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Emergencies Bulletin - Sudan, June 1997

Report
Oxfam
June 1997


The Oxfam Emergencies Bulletin aims to give an overview of Oxfam's current
emergency work world-wide, for use in communications work. It appears
monthly.

Sudan

(North) After many delays because of political and bureaucratic problems,
Oxfam has received from the Department for International Development the
funding to implement the distribution of a general food ration to
approximately 85 000 rural Beja people in Red Sea State in the north-east of
Sudan. The planning and registration of beneficiaries has been completed,
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Sudan Drought Situation Report No. 5

SUDAN: DROUGHT 30 June 1997
appeal no. 17/96
period covered: 5 April 1997 to 15 June 1997

Due to restrictions of the tendering process for the local purchase of grain to provide food aid to 160,000 Beja nomads could not start as scheduled. In January armed conflict broke out between Government and opposition forces along the Ethiopian and Eritrean borders resulting in Gedaref, Kassala and Red Sea Hills states being declared war zones. No major food assistance was given to the Beja, except for Sudanese
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Sudanese Minister Commends Role Of OAU

Yahya el Hassan, PANA Correspondent
KARTOUM, Sudan (PANA)- Sudan's foreign minister Ali Osman Mohammed Taha said here on Sunday he believes the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) has faired well so far and is capable of facing the challenges ahead.

In an interview with PANA in Khartoum, Taha said that the OAU has scored many successes so far and we are quite sure the Organisation is capable of facing the challenges of the next century.

He particularly commended the work of the OAU Central organ for conflict prevention, management and resolution

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Sudanese Vice President Travels To Kinshasa

KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's First Vice-President Gen. Al-Zubair Mohamed Salih leaves Khartoum for Kinshasa on Sunday to represent his country at Monday's celebrations marking the 37th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire).
The anniversary on Monday will be the first to be officiated by President Laurent-Desire Kabila, who took over power in Kinshasa on 29 May, after his troops seized the capital on May 17.

The Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence from Belgium. Its name was changed to Zaire after

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Red Cross Says Nomads in Northern Sudan Are on the Vege of Starvation

Report
Voice of America
DATE=6/28/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-216397
TITLE=SUDAN THREATENS FAMINE (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=SONYA LAURENCE GREEN
DATELINE=NAIROBI
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: THE RED CROSS SAYS NOMADS IN NORTHERN SUDAN ARE ON THE
VERGE OF STARVATION. IN A SEPARATE REPORT, WORLD VISION
INTERNATIONAL ALSO WARNS OF A MOUNTING FAMINE IN THE SOUTH.
SONYA LAURENCE GREEN REPORTS BOTH CRISES ARE MADE WORSE BY A
14-YEAR-OLD CIVIL WAR.

TEXT: AID AGENCIES ARE WARNING OF LOOMING FAMINE IN BOTH NORTH
AND SOUTH SUDAN.

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DHA Convenes the Second International Committee on Operation Lifeline Sudan

DHA/97/13
Geneva - (Department of Humanitarian Affairs) - The second meeting of the International Advisory Committee on Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) was convened this morning in the Palais des Nations by the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA). The Committee, which held its inaugural session last December, was created to provide a forum for consultations on OLS among headquarters representatives of donor governments and international humanitarian organizations supporting ongoing emergency humanitarian assistance programmes in the Sudan.
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Le DHA organise la deuxième réunion du Comité consultatif international pout l'opération survie pour le Soudan

DHA/97/13
Genève - (Département des Affaires Humanitaires) - La deuxième réunion du Comité consultatif international pour l'Opération pour la survie du Soudan (OLS) s'est réunie ce matin au Palais des Nations sous l'égide du Département des Affaires Humanitaires des Nations Unies (DHA). Le Comité qui a tenu sa session inaugurale en décembre dernier a été créé afin de fournir un forum de consultations sur l'OLS aux représentants des gouvernements donateurs et aux organisations humanitaires internationales qui soutiennent les programmes d'assistance d'urgence au Soudan.
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FEWS bulletin - June 26, 1997

Southern Sudan
Rainfall in southern Sudan was generally above average through the end of May, although some areas have been experiencing a dry spell since late April. Pasture and herd conditions are good, however, and even in the drier
agropastoral areas there has been sufficient rain for pasture development.

Southern Sudan has a long planting window, and current agricultural activities range from planting main-season crops (which are harvested in November and December) to harvesting early maturing crops planted in April. Area planted this year has increased some 15 percent

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FEWS Bulletin - 26 Jun 1997

Southern Sudan
Rainfall in southern Sudan was generally above average through the end of May, although some areas have been experiencing a dry spell since late April. Pasture and herd conditions are good, however, and even in the drier agropastoral areas there has been sufficient rain for pasture development.

Southern Sudan has a long planting window, and current agricultural activities range from planting main-season crops (which
are harvested in November and December) to harvesting early maturing crops planted in April. Area planted this year has

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IFRC Weekly News 26 Jun 1997

(Excerpt)


Threat of famine

Drought-stricken nomads in north-eastern Sudan are on the verge of famine warns the International Federation. If rain does not fall in the two coming months, survival for many of an estimated 300,000 nomadic farmers in the Red Sea Hills will be in
question.

The warning came as a Federation-supported Sudanese Red Crescent relief operation got underway, to distribute 2,000 tonnes of sorghum and 1,400 tonnes of other foodstuffs to desperate Beja nomads. Having lost most of their livestock on which their existence depends,
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OLS Southern Sector Update 97/25

A weekly report on major developments concerning relief operations in southern Sudan
NEW UN SPECIAL ENVOY VISITS OLS...

The newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs for Sudan, Robert van Schaik, made his first visit to Khartoum, Nairobi, Lokichokio and southern Sudan on 6-19 June 1997. Accompanied by UN officials, Ambassador van Schaik held meetings with representatives of the Sudan Government and the principal southern movements, as well as with officials of neighbouring countries, UN agencies, international and

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Onslaught of Severe Famine Feared

Report
World Vision
reported by Jacob Akol
WVI Africa Region Communications director

Fears are mounting of severe famine in large parts of Southern Sudan this season. Already there are reports of deaths by starvation in the vast province of Bahr el Ghazal, with at least one death at World Vision's project site at Ngabagok in Tonj county.

"I am very concerned about the famine," said the director of World Vision's Sudan relief program, Mr. Bruce Menser. "The death of this one child could have been avoided had it been possible for World Food Program (WFP) to deliver the needed
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Sudan Briefing Notes 20 Jun 1997

In Sudan, 5,385 Ethiopian refugees have so far returned this year
to Ethiopia under a repatriation program from Sudan. Of the
estimated 25,000 Ethiopian refugees remaining in Sudan 15,000
in camps and the rest in urban areas 8,431 have registered to
repatriate this year. We expect to repatriate another 2,000
Ethiopians before the rains come in the next few weeks. Sudan
hosted more than half of the nearly one million Ethiopian refugees
in the past decade.
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OLS Southern Sector Update 97/24

A weekly report on major developments concerning relief operations in southern Sudan
SEEDS AND TOOLS DELIVERIES RESUME...

The distribution of seeds and tools in Yei County, Eastern Equatoria, resumed on 17 June, following its disruption due to unavailability of road transport. Delivery of seeds and tools supplied by UNICEF, OXFAM, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and ACROSS, and non-food items coordinated by non-OLS NGO Christian Ecumenical Action for Sudan (CEAS) are scheduled. The seeds and tools and non-food relief

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Sudan Monthly Report Jun 1997

Contents
1. Chronology

2. Rumbek: Thousands face mass starvation

3. Senior Secondary School opens in Mapourdit

1. Chronology

May 15: Uganda will not exchange prisoners of war with Sudan until Khartoum hands over 35 schoolgirls abducted by Christian fundamentalist rebels in September last year, Rebecca Kadaga, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said today. Uganda is holding scores of Sudanese POWs caught last month fighting alongside its rebels, while Khartoum nabbed four Ugandans fighting alongside the SPLA.

15: The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-United

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A Bishop's Vision of Peace in his Country

Report
Africanews
by Nyakwar Aketch

For 10 years, he was the Bishop of Yei Diocese but he could not visit the headquarters of his See due to the civil strife in Southern Sudan. With the fall of the town of Yei to the hands
of the Sudanese Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA), Monsignor Lodu T. Erkolano was able to return from exile, triumphantly.
The Bishop was in Nairobi last month and was interviewed by our correspondent.

Question: Can you please give a brief account of your academic and professional background?

Answer: I was born at Belenyang,
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WFP Emergency Report No. 24 of 1997: Sudan

Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
This report includes: A) Sierra Leone B) Afghanistan C) Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania D) Uganda E) Somalia F) Sudan.

From P. Ares, Chief, Programming Service. Available on the Internet at WFP Home Page http://www.wfp.org/ or by e-mail from HicksDeb@wfp.org (fax 39 6 5228 2837). For information regarding resources, donors are requested to contact Mr. F. Strippoli

(Strippoli@wfp.org) or Ms. A. Blum (Blum@wfp.org),

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OLS Southern Sector Update 97/23 12 June 1997

A weekly report on major developments concerning relief operations in southern Sudan
FLIGHT CLEARANCES RECEIVED FOR JUNE...

The Government of Sudan has approved the June 1997 clearance lists for Lokichokio-based flights into southern Sudan. The following exceptions were received on 11 June in a letter from the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Khartoum:

Yei, Rumbek, Tonj and Warrap were not approved.

Approval is granted for use of the C-130 Hercules aircraft with the condition that it serves the following Government-held

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Sudan Eritrea relations worsen

Report
Voice of America
DATE=6/12/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-215614
TITLE=SUDAN / ERITREA (L)
BYLINE=SCOTT STEARNS
DATELINE=NAIROBI
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: RELATIONS BETWEEN SUDAN AND ERITREA ARE GETTING WORSE,
WITH EACH COUNTRY ACCUSING THE OTHER OF MILITARY AGGRESSION. AS
SCOTT STEARNS REPORTS FROM OUR EAST AFRICA BUREAU, SUDANESE
REBELS HOLD A NUMBER OF TOWNS ALONG THE BORDER.

TEXT: SUDAN SAYS IT IS INTERROGATING MEMBERS OF THE SUDANESE
COMMUNIST PARTY, WHO ITS SAYS WERE PREPARING TO CARRY OUT