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Southern Kordofan Administrative Map - March 2010

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Afghanistan + 5 others
Finland grants EUR 47.3 million in humanitarian aid to the distressed in the world

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted 47.3 million Euros from the early 2010 humanitarian aid appropriations to the victims of crises and natural disasters in the world. The current sum is in addition to the 5.4 million Euros allocated in January for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The total humanitarian aid budget for 2010 is 69.7 million Euros.

Humanitarian needs

The humanitarian aid granted by Finland is based on the joint appeal for needs-oriented assistance published annually

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Dispatch of a Japanese Election Observation Team for the General Elections in Sudan

1. The Government of Japan will dispatch an election observation team to Sudan to assist free and fair elections to be conducted in the general elections in Sudan scheduled to be held from Sunday, April 11 to Sunday, April 18, 2010. The team will be headed by Mr. Yuichi Ishii, former Ambassador of Japan in Sudan, and composed of sixteen members including government officials and private experts.

2. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in January 2005 put an end to the North-South civil war in Sudan, which had lasted for more than twenty years. The CPA stipulated

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Sudan: Japanese ambassador meets with UNAMID leadership

01 April 2010 - The newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Sudan, Mr. Akinori Wada, today visited UNAMID headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur, as part of a two-day tour of the region. He met with the Mission's Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR) Mohamed Yonis who briefed him on the security situation.

The meeting was attended by the Mission's Director of Communications and Public Information Kemal Saïki, Director of Political Affairs Abiodun Bashua, and Acting Chief of Staff Miguel Martin.

At the top of the agenda were the current

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SUDAN: A teacher's message

A headteacher from southern Sudan explains the importance of MAG's work for the future of his country.

Emmanuel Oching is the young headmaster of the Kuleu Lights Academy, a private nursery and primary school in the conflict-ridden town of Kapoeta.

His country is still suffering the effects of more than 20 years of fighting between the Government of Sudan and armed groups in the south, which caused vast numbers of people to flee their homes and has left large areas contaminated by remnants of conflict.

As the education system in many parts

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Armenia + 4 others
CrisisWatch N°80, 1 April 2010

Two actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in March 2010, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

The situation deteriorated in Guinea-Bissau as CrisisWatch went to press, when a group of soldiers briefly detained Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior, arrested current army chief Zamora Induta and 40 military officers, and freed navy chief Bubo Na Tchuto, implicated in 2008's failed coup attempt against late President Vieira. While details

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Noted BBC Presenter Zeinab Badawi Meets Women Balladeers As They Sing for Peace and DDR in Sudan

Khartoum, 1 April 2010 - Well-known BBC presenter of Sudanese origin, Ms. Zeinab Badawi, spent time with the Hakama women singing group and watched them perform at the Tayeba displaced persons camp in Khartoum North. The Hakamas had traveled from Southern Kordofan State to perform for Ms. Badawi, who is in the country to learn about the role of cultural symbols and the folk and traditional forms of communication in peace-building.

The Hakamas are a part of the UNDP and the North Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commission

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Sudan: 4 killed and 2 wounded in Abyei

Report
Miraya FM
Four persons were killed and two wounded on Tuesday during an armed attack in the vicinity Mariel Achack and Athaiko villages in Abyei region. Speaking to the press on Wednesday in Juba, Chief Administrator for Abiyei, Deng Arop said the attacks on vehicles on the road along Abiyei to Southern Sudan are continuous and create insecurity and fear in the area, making it difficult for traders to move on the road.

Arop said that the Administration of Abyei is working hard to ensure security in the area.

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Arab states urged to be open on water scarcity

01 Apr 2010 19:08:42 GMT

* Access to water in Middle East and N.Africa world's lowest

* Agriculture to shrink further, fuelling mass migration

By Dina Zayed

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, April 1 (Reuters) - People in the Arab world need fuller and freer information about shrinking water supplies but their governments are withholding it for fear of fuelling unrest, a United Nations expert said on Thursday.

Arable land makes up just 4.2 percent of the Middle East and North Africa and is expected to shrink due to climate change -- a potential source of political instability, analysts say, in

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Thousands in Kass in plight after attacks on Darfur villages

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Radio Dabanga
KASS (1 Apr.) - Thousands of villagers have gathered in Kass amid fear of attacks and fighting in South Darfur. One observer estimated that 7000 families are in the area, but an aid worker told Radio Dabanga that the Humanitarian Aid Commission puts the number at 14,000 househoulds and 43,000 individuals in 16 locations.

An UN inter-agency team has conducted an assessment in the area but a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Khartoum could not provide details. The number is unconfirmed.

In all, some of the internally displaced

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Mine action success story: Southern Sudan

One of the key threats the returning refugees and internally displaced persons of South Sudan face is the presence of landmines and explosive remnants of war. As part of UNDP's wider assistance package to Southern Sudan, and with funding from the Canadian government and in partnership with Southern Sudan Demining Commission and the Danish Demining Group, UNDP recently completed a two-month mine risk education (MRE) and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) project in high priority areas of Magwi and Loa in South Sudan's Central Equatoria State.

The project delivered critical risk education

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Main Sudan opposition withdraw from presidential polls

01 Apr 2010 21:22:01 GMT

* Sudan's main opposition withdraw from presidential vote

* At least five parties announce full boycott of all polls

* U.S. envoy in crisis talks with political parties

(Adds five parties announce full boycott)

By Opheera McDoom

KHARTOUM, April 1 (Reuters) - Sudan's main opposition parties have withdrawn from presidential elections, a senior member of one of the groups said on Thursday, a move that could wreck the looming vote and damage a faltering peace process.

At least five political parties, including

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Burundi + 2 others
Peace and Security Council Report Volume 9, April 2010

This report is available on the ISS website and can be viewed together with Thematic Reports on the work of the PSC at www.issafrica.org. All documents referred to in this Report can also be found on the ISS website.

Peace and Security Council Protocol

'The PSC shall encourage non-governmental organizations to participate actively in the efforts aimed at promoting peace, security and stability in Africa. When required such organizations may be invited to address the Peace and Security Council' - Article 20

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UN: 19000 land mines destroyed in South Sudan

Report
Miraya FM
The International Landmines Day was observed in Juba on Tuesday.While addressing the occasion, the UN Representative, David Saunders, said that more than 19,000 anti-personnel land mines and 800,000 unexploded ordnances have been destroyed in southern Sudan.

Saunders said that mines awareness education has been given to over four million people in southern Sudan.

Meanwhile; the European Union Head of Officer in Juba, Jesus Baguena, said that Anti personnel and explosive remnants of war continue to pose a significant threat.

Baguena said that the EU has donated

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DEAL MAKING IN SUDAN

Report
Enough Project
in Darfur and Southern Sudan

Author: Maggie Fick

Enough experts analyze the agreements being negotiated by the major parties in southern Sudan's upcoming independence referendum.

A series of deals in February 2010 over elements of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, largely went under the radar of international media attention, but offer important insights into the current dynamics of deal making between the National Congress Party, or NCP, and the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement/Army, or SPLM/A, as Sudan approaches the vital question of southern independence.

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Afghanistan + 5 others
SYRIA: Undocumented, overlooked and struggling to survive

Report
IRIN
DAMASCUS, 31 March 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of non-Iraqi and non-Palestinian refugees and asylum-seekers in Syria risk deportation and ill-treatment, and cannot get the help they need, according to refugee agencies.

Most are Somalis but there are also sizeable communities of Afghanis, Sudanese and Iranians, as well as nationals from Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to agencies working on the ground.

There are no accurate numbers, but registrations by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) give an idea of the proportions, if not

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SOUTHERN SUDAN Food Security Alert - Conflict exacerbates hunger season and could disrupt cultivation

Conflict exacerbates hunger season and could disrupt cultivation

The food insecure population in Southern Sudan has increased significantly since January, following escalated inter-tribal/clan and cattle?raiding conflicts during 2009, combined with poor rainfall that led to reduced crop and off-farm production. Areas affected by conflict include Jonglei, Warrap, Unity, and Lakes states, as well as Mvolo and Mundri East counties in Western Equatoria (Figure 1).

Elections in April 2010 could exacerbate these conflicts. The continuation or escalation of conflict between now

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Chad, UN at Odds Over Peacekeeping Force

Report
Voice of America
The United Nations and the government of Chad are to wrap up talks on extending a U.N. peacekeeping force in the African country. The two sides disagree over the future size of that force.

Chadian President Idriss Deby wants a rapid withdrawal of soldiers in the peacekeeping force known as MINURCAT. His government says only several-hundred police officers from the force need stay to guard civilian personnel and facilities responsible for distributing relief supplies.

U.N. negotiators want as many as 1,000 troops to remain in Chad and the Central African Republic. They are providing