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30 Aug 2015 description

JUBA, South Sudan – 30 August (UNHCR) – Japan's Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko, wrapped up a one-day visit to Upper Nile's Maban County on Thursday to show solidarity with the refugees and appreciate the impact of Japan's aid contribution on refugees' living conditions. He was accompanied by UNHCR Country Representative, Ahmed Warsame, and a delegation of local authorities and partner organizations.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Uphold Free Speech, Assembly

(Kampala) – Sudanese security agents have arrested, detained, and interrogated at least 17 members of opposition parties since early August 2015. Most of those arrested are affiliated with the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), which has an active student and youth wing and conducts public rallies and events.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudan's opposition parties have welcomed the outcomes of the newest African Union Peace and Security Council's meeting on Tuesday. The council repeated the importance of a holistic approach to solve the multiple crises in Sudan and realise a democratic transformation.

28 Aug 2015 description

28 August 2015

Since 2003, when millions of civilians fled their homes to seek protection from violence in Sudan, Chad has become home to more than 400,000 Sudanese refugees. WFP is still providing them with food assistance despite their plight, but they risk to fall in oblivion amidst stretched resources as Chad struggles to host more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict, including thousands of people recently displaced by violence spilling across the border from Nigeria.

28 Aug 2015 description

PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.

Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has welcomed the signing of the South Sudan peace agreement this week which comes as refugee and IDP figures have passed the 2.6 million mark, a marked increase on the number reported at the time of the fourth anniversary of the country's independence.

Daily arrival rates in Ethiopia remain high, with almost 200 new arrivals registered per day, while in other receiving countries, most notably Sudan, the rainy season has reduced the number of new arrivals in August compared to June and July.

28 Aug 2015 description

Highlights

  • IOM trucked 164,000L of water to various communities as well as health facilities in the districts of Crater, Ash Shaikh Othman, Khur Maksar and Attawahi, providing safe water to an estimated 11,270 individuals.

  • 250 migrants that were evacuated on an IOM chartered boat from Al Hudaydah to Obock were accommodated and assisted at the Migrant Response Centre (MRC) in Obock.

28 Aug 2015 description

High food prices and conflict in South Sudan and Yemen leading to continued Emergency

Key Messages

28 Aug 2015 description

Increased rainfall across Hispaniola due to tropical storm activity

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Widespread, heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of West Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, elevating flooding risks over many already saturated areas.

  2. Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan, heightening risks for localized flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.

27 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

27 août 2015 – Des affrontements meurtriers entre milices rivales au cours des derniers jours ont forcé plusieurs milliers de personnes à fuir leur domicile dans la ville de Bambari, en République centrafricaine, a déploré jeudi le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR).

Malgré un début de retour au calme dans la journée de jeudi, le personnel du HCR sur le terrain reste très inquiet et craint une nouvelle détérioration de la situation, a déclaré l'agence dans un communiqué de presse rendu public à Bangui, la capitale du pays.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The Sudan Appeal opposition coalition welcomed the decision of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUSCP) in its 359th meeting on 25 August. They consider it a firm base for further negotiations with the Sudanese government.

Yasir Arman, the secretary-general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and foreign relations secretary of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel alliance described the outcome of the 359th AUPSC meeting as “a historic decision, after President Al Bashir tried to turn the table on all internal and external parties”.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The more than 30,000 residents of Ronga Tas camp for the displaced in Central Darfur's Azum locality reject the moving of schools and health centres from the camp to model villages constructed by the Darfur Regional Authority DRA).

On Wednesday the coordinator of the Central Darfur camps told Radio Dabanga that the state government closed two basic schools, a secondary school and a health centre in the camp on Tuesday.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

Agency Reports and Open Source Data

Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.

27 Aug 2015 description

BANGUI, 27 Aug – Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic town of Bambari. The situation began to ease on Thursday but UNHCR staff say Bambari remains very tense and they fear the situation could deteriorate again.

27 Aug 2015 description

COORDINATION

Coordination of the child protection (CP) response to Sudanese refugees in South Sudan has been mainly driven by the field. In Gambella, there is a child protection working group (CPWG), and two specific groups on information management and case management. At the camp level, there is a weekly working group which covers CP as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) participates in the CP working group and in the camp level coordination meetings.