South Sudan’s Ambassador Meets With Parents of Slain Journalist

The parents of Christopher Allen, a freelance journalist killed two years ago while covering fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan, met with the country’s ambassador to the United States on Monday.

South Sudan Says US Sanctions Unfortunate
South Sudan says the United States should rethink its decision to impose sanctions on two top government officials and a former army chief accused of obstructing peace in the country.

Viral Kaepernick Cartoon Inspired by ’68 Olympic Protest
Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih had never heard of National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick before he visited the United States last September. In fact, Albaih has never followed the NFL. Hard-hitting American football is barely known in central Africa.

Status Extension Urged for Sudanese, South Sudanese Nationals in US
If it is terminated, Lawrence said, beneficiaries will be forced to make an impossible decision, even as conflict in both countries continues. There are questions about whether they’ll be able to find work and provide for their families.

In Slain Journalist’s Honor, South Sudanese in US Postpone Flag-raising Ceremony
A community leader, James Deng (no relation to Luol), said the celebration would be inappropriate at a time when Allen’s family and friends are grieving.

Report Links Kiir, Machar to Recent South Sudan Crimes
Status Extension Urged for Sudanese, South Sudanese Nationals in US recommends placing sanctions on all nine men, including President Salva Kiir, former First Vice President Riek Machar, and former army chief of staff Paul Malong.

South Sudan’s Flag Raised at Dallas City Hall
South Sudanese residents of the Dallas area said the flag-raising was more than a symbolic gesture. It was a chance for them to formally add their voices and ideas to the city while contributing to its social and economic development.

US Senators Call for Action on South Sudan
Panelists testifying at a Senate subcommittee hearing this week strongly suggested a major U.S. policy shift on South Sudan. One expert described expelling South Sudanese diplomats as the kind of bold action needed if Washington wants to send a clear message to Juba.

South Sudan Famine Eases, but Millions Still Food Insecure
Famine has eased in the Leer and Mayendit counties of South Sudan’s Unity state, but Oxfam America warns that 45,000 people in the two counties and parts of former Jonglei state are still facing famine-like conditions, while 6 million people — half of the country’s population — are severely food-insecure.

South Sudan General Accused of Using Position to Gain Millions
A top South Sudan army official has used his position to accumulate millions of dollars through his personal business, while helping to orchestrate a conflict that has resulted in famine, according to a new report by a Washington-based human rights group.

South Sudan Frees U.N. Journalist After Two-year Detention
George Livio, who worked for the U.N.-sponsored Miraya FM radio station, had been arrested by national security operatives and detained at an unknown location.

World Bank Downplays Report of South Sudan Loan
The World Bank is distancing itself from reports that it has given a grant to the government of South Sudan worth tens of millions of dollars.

Juba Officials Miss Tuition Deadline; S. Sudan Students Leave Zimbabwe Campus
Twenty-nine South Sudanese students on a government-sponsored scholarship to study at Zimbabwe’s Harare Institute of Technology were forced to leave school a week ago after Juba officials failed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for their tuition and fees over three semesters.

Rights Group Accuses South Sudan Leaders of War Profiteering
A human rights group says it has found evidence of huge war profiteering by some of South Sudan’s top political leaders, including the heads of the two sides in the country’s civil war.

US Legislation Seeks to Help ‘Lost Boys and Girls’ Return to S. Sudan
Up to 500 men and women, former “lost boys and girls” from South Sudan, could soon return to their homeland to help rebuild it if the U.S. Congress passes a bill introduce that would pay transportation costs for former lost boys and girls who are working in the United States and want to put their expertise to work at home.

South Sudan Opposition Dismisses US Position on Machar’s Return
South Sudan’s political opposition has dismissed remarks by U.S. officials urging former First Vice President Riek Machar not to return to South Sudan to reclaim his position, saying the opposition leader’s absence is hampering the fragile peace process.

UN: 40,000 Facing Starvation in South Sudan
The United Nations warned Monday that a sharp rise in food insecurity across South    Sudan could result in catastrophic levels of hunger for at least 40,000 civilians. This warning follows the release of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report which estimates at least 2.8 million people, or 23 percent of the population, will face acute food and nutrition insecurity between January and March 2016.

Former Envoy Lyman Sees Lessons in South Sudan Conflict
South Sudan’s two-year conflict has killed thousands of people, displaced millions and cost the United States over $1 billion in humanitarian assistance. Ambassador Princeton Lyman, a senior adviser at the United States Institute of Peace and the former U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, says a lot can be learned from the ongoing conflict.

US Pledges Additional $133 Million to South Sudan
The United States has pledged an additional $133 million in humanitarian assistance for South Sudan, where U.S. officials say a surge in fighting in recent months has caused conditions to deteriorate sharply. Dina Esposito, USAID director of the Food for Peace program, said the funds would be used to provide food and services to the people of South Sudan who continue to suffer as the country’s conflict drags on into its 19th month.