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The pastor of a Baptist church in South Sudan hasn’t seen his hometown in nearly 1,000 days. Many members of his church are among the 800,000 refugees living in camps in Uganda, driven out by an ongoing civil war. […] Read More

Since the South Sudan conflict began in December 2013 until April 2018, nearly 400,000 people have died, a new report says. Around 4.5 million people have been displaced. […] Read More

A recently signed peace agreement offers hope, tempered by realism, for a formal and final end to the multi-year conflict in the African nation of South Sudan. […] Read More

Ongoing violence in South Sudan is projected to result in “Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the mid-1990s,” the United Nations announced on Feb. 1. “The human cost of the South Sudan conflict has reached epic proportions,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “If the war doesn’t stop, refugee numbers will rise from […] Read More

Conflict has placed eight nations at either “high risk” of or “on watch” for food insecurity as 2018 begins, according to a United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) quarterly report for January to March 2018. The nations deemed to be at “high risk” of food insecurity due to ongoing or intermittent conflict are Afghanistan, […] Read More

More than half (3.5 million) of all school-aged refugees (6.4 million) did not attend school in 2016, according to a U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) report released on Sept. 12. The percentage of refugee children with access to primary schooling increased 11 points to 61 percent in 2016. Yet, this remains significantly lower than […] Read More

The number of people experiencing hunger rose for the first time in a decade, according to the United Nations annual report, “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.” Last year, 815 million people experienced hunger globally – an increase of 38 million from 2015, though still below a high of 900 million […] Read More

More than 2 million children in South Sudan have fled their homes. The number of child refugees is now more than a million and another million-plus are internally displaced as a result of the nation’s ongoing civil war. Additionally, “nearly three quarters of the country’s children are out of school – the highest proportion of […] Read More

Lists of 20th-century genocides differ widely. Yet, six instances always appear: Armenia (1915), the Holocaust in Germany (1933), Cambodia (1975), Rwanda (1990), Bosnia (1995) and Darfur (2003). Other manifestations of genocide are found in some catalogs but not others: Herero and Namaqua (1904), Greek (1914), Assyrian (1915), the Holodomor in Soviet Ukraine (1932), Croatia (1941), […] Read More

Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations’ Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan. The South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat issued a pastoral letter on Feb. 23 emphasizing that the ongoing civil war, which has displaced millions and caused the current famine, has “no moral justification whatsoever.” Edward Dima, pastor of […] Read More