September 15, 2013 In the desperately poor country, some 60,000 informal miners are working by hand to unearth an estimated $660 million worth of gold each year. The government is hoping to lure international mining companies to carry out the search on an industrial scale.
August 24, 2012 More than 100,000 people have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan to escape fighting in Sudan and find food. Heavy rains have depleted supplies and raised mortality rates above emergency levels. The United Nations has launched emergency airdrops of food to help the refugees.
July 14, 2011 Newly independent South Sudan was welcomed to the United Nations Thursday, days after the largely Christian East African nation formally seceded from Arab-dominated Sudan. But many questions linger over the young nation.