- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 12 | 16 – 22 March 2015
- OCHA Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund | CHF - Basic facts and figures
- Special report of the Secretary-General on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (S/2015/163)
Appeals & Funding
The Government of Sudan today (Thursday) renewed its appeal to all combatants in the Country's civil war to agree an immediate and permanent cessation of hostilities as the only sure way to end the unnecessary suffering of Sudanese civilians.
NAIROBI, 28 February (IRIN) - An estimated 700 Ugandan soldiers rescued some 80 civilians who were captured by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in a weekend attack on a market in northern Uganda, according to a Ugandan army official.
NAIROBI, 28 February (IRIN) - Three British Christian development charities on Tuesday called on the United States and United Kingdom governments to take the necessary steps to convince all parties engaged in the Sudanese civil war to negotiate peace rather than continuing to pursue military options.
NAIROBI, 28 February (IRIN) - A recent escalation in military activity in western Upper Nile (Wahdah, or Unity State) could be due to a major government offensive to gain control of oil production areas, according to humanitarian sources.
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CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION
Paving Roads for the Return of IDPs
Approximately 555,000 Ugandans have been displaced from their homes by the conflicts in southwestern and northern Uganda during the past sixteen years. Of these, approximately 47,000 have already returned home, primarily in Kitgum, with some 508,400 presently residing in and around protected villages/IDP camps on a full or part-time basis.
NAIROBI, 27 February (IRIN) - A government helicopter-gunship specifically targeted the homes of civilians and fired on people as they ran for cover during an attack on a relief food distribution in one of Sudan's key oil-producing regions last week, according to humanitarian sources.
MONROVIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A study in West Africa has revealed the widespread sexual exploitation of refugee children by aid workers and peacekeepers in exchange for supplies sent to save lives.
The scandal, details of which emerged on Tuesday, is the latest in a series involving sex and corruption to taint aid and peacekeeping operations on the world's poorest continent.
Below are some scandals in recent years:
February - United Nations says investigation reveals that some peacekeeping troops in Mozambique paid for sex with children.
February - …
The British development charities CAFOD, Christian Aid, and Tear Fund are calling on the UK and US government to convince all parties engaged in the conflict in Sudan to go to the peace-negotiating table. The aid agencies are funding the Sudan Ecumenical Forum (SEF), a conference of Sudan's religious leaders and their external friends on 4th - 6th March in London.
KHARTOUM, Feb 26 (AFP) - Sudan is working hard to restore "healthy ties" with the United States, Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail said Tuesday, and Khartoum is optimistic Washington will soon reverse its decision to pull out of the Sudanese peace process.
Ismail, speaking to journalists after meeting with President Omar al-Beshir, said Beshir instructed him to continue contacts with the US administration to restore the situation to normalcy so that the US "resumes efforts for reaching peace" in Sudan.
The Sudanese government has been accused of violating a cease-fire it agreed with the rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) mid-January for the country's region of Nuba Mountains.
NAIROBI, 25 February (IRIN) - The Ugandan army at the weekend launched a forcible disarmament operation in the insecurity-prone Karamoja subregion of northeastern Uganda, following the expiry of a month's grace period which the government extended to the Karamojong community to voluntary surrender their arms.
KHARTOUM, Feb 25 (AFP) - Sudan criticized the US decision to suspend peace efforts in the Sudanese civil war after a helicopter raid that killed 17 civilians, while forming a high-level commission to probe the incident.
"The decision is hasty and does not indicate goodwill towards the achievement of peace," spokesman Shafei Ahmed Mohammed of the ruling National Congress said, quoted by the independent newspaper Akhbar Al-Yom.
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
NAIROBI, 22 February (IRIN) - Humanitarian field workers and local authorities have described Bieh state in Jonglei region, southeastern Sudan, as currently being "highly food insecure", according to the Famine Early Warning System Network.
NAIROBI, 22 February (IRIN) - As Eritrea reaches a political crossroads, there are signs that the young nation is shaking off some of the effects of successive wars. On the surface, prospects look gloomy - the damage to Eritrea's economy caused by war and drought is immense and donors are threatening to slash or stop aid because of the country's perceived lack of democratisation.
Bureau de Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires (OCHA)
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