The peace agreement that President Salva Kiir finally signed on August 26 - that will hopefully ensure an end to South Sudan's current conflict - includes justice provisions that offer a chance to break a decades-long cycle of brutal abuses that South Sudanese have endured for too long.
The signing of a peace deal in South Sudan on August 26 is a welcome and long overdue flicker of hope amid immense ongoing suffering of the people of South Sudan. The human cost of the war is immense.
Our world is becoming a more dangerous place. Crises are intensifying. And the people who are most poor and vulnerable are always left suffering the consequences. That is what we must remember as we mark World Humanitarian Day this year.
Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).
Sudanese-American human rights activist Simon Deng will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 11th to be a "voice of peace" as Southern Sudanese leaders face President Obama's August 17th deadline for halting their violence and negotiating peace.
Ultimately, peace is up to the people of South Sudan. But the President's personal involvement coupled with these steps to enforce a peace agreement present the people of South Sudan with something they've been missing since the war began - hope.
Since fighting broke out in December 2013, thousands of civilians have been killed, and an estimated 2 million people have been displaced, including more than 600,000 refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.
China is steadily expanding its military footprint in Africa, highlighted by the recent deployment of 700 combat-ready troops to join a multinational peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. In all, the People's Liberation Army and Navy now have an estimated 2,700 soldiers, sailors, engineers and medical staff stationed across the continent.
Poverty is a pervasive concern in high fertility countries. The world has made progress in reducing severe poverty, but it's been exceedingly slow in countries where population growth rates remain high. While family planning can reduce demographic vulnerability, developing countries also require other forms of assistance.
He is a free man now, and he's determined to use that freedom to stir President Obama to "save the lives of untold millions of Africans" who are in danger of dying in Southern Sudan.
On June 5, 1947 America's greatest peace adventure got started with a speech by Secretary of State George C. Marshall. It was a commencement address at Harvard University. It set in motion a masterful plan to rebuild Europe from the ashes of World War II.
Year after year, President Obama provided waivers to sidestep the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act, by which Congress prohibited the U.S. from providing military assistance to governments filling out their ranks with children.
Nick Turse's new book of investigative reporting reveals that the U.S. military has been involved in one way or another -- "construction, military exercises, advisory assignments, security cooperation, or training missions" -- with more than 90 percent of Africa's 54 nations, despite military spokespersons insistence that the U.S. maintains only one permanent "base."
The quality of education in South Sudan is among the poorest in the world. The country has been plagued by decades of violence, brutal war and extreme poverty. Almost a third of the country's children are out of school. In the last ten years the number of children going to school has substantially increased, but the rapid increase has many bottlenecks.
Sudanese-American human rights activist Simon Deng is entering day seven of his hunger strike to petition President Obama to act in order to "save the lives of untold multitudes of Africans and their country ... South Sudan," according to an open letter Deng has sent the President.
In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.