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Sudan: Thousands displaced by recent attacks in South Darfur

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NAIROBI, 1 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - An estimated 70,000 people have been displaced by recent attacks on two towns in the war-ravaged Sudanese state of South Darfur, humanitarian workers in the region said.

At least 50,000 were displaced in a series of attacks on camps for internally displaced people [IDPs] in Mershing town, while more than 15,000 were displaced in separate attacks on nearby Shearia.

"Roughly 20,000 residents and up


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Great Lakes stability summit set for August

NAIROBI, Feb 1, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An eleven-nation summit on restoring stability to Africa's Great Lakes region, earlier scheduled for December, 2005 in Kenya, will now take place in August due to scheduled elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations announced here on Wednesday.

The summit in the Kenyan capital was to be held on December 15 and 16, 2005, but was put off until later this year, Ibrahim Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, told a news conference in Nairobi.

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Sudan: Diplomatic battle shapes up over NATO presence in Darfur

by Alain Navarro

CAIRO, Feb 1, 2006 (AFP) - The internationalisation of the peacekeeping mission in Sudan's troubled Darfur region is unavoidable but the prospect of a NATO deployment could herald a new tug-of-war between the West and Khartoum, analysts say.

Three years after the conflict in the western Sudanese region erupted, dozens of people still die every day and the risk of a new war breaking out with Chad is growing, prompting the international community to change strategies.

"When I visited Darfur last May,

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Sudan + 1 other
Central Africa, Sudan sign refugee return deal

By Jean-Magloire Issa
BANGUI, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The Central African Republic, Sudan and the United Nations signed a deal on Wednesday to assist the return of some 16,000 Sudanese refugees this year, after a 2005 peace deal to end Africa's longest civil war.

The U.N. refugee agency pledged to monitor the voluntary repatriation of Sudanese citizens who fled southern Sudan's 23-year fight for greater autonomy from Khartoum, which killed two million people.

Despite the January 2005 peace agreement, many southern Sudanese have opted to remain in Central African Republic

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UN Sudan envoy will raise Darfur security problems at peace talks in Nigeria

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United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Sudan will raise the issue of deteriorating security in the country's western Darfur region when he attends peace talks in Nigeria later this week, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said today.
Jan Pronk will head to Nigeria on Friday, according to UNMIS. The move comes amid reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that almost 70,000 people were displaced by attacks on two towns in South Darfur last week, forcing already displaced persons to flee yet again.
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Sudan Project Report No. 3: Veterinary services

Zam Zam IDP Camp, Jan. 24, 2006 - Abdel Hamid Rahman was 23 years old when the war forced him and his family to flee their village of Abu Zireiga in North Darfur state. Before the conflict, Abdel Hamid worked as a waiter at a small roadside restaurant that catered to truck drivers transporting goods between Nyala and El Fashir. "When I first arrived to Zam Zam I was sad and very scared about the things that had happened in my town." Not long into his stay at the camp Abdel Hamid heard that an NGO called CHF was starting activities in
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Sudan: U.S., Britain move to get U.N. troops into Darfur

By Evelyn Leopold
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The United States wants the Security Council to approve a U.N. peacekeeping force for Sudan's violent Darfur region where fighting, rape and murder persist, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

"What we hope to accomplish in February is the decision by the U.N. Security Council, which would include the nature of the mission and issues of the size of the mission, implementation," Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick told reporters in Washington.

At the United Nations, the United States

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Sudan Multi-Donor Trust Funds

Planned Project Summary Information
Project number: A-33093-001

Branch: Africa

Country: Sudan

CIDA's ODA Priorities: Health (25%); Education (25%); Gender Equality (15%); Governance (25%); Private Sector Development (5%); Environment (5%)

CIDA's Sectors: 10.00% - Gender equality; 10.00% - Infrastructure services; 10.00% - Protection and promotion of human rights; 10.00% - Child protection; 10.00% - Environment; 20.00% - Public sector competence; 30.00% - Basic human needs.

Anticipated Project Approval Date: January 2006

Anticipated Project Duration: 2 years

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Remarks by Deputy Secretary Zoellick and Rebecca Garang, Minister of Roads and Transport of the New National Unity Government of the Republic of Sudan after meeting

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February 1, 2006
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DEPUTY SECRETARY ZOELLICK: I want to thank all of you for joining us and I wanted to say a few words before asking Minister Garang to comment. I'm very, very pleased that she and her delegation could come to the United States. A few months ago, Salva Kiir, who serves as the President of the Government of Southern Sudan and also Vice President, First Vice President, of the Government of National Unity, had an opportunity to visit the United States. After that, I had
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Sudan: State minister at presidency calls on donors to fulfill their commitments

Khartoum, 1 Feb. (SUNA)- The State Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, Telar Reng Deng, pointed that non-commitment of the donors to their pledges, which they have declared at Oslo Conference, was a reason behind delay in implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. He said in a statement to SUNA after meeting UNICEF Representative to Sudan that the donors are required to fulfill their commitment to boost implementation of the peace agreement through establishment of rehabilitation and development projects in south
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State's Zoellick welcomes Sudan's Rebecca Garang to Washington

Talks deal with peace, Darfur and development of Southern Sudan

By Susan Ellis, Washington File Staff Writer

Washington - Sudan's minister of roads and transport, Rebecca Garang, said she is committed to the Cabinet position she holds with the government of Southern Sudan because she painfully has traveled her nation's disastrous roads and knows how vital decent transportation routes are to her people's efforts to move their produce to market.

Garang, widow of Sudanese First Vice President John Garang, who was killed in a helicopter crash in July 2005,

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Sudan + 1 other
Humanitarian activities in Sudan Weekly Report 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2006


From 1 to 31 January, 163 suspected cases meningitis disease with 15 related deaths have been reported in six states of Sudan (Blue Nile, Kassala, Sennar, El Gedaref, West Darfur and Khartoum). An investigation by a rapid test showed that the causative organism of the disease was a NM Group A strain. A national task force comprising the Federal Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and selected NGOs have been activated to plan and coordinate the response. The Federal Ministry of Health is planning a mass vaccination campaign of the high-risk population (between

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Sudan: Running a health clinic in Darfur

Red Cross nurse Maree Dunn from Australia recently returned from Gereida in southern Darfur where the British Red Cross runs a health and water project with the Australian Red Cross and the Sudanese Red Crescent. She talks about the difference the project is making.
Maree Dunn was one of the first delegates to arrive in Gereida in September 2004. With her colleagues, she set up a health clinic in the camp just outside the town where 30,000 internally displaced people live.

"My first letters home were all about children dying from diarrhoea," she recalls. A lot has changed since.

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Sudan: Australian Red Cross primary health care clinic in Gereida

One kilometre east of the town of Gereida lies a vast camp housing thousands of internally displaced people. Curving round the town in a giant crescent, the camp is home to some of the victims of the conflict in Darfur.
Australian Red Cross, working with the British Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has established a primary health care clinic in Gereida, providing basic healthcare and water for over 48,000 people who have been forced from their homes, as well as 30,000 residents of this remote town in Southern Darfur.
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Algeria + 11 others
FAO Desert Locust Bulletin No. 328 - 1 Feb 2006

General Situation during January 2006

Forecast until mid-March 2006

The Desert Locust situation was calm during January. Small-scale breeding continued in Mauritania, Niger and Sudan but locust numbers remained low and only limited control operations were required in Mauritania. Although good rains fell at times in parts of the Sahara, low temperatures will delay locust maturation. Breeding is expected to continue along the Red Sea coast, primarily in Sudan and perhaps to a lesser extent in Eritrea and Yemen. Breeding should decline

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Sudan Humanitarian Overview Vol 2, Issue 1: 01 Jan - 01 Feb 2006







The humanitarian situation in the Eastern enclave of remains of great concern, following clashes around the city on 11 January. While peace talks between the GoNU and the Eastern Front have been scheduled for 7 February in Libya, at the end of January humanitarian

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Sudan: Minister of Foreign Affairs meets US Representative to UN

New York, Jan. 31 (SUNA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, briefed the Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jo Bolton, on the general situations in the Sudan, particularly the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). In this connection, Deputy Representative of Sudan to the United Nations, Ambassador Omer Bashir, said in a statement to SUNA the meeting touched at the situations in Darfur as well as the efforts being exerted to achieve peace, stressing importance of the support of
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Burundi + 7 others
JRS Dispatches No. 186

Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office


Côte d'Ivoire: attacks on humanitarian organisations unacceptable

Between 15-19 January, pro-government youths in Côte d'Ivoire demonstrated against a perceived infringement of their country's sovereignty. The demonstrations targeted French and United Nations operations in the government-controlled south of the country. However the protests escalated into violent encounters which resulted in five Ivoirian deaths and major destruction of property. JRS finds violence

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Central African Republic: Sudanese refugees to return home

An inaugural flight returning the first 50 Sudanese refugees who have been in southeastern Central African Republic (C.A.R) for more than 16 years, will take place in the first week of February.

The flight, the first of many to be organized by IOM, will be the first official return of Sudanese refugees by UNHCR following the signing of a tripartite agreement governing the return of Sudanese from C.A.R. About 300,000 Sudanese refugees registered or attended by UNHCR, are living in countries neighbouring Sudan, 10,000 of whom are in C.A.R.

The signing of the tripartite agreement

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