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Kerry Travels To Africa To Promote Peace; U.N. Calls For Month-Long Truce in S. Sudan

News outlets report on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Africa to promote peace, while the U.N. prepares to bring aid to the displaced civilians in South Sudan.

Agence France-Presse: Kerry heads on Africa tour amid fears over S. Sudan war
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left late Tuesday on his first major tour of Africa focused on some of the continent’s most brutal wars including the bloodshed in South Sudan…” (Revise, 4/30).

Associated Press: Kerry to promote peace, sanctions in South Sudan
“Secretary of State John Kerry is bringing his two main tools of diplomacy — peace talks and threatened sanctions — to Africa this week to help find a way to end months of killing that is threatening to rip apart the world’s newest nation, South Sudan…” (Jakes, 4/30).

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. brings aid to displaced civilians ahead of rains; calls for month-long truce
“The United Nations refugee agency is preparing to airlift relief supplies to South Sudan today for 100,000 displaced people ahead of the rainy season, while the top U.N. relief official there is calling for a month-long truce to enable people to move around safely and cultivate their fields…” (4/29).