News in the Humanosphere: South Sudan’s civil war spills over into Ethiopia

A government soldier mans a vehicle-mounted machine gun in the oil-rich town of Malakal, South Sudan. (AP Photo/Jacob Zocherman)

Gunmen from South Sudan killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighboring Ethiopia, a government official said on Wednesday, another demonstration of how Sudan’s civil war threatens the region. The raids on Sunday and Monday occurred in Gambella’s Gog and Jor areas, which border South Sudan’s Boma region, said Chol Chany, a regional government spokesman. “Murle bandits carried out the attack. They fled along with 43 children,” Chany told Reuters, using a term for a local ethnic group. “The (Ethiopian military) is pursuing them. The assailants haven’t crossed over to South Sudan yet.” Regional governments have expressed fears that violence in South Sudan could spill over its borders into their own nations. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2nsS8If)

A grim anniversary…Suicide bombers killed dozens of people in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, the sixth anniversary of antigovernment protests that devolved into one of the deadliest wars of the century. Syrian state media said a first attacker detonated his payload outside the largest courthouse in Damascus, known as Justice Palace. Hours later, it reported that a second bomber attacked a restaurant in the city’s Rabweh district, killing several people. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, put the death toll at 39, with more than 100 wounded. (WaPo http://wapo.st/2mtMKE5)

Top Stories

A cholera outbreak in parts of Mozambique has infected more than 1,200 people, killing two this month after heavy rains, and will spread further if no action is taken, a health ministry official said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2nt01h2)

A U.N. agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly made the charge. (Reuters http://reut.rs/2mu6ZkM)

The Venezuelan government says it will expropriate bakeries which fail to abide by new government regulations aimed at tackling bread shortages. In a growing row between the government and bakers, officials said that bakeries could face fines if people had to queue to get their bread. (BBC http://bbc.in/2no1TL0)

The Ethiopian government lifted some restrictions imposed during a state of emergency declared last year following deadly protests, state-run media quoted the defense minister as saying on Wednesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2n0jo3d)

Six years into the war in Syria, civilians continue to suffer from a brutal conflict that has precipitated a complex humanitarian crisis, with ever-mounting suffering and millions without access to basic health care. (MSF http://bit.ly/2mt0yO5)

British foreign minister Boris Johnson met Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday, pledging aid to help combat the effects of a devastating drought, the Somali president’s office said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2mKoJJD)

A campaign to inform would-be migrants in Africa about the dangers of heading to Europe via the Mediterranean sea aims to reach people in 15 African countries through social media, radio and television adverts, migration officials said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2mtzoYa)

A new UN initiative calls the women’s pay gap, which sees women paid 23 percent less than men globally: “the biggest robbery in history.” (IPS http://bit.ly/2mtkYHt)

Opinion/Blogs

Uncertain what’s next, Cubans go about their business while they wait for a signal from Trump (PRI http://bit.ly/2nsOGNW)

‘Countless lives at stake’ warn NGOs as hunger in east Africa prompts major appeal (Guardian http://bit.ly/2no2FIa)

What would deep cuts to US foreign aid look like? (Devex http://bit.ly/2n1nFDA)

New Broadband Commission call to action provides guide to close digital gender gap (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/2mOTBKN)

World Bank takes on pernicious beliefs (CSM https://yhoo.it/2n0n6JW)

The roots of the current crisis in South Africa (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/2mKCqZc)

Why The Famine In South Sudan Keeps Getting Worse (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2n1Ab5J)

The global development lowdown at SXSW (Devex http://bit.ly/2nsYIOR)

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