South Sudan

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Fighting broke out in Juba on 15 December 2013 between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied to his sacked deputy Riek Machar and has spread to much of the country. Ceasefire negotiations in Addis Ababa have not so far been effective. There are reports of thousands killed and nearly 900,000 forced from their homes. M├ędecins Sans …

South Sudan: lurching into civil war

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South Sudan is on the geographical fringe of the WAND area of interest, and after two and a half years of independence it is not clear how closely its affairs will be linked with those of the Arab world. Its present problems however are so serious as to command attention at any level. Tribal fighting …

Sinai: trafficking, torture, kidnapping

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In recent postings about Egypt we have referred to lawlessness in Northern Sinai, Egyptian territory adjoining Israel and Gaza. This is the route through which refugees, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, try to make their way to Israel hoping to go on from there to Europe. A new report The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond makes shocking reading; the authors are a human rights activist based in Sweden and two academics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. According to the report, since 2009 …

Sudan: fuel price protests

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Recent news from Sudan has mainly covered conflict in the border regions and with South Sudan, but in the last week there have been serious disturbances in Khartoum, triggered by cuts in fuel subsidies which the government has defended as necessary following the separation from South Sudan in 2011 in which Sudan lost 75% of its oil …