This week on Africa Weekly we head to Madagascar where poachers are threatening the country’s forests and lemurs. Then we visit South Sudan, where money, guns and brides are fuelling cattle wars. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
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South Sudan has a long history of cattle raiding. But where once the practice was carried out using spears and regulated by traditional cultural norms, raiders are now more heavily armed, better organised and frequently deadly. The result has been a marked increase in lives lost through cattle raiding activities.
This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is in the grip of an Ebola outbreak. And we travel to South Sudan where, in the shadow of conflict, those in the remote regions of the country also live in fear of a lack of access to health care. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
South Sudan’s warring parties meet in Addis Ababa in a bid to salvage a stalled peace deal with just days to go until a unity government is meant to be formed. The meeting has been arranged by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc for East Africa, which says it hopes the discussions will “develop a clear roadmap” for the formation of the government. IMAGES of the attendees
In South Sudan horrors abound of war, ethnic violence, rape, hunger and displacement. But for civilians living in the shadow of conflict, the greatest danger is often being cut off from health services, whether due to violence, or lack of development in the vast, remote areas that make up much of the country.
South Sudan’s five-year long civil war has left thousands of people with missing limbs. A centre run by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Juba serves both as a hospital and a prosthetics factory for patients from around the country.
This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on a base in eastern Mali, set up for soldiers joining ‘Operation Barkhane’ in the Sahel desert and we travel to South Sudan where a lull in fighting has led scores of displaced people to cautiously return home.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Pope Francis stunned visitors to Vatican with a grand gesture of humility by kneeling down to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s formerly warring leaders as a plea for peace.
‘I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward,’ the 82-year-old pontiff told President Salva Kiir and his rival, the former rebel leader Riek Machar on Thursday.
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Chol Deng, her husband and five children sit, exhausted, under a tree, having journeyed back to South Sudan five years after fleeing their corpse-strewn hometown Malakal. Encouraged by a six-month lull in fighting as a peace deal holds for the first time since 2015, the family last month joined scores of others warily returning home from Ethiopia and Sudan.
The scorching sun is finally beginning to dip on a late Saturday afternoon in Juba, where a small group gathers to watch a tense battle between two of their best men. Nevertheless, after more than five years of war, pitting different ethnic groups in the fledgling nation against one other, the Munuki Chess Club is a haven of peaceful coexistence.