not properly refrigerate the vaccine during storage, leading to the deaths of at least 15 children. Of the 300 or so children vaccinated between May 2-5... More »

3 Rare Giraffes Killed Over Their Tails

'What an absolute waste'

(Newser) - Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to elephants, rhinos, and giraffes—well, it used to be. Because of poaching, elephant numbers are dwindling, the rhinos are all gone, and the rare Kordofan giraffes may be headed that way. Just 2,000 of the giraffes... More »

Why US Troops Were Just Sent to the World's Newest Nation

South Sudan may be headed to civil war

(Newser) - It's a mere five years old , but South Sudan is on the brink of civil war. What's more, the situation is so dire that the US just brought in 40 additional troops to protect the US Embassy in Juba. Some coverage to explain what's happening:
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New Ebola-Like Disease Is Emerging

WHO tracks mysterious South Sudan fever

(Newser) - South Sudan, the world's newest country and one of its most troubled, may be home to the world's newest disease. The World Health Organization says it is closely tracking an outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever that has killed at least 10 people in the country this year... More »

Lit Cigarette Causes Deadly Oil Truck Blast: Officials

More than 100 may have been killed as they siphoned fuel from South Sudan tanker

(Newser) - Local officials say hospitals in the Western Equatoria of South Sudan are struggling to deal with the dead and wounded after an oil truck exploded yesterday, killing between 85 and 100 people so far and injuring at least 50, the AP and Reuters report. Why there were so many people... More »

In World's Newest Nation, Army Is Burning Girls Alive

UN report describes torture, rape, abductions in South Sudan

(Newser) - Violence in South Sudan, which broke from Sudan in 2011, has escalated to "a new brutality and intensity," according to a new UN report accusing the Sudan People's Liberation Army of carrying out a campaign of "killing, rape, abduction, looting, arson, and displacement." It notes... More »

Obama Offers Rare Personal Toast on Africa

Speaks of family history at US-Africa Summit dinner

(Newser) - President Obama isn't known for getting particularly personal at the podium, Politico notes, but in a speech at the US-Africa Summit , he offered up his own story. "I stand before you as the president of the United States and a proud American. I also stand before you as... More »

Sudanese Christian Woman: Jailhouse Birth Went Wrong

Worries daughter could suffer disability

(Newser) - "Something has happened to the baby," says Meriam Ibrahim, in her first recounting of giving birth to her daughter on the floor of a Sudanese prison cell. "I don't know in the future whether she'll need support to walk or not." Ibrahim is now... More »

South Sudan Makes Peace Deal With Rebels

President Salva Kiir agrees to peace after 5 months of fighting

(Newser) - Finally, peace in South Sudan? President Salva Kiir agreed to a peace deal today with rebel leader Riek Machar after five months of fighting, thousands killed, and a million forced to flee their homes, the BBC reports. Signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the deal includes drafting a... More »

Hundreds Drown in Attempt to Flee South Sudan

Women, children die on overloaded vessel

(Newser) - Some 400,000 people have now fled South Sudan amid weeks of fighting, the UN says; at least 200 drowned on a ferry trying to escape. "The reports we have are of between 200 to 300 people, including women and children. The boat was overloaded," an army rep... More »

New South Sudan Death Estimate 10 Times Higher

Meanwhile, rebels drop key ceasefire demand

(Newser) - The three-week-long conflict in South Sudan has been a heck of a lot bloodier than previously believed, at least according to one group's estimate. Around 10,000 people have likely died in the conflict, the International Crisis Group said yesterday—a far cry from the 1,000 estimate that... More »

US Embassy Done Helping US Citizens in South Sudan

As more embassy staff are evacuated

(Newser) - As of tomorrow, the US embassy in South Sudan will no longer provide consular services to US citizens, according to the AP , as even more embassy staff were today whisked out of Juba in the face of a "deteriorating security situation." The State Department today facilitated an evacuation... More »

S. Sudan Rebel: I've Seized Town, Now I'll Talk

Riek Machar says he has taken Bor, is reportedly en route to Ethiopia

(Newser) - What is clear: That heavy fighting has erupted in Bor, a hotly contested provincial capital in South Sudan; a military rep says government troops are fighting renegade forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar as well as the pro-Machar tribal militia known as the "White Army," reports... More »

How Film Stars Helped Ruin South Sudan

Their narrative of a plucky nation was too simple: Daniel Howden

(Newser) - Hollywood stars like George Clooney and Don Cheadle have argued passionately for nation-building in South Sudan. Only problem: They didn't quite see the whole story, writes Daniel Howden at the Guardian . Film stars and other activists delivered "a narrative about the new country that borrowed from a simple... More »

US Sending Troops to South Sudan

Americans there need more protection, says President Obama

(Newser) - Washington is getting in deeper: About 150 US troops are heading toward South Sudan today to help secure the US embassy and evacuate more Americans from the war-torn country, military officials said. The troops will likely first travel to Djibouti via Spain, CNN reports. The move follows a letter from... More »

Obama Eyes 'Further Action' in South Sudan

Almost 700 evacuated, including 380 Americans: State Department

(Newser) - With South Sudan facing the threat of a civil war, the US evacuated its citizens from the country over the weekend, and Washington is prepared to intervene further on Americans' behalf, President Obama told Congress in a letter. "I may take further action to support the security of US... More »

Americans Flee War-Torn South Sudan

But the UN doubles down as violence spreads

(Newser) - The State Department flew 15 Americans out of South Sudan today amid rising violence that killed hundreds of people and wounded four US troops there this week, CNN reports. The Americans showed up at the UN camp in Bor, South Sudan, and evacuated in coordination with the UN and the... More »

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