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Archbishop of Canterbury meets hungry children in southern Sudan on day of fasting

MALAKAL, Sudan - On the traditional day of fasting for millions of Christians around the world, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, will take time to meet people in southern Sudan who depend on the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to keep hunger at bay and help rebuild their lives after decades of civil war.

On his first visit to southern Sudan, Dr. Williams will spend Ash Wednesday visiting children fed by WFP's school feeding programme in the southern town of Malakal. The Archbishop will also travel by work boat along the White Nile to meet victims of Sudan's

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Burkina Faso + 14 others
Africa: Weather Hazards Assessment 2 - 8 Mar 2006


Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four-Months Lead:

June - August 2006 Sahel:

There is a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall across the Sahel from Mali eastward into Burkina Faso, western Niger, and central Chad.


June - August 2006 Northern Horn of Africa:

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UN takeover of Darfur peacekeeping mission in doubt

Report
Voice of America
By Peter Heinlein
United Nations, 01 March 2006 - A top U.N. official says the African Union is backing away from an agreement to allow the United Nations to take over peacekeeping operations in Darfur. International efforts to intervene in Darfur's civil war are meeting stiff resistance.

U.N. Special envoy for Sudan Jan Pronk Tuesday said Sudan may have succeeded in blocking efforts to transform the African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur into a larger, more effective U.N. mission.

In January, African Union diplomats agreed

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Sudan: United States continues to press for action on Darfur

U.S. envoy Bolton sees critical need for U.N. peacekeepers
By Judy Aita, Washington File United Nations Correspondent

United Nations - Even though it relinquished the Security Council presidency to Argentina on March 1, the United States will continue to push for action on Darfur, senior U.S. officials say.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said March 1 that he already has discussed Darfur during private consultations with the new Security Council president. The United States, Bolton said, is pushing for a peacekeeping resolution despite Sudan's opposition

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South Sudan: RI mission to assess return and reintegration

Refugees International Advocate Sarah Martin and human rights lawyer Betsy Apple will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya and south Sudan from March 1-21, 2006 to conduct an assessment of the progress to date with the refugee and IDP return process. The Refugees International (RI) team will evaluate the overall effectiveness of the international coordination on protection of civilians. RI also will seek to assess the disarmament and demobilization process particularly in regards to the needs of children affiliated with the fighting forces.
A decades-long civil war in Sudan between
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Ethiopia: UNHCR to repatriate Sudanese refugees

Report
IRIN
[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NAIROBI, 1 Mar 2006 (IRIN) - Thousands of Sudanese refugees, some of whom have lived in Ethiopia since 1980, are to start returning to southern Sudan in two week's time, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said.

Under an agreement signed by the Ethiopian and Sudanese governments and UNHCR on Monday, as many as 70,000 refugees who currently live in camps will eventually go home.

"Ten thousand should start to go back to South Sudan [from] around 15 March until the end of May,"

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Humanitarian activities in Sudan Weekly Report 23 Feb - 1 Mar 2006

General

Health:

As of 27 February the Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) Task Force in Juba led by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health of the Government of Southern Sudan, in collaboration with other partners, reported a total number of 5,178 cases and 97 deaths (case fatality rate 1.87%) from acute watery diarrhoea in Southern Sudan. These cases were reported between 28 January and 27 February 2006. All reported cases are concentrated in Yei and Juba towns of Southern Sudan. Vibrio cholerae inaba has been laboratory confirmed in the stool samples

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UNMIS Office of the Spokesperson press briefing 01Mar 2006

PDSRSG ZERIHOUN PRESS BRIEFING
Al-Hitti, Spokesperson a.i.: My name is Khalid AlHitti and I am filling in for Radhia Achouri until further notice.

PDRSG Zerihoun: Thank you very much. Good afternoon and welcome. It is good to see so many of you here. As was mentioned, I would like to make a few opening remarks mainly on the main developments relating to the implementation of the CPA and on our activities in Sudan. You know that the core mandate of the mission is to support and assist the efforts of the Parties to the CPA to implement

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United Nations and Partners: 2006 Work Plan for Sudan

Executive Summary
The 2006 Work Plan outlines the UN and Partners planned support to humanitarian and recovery/development programming in Sudan. In 2005, the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the formation of the GoNU and the GoSS, and the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1590-providing the mandate for the United Nations Mission in Sudan-fundamentally changed the nature of the strategies and programmes required to support Sudan's nascent peace.

Despite progress in 2005, Sudan's humanitarian

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

THIS ISSUE'S HIGHLIGHTS:
- INSECURITY RESTRICTS ACCESS INDARFUR

- CHOLERA-TYPE OUTBREAK IN JUBAANDYEI AREAS

- LRA PRESENCECURTAILS ACTIVITY INEQUATORIA

- WORKPLAN ONLY 16.7%FUNDED- SEE BACKPAGE

Welcome to the second issue of Sudan Humanitarian Overview 2006. Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in collaboration with other UN agencies and partner NGOs, the SHO aims to provide an overview of humanitarian trends and activities in Sudan, as well as to focus on particular issues of interest.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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UNHCR Operation: Achievements in South Sudan in 2005

OBJECTIVES

UNHCR's overarching aim in South Sudan in 2005 was to help create conditions conducive for the return and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to common areas of origin and to initiate voluntary repatriation of refugees to South Sudan. The emphasis during the pre-rainy season (January to May 2005) was on supporting spontaneous returnees, refugees and IDPs as well as receiving communities to prevent renewed displacement and develop the absorption capacity of returnee areas. The focus in the rainy and post-rainy season (June to December

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Perceptions about guns and community security in the Middle East : Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Sudan

Too many guns in our society, say young people across the Middle East region according to a new report published today by the Middle East North Africa Network on Small Arms (MENAANSA).

- In Gaza, from January 2003 to October 2005, at least 1,258 people, including children have been injured or killed as a result of gun misuse in their communities.51.7% of the young people surveyed identified the proliferation and misuse of small arms to be their major source for insecurity.

- In Ramallah, 60% of young people surveyed believe there are too many guns in their communities. Further,

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AU meeting on Darfur handover to UN postponed

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - A meeting of African Union members on whether to hand over the AU's mission in Sudan's Darfur region to the United Nations has been postponed until March 10, an AU spokesman said on Tuesday.
"It was postponed to give ample time for all those concerned in the Darfur crisis to attend," AU spokesman Assane Ba said, without elaborating.

The AU meeting to make a final decision on a handover in Darfur was originally due to take place on Friday.

About 7,000 AU soldiers are trying to

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Sudan: Work continues to handle cholera outbreak

A multi-agency operation to contain an outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea which have killed at least 89 people in the Juba and Yei areas of southern Sudan, is ongoing.
More than 4,906 people have been infected in the two areas since the end of January, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

As part of its efforts to help contain the disease at a way station for internally displaced people in Juba, IOM has been asked by the office of the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for southern Sudan to manage and disperse monies from a UN sponsored emergency

International Organization for Migration:

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Chad/Sudan: Population movements in both directions along troubled border

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 28 February 2006, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
We are now seeing population movements in both directions along the troubled Chad-Sudan border, further evidence of the spreading insecurity that now straddles this increasingly insecure region. In addition to the more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from Darfur who have sought refuge in eastern Chad in the past three years, we're now
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NATO-led force in Darfur would be 'recipe for disaster': UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - United Nations special envoy Jan Pronk warned here Tuesday that sending a NATO-led force to protect civilians in Sudan's troubled Darfur region would be "a recipe for disaster".
Pronk, the UN special representative in Sudan, also spoke of rising anti-UN feelings in Khartoum as authorities there fiercely oppose plans to replace an ineffective African Union force in Darfur by a mobile, more robust UN contingent.

Noting that while Khartoum did not oppose the use of NATO logistical capabilities to support a Darfur operation,

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Sudan rife with distrust of UN and fear of Al Qaida, envoy says

Report
UN News Service
Distrust of the United Nations and warnings of Al Qaida involvement are growing in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the UN's envoy to the troubled African nation warned today, saying that both are linked to the uncertainty surrounding peacekeeping operations in strife-torn Darfur.

Describing the working environment for UN staff in the capital as "very difficult," Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General's Special Representative, said that "politically we are a bit in a stalemate," referring in particular to the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in

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UN: Darfur refugee crisis deepens as Security Council deadlocked

By Jeremy Bransten

The humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan's Darfur province -- one of the world's most pressing refugee crises -- is deepening and spreading across the border to Chad. But the UN Security Council, which is discussing the issue this week, remains deadlocked over what to do.

PRAGUE, 28 February 2006 (RFE/RL) -- International humanitarian organizations are warning that the three-year-old crisis in Darfur is worsening and could turn into an enormous humanitarian catastrophe unless UN Security Council members, meeting in New York this week, take action soon.

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Sudan: Strengthen the African Union force during transition to UN peacekeepers

As the United Nations plans for the replacement of the African Union Mission in Darfur, Sudan (AMIS) by UN peacekeepers, lack of resources may prevent the African Union forces from maintaining and improving their capacities. Even if the Security Council passes the resolution authorizing the UN Mission in Sudan to expand to Darfur as early as this March, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) estimates that it will take at least six to nine months for the transfer from AMIS to the UN to be completed. Many inside DPKO set the hand-over date as late