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Militiamen rape, abduct North Darfur displaced

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Radio Dabanga

KABKABIYA / BIRKAT SEIRA (19 Sep.) - Pro-government militia members have raped two displaced women, and abducted three displaced men in Kabkabiya locality, North Darfur, on Wednesday and Thursday, several sources told Radio Dabanga. In Saraf Umra locality, a nurse and his family was abducted by militiamen, and forced to pay blood money for the death of one of their militia members.

Militiamen rape two in Kabkabiya

Militiamen raped two displaced women in Wadi Ora, north of Kabkabiya, North Darfur, on Wednesday.

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Eastern Sudan areas destroyed, isolated by torrents

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TOKAR (19 Sep.) - Heavy rains and torrents destroyed a number of houses in Jibait and Sinkat areas in eastern Sudan on Wednesday, and displaced the population. There were no efforts from the government to help the affected, sources told Radio Dabanga.

Tokar town has been surrounded by water from the overflowed Khor Baraka for over two months now. To go in or out of Tokar, people wade through water for 10 km. In some places, the water is as high as one meter. As a result, 200,000 inhabitants of south Tokar are isolated, and suffer from a severe food scarcity.

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Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

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‘Epidemic diseases, food shortages’ in Kass camps, South Darfur

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KASS (19 Sep.) - The displaced people living in El Batari camp in Kass locality, South Darfur, have complained about the bad health conditions, the spread of diseases, and the lack of health care from the authorities in the camps.

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Senegal + 11 others
West Africa Seasonal Monitor - September 18, 2014

September rainfall will be particularly important in determining seasonal outcome for the Sahel

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South Sudan + 1 other
ACCORD's Training Unit collaborates with IGAD to train women mediators from Sudan and South Sudan

ACCORD recently partnered with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to provide training aimed at empowering women mediators from Sudan and South Sudan. A total of 20 Sudanese and South Sudanese women participated in the five-day training, which focused on ensuring the inclusion of women in peace processes for IGAD taskforces.

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Joint Statement on National Dialogue in Sudan

The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) welcome recent efforts to reinvigorate a process of genuine national dialogue in Sudan. As the country confronts a new and critical era in its history, we remain conscious of the continuing governance concerns expressed by the Sudanese people, the problems of center-periphery imbalance, and the articulation of political, economic, and social grievances, particularly in the country’s peripheries. Despite years of peacemaking attempts supported by regional and international actors, deadly conflicts persist.

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Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 37 | 8 – 14 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• Tensions remain high in Kalma camp in South Darfur as the Government mobilises more forces to conduct search operation in the camp where IDPs oppose the move.

• Over 277,000 people in Sudan have been affected by rains and flooding since late July 2014, according to HAC.

• The number of Sudanese migrants arriving in West and North Darfur after expulsion from Chad reduces, according to IOM.

• HAC in Blue Nile reports that inter-agency needs assessments will be allowed in six localities in the State.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Downpours destroy more than 3,700 homes in Darfur

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NIERTETI LOCALITY / KALMA CAMP (18 Sep.)

Heavy downpours destroyed more than 3,000 homes at the Nierteti camps in Central Darfur on Monday and Tuesday. More than 700 homes collapsed in South Darfur’s Kalma camp owing to torrential rains and floods this week.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a displaced woman from the Nierteti South camp reported that the victims, “living now in the open”, are in urgent need of aid.

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Gang-rapes in Darfur; 45 women raped in East Jebel Marra in 45 days

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DARFUR (18 Sep.)

A displaced woman was raped in Kass locality, South Darfur on Monday. On Wednesday, militiamen gang raped three displaced women in the area of Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur. About 45 women, including 12 minors, have been raped in East Jebel Marra in the period between 1 July and mid-August.

In South Darfur, a woman (40) from El Batari-B camp for the displaced in Kass locality was raped by gunmen on Monday. The coordinator of El Batari camps reported to Radio Dabanga that “militiamen brutally raped the woman on the farmland she was working.

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Sudan: Humanitarian Dashboard (31 August 2014)

OVERVIEW

A total of 6.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan. Since the beginning of 2014, fighting between Government security forces and armed movements have led to the internal displacement of an estimated 399,000 people in Darfur. Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to an estimated 94,196 people crossing the border into Sudan. Heavy rains and floodings that began in late July 2014 have affected some 257,000 people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (31 August 2014)

An estimated 6.9 million people need humanitarian assistance in Sudan. Most are in Darfur, where at least 2.4 million people are internally displaced. Since the beginning of 2014, an additional 399,000 people were displaced following hostilities.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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National workshops for Sudan Officials held

Khartoum, 14 September 2014 – IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP) conducted two national workshops for Senior Officials of Sudan from 8-10 September 2014 in Khartoum, Sudan. The first workshop was on the Legal Instruments of Counter Terrorism. The second workshop was a validation of the “Border Security and Management on the Sudan-Libya Border Research: Recommendations for Enhanced Border Control and Management.”

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Opening remarks by UNAMID Spokesperson Ashraf Eissa to the media in Khartoum, 15 Sep 14

15 September 2014 - It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to this press conference today. This is my first press conference since I joined the mission earlier this year. We however met briefly a couple of times before during UNAMID events, including during the Press conference our head of mission held last August.

I also had the privilege of meeting many of you during my previous assignment in Sudan. It is a privilege for me to be with you again here in Khartoum and shall be looking forward to make this meeting with the media on a more regular basis.

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Refugee schools in eastern Chad to follow domestic curriculum

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EASTERN CHAD(17 Sep.) -

The UNHCR, in collaboration with the Chadian Ministry of Education, will replace the Sudanese curriculum by the Chadian one in the refugee camp schools in eastern Chad.

“The UNCHR, together with the Chadian Ministry of Education, will organise trainings for the 321 basic and secondary school teachers in the 11 refugee camps, to work with the Chadian curriculum, that will be used the coming school year, starting on 1 October,” secondary school teacher El Sadeg Yagoub, teacher told Radio Dabanga from Touloum refugee camp.

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Five infants die of malnutrition in North Darfur’s Zamzam camp

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ZAMZAM CAMP(17 Sep.) -

During the past three weeks, five children died of the consequences of malnutrition in the Zamzam camp for the displaced, located near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur.

A medical staff member of one of the health centres in Zamzam camp, located told Radio Dabanga that five children died in the camp during the past three weeks, owing to malnutrition. “There are about 30 infants in a critical condition at the moment.”

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The lingering menace of war

Before severe fighting broke out between Government forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in April 2013, some 150,000 people lived in the Abu Kershola locality of Sudan’s South Kordofan state.

The fighting saw most people seek refuge in neighbouring North Kordofan. By late April 2014, as fighting eased, aid agencies received reports that close to 30,000 people had returned to their homes in Abu Kershola. However, their hopes of swiftly regaining their former lives were short-lived.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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North Darfur youth graduate from UNAMID-sponsored training

About 150 youth from El Fasher Technical School graduated on 15 September 2014 from a three-month training programme in which they acquired vocational skills in nine different professional specializations including auto mechanics, general electric, building, packaging, welding, sewing, IT and food processing.

The training was organized as part of UNAMID’s Community-based Labor-Intensive projects (CLIP), which are designed to support at-risk young people and other vulnerable groups in Darfur.

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The 2014 Rainfall Season: West and East Africa

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Sahel

• The Sahel region has undergone significant and widespread rainfall deficits, leading to significantly below average vegetation levels.

• Worst affected areas are Senegal, southern Mauritania, eastern Niger, NE Nigeria and central Chad • There was some recovery from late July, in particular in Niger and Chad. However, Senegal and Mauritania remained affected by persistent rainfall deficits.

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Heavy bombardments in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra kill four

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EAST JEBEL MARRA (17 Sep.) -

A boy and three rebel fighters were killed in an aerial bombardment in East Jebel Marra on Wednesday.

“An Antonov of the Sudanese Air Force conducted a large number of air raids on various areas in East Jebel Marra on Wednesday. One of the bombs killed Salem Ahmed Salem (12) when he was grazing livestock in the area of Dady”, a relative of the victim reported to Radio Dabanga. “A number of camels and cows were killed too.”