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Conflict in South Sudan has led to a massive refugee crisis

  • A million children have now fled South Sudan, and a million more may be displaced within the country in the midst of what one senior U.N. official called the most worrying refugee crisis in the world, the BBC reported.
  • As refugees fleeing the ongoing Syrian Civil War streamed into Europe, a separate crisis was raging in the relatively new nation of South Sudan, leading hundreds of thousands of people to flee for their lives.
  • Now a total of 2 million children are displaced amid a national conflict that started back in 2013, according to a report released Monday by UNICEF and the UNHCR, the U.N.’s refugee agency. Read more (5/8/17)

There is a certain peace that comes with being surrounded by a bunch of men with big guns.

As much as you want to run or fight or scream, there’s not much you can do — except whatever they say.

On a Friday afternoon in April, I was sitting in a restaurant in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, trying to convince two government officials to issue me press credentials so I could report there. I had tried and failed to do this over the phone from my home base in Nairobi, and so my bosses and I made the decision that an in-person appeal would be best.

I flew to Juba, and this was the moment of truth. The two government officials and I made small talk for a while, and then I sheepishly said, “So…”

One of them grinned.

“We’ll give you the credential. You can come pick it up on Monday,” he said.

We were mid-celebration, in the middle of our beers, when half-a-dozen men with guns showed up. They were in plain clothes, carrying assault rifles.

“I need you to come with me quietly,” one of the men said.

I Spent 4 Days In Jail In South Sudan. I Won’t Stop Reporting On The Crisis There

Photo: Kainaz Amaria/NPR
Caption: NPR’s Eyder Peralta

SOUTH SUDAN. Thonyor. February 25, 2017. Women wait to be registered prior to a food distribution carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Leer state. Famine was declared this week in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.

Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

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#RESIST protesters crash Trump’s speech to construction unions and more: April 4 in photos

Protesters hold up signs as President Donald Trump speaks at the 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference in Washington; a man carries a child following a suspected chemical attack, at a makeshift hospital in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria; fans arrive during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga.; An Iraqi Federal Police member fires an RPG towards Islamic State militants during a battle in Mosul, Iraq; and, South Sudanese refugee children gather with their  belongings after crossing into Uganda at the Ngomoromo border post in Lamwo district, northern Uganda.

These are just a few of the photos of the day for April 4, 2017.

(Photos: Susan Walsh/AP, Edlib Media Center, via AP, Matt Slocum/AP, Khalid al Mousily/Reuters, Reuters)

See more photos of the day on Yahoo News.

“Needless to say I have never seen it before, nor has my more experienced colleague.”

Dr. Shadi Abdelrahman is a young surgeon from Cairo. he just finished his first mission with MSF, in a hospital in Agok, Abyei, an area with special administrative status located between Sudan and South Sudan. Even though this was his first mission for MSF, it was not his first foray into field work. He talks about his experience of delivering a miraculous baby girl in his first-ever Caesarean section.

Read more here: http://blogs.msf.org/en/staff/blogs/a-surgeon-in-the-field/a-pleasant-surprise