- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 17 | 20 - 26 April 2015
- UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report, March 2015
- OCHA Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund | CHF - Basic facts and figures
Appeals & Funding
- 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
38km of routes surveyed, 13 km of routes verified, and 17km of routes cleared of explosive hazards
25 communities in Abyei surveyed for explosive hazards
Stockpile of nearly 2,000 abandoned explosive ordnance and small arms ammunition found in Agok
170 ERW and 01 anti-tank mine destroyed
Mines/ERW awareness delivered for 16,782 men, women, boys, and girls.
Remote sensing analysis by humanitarian organizations to detect and document changes related to displaced population camps has been employed, in various iterations, by the field for as long as two decades. The use of remote sensing to support responses to civilian displacement can prove valuable for site planning, identifying patterns of population change, and capturing key data for program planning and evaluation purposes.
General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015
The more than 80,000 residents of El Salam camp for the displaced, south of Nyala, capital of South Darfur, are suffering from an acute drinking water crisis.
Sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabaldiya told Radio Dabanga that the displaced are “actually short of drinking water since five months, when the first water engines broke down. During the past five months, 20 pumps stopped working. The last one, at Block 5, used by far too many people in the end, broke down nearly one month ago.”
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In Sudan, heavy rains from July to September 2014 led to flash flooding, which affected more than 266,000 people in 13 states (Source: Humanitarian Aid Commission/OCHA, 9 September 2014).
According to the Ministry of Health of Sudan (MoH), 39 people were killed and 204 injured. Widespread destruction was caused to people’s homes, crops and public infrastructure. The flood-affected population’s access to water supply and sanitation services were also disrupted.
On 22 April 2015, UNAMID’s Communications and Public Information Section (CPIS) in Central Darfur, in collaboration with the Gender Advisory Unit (GAU) and UNAMID Police Gender Office organized a peace workshop for women’s groups in Zalingei.
The event, which took place at the Mission’s headquarters in Zalingei, was aimed at promoting dialogue between women at all levels, especially at the grassroots, and highlighting their importance in the ongoing peace process in Darfur, while, at the same time, increasing confidence in the Mission’s mandate.
On 28 April 2015, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was declared the Country Winner for Sudan of the 2014 Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. The award was given to UNAMID’s Community-based, Labour-Intensive Projects (CLIPs) programme, led by the Mission’s Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Section.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of South Sudan (UNMISS mandate renewal) and Sudan/Darfur (UNAMID mandate renewal), as well as makes recommendations targeted at the 13 May 2015 Open Debate on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Additionally, this update provides recommendations ahead of the SRSG-CAAC’s report presentation on Afghanistan to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
by Reiseal Ni Cheilleachair
As ‘World Immunisation Week’ draws to an end, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that global vaccination targets are a long way from being met.
There are many challenges to overcome to achieve the goal of reaching all children with vaccines. Of particular concern are the children living in areas, many of them embroiled in conflict, that almost seem to have been forgotten by the world.
Aziza made her journey from Damascus to Jordan with her husband and two girls, carrying her third unborn baby in her belly. The 25-year-old said the family was forced to leave eventually as "nothing" was left for them to stay for: no water, no electricity, and no food for the children.
She is one of more than 17 000 Syrians now living in Azraq refugee camp, which was set up by the Jordanian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) exactly one year ago on 30 April 2014. The camp is located in Jordan’s north-eastern desert.
On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.
In West Africa, market availability was adequate in March, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.
Escalating conflict in Darfur and South Kordofan continues to limit access to food for the poor
21 displaced Fulani (aka Peuhl) herders have been released from the captivity of armed groups in Yaloké rural area.
UNHCR reunified six IDPs from Yaloké with their family in Chad.
In support of IDP returns in Bangui, each IDP household will receive $150 cash, one tarpaulin, three mosquito nets as well as two-month food rations for returnee households and two-month food vouchers for the most vulnerable returnee households and host families upon return to their neighborhood.
Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
Dans ce numéro
■ Vues d’Addis
Le CPS a décidé d’intensifier ses efforts afin de trouver une solution au conflit au Sahara occidental.
Le président zimbabwéen et nouveau président de l’UA, Robert Mugabe, a promis d’en faire une priorité cette année.
■ À l’ordre du jour
• Thousands of people displaced by inter-tribal fighting in North Darfur’s Mellit locality need humanitarian assistance.
• Some 600 newly displaced people in East Darfur’s Yassin town are sheltering under trees, according to a recent inter-agency mission.
• WFP receives food aid worth $135 million from USAID to assist people in need during the lean (hunger) season.
• As of 22 April, 133,626 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan, according to UNHCR.
Over 134,244 persons have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan
85,552 persons have received humanitarian assistance (specific assistance only)
Sudan hosts an estimated 350,000 Southern Sudanese individuals following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan
* Abyei PCA Box is estimated to have received 2,496 (IOM)