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29 Feb 2012 description

29 February 2012 - Officials of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) lead by Stephen O'Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, today visited Darfur to a gain a first-hand assessment of the humanitarian situation.

29 Feb 2012 description

29 February 2012- An ambush today by unknown gunmen on an African Union – United Nations Mission (UNAMID) patrol in South Darfur has left one peacekeeper dead and three injured.

The incident, in which the peacekeepers returned fire, took place at approximately 16:00 hours near Shearia town, located roughly 90 kilometres northeast of Nyala, South Darfur.

When further information is available, it will be communicated.

29 Feb 2012 description

The Department of State and USAID have released a Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2011 [pdf]. The Summary describes the performance and accomplishments achieved by State and USAID toward the highest U.S. diplomatic and development objectives. The Summary provides information on both agencies’ financial and performance results with the goal of promoting greater accountability and transparency to Congress, the American public, and other key constituents.

29 Feb 2012 description
report UN News Service

A peacekeeper serving with the joint United Nations-African Union operation in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region has been killed after unidentified gunmen ambushed a patrol earlier today.

Three other peacekeepers were injured in today’s attack, which took place about 4 p.m. near the town of Shearia in South Darfur state, according to the mission (UNAMID).

29 Feb 2012 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 29 February 2012 - The March to May rainfall season in the Greater Horn of Africa is likely to result in "near normal to below normal rainfall" over much of the region, according to a statement today from the 30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF30).

This rainfall outlook applies in particular to areas plagued by drought in recent years including much of Somalia; Djibouti; eastern and northern Kenya; southern, eastern and north-eastern Ethiopia.

29 Feb 2012 description

TONGO Camp, Ethiopia, February 29 (UNHCR) – In a tent schoolroom near the top of a hill, the refugee children from Sudan sit shoulder-to-shoulder on wooden benches or on the dirt floor. The littlest ones make themselves at home in the front of the class so they can have a clear view of the blackboard.

29 Feb 2012 description
report Radio Dabanga

Zam Zam camp (28 Feb.) - Abu Tira forces attacked families newly displaced from Abu Delik, a village that witnessed violent events last week.

Dozens of families fled Abu Delik to Zam Zam internally displaced camp in North Darfur.

Witnesses said Abu Tira surrounded the area of the new arrivals and arrested two men, named as El Tahir Bashir and Soraya Omar Ahmed.

They proceeded to beat and attack camp residents, causing 40 families from Abu Delik to flee to the joint UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) headquarters to seek shelter.

29 Feb 2012 description

Ce bulletin est produit par OCHA en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Il est publié par le bureau de OCHA-Tchad et couvre la période allant du 1er au 29 février 2012. Le prochain bulletin sera publié en début avril 2012.

I. FAITS MAJEURS

• Situation alimentaire inquiétante au Tchad

• Méningite : deux districts sanitaires ont franchi le seuil épidémique

• Plus de 800 retournés tchadiens du Nigeria à la date du 27 février 2012

• L´appel de Fonds Consolidé (CAP) 2012 financé à 19% a la date du 29 février 2012

29 Feb 2012 description
report Tufts University

Headlines

• Cereal prices continued to rise this quarter with large price differentials between markets – a 73% differential in millet prices between Saraf Omra where prices are lowest and Malha where prices are highest.

• Food security in Malha is deteriorating further despite subsidized sales of millet from the strategic grain reserve. The terms of trade has worsened: more than 3 goats must now be sold to purchase one sack of millet in Malha.

28 Feb 2012 description
report Small Arms Survey

Origins/composition

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) was established early in 2003 by a group of educated, politically experienced Darfurians, many of them former members of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan al Turabi, architect of Sudan’s Islamic revolution. Most of its leaders and membership initially came from the Kobe tribe, a Zaghawa sub-group more numerous in Chad than in Darfur. Since 2007 JEM has worked actively to recruit Darfurian Arabs, including from government-supported militias or ‘janjaweed’.

28 Feb 2012 description

El Fasher—Disabled people of Darfur need full access to information, particularly from radio. That was the objective behind the provision of 30 wind-up and solar-operated radios to the El Fasher Association for the Disabled today organized by Radio-TV El Fasher, the state broadcaster.

28 Feb 2012 description
report Radio Dabanga

Zam Zam camp (29 Feb.) - 120 families displaced from Abu Delik, the area that witnessed heavy fighting last week, and an adjacent area Sag Al Nagam have refused to leave the UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) headquarters, in Zam Zam internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, near El Fasher.

Newly displaced families were reportedly attacked by Abu Tira forces, on arrival to the camp.

The families decided to seek shelter at the UNAMID base, until the peacekeeping force could guarantee their protection.

28 Feb 2012 description

Yokohama - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$114 million contribution from the government of Japan to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced people, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 21 countries. The donation will also support logistics operations in two countries.

28 Feb 2012 description

Significant pockets of Crisis levels of food insecurity; earlier than normal lean season expected

Key messages

Food insecurity in South Sudan is driven by below-average 2011 harvests; the impacts of conflict, particularly in Jonglei State; increased demand for food and services due to the growing IDP, returnee, and refugee populations; drastically reduced sorghum flows from Sudan; and well above average cereal prices. An early start to the lean season is expected in February/March instead of May/June.

28 Feb 2012 description
report Radio Dabanga

Abu Shouk (27 Feb.) -

Abu Shouk displaced persons camp near El Fasher in North Darfur is facing acute shortages of drinking water.

A displaced resident told Radio Dabanga the reason for the lack of water was the suspension of four water pumps, along with hardly any working water tanks.

He added that families are forced to queue for hours to collect water, in long lines that last late into the night.