Sudan: Solar power brings water to rural Darfur
21 May, 2014
The first thing you notice when you arrive in Azerni is the silence. Village life in West Darfur is usually accompanied by the incessant rumbling of motorized water pumps. At first, the explanation for the silence seems obvious: the pump must be broken.
But, on closer inspection, women are...
South Sudan: More than $600 million pledged for humanitarian crisis
20 May, 2014
The international donor community today pledged more than US$600 million in humanitarian funding for South Sudan at a conference hosted by Norway and OCHA.
“These generous pledges will, once paid, translate into life-saving relief to the most vulnerable people in South Sudan and to...
South Sudan: Conflict leaves thousands of children orphaned and alone
1 May, 2014
Since the conflict broke out in South Sudan last December, some 380,000 children have been forced to flee their homes. Many of them have either lost their parents or have been separated from them and have been left to survive on their own. Aid agencies are working across the country to...
South Sudan: Atrocious scenes in Bentiu (VIDEO)
24 April, 2014
On 20 and 21 April, a team of UN agencies and NGOs travelled to Bentiu, the capital of Unity State in the north of South Sudan. The town had been the scene of fighting between Government and opposition forces earlier in the week, and reports had emerged of that hundreds of civilians had...
South Sudan: We must not look away
12 April, 2014
Toby Lanzer is the United Nations’ top humanitarian official in South Sudan. Since conflict broke out in December 2013 he has travelled across the country to meet people struck by violence and coordinate the response to their needs. Here he shares some impressions from these travels....