According to the UN World Food Programme, more than 5 million people could face severe food shortages over the so-called 'lean season' from March to September. The crisis comes despite attempts to end more than two years of ethnic violence.
The UN says armed groups in South Sudan have released more than 200 children who have been serving as fighters. The children’s agency UNICEF estimates that there are some 19,000 child soldiers in the country.
The German development organization "Sign of Hope" accuses Malaysian oil giant Petronas of poisoning the drinking water of thousands of people in South Sudan. Environmental activists warn of serious consequences.
UN peacekeepers from Ghana have been recalled from their base in South Sudan following allegations of sexual exploitation of women at the site. It is the latest in a spate similar such disclosures.
South Sudan’s government has summoned a top US diplomat in Juba to protest recent remarks made by US ambassador Nikki Haley while addressing the UN Security Council on the peace process in South Sudan.
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