South Sudan village overwhelmed by thousands fleeing war

The Times
Pathai, South Sudan

A crowd gathers to be registered for emergency food rations and immunisations in Pathai (Tristan McConnell)
A crowd gathers to be registered for emergency food rations and immunisations in Pathai (Tristan McConnell)

The village of Pathai in Jonglei State is no more than a few tin-roofed cinderblock buildings among thatched mud huts, a metal shipping container used as a prison and a jumble of broken-down vehicles. It is, however, home to thousands upon thousands of people who have arrived looking for help.

They began streaming in last week, walking for days across swamps and plains in the hope of food and medical care delivered by a small team of aid workers from the United Nations World Food Programme. The settlement has neither roads nor an airstrip, leaving it isolated from the rest of the country. Continue reading South Sudan village overwhelmed by thousands fleeing war

From Bosnia to South Sudan: How one man survived a massacre and helped prevent another

GlobalPost
Juba, South Sudan

Nedzad Handzic in Juba (Tristan McConnell)
Nedzad Handzic in Juba (Tristan McConnell)

In July 1995, Nedzad Handzic survived the Srebrenica massacre. More than 100 of his relatives, friends, and neighbors did not.

When Serbian troops descended on the Bosnian city, United Nations peacekeepers who had declared it a safe haven stood by as 8,000 people were killed. It was a dark, shameful episode in peacekeeping’s short history, and one the UN has endeavored not to repeat.

But in December 2013, 40-year-old Handzic felt like it was happening all over — in another conflict in another city on another continent.

Continue reading From Bosnia to South Sudan: How one man survived a massacre and helped prevent another