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Sudan’s national dialogue parties criticise lack of support and slow process

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Sudan Tribune

August 29, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Several opposition political parties participating in the national dialogue initiative launched by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir painted a gloomy picture of the process describing it as “dialogue of the deaf”.

Earlier this month, the national dialogue committee known as 7+7, comprised of equal numbers of government parties and opposition ones signed a framework agreement on national dialogue, including its basic principles, requirements, objective and a mechanism to implement its outcome.

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Sudan Ministry denies Ebola case in West Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

EL GENEINA (30 Aug.) - The Minister of Health Affairs for the Darfur Regional Authority, Firdos Abdel Rahman Yousif, has denied reports of the deadly Ebola virus disease in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur. Media in Sudan have been prohibited from covering any news related to the disease. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported on Thursday that 1,552 deaths have been recorded so far, mostly in West Africa.

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Sudan Price Bulletin August 2014

Sorghum, millet, and wheat are the most important food commodities in northern Sudan. Sorghum is the staple food for the majority of poor households in central and eastern Sudan regions while millet is the main staple food for majority of households in Darfur and some parts of Kordofan regions in western Sudan. Wheat most often used as a substitute all over northern Sudan but it is a staple food for northern states.

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Girls raped, displaced kidnapped in Mershing, South Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

MERSHING (29 Aug.) - Militia members raped two displaced girls at a farm in Mershing locality, South Darfur, on Monday. A day later, militiamen kept several displaced people hostage in exchange for money. Five people were robbed by militiamen in Mershing on Wednesday.

One of the Sheikhs of Hashaba camp told Radio Dabanga that the girls, who live in Salwa camp, are 13 and 17 years old. “Pro-government militiamen raped them inside the farm, and also beat them after the rape.”

Displaced people abducted

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Four children die in explosions, West Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

SIRBA/SILEIA (29 Aug.) - Four children died in two separate incidents in Sirba and Jebel Moon locality in West Darfur on Tuesday and Wednesday, when grenades they discovered detonated.

The coordinator of the Sirba camps for displaced people told Radio Dabanga from Manjura in Jebel Moon that Adam Nimeiri Haj (13 years), Abdo Mohamed (12 years), and Haitham Ishag Adam (11 years) were herding goats in the area on Wednesday. They found an unexploded ordnance (UXO), which detonated as they started playing with it, the coordinator explained. They were killed on the spot.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM

IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

International Organization for Migration:

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 34 (21 - 27 August 2014)

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The new IOM Clinic in Bentiu is close to opening. Supplies and furniture have been moved to the new site

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 447,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 123,000, Kenya 42,000, Ethiopia 189,100 and Sudan 93,500). There are currently 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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Five women gang-raped in Central Darfur’s Nierteti

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI LOCALITY (28 Aug.) - Militiamen gang raped five displaced women in Central Darfur on Wednesday.

“On Wednesday evening, five women of the Nierteti camps were assaulted by a group of militiamen in the area of Mulgawa, west of Nierteti town,” a camp resident reported to Radio Dabanga from the Nierteti North camp.

“The women were working on their farms, when the attackers raped the women alternately. They then robbed them of their belongings and farming tools.”

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West Darfur displaced hail Paris Declaration

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Radio Dabanga

The West Darfur sector of the Association of Darfur Displaced and Refugees has welcomed the Paris Declaration, signed on 8 August between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of the main Sudanese rebel movements) and the National Umma Party (NUP).

The Association hailed the contents of the Paris Declaration in a statement issued after a massive meeting of displaced in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur, this week. The displaced welcomed the intention of the signatories to comprehensively resolve the armed conflicts and the various crises in the country.

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More than 50 Darfur displaced die from diarrhoea

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Radio Dabanga

ENTRAL DARFUR / NORTH DARFUR (28 Aug.) -

In Nierteti, Central Darfur, 18 children died this week from fever and diarrhoea. In Saraf Umra, North Darfur, at least 20 displaced died of the same ailments. In the Abu Shouk and Korma camps, North Darfur, 21 people died from diarrhoea, eight of them children.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a displaced woman reported from Nierteti town that 18 children died last week of high fever and diarrhoea. “There are dozens of people suffering similar cases.”

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Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government

28-08-2014 News Release 14/148

Khartoum/Geneva (ICRC) – Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today signed a newly revised country agreement. The legal document formalizes relations between the Sudanese authorities and the ICRC, and will replace a previous agreement dating from 1984.

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Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 34 | 18 – 24 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• Close to 257,000 people in Sudan have been affected by heavy rains and flooding that started in late July 2014, according to HAC and SRCS. About 70 per cent of the flood-affected people have received assistance.

• Blue Nile is the most affected state, accounting for almost 30 per cent of people affected by floods, according to HAC.

• WHO reports that 283 cases of diarrhoea amongst children under five years have been registered in three locations in North Darfur over the past few weeks.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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18 million EU grant for primary education in Sudan

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (27 Aug .) -

The EU Delegation to Sudan and Unicef launched two newly EU-funded programmes to strengthen access to quality primary education in the states of El Gedaref, Red Sea, Kassala, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and the Darfur States, in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The objectives of the two projects are to increase children’s access to primary education, to improve its quality, and to help Sudan make direct progress towards the Millennium Development Goal targets for education, the EU Delegation stated in a press release on Tuesday.

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Security Council, in Presidential Statement, Recommits to Addressing Sahel‘s Complex Challenges while Commending Regional Initiatives

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UN News Service

SC/11535

Security Council
7249th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council today, reiterating its concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel region, reaffirmed its continued commitment to address the complex security and political challenges in the region.

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Security Council, unanimously adopting Resolution 2173 (2014), renews mandate of African Union-United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur (SC/11536)

Security Council

7250th Meeting (AM)

Text Calls for Realigning Mission’s Activities, Improved Protection of Civilians, Humanitarian Aid Workers

The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for 10 months, until 30 June 2015, while it requested further realignment of the mission’s activities in accordance with recent strategic reviews.

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Abbala herders attack Beni Hussein farmers in North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

EL SAREIF BENI HUSSEIN (27 Aug.) - Abbala tribesmen attacked Beni Hussein farmers in the area of Hijeir Tigeiteeg in El Sareif Beni Hussein locality, North Darfur, amid fears of renewed clashes again between the two tribes. The situation

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, an activist reported that “five farmers were slaughtered, four shot dead, and one sustained injuries in an attack by Abbala militants in the area of Hijeir Tigeiteeg, located between El Sareif town and Jebel ‘Amer”.

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Four die of mystery disease in West Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

FORO BARANGA (27 Aug.) - An unknown disease resulted in the death of four people on Monday, and infected three on Tuesday in the area of Foro Baranga, West Darfur.

“The symptoms are vomiting, fever, and bleeding from the mouth”, a listener told Radio Dabanga from Foro Baranga. “After the appearance of the symptoms, the patients die about three hours later.”

He said that four people died on Monday. “Three others were affected. They are now in a hospital in Foro Baranga in serious condition. The hospital, however, is short of medical staff, and medicines.”

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Sudan militia recruit more than 3,000 minors in South Kordofan

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Radio Dabanga

NUBA MOUNTAINS (27 Aug.) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) reported that government forces have recruited more than 3,000 young men in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan. They have been transferred to military camps, to be trained and integrated into the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).