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25 Jul 2012 description

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  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The South Sudan national mine action strategic plan was developed by the South Sudan Mine Action Authority, with the assistance of the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).

27 Jun 2012 description

Executive Summary

• February is the post‐harvest period, when food availability at household level typically improves and cereal prices are comparatively lower due to availability of food from production at household level. However, crop production in the 2011/12 agricultural season was poor, with findings from a post‐harvest assessment conducted in December 2011, estimating a cereal gap of 147,830 metric tones (MT).

22 May 2012 description

In the remote Jebel Si area of North Darfur, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a hospital, five health posts, and a mobile clinic. These are the only health facilities in the area, and they serve a permanent population of 100,000, as well as about 10,000 seasonal nomads. The majority of MSF’s patients in Jebel Si are women and children.

19 Mar 2012 description

The Annual Needs and Livelihoods Analysis 2011/12 report marks the first edition since South Sudan’s independence. Close to 4.7 million people are at risk of food insecurity, of whom approximately 1 million are estimated to be severely food insecure due to a convergence of three main factors: a cereal deficit of 473,000 tonnes attributable to poor production and large number of returnees, high food prices accentuated by trade restrictions between Sudan and South Sudan, and inter-communal conflicts.

15 Mar 2012 description

North Darfur

• For all markets in the state, the price of one sack of millet (100 kg) has increased 70% to 270 SDG compared to February 2011.

• Sorghum prices are 26% higher compared to February 2011.

• The preliminary findings from the post harvest assessment indicate a cereal deficit of 144,000 MT in 2012. The final results have not yet been endorsed by the State authorities.

West Darfur

13 Mar 2012 description

By Justin Corbett

SUMMARY: In June 2011, the internationally brokered and monitored peace agreement in South Kordofan broke down and a civil war erupted that left over a millions civilians cut off from all markets, services and contact with the outside world.

07 Mar 2012 description

SUMMARY:

The current price trend clearly reflects the widespread shortage of sorghum (an important food grain for poorer consumers in most areas). Compared to the seasonal pattern during last year (a good production year), prices rose very steeply in the pre-harvest period when it became clear that the season was poor. The expected harvest-time price drop in all the major markets has been replaced by an earlier than normal rising trend.

06 Mar 2012 description
report International Alert

Summary:

This paper uses Alert’s peacebuilding framework to explore questions about peace and peacebuilding in South Sudan and Sudan.

Important underlying factors of conflict remain unaddressed within both countries, and the paper makes three broad recommendations to those in South Sudan and Sudan who are concerned to build a more comprehensive and more stable peace, and to those in the international community wishing to support their efforts.

05 Mar 2012 description

Public health concerns

  • From 1 January up to 17 February, a total of 94 suspected cases of meningitis were reported in Sudan with 3 deaths (case fatality rate of 4.1%).

  • After reaching the epidemic threshold, Aborai sector in North Kordofan was covered by meningitis vaccination cam-paign. The target population in this sector was 27000 populations under the age group of 20-30 years.

02 Mar 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Ingram

NYALA, South Darfur, Sudan, 29 February 2012 – No one quite knows how Qud al Haboob elementary school got its name. From its location, on the dusty outskirts of Darfur’s largest town, Nyala, one may surmise it refers to the blinding haboob dust-storms that sweep periodically across much of Sudan.

VIDEO: February 2012, UNICEF correspondent Simon Ingram reports on how UNICEF is helping girls go to school in South Darfur.

02 Mar 2012 description

This document provides a weekly overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 22 - 28 February 2012, with hyper-links to source material highlighted in blue and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the 21/fed Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicwebort.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

In Focus
Horn of Africa
North Africa
Northeast Africa
Syria

01 Mar 2012 description
report Small Arms Survey

At the military level in the field, all the Darfur rebel factions are cooperating, exhibiting a pragmatic survival instinct that is rallying the disparate militias against their common enemies. The Sudanese government has stepped up hostilities since early 2011, focusing on the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) stronghold of Jebel Marra and the Zaghawa-held areas of North and South Darfur such as Shangal Tobaiya, where SLA-Minni Minawi (SLA-MM) draws strength.

01 Mar 2012 description

Emergency levels of food insecurity will continue in parts of southern Somalia; grave food security concerns in Sudan and South Sudan

01 Mar 2012 description
report Radio Dabanga

Abu Shouk, Zam Zam, Al Salaam camp (29 Feb.) - Abu Shouk, Al Salaam and Zam Zam internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in North Darfur have complained about the spread of diseases, particularly eye, skin and intestinal conditions.

A displaced resident told Radio Dabanga that cases of the three types of diseases have increased dramatically, particularly amongst children and the elderly.

He said health authorities had not notified camp residents of the emergence of these diseases, which along with the lack of available medicines has allowed them to spread quickly.

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.