Medecins Sans Frontieres staff  treat a suspected Ebola patient in the isolation unit of Kampungu in Congo. Photograph: Reuters

While Ireland’s missionaries and aid volunteers have played a disproportionate role in ministering to Africa’s poorest, few travel memoirs have been w(...)

Children displaced by the unrest in Bor county play around boats in the port of Minkaman. 
Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed in 
the

the 
violence
 in South Sudan
, aid sources and analysts estimate. It has also displaced 413,000, 
according to

according to 
the UN
.  Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

More than 200 women and children drowned when their overloaded boat capsized on the Nile as they scrambled to escape fighting in South Sudan, offic(...)

Grang Demebiar (centre), son of late Sudanese politician John Garang, at the opening of South Sudan’s negotiations in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa on Saturday. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Gunshots rang out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, for about an hour yesterday as peace talks between rebels and the government to hammer out a ceasefi(...)

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (left)  meets with Kenya’s 
P
president Uhuru Kenyatta during peace talks in the capital, Juba. Photograph: Hakim George/Reuters

As Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta continues to burnish his reputation as a pro-western troubleshooter by brokering peace talks in South Sudan, he wil(...)

US citizens board a Marine Corps plane during a partial evacuation of the US embassy in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Staff Sgt Robert L Fisher III/ US Marines via The New York Times

An African official who is working to organise peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan said that direct talks between the sides have been d(...)

Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

South Sudan’s government and rebels finally began talks today to end weeks of bloodletting after days of delay as the United States ordered out more o(...)

Former vice-president of South Sudan Riek Machar at his home in Juba in November. ‘We are going through a very unpredictable period, the most unpredictable since independence,’ he says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

After days of fighting between rival factions in South Sudan’s army, the world’s youngest state finds itself at its most dangerous juncture since decl(...)

Since winning independence from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has been struggling to impose its authority across vast swathes of territory bristling with weapons after decades of civil war with Khartoum. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic /Reuters

Five UN peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the UN mission in South Sudan were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in the re(...)