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21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).

21 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hostilities and criminality continue to result in widespread displacement and additional humanitarian needs

  • Health authorities report new suspected and confirmed measles cases; an ongoing vaccination campaign aims to reach 7.9 million children by May

  • USAID/OFDA support, including emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance, targets displaced and conflict-affected populations

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Apr 2015 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of food commodities from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) valued at US$135 million to help WFP provide assistance in Sudan during the lean season.

The USAID food consists of lentils, oil and sorghum – a household staple in Sudan. The contribution is especially timely, coming ahead of the lean season, which starts in May, when food needs among the most vulnerable are typically at their highest.

21 Apr 2015 description

Khartoum, 20 April 2015 - The Joint Working Group comprising Government of Sudan, African Union and United Nations senior officials met in Khartoum from 16 to 19 April to continue its work on a UNAMID’s exit strategy.

The meetings were conducted in a cooperative and professional way with full commitment from all sides. It was agreed the next meeting will be in the second week of May 2015.

21 Apr 2015 description

On 20 April 2015, UNAMID’s Civil Affairs Section- Sector North conducted a technical and monitoring visit to three completed rihood projects in Kuma locality. Rihoods are natural water catchments used to store rainwater for use by nomadic communities during the dry season in Darfur when they face severe water shortages.

The rehabilitation of these rihoods has been jointly carried out by UNAMID and local implementing partner, Nomadic Development Council, and is funded by the Government of Japan.

21 Apr 2015 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is supporting the Sudanese Ministry of Health (MoH) to respond to a measles outbreak in parts of Sudan. In North Darfur, a mass vaccination was launched at the end of March, 2015 to stem the outbreak and increase the immunisation coverage in the population.

21 Apr 2015 description

HUMANITARIAN STRATEGY

Context

Humanitarian needs in Sudan are considerable and remain important in scope. Despite years of assistance humanitarian needs are acute and in some cases are expanding. These are predominantly caused by conflict which, in turn, drives displacement and food insecurity.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description
report European Union

The European Union promotes more equitable, open and democratic societies globally. To achieve this, the EU encourages civil society and local authorities to actively participate in partner countries’ public policies. In Sudan, the EU Delegation just launched a 5.5 million EUR worth call for proposals for civil society organizations and local authorities.

21 Apr 2015 description
report SUDO (UK)

Dirty bombs in East Jabal Marra and the RSF continued killing and looting the Civilians in Darfur -14th and 15th April 2015

East Jabal Marra -Dofta village/East of Fanga rea - 14th April

A group of the Rapid Support Forces came to Dofat market and bought some meat from two (2) butchers named (Mohamed Suleiman Musa and Mohamed Abdo-alkareem). When the butchers asked for their money, the RSF opened fire killing the two butchers and walked away.

East Jabal Marra -Tagal village 15th April

21 Apr 2015 description
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Khartoum, 21 April 2015. Sweden has contributed SEK55 million (US $6.4 million) to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Sweden has been a committed supporter of the CHF, contributing some SEK1.2 billion (US $106 million) since 2006. This valuable contribution comes at a critical time, when funding for humanitarian action in Sudan is scarce and humanitarian needs are growing.

21 Apr 2015 description

“Your silence is a shame to humanity.”

(20 April 2015) A new report launched today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative and the National Human Rights Monitoring Organisation brings the voices of civilians living through the conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan State to the international community.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • President Bashir looks set to extend 25 years in power

  • Main opposition, activists have called for boycott

  • Youth groups call for change, many voters unconvinced

By Shadi Bushra

KHARTOUM, April 19 (Reuters) - When the Arab Spring uprisings burst out four years ago, Bedreldin Mohamed believed that, finally, many of his Sudanese countrymen would join him in calling for an alternative to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, now in his 25th year in power.

20 Apr 2015 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 20, 2015

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

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20 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN) - Every time a migrant boat capsizes, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher.

Some 1,600 migrants have died or are missing after trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, including almost 700 who perished in last weekend’s tragedy off Libya, the worst on record.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The head of the National Election Commission NEC), Mukhtar El Asam, announced on Sunday that the number of votes cast in the presidential and parliamentary election reached 4.800 million. 13.8 million Sudanese were eligible to vote.

He predicted that the percentage of the voter turnout will lie between 36 and 38 percent in the end. “It may reach 40 percent”, he said, stressing that the low numbers were expected.

20 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP requires USD45 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

  • The rate of new arrivals has recently slowed in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia but is subject to periodic spikes. However, renewed fighting in Upper Nile State has resulted in an increased number of refugees crossing into Sudan. About 5,000 people crossed into Sudan on 13 April alone.

  • Relocation of refugees to more appropriate sites is ongoing in Ethiopia and Sudan.