IGAD set to begin new round of South Sudan negotiations

IGAD set to begin new round of South Sudan negotiations

As South Sudan reaches the four-year mark in its civil war, the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) plans Monday to move forward with talks meant to end the conflict. The High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) in Addis Ababa is designed to re-energize the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict…

In Uganda, Guterres calls on South Sudan’s leaders to end war

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres completes his “Solidarity Summit” visit to Uganda on Friday, in an effort to raise the visibility of refugees and increase support for them and their host communities. Hosted by Guterres and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the summit of delegates, donors and heads of state hopes to…

Somalia’s cholera outbreak linked to drought, climate

World Health organization officials say an “unprecedented” outbreak of cholera in Somalia is linked to the drought that began in October 2016, creating widespread shortages of clean drinking water and food. There are more than 40,000 suspected cases since the beginning of the year, with nearly 700 deaths to date,…

Pope Francis cancels plans for a 2017 visit to South Sudan

Pope Francis will not be traveling to South Sudan this year, a trip that tentatively was planned for October, according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. The Vatican did not cite a specific reason for postponing the ecumenical visit, according to the Catholic News Agency, and Burke did not elaborate during…