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New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 7 July 2014 (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half. full report

SLIDESHOW: A town destroyed - Leer, South Sudan

JUBA, 2 July 2014 (IRIN) - Since fighting broke out in mid-December between rival army factions in South Sudan, plunging the new country into widespread conflict pitting communities against one another, thousands, perhaps as many as 30,000 people, have died; 1.5 million have been forced from their homes and around four million require humanitarian assistance, with food insecurity the main concern. full report

Analysis: Should Uganda withdraw from South Sudan?

KAMPALA, 30 June 2014 (IRIN) - As South Sudan’s peace process stalls, questions are being raised about Uganda’s military involvement, with some analysts saying it is impeding regional efforts to broker a peace deal. full report

Sudanese refugees in South Sudan caught between two wars

DORO REFUGEE CAMP, UPPER NILE STATE, 25 June 2014 (IRIN) - South Sudan’s brutal conflict has throttled the supply of food to Sudanese refugees in the remote northeast of the country, fuelling tensions and hunger that have triggered a deadly crime wave and prompted thousands to return to the war-zone from which they fled. full report

Analysis: Looking beyond IGAD in South Sudan

NAIROBI, 23 June 2014 (IRIN) - The northeast African regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been working to get the opposing sides in South Sudan to implement the multiple ceasefire and peace process commitments to try to end the crisis in South Sudan, but fighting has continued with little progress towards ending the impasse. full report

War, rain and money – an anatomy of South Sudan’s food crisis

JUBA, 19 June 2014 (IRIN) - Across a swath of South Sudan, fields where green shoots should be poking through the wet soil lie untilled and overgrown; herds of cattle that would sustain communities through the lean season have been lost or stolen; food stores have been looted or burned. full report

Fear and trauma prevent displaced South Sudanese from returning home

MALAKAL, 16 June 2014 (IRIN) - Civilians displaced by brutal fighting in South Sudan are ignoring calls from government officials to return to their homes, preferring the safety of squalid UN bases to the risk that conflict could again engulf towns already devastated in the six-month conflict. full report

Amid the violence, education suffers in South Sudan

NAIROBI, 12 June 2014 (IRIN) - The latest conflict in South Sudan has undermined much of the progress that had been made in education there since a 2005 peace accord between Khartoum and southern rebels ended decades of civil war. full report

Soldiers in schools - the impact of military occupations on education

BANGKOK, 12 June 2014 (IRIN) - Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world - they might represent ideas viewed as controversial, the destruction of a civilian building that is important to a community inflicts terror, and a school reduced to rubble can rob an entire generation of education. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in. full report

South Sudan capital faces worsening cholera outbreak

JUBA, 28 May 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials are warning that a cholera outbreak in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, which has left 23 people dead and forced more than 650 others to seek treatment, could be getting worse. Laboratory tests have confirmed that at least one person living in a Juba displacement camp has contracted cholera and there are fears the disease could spread rapidly within the crowded site. full report

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