Stories: South Sudan

  • In South Sudan, Pregnancy Brings Risks

    South Sudan has the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the world. Women across the country have extremely limited access to health facilities, a situation exacerbated by the ongoing conflict. For every 100,000 births, more than 2,000 pregnant women die due to complications during childbirth. Benedict Moran reported from South Sudan on a grant from the International Reporting Project, an independent...

  • African Bishop Fights to Get Children to Iowa

    Natalia Peni remembers sprinting into the skin-scraping bush, stilling her breath and hoping for dawn. Soldiers from the Lord's Resistance Army looted her family's home and many others in Yambio, South Sudan, that night in 2006. She was 10. Her father, Samuel Enosa Peni, an Episcopal cleric, was away. She narrowly escaped with her siblings and mother. But neighbors were...

  • Unrest and Fear of Famine Overshadow Celebrations for South Sudan’s Fourth Year of Independence

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  • In South Sudan, Camps Offer No Refuge From Divisions and Violence

    A crowd of people rushed onto the dirt embankment and glared at the masses gathered on the opposite side of the road. The men, women, and children, all members of the Shilluk ethnicity, held machetes and makeshift weapons like rusty spears and crude wooden batons wrapped with barbed wire. With a laugh, a Shilluk boy scraped the blades of...

  • Global AIDS Parley Opens in DC

    Thousands have gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the International AIDS Conference. Speakers will include former President Bill Clinton; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, among other political, scientific and philanthropic leaders. In the past 15 years, dozens of IRP journalists have reported on AIDS;...