- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin 04 | 19 - 25 January 2015
- Common Humanitarian Fund Progress Report 2014
- Enough Project: Starving War, Feeding Peace - And Setting the Table for National Dialogue in Sudan
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SECRETARY-GENERAL | BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
29 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the reported aerial bombardment and destruction of villages in the Golo locality of Central Darfur, and expressed concern over the worsening security situation, which has seen thousands of civilians displaced.
The Sudanese Air Force resumed its air raids on areas west of Jebel Marra on Wednesday afternoon. Seven people were injured, and a number of houses destroyed in the area of Darsa and Sur Reng, a stronghold of the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdel Wahid El Nur (SLM-AW).
Mustafa Tambour, the military spokesman for the SLM-AW, told Dabanga that the aerial attacks also resulted in the killing of livestock. “The residents of the area fled into the mountains.”
Militiamen assaulted ten young women in Gireida locality, South Darfur on Wednesday. They beat and whipped them severely, and gang-raped one of them. On Tuesday, gunmen in military uniforms ambushed a commercial vehicle in Tawila locality, North Darfur. On the same day, bus passengers were robbed of all their belongings in Abu Jubaiha locality, South Kordofan.
A relative of the rape victim told Dabanga that the women were attacked by a group of gunmen on Wednesday afternoon while they were collecting firewood at Um Bitein, 3 km south of Gireida town.
29 January 2015
Sudan and South Sudan's Merging conflicts
The conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan are increasingly merged. Halting drift toward a Uganda-Sudan proxy war on the Sudan-South Sudan border requires better coordination by regional organisations and more engagement by influential outside powers, notably China and the U.S., including via the UN Security Council. A UN-imposed arms embargo, improved border monitoring, and a UN panel of experts mandated to study the funding of South Sudan’s war are needed.
Military Attacks on Civilians, Deepening Repression as World Turns Away
Khartoum, 29 January 2015. The UK remains the largest donor to the Sudan CHF and has been a strong supporter since its inception in 2006, contributing over £300 million (US $525 million). UK funding to the CHF in 2014 ensured that over 35,000 children were treated for malnutrition and 91,500 internally displaced people were provided with agricultural supplies. The UK is the first donor to support the CHF in 2015; its valuable contribution comes at a critical time when humanitarian needs are set to increase as lean season approaches.
The Brussels-based section of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today announces (29 Jan) that it has been forced to close its operations in Sudan after access to people in greatest need of humanitarian assistance was systematically blocked by the Sudanese authorities.
KHARTOUM, 28 January 2015 – UNICEF flew in today emergency supplies in response to the growing influx of displaced persons into Um Baru locality, north east of the State capital, El Fasher, in North Darfur. Over the last two weeks some 4,000 additional people have arrived to the locality, most of them are women and children. Their number continues to increase daily.
On 26.01.2015, a helicopter operated by a Bulgarian air carrier working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) made a forced landing near the town of Kadugli, the southern part of the Republic of Sudan. The helicopter was flying from Rumbek, Republic of South Sudan, to Khartoum, Republic of Sudan. The flight was cleared by the authorities of both Sudan and South Sudan.
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A trader was killed in attacks launched by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Um Baru locality, North Darfur, on Tuesday. Thousands of livestock were stolen. Villagers fled to the wilderness, where water sources are hard to find. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan a considerable increase of newly displaced in the locality is expected.
The rights of the citizens in DOBO AL-OMDA area and in the surrounding villages are constantly being abused by a group from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) who are located in the area. On the 5th January 2015:
• Funding for the 2014 Revised Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Sudan: US$531.7 million, which is almost 54 per cent of total requirements, with unmet requirements at $454.3 million.
• Total humanitarian funding available for Sudan in 2014 (SRP and non-SRP): $587 million.
• Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) received $57.6 million in contributions earmarked for 2014, which is approximately 10.8 per cent of Sudan SRP funding or 5.8 per cent of total SRP requirements.
• More than 20,700 new IDPs have been verified by humanitarian organisations in parts of North Darfur State.
• A hospital operated by MSF in SPLM-N area in South Kordofan was bombed, with one MSF staff and one patient injured.
• An outbreak of measles, with close to 600 cases confirmed, has been reported in Kassala and Gedaref states, according to UNICEF.
• UNHCR says refugee influx from South Sudan continues and by 22 January the number had passed the 120,000 mark.
A number of houses and farmlands near Golo, west of Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, were torched this morning. In Tawila locality, North Darfur, elements of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) removed the engines of three water wells on Monday.
Speaking to Dabanga, villagers who fled from Golo said that an Antonov of the Sudanese Air Force began bombing the area early this morning. No casualties were reported, but the explosions started fires that burned of a number of houses in Dorsa village, and several farms in the area of Golo.
Seven people were killed in a new clash between the Rizeigat and Misseriya tribesmen near El Meram in West Kordofan on Monday.
The seven Misseriya tribesmen, among them four brothers, died in the area southwest of El Meram. It is not clear what triggered the fighting.
Rizeigat and Misseriya leaders hold the Sudanese government responsible for the continuation of armed conflicts between the two tribes. Musa Hamadein, a Misseriya leader, briefly commented that the government “is not serious about solving the problems between the two tribes”.
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