A desperate lack of funding has forced the World Food Programme to suspend some food aid in South Sudan just as the country needs it most. We speak to the WFP's acting country director, Adeyinka Badejo. Also, survivors of one of the most brutal extremist attacks in Burkina Faso say that government forces left them helpless. At least 79 people were killed in the massacre in Seytenga on Saturday. And there are calls for an extension of MINUSMA's mission in Mali after this week's UN Security Council briefing.
South Sudan's independence in 2011 was supposed to bring hope for a better future after decades of conflict. Instead, the world's youngest nation descended into civil war, with violence continuing despite a 2018 peace deal. As hope in the government's ability to end the conflict dwindles, civil society is stepping in with grassroots peacebuilding efforts. Thomas Sametin co-directed the documentary "For the Sake of Peace", which profiles two of these peacebuilders. He joined us on Perspective to tell us more.
A new film paints a portrait of the woman known in South Sudan as the "mother of the nation". The film follows Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, who is the widow of revolutionary leader and national hero John Garang de Mabior, in her role as the country's vice president amid a fragile peace deal in the country. The portrait is remarkable for its intimate access as its director is also her daughter, Akuol de Mabior. She joined us for Perspective to tell us more about "No Simple Way Home".
Feminism – that’s still a taboo topic in many parts of society in South Sudan. With their radio show, Gendertalk211, a group of South Sudanese women are trying to raise awareness and talk openly about the issues affecting women in their community.
13 Nov 2021
As the yearlong civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region escalates, Kenya and South Sudan are on high alert.
25 Sep 2020
From Hollywood hero to suspected terrorist, high-profile Rwandan government critic Paul Rusesabagina is denied bail by a Kigali court. Catastrophic floods affect hundreds of people in South Sudan; we speak to Matthew Hollingworth, Director of the World Food Programme in the country. And in Uganda, forests are flourishing thanks to help from an unexpected source.
22 May 2020
Reports say that some 300 people were killed in South Sudan in inter-communal violence. We speak to Professor Awol Allo, who sheds light on what is behind the tribal clashes. Also, the WHO and UNAIDS have expressed concern about people living with HIV in Africa, and how the distribution of medication could be disrupted due to the coronavirus. We bring you a report from the ground. And Ethiopian domestic workers are stranded in Lebanon and unable to return home - many are no longer working and have had their passports confiscated.
27 Feb 2020
South Sudan main rivals are once again uncomfortably sharing power, but analysts warn it will be a long and perilous path to peace.
24 Feb 2020
South Sudan has heralded a new era with the formation of a coalition government after rival factions reconciled. However, the government has a herculean task ahead of it.
23 Feb 2020
Refugees from South Sudan who live in UN displacement camps fear that peace could collapse into violence once more, as pressure mounts on President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, to honour a February 22 deadline to form a government.
15 Feb 2020
Caught up in South Sudan's civil war, 10-year-old Peter fled when he heard gunshots. He was separated from his family and tried to make it on his own until a militia took him in and trained him to fight. South Sudan has one of the highest numbers of child soldiers in the world. Here is Peter's story.
5 Feb 2020
Severe hunger persists in South Sudan and the World Food Programme says it is expected to worsen if assistance is not scaled up. The WFP has three planes operating airdrops in the country to supply aid to people that are difficult to access, like those who have sought refuge from conflict in the swampy land of the Sudd.