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UN Mission in South Sudan
Following Riek Machar's reported reappearance in Khartoum, the South Sudanese government has started laying down conditions for the eventual return home of the former vice president and rebel leader.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands to lead an independent special investigation into the violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July 2016, and the response of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).
A new protection force intended for South Sudan that was authorized by the United Nations this month needs to be deployed there as soon as possible to safeguard civilians, especially women and girls, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
[…] Some 16,000 children have been recruited into armed groups since December 2013, Unicef says, when civil war erupted between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former vice president Riek Machar. … An additional 650 children joined military forces in 2016, Unicef said, … .
Ex-South Sudan VP Machar 'safe' in DR Congo (18.08.2016)
South Sudan's former rebel leader and ex-vice president Riek Machar has escaped to the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo following violent clashes last month, an official said Thursday. "Riek Machar is currently in DRC, in Kinshasa, and wants to go as soon as possible to Ethiopia.”
The United Nations is under intense pressure to explain why thousands of well-armed peacekeeping troops failed to respond to urgent calls for help from international humanitarian workers under attack only minutes away from its bases during fighting in South Sudan last month.
South Sudan is not fighting the United Nations over its plan to intervene to end fighting in the country, President Salva Kiir said on Monday, confirming a softer stance towards a U.N. vote to send in extra troops. The U.N. Security Council authorised an extra 4,000 troops on Friday, something...