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09 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Albert Gonzalez Farran

YIDA, 9 February 2016 (IRIN) - One of the first stops for people fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region is the town of Yida, 20 kilometres across the border in South Sudan.

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09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

February 8 - 2016 NYALA

The South Darfur governor has expressed his concern about the shortage of primary health services in the state.

Addressing health graduates in the state capital Nyala on Saturday, Governor Adam El Faki reported that more than 300 health facilities need maintenance.

The about five million people in the state have to make do with 32 medical doctors and 800 hospital beds. “This means an average of 40,000 people per bed,” the governor said.

08 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 19:57 GMT

Sudan's military on Monday called on civilians displaced by two weeks of fighting in Darfur's Jebel Marra to return to their homes, claiming to have captured most of the area.

The rebels strongly denied the claim and urged the international community to intervene to protect civilians.

08 Feb 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour Sunday has asked the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to put pressure on the rebel groups in order to join the peace process.

International and regional mediators have been brokering different process to end Darfur conflict since 2003 and the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states since 2011.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudanese in various parts of the country are still suffering from a shortage of flour and cooking gas. They also complain about sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities.

Housewife Zahra Mohamed told Radio Dabanga from Khartoum that the price of an LPG cylinder reached SDG95 ($16). She also condemned the soaring transportation tariffs because of the rise of fuel prices.

In most districts of the capital of El Gezira state, people are queueing for hours to obtain some pieces of bread, an angry listener reported from Wad Madani.

07 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 19:04 GMT |

Tens of thousands of civilians fleeing weeks of clashes between troops and rebels in Darfur's Jebel Marra area face "dire" humanitarian circumstances, the United Nations said on Sunday.

Fighting in the Jebel Marra has flared between forces loyal to President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on war crimes charges relating to the Darfur conflict, and the Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdelwahid Nur (SLA-AW), which has been battling him since 2003.

06 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Feb.6 (SUNA)-A leading member of parliament, from the White Nile state, has commended the president decision on reopening of border crossing points with South Sudan, allowing for movement of people and goods.

Nur Eddaim Ahmd al tayyeb, member of the state's Council legislatures and a leader within the Umma Leadership Group Party, said the decision will have positive economic impact on both the Sudan and South Sudan.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

February 5 - 2016 ZALINGEI

Displaced people from three camps in Central Darfur State staged a peaceful demonstration on Friday, condemning the aerial bombardments and shelling by government forces on areas and villages in Jebel Marra that have caused the displacement of large numbers.

As of 31 January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that 44,700 people (31,000 in North Darfur and 13,700 in Central Darfur) have been displaced by the government's offensive.

05 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

The National Dialogue’s Committee for Governance Affairs has recommended the structural reform of the state at the levels of judiciary, governance, and organs of justice, to correct current imbalances in these fields. The committee, meeting in Khartoum, emphasised the nationalism in the Sudan Armed Forces, the police, and the intelligence and security service.

05 Feb 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Militiamen have terrorised the population in Kutum, North Darfur, by opening fire on people, closing down the main road, and attempts of abduction. In the South Darfur capital, merchants have been violently abducted by militiamen.

A resident of Kutum told Radio Dabanga on Thursday that militiamen wearing military uniforms tried to rob Muhajir, a merchant, and shot him three times in one of his legs when he resisted. Muhajir sustained multiple fractures and was taken to El Fasher for treatment.