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Djibouti + 6 others
Horn of Africa Estimated Food Security Condition: 3rd Quarter 2008, (Jul-Sept) (as of 01 Sep 2008)

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Sudan: Violence and political manipulation routine in Darfur¹s camps for displaced: New report - International community has failed to provide protection

(Geneva, 1 September) - In the wake of an attack by Sudanese security forces that left an estimated 64 internally displaced persons (IDPs) dead and 117 injured in Kalma camp, South Darfur, a new study finds that Darfur=B9s IDPs are routinely exposed to violence, recruitment by a variety of armed actors, and manipulation by outside groups for political goals. Camps located in both government- and rebel-controlled areas face these risks, according to the report.

Conflict, Arms, and Militarization: The Dynamics of Darfur=B9s IDP Camps=B9 from the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey,

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Afghanistan + 9 others
CrisisWatch No. 61, 01 Sep 2008

Twelve actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in August 2008 and only one improved, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

The outbreak of war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia had enormous geopolitical implications. Tbilisi's early August offensive in South Ossetia prompted a massive ground, aerial and naval response from Russia, whose forces later advanced further into Georgia. The crisis also sparked violence in Abkhazia,

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Sudan: JSR Adada expresses grave concern over Kalma incidents

The Joint Special Representative (JSR) of the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Mr. Rodolphe Adada, officially expressed to the Government of Sudan UNAMID's "grave concern" over the recent tragic incidents of 25 August 2008 at the Internally Displaced Persons camp of Kalma, South Darfur, notably concerning the excessive use of force which caused the death of innocent IDPs, including children and women, in addition to a considerable number of wounded. Mr. Adada, who met in Khartoum today with the Foreign Ministry
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Sudan: Western Darfur Flood Risk Area (as of 31 Aug 2008)

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Burkina Faso + 14 others
Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 223, 25-31 Aug 2008

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition
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Afghanistan + 8 others
ACTED newsletter No 48 - Aug 2008

ACTED Afghanistan : Northern Afghanistan struggles against severe drought

Assessment conducted by ACTED's AME Team in Baghlan Province.

After several years of consecutive drought, Northern Afghanistan is once more hit by below-normal precipitations and extreme heat. This year, the shock is particularly worrying since it comes after a harsh winter and a significant increase of the food prices all over Asia. The cumulative effect of this situation has a direct bearing on most of the households which rely on agriculture and livestock for their

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Sudan: UNJLC Logistics Bulletin 102, Aug 2008


- UNJLC is surveying surface transport requirements of the humanitarian community to assess the need for a Common Transport Service. All agencies are encouraged to participate; to obtain a copy of the survey, please contact

- UNHAS announced new booking deadlines and flight schedules for South Sudan flights. Details of the changes are noted in the South Sudan section. Please contact UNHAS Lokichoggio with questions:

Sudan Wide


Fuel prices for most areas have remained

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Sudan: RoS NFI & ES sector monthly update no. 8 - Aug 2008

Executive Summary

NFI & ES Sector Partners are kindly reminded that Project Sheets for the 2009 UN & Partners Work Plan are to be submitted to UNJLC by 15 September. ROS Project Sheets should be sent to Adam Bernstein (, Nathalie Butcher ( and Basil Shukur (

In August, 4,308 households were served with non-food items from the NFI Common Pipeline in the ROS region, to whom 17,969 items were distributed; extremely vulnerable populations was the largest beneficiary group served, comprising 46% of the total, and

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Sudan: Cuadernos del IECAH - 10: Darfur, entre la marginación y la ignorancia

Wouter Cools


Hablar de Darfur es hacerlo de violencia, marginación e ignorancia. Tanto el propio Estado sudanés como la comunidad internacional han hecho caso omiso de la región durante décadas y, aunque desde finales de 2003 el conflicto en Darfur ha recibido una notable atención tanto en la escena política internacional como en los medios de comunicación, sigue siendo general el desconocimiento sobre la amplitud de la crisis y el grado de miseria de quienes pueblan esta región de Sudán. Así se explica que muchos piensen que el conflicto estalló en 2003, cuando en realidad

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Sudan: Citizen activists in Kordofan take civic education to the streets

Sudan's fragile peace continues to be threatened by the lack of accurate information on the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Pastoralists whose livelihoods depend on seasonal migrations between the north and the south, such as the Misseriya tribe, have concerns about the CPA's endorsement of a referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan in 2011 and about how the referendum will affect their way of life.

In an effort to inform citizens of their rights under the CPA, USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supported

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Sudan: Engaging religious leaders to combat violence against women

More than five years of armed conflict has led to a general breakdown of law and order in Darfur. Women - and girls in particular - are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) with alarming regularity. However, as the social fabric of Darfuri communities threatens to unravel, religious leaders remain a trusted source of guidance on matters linked to ethics and human behavior.

USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) supports the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its efforts to engage religious leaders in the fight against SGBV. The UNDP's Rule

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Sudan: Human security and the responsibility to protect approach: A solution to civilian insecurity in Darfur

Okolo Ben Simon

The conflict in Darfur presents the international community with the opportunity of testing its avowed commitment to issues of human security. The introduction of the responsibility to protect principle into the debate on civilian protection gives an added impetus for the international community to act in protecting the Darfuris. This article makes a case for the international community's intervention in Darfur.

Since the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its 1994 report introduced the terminology "human

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Burkina Faso + 30 others
DFID humanitarian allocations in Africa 2007/8

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia. Combined,

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Chad + 5 others
UNHCR Sudan Operations: Sudan situation update 89, Aug 2008

The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs includes an essay by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. In 'Millions Uprooted: Saving Refugees and the Displaced', Guterres explains how war and human rights violations are scattering millions of people across the world in search of safety. Meanwhile, globalisation, with its attributes of economic expansion, unresolved poverty and enduring insecurity, is prompting many people to leave their homes in search of a better life. Climate change and environmental degradation are also exacerbating
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UNMIS Southern Sudan News Bulletin - Aug 2008


- Abyei Administrator finally appointed

- Elections consultative meeting held in Juba

- Census Update

- IDP Verification and mapping commences

- Enhancing the capacity of state leadership

Sector I - Juba

Abyei Administrator finally appointed

On August 8, 2008 the Presidency issued a presidential decree appointing Mr. Arop Moyak Mong Toj (SPLM) as Chief Administrator of Abyei and Mr. Rahama Abdel Rahman Al-Nour (NCP) as a deputy. The presidential decree requests the chief administrator and his deputy

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Burundi + 9 others
MAG CWMD global update Aug 2008

MAG and CWMD - As the scale of the Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD)(2) problem has become apparent across the world, MAG has been increasingly involved in addressing the threat posed by these items. The illicit proliferation of conventional weapons (CW) prolongs conflicts, causes instability, undermines development, and is now well established as the leading threat to human security globally. MAG is currently undertaking CWMD projects in Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam. Also MAG is
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Angola + 3 others
MAG news - spring/summer 2008


- Operations completed at Camp Ngashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

- In hot pursuit: MAG Lao's first female driver, Lao People's Democratic Republic

- Impact in Canjamba, Angola

- Responding to the legacy of the Tet Offensive, Vietnam

- Tackling the lethal remnants of conflict, Lebanon

- Saving lives in Sudan photo gallery, Sudan

- A mother's story, Cambodia

- MAG events

- Support MAG

Operations completed at Camp Ngashi

Report by Stephanie Gallagher, MAG DRC Programme Officer

Three people were killed, 94 injured

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Afghanistan + 22 others
Recent food price developments in most vulnerable countries - Issue No 1, Aug 2008

The objective of this briefing note is to provide early warning information on recent price developments and their potential contribution to the cost of the food basket, using staple food commodities that are essential in terms of calorie contribution to households' food basket at individual country-level. The note is not meant for crosscountry comparison as the main staple food items and their calorie contributions to the food basket are different. As a working paper to be updated on a quarterly basis, further fine-tuning of the approach (see annex 2) will
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Floods affecting 2050 households in Awiel area in South Sudan

On August 28th 2008, severe flash flooding accompanied with heavy rains has affecting the major parts of Northern Bahr El Gazal state in South Sudan, particularly, Awiel town and its surrounding villages.

More than 6 villages along river Lol were severely damage and completely under water.

Poor road construction practice has significantly contributed to the occurrence of the disaster.

A joint Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team , has