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Remittance rip-offs

LONDON, 22 April 2014 (IRIN) - All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa. full report

Ethiopia struggling to cope with South Sudanese refugee influx

GAMBELA REGION, 25 March 2014 (IRIN) - With around 1,000 South Sudanese refugees streaming into the Gambela Region of western Ethiopia every week, relief workers and agencies warn of an imminent humanitarian crisis as camps reach capacity and assistance is increasingly stretched. full report

Regional interests at stake in the South Sudan crisis

NAIROBI, 19 March 2014 (IRIN) - Uganda’s military intervention in South Sudan has prompted warnings that the crisis in the world’s youngest state could escalate into a regional conflict. But what are the interests of South Sudan’s neighbours? What are they doing to further them? And how will their actions affect efforts to end the fighting? full report

Mental health response gaps in South Sudan

Juba, 17 March 2014 (IRIN) - Aid workers warn that while psychosocial support needs will mount for the tens of thousands of displaced people in South Sudan, the resources and skills needed to treat them are in short supply, and there is particular concern for men. full report

Worsening food crisis in South Sudan’s swamplands

NYAL (UNITY STATE), 3 March 2014 (IRIN) - In the vast swamplands of South Sudan’s Sudd region, tens of thousands of recently displaced people (IDPs) are living with little food and no sanitation facilities on inaccessible islands, according to local officials. They fled after attackers, allegedly from Rumbek (Lakes State in central South Sudan), swarmed across the county burning houses and raiding cattle on 7 February. full report

Fear persists among South Sudan’s displaced*

RUMBEK, 25 February 2014 (IRIN) - The 101 civilians holed up in two large tents and a washroom block in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Rumbek may form one of the smallest such groups now protected by peacekeepers, but their conditions and fears are typical of the 75,000 people now living in such bases across the country. full report

Les fosses communes de Bor, au Soudan du Sud

BOR, 25 February 2014 (IRIN) - À Bor, capitale presque déserte de l’État du Jonglei, au Soudan du Sud, une poignée de bénévoles sortent les cadavres des maisons, les mettent dans les sacs mortuaires fournis par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge et les déposent dans des fosses communes. Depuis l’émergence d’une rébellion armée à la mi-décembre, les troupes du gouvernement ont perdu et repris le contrôle de la ville à plusieurs reprises. Le 23 février, l’armée a indiqué qu’elle avait repoussé de nouvelles attaques sur Bor. full report

The mass graves of Bor, South Sudan

BOR, 24 February 2014 (IRIN) - A handful of volunteers in almost deserted Bor, capital of South Sudan's Jonglei State, remove dead bodies from homes, put them in body bags donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, and place them in mass graves. Since the emergence of an armed rebellion in mid-December, government troops have lost and won control of the town several times. On 23 February, the army said it had repelled further attempts to take Bor. full report

Long road to an African rapid reaction force

JOHANNESBURG, 21 February 2014 (IRIN) - The African Union (AU) is rethinking how it can most effectively deploy military forces to tackle the continent’s crises. full report

South Sudan’s crisis ripples across region

NAIROBI, 13 February 2014 (IRIN) - A cessation of hostilities agreement signed by parties to the conflict in South Sudan has led to a considerable reduction in violence, although some fighting has taken place recently in Unity and Lakes states. full report

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