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 ...
With over 1.6 million internally displaced in South Sudan, and another 600,000 refugees in neighboring countries, are oil price declines exacerbating humanitarian crises in oil-producing African countries, and can we expect further deterioration as a result of the recent price depression?
This Thanksgiving, in spite of the horrible news, I am following the wise advice of the psalmist and giving thanks.
Toilets are one of the first steps towards better health and brighter futures. For us at DROP, water, sanitation, gender equality and education go hand in hand and we believe that this four pronged approach is the most effective way to reduce poverty in rural communities. It's never too late to change where we go!
A better understanding of the politics in South Sudan, and the way the country's communities and individual leaders are connected, would have allowed the UN to recognize its current approach is applying coercion that is unlikely to work toward securing peace in South Sudan.
The war in South Sudan has caused a massive hunger and malnutrition crisis, which has a devastating impact on children. Small children will suffer lasting physical and mental damage from malnutrition if not treated.
Can coffee production contribute to peace in a war-torn African country? On its face, that would seem like a facile link. But sustainable peace is not won solely through negotiations and foreign aid.
We usually think and talk about peace as the absence of bad things. Peace is a lack of war. Peace is a lack of violence. But true peace isn't just the absence of bad; it is the presence of good.
Few professions provide a legal, non-exploitative, and sustainable avenue for wealth creation, individually or communally. Specialized agriculture provides one of the few options, and coffee is one of the best of them.
A remarkable opportunity has presented itself, one that allows the administration to create an important legacy for the two Sudans, one that would endure long after the end of President Obama's term in office.