Each time I am able to visit their country and speak with them, I am always struck by their enduring hope for the future of their nation and by how hard they are willing to work in order to make peace a reality. That's why it's been especially heart-breaking in recent weeks to see South Sudan slide further from peace, toward instability and conflict.
JUBA, South Sudan -- The headlines will fade, but the needs will not. South Sudan is a country on a precipice, and all of our help and attention is needed now, and in the months to come, if this new country is to realize its bright future.
Clemence Pinaud, Indiana University Heavy fighting in the South Sudanese capita...
"Empathy suffers from jet-lag -- it often wakes up only after it's no longer possible to do anything to help," said my father, a man who lost many relatives to the holocaust.
Like many other foreign aid workers and locals I meet, what he really wanted was an American take on the man presently dominating U.S. politics, an explanation of the larger-than-life and stranger-than-life figure who, even in South Sudan, has the ability to suck the air out of any room.
We must ensure that all people -- regardless of where they are born -- have the ability to live happy, healthy, and safe lives. It is critical for the media, governments, and individuals to focus on the massive scale of human suffering in Middle East and Europe. But we must not limit our focus.
(Photo: Andrew Parsons, Action Against Hunger, South Sudan) Approximately 25 percent of the population of South Sudan--2.8 million people--are exper...
Famine and international structures have failed to destroy the land and the people, though they have tried. Once more, this time in the 'new' South Sudan, a nation engineered and created by the USA and its nongovernmental agencies, Africa as once more been ill served by American interests.
As the Syrian refugee crisis continues and governments reevaluate how they will respond to refugees seeking shelter and safety, news coverage has understandably focused on the plight of the families and individuals fleeing Syria's nightmarish conditions.
We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.
Across the globe, war and conflict disproportionately impact women, and South Sudan is not an exception. Rape, torture and other types of sexual and gender-based violence are daily occurrences.
There are numerous drivers of conflict in South Sudan, and the world's newest country has faced serious challenges since its independence from Sudan in 2011. However, there is one overlooked factor that perhaps could have prevented a resurgence of violence: a peace table that included women.
We have the technology to apply such a smart-targeted financial squeeze. All that is required is the political will to stay focused on this troubled but potentially wealthy corner of Africa.
Chai Xi is from Beijing, China's capital, where she studied accounting and economics. After working for eight years in finance with various international organizations, she joined the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mission in South Sudan in July, 2013.
In Nigeria there's trouble to the north. An Islamist terrorist group devastates vulnerable communities, massacring residents and bombing public places. The group is incoherent, ideologically absurd, and deadly. In six years it has claimed over ten thousand lives.
Flying back to Rome after his six days 'pilgrimage of peace' as an 'apostle of hope' to Africa, Pope Francis said this in answer to a question on the ...