Gregory Warner http://wkms.org en Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry http://wkms.org/post/escaping-south-sudans-violence-means-tolerating-hunger Even in an undeveloped country like South Sudan, Ganyliel can feel like the middle of nowhere: a bunch of tiny islands surrounded by a gigantic swampy floodplain fed by the River Nile during rainy season. To get here, I took a helicopter from the capital, then ditched my sneakers for gumboots. I've waded out into water that's too deep for an SUV and too shallow for a speedboat.<p>I board a canoe made from a hollowed-out palm tree.<p>"This river is very protective to the people of Ganyliel," says my companion in the canoe, Lorjack Riak Lorjack. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 41144 at http://wkms.org Escaping South Sudan's Violence Often Means Going Hungry Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different http://wkms.org/post/somalis-kenya-are-used-raids-say-was-different Mohammed Ali Isaac's hands shook as he showed his Kenyan ID to the police officers. They let him pass, but his cousins weren't so lucky. The two women had forgotten their IDs at home, and the police were threatening to load them into one of three large trucks they'd brought for the purpose.<p>Today's raid, with dozens of armed police officers in the middle of the day in the predominantly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, was timed for just after people streamed out of Friday prayers. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 39997 at http://wkms.org Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience http://wkms.org/post/remembering-rwandans-who-followed-their-conscience Olive Mukankusi lives in a two-room house with mud walls and a dirt floor in a village called Igati, in eastern Rwanda's Rwamagana province. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 39767 at http://wkms.org Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide http://wkms.org/post/rwanda-honors-dead-celebrates-progress-20-years-after-genocide After a minute of silence at noon, Monday's remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide began with testimony from a survivor.<p>The screaming started soon after.<p>In the crowd of 30,000 gathered in Amahoro stadium in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, first this person then that began to wail and thrash. Men in yellow vests took them to a special room of mattresses in the stadium basement.<p>In general, Rwandan culture discourages such outward displays of grief. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 39752 at http://wkms.org Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic http://wkms.org/post/jewels-lie-beneath-violence-central-african-republic Morning Mass began with a hymn on a recent Sunday at the Infant Jesus Catholic Church in the Central African Republic town of Bouar. The Rev. Dominic Mbarta fretted about his sermon. The previous Sunday, when<strong> </strong>a Polish priest at the church<strong> </strong>simply asked the congregation to refrain from killing their Muslim neighbors or looting abandoned Muslim houses, the priest was threatened.<p>"They were so angry," Mbarta says. "They went back grumbling that the priest is not impartial. He is for the Muslims. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 38969 at http://wkms.org Jewels Lie Beneath The Violence In The Central African Republic Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? http://wkms.org/post/will-helping-muslims-flee-central-african-republic-aid-cleansing It is almost impossible to buy soap anymore in most small towns in the Central African Republic. Same with sugar, powdered milk, batteries, baby formula. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 38707 at http://wkms.org Will Helping Muslims Flee Central African Republic Aid 'Cleansing'? How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister http://wkms.org/post/how-i-almost-got-arrested-south-sudanese-ex-minister The unmarked, unpaved streets of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, can be tough for an outsider to navigate.<p>By the time I found the house of Peter Adwok Nyaba, the country's former minister of higher education, science and technology, it was already 5 p.m. The sun was dangerously low on the horizon. I had less than an hour to interview Adwok and get back to my hotel before the citywide curfew — imposed when the violence began three weeks before — took effect. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 37837 at http://wkms.org How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan http://wkms.org/post/un-refuge-prepares-possible-attack-south-sudan The president of South Sudan spent Friday in a peace summit with regional heads of state, discussing the crisis that erupted last weekend after an alleged coup attempt. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:15:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 37638 at http://wkms.org U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan Clashes Continue In South Sudan Despite Calls For Cease-Fire http://wkms.org/post/somber-christmas-day-south-sudan-clashes-continue It was a somber Christmas day in South Sudan. Despite an appeal for a Christmas cease-fire from the African Union, government soldiers and rebels clashed in an oil-rich part of the country.<p>At a church in the capital of Juba, President Salva Kiir called for peace and unity. Even the leader's choice of clothing — traditional robes instead of army fatigues — seemed to signal that he wants to move past the violence.<p>On Dec. 16, the day after South Sudan erupted in massive gun battles, Kiir ditched his trademark black cowboy hat and suit and appeared on television wearing army fatigues. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 37611 at http://wkms.org Clashes Continue In South Sudan Despite Calls For Cease-Fire HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya http://wkms.org/post/hiv-treatment-keeps-family-together-and-growing-kenya Daniel and Benta Odeny married late by African standards: Both were in their 30s. And they'd only just hit their third anniversary when Benta started coughing blood.<p>The cough lasted a couple of weeks. So Benta went to the doctor. She had HIV. But Daniel was still HIV negative.<p>"She thought it was the end of the world," Daniel says.<p>Benta thought that Daniel would leave her and she would die alone. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:11:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 37455 at http://wkms.org HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya