Violence worsens in South Sudan
(20 August 2014)
The UN assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Edmond Mulet, said that “protracted internal conflict” has put nearly four million people at risk of famine, and that South Sudan was at risk of “a humanitarian catastrophe.”
A recent wave of conflict along the South Sudanese border with Sudan has caused more than a million people to flee their homes, and another half million to flee across the border to Sudan. The violence has taken the lives of at least six South Sudanese aid workers, and has occurred in the same region where over 100,000 refugees fleeing a separate conflict in the Sudan’s Blue Nile state have sought shelter.
In early August, peace talks between the South Sudanese government and fighters were restarted in Ethiopia, but they have not made substantive progress thus far.
UN Agency Dismayed At Sudanese Border Clashes, 5 August 2014, The People’s Daily Morning Star, http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-1d53-UN-agency-dismayed-at-Sudanese-border-clashes
UN warns South Sudan nearing 'catastrophe,' 7 August 2014, Al Jezeera, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/08/un-warns-south-sudan-nearing-catastrophe-2014871758985856.html