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31 Oct 2007 description

CROSS BORDER & REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Conflict in the Kivus a humanitarian threat to the region

Armed conflict in the Kivus (eastern DRC) intensified in October leading to further displacement of civilians. As of 30 October, some 13,000 refugees - mainly from Rutshuru district in north Kivu - had crossed the border into Uganda, including 5,000 in the last week of October. UNHCR is currently making preparations to relocate the refugees from the reception centre at Nyakabande, Uganda, 15 km from the border, to Nakivale, an established camp about 300 km away.

31 Oct 2007 description

SOUTHERN SUDAN

Flood update

The flooding that affected all ten states of Southern Sudan has begun to subside in most places. The humanitarian focus, however, remains in response to immediate humanitarian needs as previously cut-off populations increasingly become accessible for provision of assistance. Agencies continue to respond to meet immediate needs in areas such as health, clean water, food and non-food items.

31 Oct 2007 description

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.

31 Oct 2007 description

Highlights

- Health System Development/ 2

- Emergency Humanitarian Action/4

- EWARN Update/ 5

- EPI Update/ 6

- HIV/AIDS Programme/ 7

- IMCI/IECHC Neglected Tropical Diseases/ 8

EMRO DRD, ADG/HAC and WR Sudan Visit Southern Sudan

31 Oct 2007 description

Summary

- 416 Sudanese refugees return to Southern Sudan, the highest return in the past seven weeks

- Jonglei state MoH reports outbreak of 7 cases of measles.

31 Oct 2007 description

Khartoum - The UAE is ready to play its aspired role in funding humanitarian requirements or building projects that contribute to bringing about stability and development to Darfur region in west Sudan. The UAE gesture of supporting Sudan was announced by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Hussein Al Sha'ali during an address he delivered today at the Arab conference to tackle humanitarian situation in Darfur hosted by Sudan.

31 Oct 2007 description

Rabat, Oct. 31 - Morocco is due to grant USD 500,000 to Sudan in support of the health care action in the region of Darfour, especially in terms of protecting children from virulent epidemics.

The announcement was made by Moroccan State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Lakhrif during the Arab congress taking place in Khartoum, according to a statement by the Moroccan embassy in the Sudanese capital.

31 Oct 2007 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 31 October 2007 (IRIN) - The African Union (AU)/UN hybrid mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which is set to replace the AU's African Mission in Sudan (AMIS) has inaugurated its operational base in the town of El Fasher.

UNAMID, established by the Security Council in July 2007, will eventually comprise 19,555 military and 6,432 police personnel, making it one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in history.

It is widely hoped that the hybrid force will be more effective in protecting civilians in Darfur than AMIS, which was made up of just 7,000 troops.

"Today …

31 Oct 2007 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations African Union hybrid peacekeeping operation for Darfur (UNAMID) today began operations at its El Fasher Headquarters in what the senior UN official there called a milestone for the strife-torn Sudanese region.

"It is a great day for the United Nations and the African Union, the day of UNAMID's launch, which was only an idea three months ago but now it is a profound reality," said Rodolphe Adada, the UN-AU Joint Special Representative for Darfur.

"I am pleased to say that with the cooperation of the Government of Sudan, we are one more step closer …

31 Oct 2007 description
report UN News Service

The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by six months, urging all parties to fully put into the practice the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan.

In a resolution passed unanimously, the 15-member body underscored the "importance of full and expeditious implementation of all elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement."

UNMIS was established by the Council in 2005 to support the accord between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's …

31 Oct 2007 description

BMDC Contribute to Humanitarian Demining in Southern Sudan

The Bangladeshi Military Demining Company (BMDC), based out of Juba, has been working to support UNMAO mine clearance operations in Southern Sudan since early 2006. The 135-strong Company has worked on mine and UXO clearance in a number of high-profile locations in Equatoria, including areas requested by the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), UNMIS and UN agencies.

31 Oct 2007 description

AL-FASHER, Sudan, Oct 31, 2007 (AFP) - A bolstered United Nations-African Union force charged with bringing peace to Sudan's ravaged Darfur region "may be" operational by early next year, the head of the mission said on Wednesday.

Rodolphe Adada made the announcement during the inauguration of the new force's headquarters in Darfur's main city of Al-Fasher, the day after US President George W.

31 Oct 2007 description
report IRIN

ABECHE, 31 octobre 2007 (IRIN) - Des organisations humanitaires et les autorités de la région d'Abéché, dans l'est du Tchad, ont exhorté les populations locales à ne pas perdre confiance en l'aide humanitaire, après les accusations d'escroquerie et d'enlèvement de mineurs formulées contre les membres d'une association française qui voulaient porter secours à des orphelins soudanais de la guerre au Darfour.

Le 25 octobre, six membres de l'organisation parisienne L'Arche de Zoé ont été arrêtés à l'aéroport d'Abéché, au moment o=F9 ils …

31 Oct 2007 description

Planning Commences for Re-Start of IDP Road and River Return Operations from Khartoum

IOM and its Government of National Unity (GoNU), Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) and United Nations (UN) partners are currently actively planning the resumption of the IDP Joint Return Plan Operations from Khartoum to Southern Kordofan and Unity and Upper Niles States in December.

31 Oct 2007 description
report Human Rights Watch

Forced Relocations by Khartoum Violate International Law

(New York, October 31, 2007) - The government of Sudan's recent forced relocation of civilians in South Darfur is a serious violation of international law and could be the prelude to new attempts to dismantle certain civilian camps, Human Rights Watch warned today.

31 Oct 2007 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Oct 31 (Reuters) - A joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force will begin to be operational in Darfur by early next year, the mission's political head said on Wednesday.

Rodolphe Adada said an additional around 4,000 personnel, part of a U.N. "heavy support" package, would deploy by then to add to the more than 7,000 AU troops already on the ground.

The 26,000-strong mission will absorb a struggling AU force which has failed to stem the violence in Sudan's remote west.

31 Oct 2007 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KHARTOUM, Oct 31 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society (KRCS) said Wednesday it was still providing aid to the troubled Sudanese province of Darfur, which was devastated by the conflict which has been tearing through the country since 2003.

Meanwhile, KRCS representative to the Darfur aid campaign Anwar Abdallah told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the society would continue to provide aid and would stop at nothing to ease the plight of Darfur residents, specifically those who were displaced by the armed conflict there.

He said the Kuwaiti delegation to the conference …