Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/30/2014 (7 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Refugees pouring into neighboring nations, sowing more conflict

The situation will only get worse, the United Nations says. More than one million people have been forced from their homes by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. Of these new refugees, 803,200 have been displaced within the country, and another 254,000 have fled to neighboring countries.

The U.N. estimates that 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The report warned that 'the remote and dispersed placement sites make it difficult to reach many of South Sudan's conflict-affected people.'

The U.N. estimates that 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The report warned that "the remote and dispersed placement sites make it difficult to reach many of South Sudan's conflict-affected people."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/30/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, Sudan, refugees, fighting


LOS ANGELES CA (Catholic Online) - Fighting has erupted between the forces of President Salva Kiir and troops loyal to his former deputy, Riek Machar, last December. While the two sides have signed a ceasefire agreement in January, the fighting continues.

The conflict had caused "a serious deterioration in the food security situation" leaving around 3.7 million people at high risk, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- go here!

"Fighting between government and opposition forces has continued, especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile state, where towns and rural areas have been ravaged by the violence," it added.

The U.N. estimates that 4.9 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The report warned that "the remote and dispersed placement sites make it difficult to reach many of South Sudan's conflict-affected people."

South Sudanese refugees who fled the recent violence in South Sudan crossed the border into northern Uganda at the beginning of this year. Many others also fled to Kenya, Sudan or Uganda, while those in South Sudan are sheltering in U.N. bases.

The U.N. says it has received only a quarter of the money it needs to respond to the growing crisis.

Pro-government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers backing Riek Machar, his former vice-president, began last December.

President Kiir is a member of South Sudan's largest ethnic group, the Dinka. Machar is from the Nuer community, which is the country's second largest.

The conflict has seen reports of mass killings along ethnic lines even though both men have prominent supporters in their rival's community. Thousands are feared to have died since the conflict began.

In the meantime, four top South Sudanese politicians have since gone on trial accused of plotting a coup against the government and inciting an insurgency in South Sudan.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a long and bloody conflict, to become the world's newest state.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Africa

Villagers killed, village razed in Boko Haram attack Watch

Image of Witnesses say that the attackers rolled up on four-wheel drive vehicles into the village. Terrorist acts were then perpetrated on the villagers, in a township located about 180 kilometers from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Heavily armed fighters connected to the Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram killed several people and burned their village down to the ground in the northeastern village of Kukawa. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Witnesses say that the attackers rolled ... continue reading


Teenage girls kidnapped by Boko Haram sent to fight on the front lines Watch

Image of The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has been demanding the release of detained extremists in exchange for the girls since they were captured from a boarding school in May.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Raped, tortured, forced into marriage and sent to fight on the front line during their captivity are some of the details emerging of young girls abducted by Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram. Human Rights Watch has now recorded some of the physical and ... continue reading


Ennahda Islamist party left unsettled in Tunisia Watch

Image of Rached Ghannouchi of the Ennahda Islamist party is no longer the most powerful political pole in Tunisia following the recent Parliamentary elections.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Change is inevitable, and with it, new challenges. Rached Ghannouchi of the Ennahda Islamist party is no longer the most powerful political pole in Tunisia following the recent Parliamentary elections. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The secular Nidaa Tounes ... continue reading


Young girls used by Boko Haram in combat operations Watch

Image of The rights group spoke to 46 victims and witnesses of Boko Haram abductions, including some girls who escaped the kidnapping from Chibok secondary school in northeastern Nigeria.

By Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Women and girls abducted by Islamic militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria were used in combat operations, forced to lure men into ambush and to marry their captors, according to a report released on Monday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human Rights Watch ... continue reading


Parliamentary elections in Tunisia hailed as 'a big step towards democracy' Watch

Image of The nation of Tunisia wholeheartedly agrees that recent parliamentary elections, held this week,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nation of Tunisia wholeheartedly agrees that recent parliamentary elections, held this week, "is a big step towards democracy." With campaigns beginning earlier this month, local security services succeeded to foil terrorist attempts to hinder elections in ... continue reading


Health leaders beg for more doctors and nurses to join the fight against Ebola in West Africa Watch

Image of Over 10,000 people have been infected by Ebola since the West African outbreak began in March 2014.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United Nations is warning that governments must not allow hysteria to dictate quarantine decisions, as this will discourage health workers from coming to West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Health workers must not be ... continue reading


Why is the world losing fight against Ebola? U.S. envoy on special mission in West Africa Watch

Image of Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, recently took a fact-finding mission in West Africa to see how the global response is failing in response to the Ebola outbreak.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, recently took a fact-finding mission in West Africa to see how the global response is failing in response to the Ebola outbreak. "We are not on track right now to bend the curve," Power told Reuters. "I ... continue reading


Safety of health workers on Ebola frontlines at serious risk Watch

Image of Aid workers face great danger on the front lines against Ebola. Many have died.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the known number of Ebola cases pushes beyond 10,000, there is increased concern over infections of health workers on the front line of the fight against the deadly disease. If health personnel fall ill while valiantly trying to contain the disease, the ... continue reading


Triumph in the midst of chaos: Survivors of Ebola in Liberia Ebola now viewed as part of cure Watch

Image of A supply of a new serum may not meet demand. Extreme care must be taken to avoid infecting Ebola victims with other diseases such as HIV or hepatitis.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Once shunned and feared, Ebola survivors in Liberia are now seen as an important part of the fight against the deadly virus that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa. Once rejected by their communities, survivors are now coveted for the antibodies ... continue reading


Tunisian police fighting terrorist group Ansar Charia claims life of officer Watch

Image of Security forces have seen heavy losses during violent incidents.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Street battles continue to rage between Tunisian police and the terrorist group Ansar Charia. There has been an increase in violence between armed forces and Islamic armed groups ever since the toppling of President Benali. These ongoing clashes have now ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Philippians 1:1-11
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 Alleluia! I give thanks to Yahweh with all my ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 14:1-6
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 31st, 2014 Image

St. Wolfgang
October 31: Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter