President Salva Kiir vows no return to war amid looming starvation, political insecurity, economic ruin and natural calamities in the African country.
Haiti and South Sudan were also placed on a “grey list” of countries under increased monitoring to counter money laundering and terrorist financing, while Ghana was removed from the list.
Regional officials say at least 12 people killed in a suspected herdsmen attack on a village east of main town in Abyei, a disputed region under UN protection since South Sudan gained independence in 2011.
The measures are part of a package of human rights sanctions targeting a dozen individuals from Myanmar, China, Russia, North Korea, Eritrea, South Sudan and Libya.
More than 88 million people were suffering from “acute hunger” at the end of 2020 due to conflict and instability, a 20 percent increase in one year, says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at UNSC meeting.
UNICEF expects that 10.4 million children will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021 due to prolonged conflicts, internal displacement and the coronavirus pandemic.
The agencies swung the spotlight on Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, all facing rising levels of acute hunger with potential risk of famine.
The majority of the population have been keeping their money at home instead of in banks to avoid possible confiscation amid the country's economic crisis.
Workers at southern port's main sea terminal for containers and at Suakin port to the south strike over government's peace deal with rebels.
Under the deal, rebels fighters are to be slowly incorporated into joint units with government security forces but two well-established rebel groups did not sign, reflecting the challenges still facing the peace process.
The Red Cross also said more than 600 attacks on health workers had been reported in connection with the Covid-19 crisis.
The two-day clashes erupted over the weekend after some armed youths in the Greater Tonj area engaged with security forces.
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