Agok: State of Limbo in South Sudan

By Peter Orr

Refugees International traveled last week to Agok, on the southern side of the Kirr River, to look into the living conditions of tens of thousands of displaced Abyei residents. When Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) troops attacked Abyei Town in May of this year – before South Sudan became fully independent – about 100,000 people fled to this small town and farther south into Warrap and neighboring states.

South Sudan’s Returnees Stranded and Starving

By Peter Orr
During our recent visit to Juba’s bustling port , returning South Sudanese told us about their trying journey from the north. Infrequent and hugely expensive transport down the Nile was part of the narrative, as was a shortage of supplies. But we wanted to evaluate these problems first-hand, so my colleague Takawira and I packed up and headed to the border town of Renk. What we saw there was deeply troubling.

Return to South Sudan – A long journey home

By Takawira Kapikinyu

Upon our arrival in South Sudan, my colleague, Peter, and I drove to Juba port on the river Nile. There, we were greeted by the sight of two barges that had come arrived from the North eleven days earlier.

Guest Blogger: Emmanuel Jal speaks out on Southern Kordofan

By Refugees International
This blog entry by South Sudanese musician and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal was originally posted on The Guardian's Poverty Matters blog under the title We must act to stop South Kordofan becoming the next Darfur.

Sudan: A deadly cycle of déjà vu

By Erin Weir
Do you ever feel like you are caught in a bad cycle of déjà vu?

Since June 5th the Nuba people in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state have endured attacks on their homes, executions, arbitrary detention, and – perhaps most terrifying of all – indiscriminate bombing from the air. Roughly 73,000 people have been displaced at the hands of their own government.

In a display that surprises no one, the Government of Sudan is once again mounting a vicious offensive against an ethnic minority inside their own borders.

RI's Web Roundup

By Larissa Dalton

The Horn of Africa – Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda – is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, leaving millions of people to face starvation and overflowing refugee camps.

Kush

By Takawira Kapikinyu
With a new era for South Sudan in its independence, RI fellow Takawira Kapikinyu was moved and penned the following poem.

Gazing through the last sunset.
A new dawn ushers a new era.
Beyond the opaque horizon, hope lies
Phew! I sigh in relief, long last I whimper
Tired but in renewed strength.

South Sudan: On the brink of nationhood

By Erin Weir
In just two short days southern Sudan separates from the north.  I wasn’t there when they signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, but I suspect that the southern Sudanese in the room imagined this day a little bit differently. 

RI's Web Roundup

By Larissa Dalton

Some headlines you may have missed from Libya, Sudan, Afghanistan and Haiti -- this is this week on the Web:

Abyei: Pawns in a Deadly Game

By Andrea Lari
The town of Abyei is once again burning. Nearly six weeks before South Sudan becomes an independent nation, the Sudanese army has blatantly seized this town. In an all too familiar scene, civilians are again the victims of deadly power-grabbing.

I spent a few days in Abyei a couple of months ago. The purpose of the trip was to assess the difficulties encountered by southern Sudanese returning home after years of displacement in the north of the country.
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