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US restricts military assistance to some states that recruit and use children

The US government is continuing to exercise pressure through the application of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) by granting partial waivers to some states in order to end their unlawful recruitment and use of children in conflict. In its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, the US Department of State listed nine states, namely the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Chad, this year, does not figure in the list compiled by the US State Department.

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Water crisis in Sudan’s Red Sea state, new hemorrhagic fever cases

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Radio Dabanga

PORT SUDAN / EL GEDAREF / KHARTOUM (1 Oct.) - People living in the eastern Sudanese Red Sea state are complaining of a shortage of drinking water for nearly nine months.

“There is no indication that the water problem will be solved soon,” activist Amin Sinada told Radio Dabanga from the Port Sudan, the capital of Red Sea state. “The crisis may become even worse, as the commercial water prices are increasing.”

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Sudan Monthly Market Update Bulletin September 2014

SUMMARY

  • Despite improved rainfall and crop performance in most parts of Sudan, staple food prices continued to increase between July and August-the peak of the May-to-September lean season. Prices remain well-above their respective 2013 and five-year average levels.

  • Grain price trends were also influenced by the effects of trade disruption in some areas due to insecurity and blockage of roads by heavy rains and high costs of transport due to high inflation.

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Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

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Germany hosts workshop for Sudanese rebels

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Sudan Tribune

September 30, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The German government is organising a workshop for the rebel alliance, Sudanese Revolutionary Front, to discuss ways to achieve peace and democratic transition within the efforts led by the African Union led mediation team.

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Farmers demand investigation of 'spoiled crops' in Central Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

AZUM LOCALITY(30 Sep.) -

Farmers of Azum locality in Central Darfur state, whose crops were spoiled by pesticides sprayed by the state’s Ministry of Agriculture on their farmlands, demand an investigation into the damage.

On Sunday, a committee formed by affected farmers of Wadi Azum handed the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives of Unamid a memorandum in which they reported that ​​about 1,300 acres planted with sorghum, millet, peanuts, okra, tomatoes, and other crops, have been spoiled by the pesticides.

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West Darfur residents urge UNAMID to defuse UXOs

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Radio Dabanga

SIRBA LOCALITY(30 Sep.) -

People from the area of Manjoura in Sirba locality, West Darfur, have found six pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) of various size and type.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga today, the coordinator of the Sirba camps said that a group of Manjoura residents submitted a request to the West Darfur state authorities and Unamid to “access the area, and deal with these dangerous explosives”.

“We reported the existence of the UXOs in the area to Unamid on Friday, but they did not react until now.”

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Combatting Malaria in Sudan Distribution of Over Five Million Insecticide Treated Bed Nets

UNDP and UNICEF launched the second phase of the bed net distribution plan for 2014 across 32 localities, bringing the total number of distributed bed nets to more than five million.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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IOM Helps US to Resettle Over 69,500 Refugees during the 2014 Fiscal Year, as Hollywood Prepares for the Release of “The Good Lie” - Movie about “Lost Boys of Sudan”

United States - IOM has assisted the United States in the resettlement of close to 70,000 refugees from some 80 countries during the US fiscal year ending today, which coincides with this week’s release of The Good Lie, a Hollywood production that tells the story of a group of refugees known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan”.

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One killed, two raped in Tawila, North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

TAWILA LOCALITY (29 Sep .) - One person was killed and two young women raped in Tawila locality, North Darfur, on Monday.

“Five militiamen wearing military uniforms assaulted two young women who were tending their farmlands in the area of Martal, west of Khazan Tunjur, on Monday afternoon,” a relative of the victims reported to Radio Dabanga.

“When their relative, Omar Yagoub (35), attempted to defend the women, the gunmen shot him in the chest. He died instantly. They then raped the women, of 21 and 18 years old.”

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Six dead in North Darfur cattle theft; sheep stolen in East Darfur train robbery

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Radio Dabanga

SHANGIL TOBAYA / ADILA (29 Sep .) - Five people were killed, and three others wounded on Saturday, in a clash between a group of cattle thieves and a local rescue team in North Darfur. On Friday, a group of armed robbers ambushed a train loaded with sheep in East Darfur.

“Janjaweed on camels attacked cow herders at a pasture near Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur. They shot one herder dead, and fled, taking 300 cows with them,” Zakaria Saleh, the owner of the cattle told Radio Dabanga.

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Sudan and South Sudan Last update: 24/09/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 100 000 000

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2013) 9533 final.

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

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IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep, 22-29 September 2014

Highlights

South Sudan: IOM launches a psychosocial project that aims to enhance the mental health and psychosocial well-being of individuals.

Sudan: 48,484 refugees have been tracked and registered since the beginning of the conflict.
An IOM medical staff assists a patient after her medical check up in Assosa, Ethiopia.

Kenya: IOM continues to transport refugees from Nadapal border point to Kakuma Refugee Camp.

International Organization for Migration:

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U.S. Pledges $83 million Additional Emergency Assistance for the People of South Sudan

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 29, 2014

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Air raid burns crops in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

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Radio Dabanga

EAST JEBEL MARRA / EAST DARFUR (29 Sep.) - The Sudanese Air Force bombed the area east of Mashrou Abu Zeid in East Jebel Marra on Saturday. On the same day, a man was killed in an armed robbery in East Darfur.

According to local residents, the air raids on the area, located 3 km east of Mashrou Abu Zeid, burned vast tracts of farmland. They reported to Radio Dabanga that there were no human fatalities. The fires, however, destroyed all the crops that were about to be harvested.

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Hamar, Ma’aliya reach agreement in Sudan's West Kordofan

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Radio Dabanga

EL FULA (29 Sep.) - Leaders of the Hamar and Ma’aliya tribes signed a reconciliation agreement in El Fula, West Kordofan, on Saturday.

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Situation updates Khartoum 25th September 20154

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SUDO (UK)

With one hand the Government of Sudan says human rights have improved, with the other it arrests more than 50 human rights activists

At the same time as the Government of Sudan was telling the United Nations Human Rights Council that there had been a significant improvement in human rights and rejecting accusations made by NGOs of serious human rights violations across Sudan, Sudan’s security services arrested 50 well-known human rights activists.