News in the Humanosphere: Refugees flee brutal South Sudanese military attacks

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda (Credit: EC/ECHO/Malini Morzaria/flickr)

Hundreds of South Sudanese refugees fled into Uganda for a second day on Wednesday, bearing further grim testimony of an attack by government forces on the border town of Pajok in which at least 17 people were killed. Some were shot as they tried to flee. Others had their throats slit before their bodies were strung up from door frames. Two children were run down by a car. The testimony from the refugees, more than 3,000 of whom have gathered just inside the Ugandan border, offers a glimpse of the brutality of a three-year civil war ripping apart the world’s youngest nation. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2oDz9hu)

Zuma Faces Another Test…South Africa‘s parliament will debate a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma brought by the main opposition party after he dismissed the respected finance minister, the national assembly said on Wednesday. Previous no-confidence motions against Zuma have failed as the ruling African National Congress party has a commanding majority. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2p1Oqp9)

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A U.N. official called for an investigation into the killing of a Paraguayan protester during violent demonstrations last week, while President Horacio Cartes canceled an overseas trip to concentrate on resolving the country’s political crisis. (VOA http://bit.ly/2p1Rdi9)

South America is in the grip of an unprecedented climate phenomenon that has unleashed unusually heavy rains and taken a destructive toll. Worse still, it could be several weeks away from abating. (IRIN http://bit.ly/2o4a9PH)

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump administration wants to see “proof” from Sudan’s government — not more words — that it is making progress toward peace and protecting civilians in its vast and troubled Darfur region. (VOA http://bit.ly/2o43QeI)

A hundred and sixty-nine Gambian migrants returned home, after journeying across the Sahara in harsh conditions only to get stuck in Libya, most in jails far short of their intended destination in Europe. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2oDBCbH)

A Malaysian MP said girls as young as nine were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage, as the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country passed a law on sexual offenses against children without criminalizing child marriage. (VOA http://bit.ly/2p1RIc1)

Kenya sent a team of scientists and other experts to investigate reports of crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms in maize fields in the western region of Trans-Nzoia, a senior government official said on Wednesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2p1X0nJ)

India could save water and reduce planet-warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits like melon, oranges and papaya to their diet while reducing wheat and poultry, researchers said on Wednesday. (VOA http://bit.ly/2p1VVMJ)

More than 3 million children in Tanzania are doing hazardous jobs, including at illegal mines where they are exposed to mercury, heavy dust and work long shifts without safety gear. The Tanzanian government is aware of the problem but has struggled to keep children out of small, unlicensed mines. (VOA http://bit.ly/2o46NMB)

Opinion/Blogs

Is the world’s highest court fit for purpose? (Guardian http://bit.ly/2nKG0Cm)

Can $10 billion and political reforms bring peace to Pakistan’s restive frontier? (IRIN http://bit.ly/2o4121n)

Images reveal Peru flood devastation (BBC http://bbc.in/2nKQ9ib)

Researchers: How to Protect Peru’s Rainforest? Indigenous Land Titles (VOA http://bit.ly/2p1StBS)

Feast and Famine in Africa’s Dubai (IPS http://bit.ly/2p1ESu2)

Lebanon’s dual approach to Syrian refugees: the personal and political (CSM https://yhoo.it/2p21L0m)

A Look at UN Peacekeeping Missions as US Seeks Cuts (AP http://bit.ly/2p1T72b)

Migrants are returning to Calais, France, and residents aren’t sure how to cope (PRI http://bit.ly/2o44Sas)

South Africa needs a new public debate (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/2p1MjBM)

Pandemic response a cycle of ‘panic and neglect,’ says World Bank president (Devex http://bit.ly/2p2883M)

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