Rape, murder, famine — and $2 million for Washington PR firms
The government of South Sudan is accused of repeated human rights violations, but its money buys lobbying and image buffing in DC.
The VICE Morning Bulletin
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South Sudan could be on the brink of war, again
Renewed fighting between South Sudan's rival factions in the capital has left at least 272 people dead, as civil war threatens to rear its head.
VICE News and Reuters
South Sudan Rebel Leader Riek Machar Sworn in as Vice President After Two Years of War
The development is a necessary step in the reconciliation that may end two and a half years of war, but it comes amid a precarious, oft-broken ceasefire and a humanitarian disaster.
Rebel Leader Riek Machar Denied Permission to Return to Juba
After nearly a week of false starts and confusion, the South Sudanese opposition leader arrived at Ethiopia’s Gambela airport on Saturday to fly to Juba, but more disagreement has prevented his journey from continuing.
South Sudan Rebel Leader Riek Machar Stuck in Ethiopia After Week of Delays
Disagreements over how many weapons and people Machar can bring with him have repeatedly stalled his return to Juba after more than two years of civil war.
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Riek Machar Discusses His Return to South Sudan's Capital
As the international community waits for the South Sudanese opposition leader to finally fly to Juba, VICE News traveled to his rural base in Pagak, South Sudan, to find out what will happen next.
Ethiopia Is Carrying Out a Cross-Border Raid to Rescue 108 Abducted Children
Ethiopian media is reporting the military has located the scores of children abducted by South Sudanese gunmen during a cross-border cattle raid last week, and is in the process of rescuing them.
We're Waiting With 245 South Sudanese Rebels Whose Homecoming Is Not Going to Plan
South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was supposed to return to the capital Juba on Monday to be sworn in as vice president. Three days later his men are still stuck at an Ethiopian airport.
Ethiopian Death Toll Rises After Gunmen Abduct 100 Children and 2,000 Livestock
The attack took place on Friday with authorities saying gunmen from South Sudan attacked the area leaving more than 200 dead in the Horn of Africa nation's Gambela region.
Reuters and VICE News
In Photos: The Children Fighting For an Education in South Sudan
Conflict has forced nearly 2 million children out of school in the world's newest country. Recent violence at a UN-run displacement camp has put a renewed spotlight on security risks.
Sudan and South Sudan to Open Borders for the First Time in Nearly Five Years
Relations between the two East African countries have been weak since South Sudan seceded in 2011, but the border opening is just the latest step towards improved ties.