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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (C) visits on August 15, 2017, the Al-Nimir camp in the Sudanese state of East Darfur for an on-the-ground assessment of the situation of South Sudanese refugees living in Sudan.
More than 5,000 South Sudanese refugees live in Al-Nimir camp where they arrived after fleeing war and famine in their country. / AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions South Sudanese Leaders

The measures single out the offshore fortunes of top generals and officials.

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No Country for Civilians

The sudden exodus from war-torn South Sudan is the largest Africa has seen since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This is what a nation without civilians looks like.

TOPSHOT - A young child suffering from severe malnutrition lies on a bed in the ICU ward at the In-Patient Therapeutic Feeding Centre in the Gwangwe district of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, on September 17, 2016. 
Aid agencies have long warned about the risk of food shortages in northeast Nigeria because of the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009 and left more than 2.6 million homeless. In July, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 children under five could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and one in five -- some 50,000 -- could die. But despite the huge numbers involved, the situation has received little attention compared with other humanitarian crises around the world -- even within Nigeria. / AFP / STEFAN HEUNIS        (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Global Hunger Crisis Will Not Be Tweeted

Americans are exhausted keeping up with Donald Trump’s every tweet. People in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen are exhausted by violence and hunger.

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While the Trump Team Fiddles, the World Burns

Across Africa and the Middle East, a vacuum of U.S. leadership is exacerbating crises and emboldening abusers.

A doctor examines Wek Wol Wek (3 years), who suffers acute malnutrition, at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan, on October 11, 2016. 
Every week, the MSF clinic attends 60 new cases of malnourishment and it registered the highest activity in August 2016 with 90. Since March 2016, more than 70,000 people from Northen Bahr al Ghazal migrated to the neighbouring country Sudan due to the lack of food and the inflation in the market. According to the Food Security Outlook Update released by Famine Early Warning System Network (Fews Net) in September 2016, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, some households are in Catastrophe phase level (IPC Phase 5), as they suffer from extreme lack of food, with households facing significant food consumption gaps, high levels of malnutrition and mortality.  / AFP / ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN        (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

South Sudan’s Man-Made Famine

The country's warring leaders have left their citizens with two options – flee or starve.

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World’s Ability to Feed Itself ‘In Jeopardy,’ U.N. Warns in New Report

Unless the world undertakes 'major transformations' to address world hunger.

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‘Our Worst Fears Have Been Realized’: The Famine We Could Have Stopped in South Sudan

South Sudan just declared a famine. But it’s been years in the making and it could have been stopped.

South Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) national army soldiers patrol the streets with a pick-up truck after capturing the town of Bentiu, on January 12, 2014. Mediators pushed hard for a ceasefire in South Sudan as fighting raged today for the last rebel-held town and the full extent of the destruction wrought began to emerge. With up to 10,000 dead and nearly half a million displaced, the full scale of the destruction inflicted on the world's youngest nation is just starting to become clear. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA        (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Revenge of Salva Kiir

South Sudan’s president has outmaneuvered his opponents politically. Now he has carte blanche to crush them militarily.

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The Stories You Missed in 2016

From China's bubble to Russia's undersea drones, here are big stories around the world that flew under the radar this year.

TOPSHOT - soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) celebrate while standing in trenches in Lelo, outside Malakal, northern South Sudan, on October 16, 2016.  
Heavy fighting broke out on Ocotober 14 between SPLA (Government) and opposition forces in Wajwok and Lalo villages, outside Malakal. SPLA commanders claim they succeeded to keep their positions and assure their forces just responded "on self defence". / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran        (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation.

TOPSHOT - soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) celebrate while standing in trenches in Lelo, outside Malakal, northern South Sudan, on October 16, 2016.  
Heavy fighting broke out on Ocotober 14 between SPLA (Government) and opposition forces in Wajwok and Lalo villages, outside Malakal. SPLA commanders claim they succeeded to keep their positions and assure their forces just responded "on self defence". / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran        (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Chief Fires His Top Peacekeeping Commander in South Sudan

A scathing internal investigation details multiple failings by U.N. blue helmets to protect civilians during July violence in Juba.

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Why Do Internationally Backed Peace Processes Fail?

FP staffers talk about their reporting on the ground in South Sudan and Colombia and how war crimes, revolution, women, and Washington all played a role in those countries’ faltering peace processes.

Peacekeeping troops from China, deployed by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba on October 4, 2016. 
According to the UN, due to the increase of sexual violence outside the PoC, UNMISS has intensified its patrols in and around the protection sites, as well as in the wider Juba city area, sometimes arranging special escorts for women and young girls. / AFP / ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN        (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

South Sudan’s Attacks on U.N. Could Imperil Future Peacekeeping

Since violence flared this summer, South Sudanese government forces have mounted increasingly brutal attacks against U.N. workers.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers wear the sky-blue United Nations (UN) patch signifying membership in a Chinese peacekeeping unit destined for Darfur in the Sudan along with the Chinese flag on their uniforms, at their base in China's central Henan province 15 September 2007. A 315-member engineering unit is shipping out next month in China's latest attempt to play down accusations it is worsening Darfur's agony by supporting the Khartoum regime. The unit will build bridges and roads, dig wells and perform other tasks as they showed they mean business at the military training facility.  AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

China Eyes Ending Western Grip on Top U.N. Jobs With Greater Control Over Blue Helmets

As China steps up its commitment to U.N. peacekeeping, Beijing is said to be eyeing a leadership role — with potentially troubling human rights implications.

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