This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/11/2016 - 07/15/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/11/2016 - 07/15/2016

South Sudan: Last week, violence engulfed Juba, South Sudan as military forces supporting President Salva Kiir and Vice President Machar engaged in heavy battles. As the most recent violence caused more than 300 deaths and 36,000 displaced, and major banks and insurers in Africa temporarily close their operations and evacuating staff, the leaders of both sides on Monday night have ordered to have the clashes ceased. On Wednesday, the White House had deployed 47 troops to the country to protect its citizens and the U.S. embassy until their presences are no longer needed.

This is not the first time that the two forces engage in infighting where innocent civilians get caught in the crossfires; the reason why is that the two leaders have embroiled in a power struggle since 2013 when the President accused the vice president of initiating a coup to oust him out of power. As the result, about 50,000 people were killed, more than 2 million were displaced, and 5 million face great food shortages.

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A Call to Action from Darfur Women Action Group

A Call to Action from Darfur Women Action Group

Thirteen years into Darfur’s catastrophe, civilian casualties increase each day while the world remains silent. Violence, rape, arrest and torture have devastated the lives of the innocent civilians in Darfur. Countless men, women, and children lose their lives while the living endure unimaginable suffering and have nowhere to turn. 

In spite of the alarming rate at which the violence continues to be perpetrated, world leaders have faced the situation in Darfur with silence. Those who have spoken up have not moved beyond words of condemnation. 2015 was a very difficult year for our people in Darfur and we were hopeful that 2016 might be different. Unfortunately, attacks continue at an alarming rate and the international community is, once again, failing Darfur.

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