16 Days: A New Dawn for South Sudan's Women?

By Peter Orr

The Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) is a new nation facing many challenges from without and from within. When it comes to violent conflict in the country, most international actors have focused on inter-tribal clashes, or skirmishes between South Sudan and its northern neighbor. But for far too many South Sudanese women, the greatest security threat is in the home.

War Between Sudan and South Sudan: Is It Worth It?

By Matt Delaney

It’s been 28 years since John Garang’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) rebelled against the Nimeiri regime in Khartoum, igniting Sudan’s horrific second civil war. That conflict claimed at least 2 million lives and crippled the country economically and politically. Indeed, since Sudan’s independence in 1956, its people have known little more than bloodshed and unyielding misery.

An Act of War Between Sudan and South Sudan

By Michael Boyce

RI condemns today's attack on a refugee camp in Unity State, South Sudan. For more on this incident - and what it means for the fragile North-South relationship - we bring you this piece from UN Dispatch featuring RI Senior Advocate Peter Orr.

By Mark Leon Goldberg 

Bringing Stateless "Out of the Shadows"

By Michael Boyce

Today, leaders from government, civil society, and the UN gathered at the US Institute of Peace to explore statelessness and its impact on women worldwide. The Institute's sparkling new headquarters played host to an insightful and inspiring discussion - a fitting kick-off for a week full of stateless advocacy here at RI.

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.

RI's Web Roundup

By Larissa Dalton

In Washington and much of the U.S., all eyes have been on the debate over the debt limit. While our elected officials squabbled away, here are some stories you may have missed:

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.
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