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Sudan: Darfuri woman refugees 'Live in Fear of Rape'

Darfuri women who have fled as refugees to Chad live in fear of being raped and as a result ostracized by their families, says a new study.

The study, based on interviews with 88 women in Farchana Camp in eastern Chad, found that 17 of the women had been raped, some more than once. Researchers said they believed another 12 women had probably suffered rape, although they were often reluctant to speak about it or were unconscious when it had happened.

The study was carried out by Physicians

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Chad + 5 others
CrisisWatch N°70, 1 June 2009

Nine actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in May 2009, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

Somalia's capital was rocked by intense fighting as an alliance of anti-government Islamist factions led by influential Islamist cleric Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys launched a large-scale offensive in and around Mogadishu. Close to 200 civilians were killed, hundreds wounded and over 46,000 displaced by heavy shelling into residential areas. The

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Sud-Soudan : L'ONU préoccupée par les affrontements tribaux

UN News Service
Le représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour le Soudan, Ashraf Qazi, s'est déclaré préoccupé par les violents affrontements tribaux dans les Etats du Haut Nil et de Jonglei, au Sud-Soudan, qui ont fait des centaines de morts, dont des femmes et des enfants, et des milliers de déplacés.

M. Qazi a exprimé son inquiétude dimanche à l'issue d'une visite de deux jours dans ces deux Etats du Sud-Soudan, souligne un communiqué de la Mission des Nations Unies au Soudan (UNMIS). C'est la deuxième fois cette année qu'il se rend dans la région pour évaluer

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UN: South Sudan violence more deadly than Darfur

By Skye Wheeler

KHARTOUM, June 1 (Reuters) - More people have died in tribal violence in post-war southern Sudan in recent months than in the western Darfur region plagued by ethnic and politically driven fighting, the United Nations said.

Hundreds have died, thousands have been displaced and scores of villages razed in the south, which was ravaged in a civil war with the north that lasted more than two decades. A peace deal signed in 2005 ended that war.

But in 2003, before the southern deal was reached, another conflict erupted in Darfur that the United Nations

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Sudan: Non-food items and emergency shelter sector response to new displacements 01 Jun 2009



Conflict in February in the vicinities of Muhajiria, Sheria and Labado in South Darfur caused new displacements. Populations moved to various areas in North Darfur as well as other parts of South Darfur. The NFI Common Pipeline and NFI & ES Sector partners are working closely with OCHA to establish the whereabouts of displaced populations and to assess needs and respond accordingly.

Fearing an outbreak of conflict in Dar es Salam, North Darfur, an additional caseload of 1,100 IDPs been displaced to Zamzam camp.

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Sudan: China pledges $3 million in aid to Darfur

Miraya FM
China has announced that it will provide 3 million US dollars for Darfur aid.

The Chinese envoy to Sudan, Liu Giujin, said that the government managed to control the humanitarian situation in Darfur, after the expulsion of NGOs.

Meanwhile, the Spokesman of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ali Al Saddiq, said that officials from the Government clarified to the Chinese envoy the efforts exerted to maintain good relations with Chad.

Al Saddiq added that Chad has repeatedly rejected the Sudanese initiatives in this issue.

He further said that the Chinese envoy

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Sudan: Landmine clearance starts in Ullu, Blue Nile State

The United Nations Mine Action Office (UNMAO) in Sudan has tasked one of its implementing partners, RONCO, to clear the town of Ullu of landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXO). Clearance operations began at the request of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) due to the strategic location of this small town in Blue Nile State. The first part of the project, funded by the Canadian government, is scheduled to be completed by October 2009.

The people of Ullu have suffered greatly from the impact of landmines and UXO for many years. Until the Comprehensive

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Afghanistan + 9 others
Development assistance and refugees: towards a North-South grand bargain?


In the context of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), there has been growing discussion of the multi-dimensional relationship between migration and development. However, the older debate regarding the relationship between refugees and development (known as 'Refugee Aid and Development' during the 1980s and revived as 'Targeted Development Assistance' in the early 2000s) has largely sidelined. This is regrettable because using development assistance to support refugees in their countries of first asylum has great potential to enhance their

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Angola + 36 others
Global Fund ARV fact sheet

The Global Fund

This fact sheet outlines the principles and approach in determining the number of people on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for HIV/AIDS treatment, with a breakdown of the results by country, and answers to commonly-asked questions.

Question 1: How many people are receiving ARVs from programs supported by Global Fund grants?

As of June 1st 2009, programs supported by the Global Fund have reported 2.3 million people currently on ARVs for treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Question 2: What is the regional breakdown of people currently receiving ARVs?

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Somalia + 7 others
Africa: UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) Routes (March - May 2009)

Note: Document is 6 pages and includes maps for UNHAS routes in Somalia, Ethiopia, Chad, Central African Republic, West African Coastal Countries, and Sudan
Note: Map production dates vary by map
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Sudan: Khartoum State assigns 56 million pounds for the emergency water programme

Khartoum, May 31 (SUNA) - Khartoum State has assigned 56 million pounds for implementation of the emergency water programme, which is scheduled to begin Monday and to last for one month. The programme aims to digging 15 new water wells, extending the water network at the length of 2.5 kilometers. At a meeting he held Sunday with the administration of Khartoum Water Corporation, the Wali (governor) of Khartoum State, Abdul-Rahman Al-Khidir, stipulated the importance of completing the water networks within three months. MO/MO
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Chad + 1 other
Sudan: Nowhere to turn - Failure to protect, support and assure justice for Darfuri women

Executive Summary


Physicians for Human Rights and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (PHR/HHI) set out to conduct a systematic assessment of sexual assault and other human rights violations suffered by Darfuri women who had been subjected to sexual violence in the course of attacks on their villages in Darfur and forced flight to camps on the Chad/Sudan border. The effort was part of a continued commitment to assuring that crimes against humanity, including sexual assault, be documented and exposed, and their mental, physical and social consequences understood so that increased

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North-South disputes cast cloud over Sudanese election preparations

Nairobi/Khartoum_(dpa) _ Election campaign skirmishing between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the government ruling southern Sudan took a new turn Sunday, months ahead of the country's elections.

Al-Bashir, angered by restrictions put on his National Congress Party in its campaigning in the south, threatened to ban the south's ruling Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the north, the Sudan Tribune reported Sunday.

He accused the SPLM of setting up obstacles to other parties in their campaigning in the south.

"We cannot accept the existence

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Radios bring civic education to southern Sudan

By Debbie DeVoe

A group of women are sitting and talking under the shade of some large mango trees in Juba, South Sudan-a common sight. But today, instead of talking about the weather and how to afford school materials for their children, the conversation is taking a different tack. One woman asks about the best way to put a stop to corruption in local government. Another says she wishes their discussion could be heard by all government officials.

Welcome to the first meeting of the Women Group Cultivators radio listening group. The Women Group Cultivators consists

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Medical study supports women refugees' reports of sexual violence in Darfur and Chad

(Cambridge, MA) Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has published a report documenting the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by women who fled attacks on their villages in Darfur and are now refugees in neighboring Chad.

This scientific study, conducted in partnership with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), corroborates women's accounts of rape and other crimes against humanity that they have experienced in Darfur, as well as rape and deprivations of basic needs in refugee camps in Chad.

"Many Darfuri women refugees live

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Sudan: UNMIS Humanitarian Early Recovery & Reintegration Joint Weekly Report, 25 - 31 May 2009




Population Movement:

- Migration: According to reports from Malual (19 km South of Abyei town) and Todaj (15 Km North) some Misserya reversed migration to the North due to the scarcity of rains.

- IDPs: Fears of insecurity and lack of police force in rural areas resulted in return of IDPs to Abyei town. In areas of displacement, IDPs are preparing for rainy season, rehabilitating shelter and clearing land for cultivation.

- Return-Process: The SSRRC registered

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Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin, May 2009


- Two suspected cases of Influenza A (H1N1) have been investigated and turned out to be negative.

- WHO Floods task force activated.

- Meningitis: More than 38000 people vaccinated in Darfur.

- Update on Médecins Sans Frontières activities in Northern Sudan.

- Medair commences Reproductive Health program in South Kordofan.

- UNFPA/FMOH Celebrated the International Day of the Midwife. WHO/MOH celebrated World Tobacco day.

Preparing for seasonal floods

The Health Cluster is working with the

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Sudan issue brief: Conflicting priorities - GoSS security challenges and recent responses

Four years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Southern Sudan is facing a profound set of problems. The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has yet to establish security throughout the South and to address internal challenges to its authority, including various militia groups and inter-communal conflicts. Within the context of faltering implementation of the CPA and its perceived obstruction by the North, a potentially destabilizing financial crisis, and elections slated for February 2010, the GoSS is struggling on multiple fronts. Looming
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Sudan: UNJLC Logistics Bulletin 111, May 2009


- Southern Sudan customs duties and exemption procedures have reverted to procedures in place before 27 March, in accordance with a circular from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Please refer to for details.

- Coordination of Cargo Movement Requests (CMRs) for the UNHAS dedicated cargo aircraft in Southern Sudan has been handed over from UNJLC to UNHAS. All CMRS should be sent to

- The Air Transport User Group (ATG)