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South Sudan chief concerned at northern army movements

KHARTOUM - The president of semi-autonomous southern Sudan has expressed concern over military movements by northern forces, the official SUNA news agency reported on Saturday.

It said that a letter from the southern president Salva Kiir had been delivered to Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir detailing northern military movements in and near the south.

Kiir's letter documented Sudanese movements including in the states of South Darfur and Blue Nile, which is on the northern side of the border but near a spot in the south where Sudanese troops reportedly clashed with southern rebels.

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Nepal + 3 others
CrisisWatch N°81, 01 May 2010

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

Soldiers and protesters clashed in Bangkok in the worst violence to hit the Thai capital in almost two decades. At least 26 people, mostly Red Shirt protesters, have so far been killed in the fighting and the city remains tense. The Red Shirts are demanding the immediate dissolution of parliament and swift new elections but Prime Minister

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Burkina Faso + 7 others
Africa region: humanitarian challenges in 2010

Explanations of Benoît Piot, Regional Director Central and West Africa

Active today in 9 countries in Africa, ACTED is at a crucial point of its regional development. 2010, and on the longer term 2011, will be the years of the consolidation of ACTED's on-going operations but also of the opening of new countries. The multiplication of multiple causes-driven crisis (environmental-lead, man-lead, etc...) leads to an increased vulnerability of local populations. Benoit Piot, West and Central Africa Regional Director explains ACTED's response to these new challenges.

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Burkina Faso + 7 others
Région Afrique : les défis humanitaires en 2010

Les explications de Benoît Piot, Directeur Régional Afrique de l'Ouest et Centrale

Aujourd'hui présente dans 9 pays d'Afrique, ACTED est à une étape cruciale de son développement régional. L'année 2010, et à plus long terme l'année 2011, seront celles de la consolidation des opérations déjà existantes mais aussi de la mise en place de projets dans de nouveaux pays. La multiplication des crises, aux causes souvent multiples (environnementales, humaines...) entraine une vulnérabilité accrue des populations locales. Benoit Piot, Directeur Régional Afrique de l'Ouest

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Uganda + 3 others
The hunger that is coming that will be very bad - the neglected humanitarian crisis in southeastern CAR

Resolve Uganda
April 30th, 2010 by paul

"The hunger that is coming will be very bad"

- Resident of Obo, Central African Republic

In 2004, United Nations humanitarian chief Jan Egeland called northern Uganda the world's worst neglected humanitarian disaster. LRA attacks and the government's draconian policy of forced displacement, along with a strong dose of international neglect, led to the deaths of over 1,000 northern Ugandans a week at the height of the conflict. Egelands's comments helped move the international spotlight to the crisis, and since

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Burundi + 2 others
Dispatches No. 279 - 30 April 2010


Tanzania: tens of thousands of refugees granted citizenship

Ngara, 22 April 2010 - Tanzania has granted citizenship to 162,000 refugees who fled the 1972 civil war in Burundi.

The largest ever naturalisation of refugees in the world was described by UN agencies and human rights groups as a historic occasion.

"It is one of the most generous gestures ever made towards refugees", JRS Tanzania Country Representative, Damas Missanga SJ, told Dispatches.

In a public statement, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) expressed its gratitude and appreciation to the people and

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Chad: Appeal No. MAATD001 - Annual Report 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: The International Federation supports the Red Cross of Chad (RCC) in the field of programme coordination, service delivery and donor cooperation development, with a particular mission to ensure the continuation of quality humanitarian aid provided to nearly 50,000 Sudanese refugees hosted in Tréguine and Brédjing camps and approximately 15,000 vulnerable host populations in the sub-prefecture of Hadjar Hadid. The overall aim is to boost the capacity of the Red Cross of Chad to act in response to the needs of vulnerable

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Uganda + 3 others
Press Conference on Upcoming Review of International Criminal Court's Rome Statute

The key goal of the upcoming Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was "to complete negotiations on defining individual responsibility for the crime of aggression", William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, said today at a Headquarters press conference ahead of the Review slated for 31 May to 11 June in Kampala, Uganda.

The Review Conference was being held in accordance with the Court's mandate to review its work seven years after the Rome Statute's entry into force. Mr. Pace was joined today by Christian

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Burundi + 11 others
East Africa Region (MAA64001) Annual report 2009

This report covers the period 01 January 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: To enhance capacities of the 141 National Societies (NS) in East Africa region in responding to the humanitarian challenges.

- Disaster Management (DM) programme: To build well-prepared, stronger and more efficient NS able to predict, prevent and reduce risks and respond to emergencies, mitigate their impact as well as cope with their consequences in an appropriate manner.

- Health and Social Services (HSS) programme:

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Afghanistan + 20 others
Global Polio Eradication Initiative Monthly Situation Report - April 2010

Polio outbreak in Tajikistan: Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been detected in Tajikistan, representing the first importation of poliovirus in the WHO European Region since it was certified polio-free in 2002. The virus is most closely related to viruses originating in Uttar Pradesh, India. 199 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) have been reported, the majority of these having had onset of paralysis in April. To date, WPV1 had been isolated in 32 of these cases. This outbreak underscores the danger that spread from WPV transmission anywhere in the world continues
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EHA Sudan weekly highlights, week 17 (24 - 30 Apr 2010)


The month of April has seen increased inter-ethnic conflict in the areas of South and West Darfur. Insecurity and lack of humanitarian access were primary concerns in the provision of health services to affected communities in Darfur, particularly in the Jebel Marra region. Despite of some difficulties, WHO together with its partners, continues to provide technical and logistical support to the State Ministries of Health, nongovernment organizations and health facilities in Darfur region, Transitional states, and Eastern states.

Public health concerns


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A Benchmarks Report Card for Sudan

Enough Project
In its initial Sudan policy review, the Obama administration pledged that it would regularly evaluate the progress of peace in Sudan-or lack thereof. The administration's approach was clear:

"Assessment of progress and decisions regarding incentives and disincentives will be based on verifiable changes in conditions on the ground. Backsliding by any party will be met with credible pressure in the form of disincentives leveraged by our government and our international partners." - Secretary of State Clinton, October 19, 2009

"There will be no rewards for the

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Ethiopia + 4 others
UNHCR Kenya Donor Update - April 15 to 30, 2010


UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Visits the Region:

The UNHR Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Alexander Aleinikoff, made a familiarisation visit to a number of East African countries including Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. These countries continue to receive thousands of Somalis seeking international protection due to conflict and violence in Somalia. While in Kenya, he made a one-day visit to Dadaab refugee camp and held a number of meetings with government officials, donors, implementing partners and UNHCR staff members. Mr. Aleinikoff

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Sudan: UNJLC Logistics Bulletin #122, Apr 2010


- As we head into the rainy season, UNJLC would like to appeal to all humanitarian partners to share information (and pictures) on road status. For North Sudan, please submit information to; for Southern Sudan, please submit information to

- UNJLC has arranged with UNAMID and WFP to make Common Transport Services available in North Sudan. For further information about these services and cargo requirements, please contact

- Airstrip safety continues to be a

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CANADA'S ENGAGEMENT IN SUDAN: Priorities and Objectives

Canada's commitment to and large-scale engagement in Sudan is part of a whole-of-government effort, involving the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Department of National Defence (DND), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Canada's engagement in Sudan reflects Canada's core values and foreign policy priorities of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Canadian interest in Sudan is driven by the humanitarian imperative to assist peoples in need, but also hard

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NFI & ES Sector Monthly Update #04 SOUTHERN SUDAN April 2010

Executive Summary

- April 2010, reported distributions by Sector partners in Southern Sudan supported 1,766 conflict-affected and refugee households with essential non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter (ES).

- The national elections were free of major violence requiring intervention by the NFI & ES Sector. Sector activities (assessments and distributions), on hold during the election period, were recommenced.

- The Mid Year Review of the 2010 Humanitarian Work Plan for Sudan has been launched. Partners have been contacted by

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Elections Offer Millions of Sudanese the First Opportunity in Their Lives to Vote

This month, Sudan's first multiparty elections since 1986 fulfilled a major requirement of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the 22-year, north-south civil war, giving millions of Sudanese the first opportunity in their lives to vote. The election in-cluded contests for national, state, and southern Sudan legislatures, state governors, president of Sudan, and president of the regional Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS).

USAID supported key areas of the electoral