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Sudan agrees to allow UN human rights monitor

KHARTOUM, April 1 (AFP) - The Sudanese government has agreed to have a UN human rights monitor in Sudan for a one-year period, a foreign ministry official said in remarks published Saturday.

Sudan and the United Nations signed an agreement Wednesday to appoint a monitor for a provisional period of one year to advise Khartoum on protecting human rights, the ministry's human rights director Siraj Eddin Hamid was quoted by Al-Sahafi Al-Dawli newspaper as saying.

The monitor will be stationed at the UN Development Programme offices in Khartoum and file a report to both

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Ugandan refugees, children to be repatriated to Uganda

KHARTOUM, April 1 (AFP) - Dozens of Ugandan refugees and abducted children will be flown back home on Sunday in coordination with the United Nations, a Sudanese humanitarian aid official said.
Humanitarian aid commissioner Sulaf Eddin Salih was quoted by Al-Sahafi Al-Dawli newspaper Saturday as saying Uganda had informed Sudan it was ready to receive home 42 refugees who have shown willingness to return.

The refugees will be accompanied by eight children who were in the custody of the Ugandan opposition Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Sudan, Salih said.

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Angola + 15 others
Food supply situation and crop prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa No. 1/00


INTRODUCTION
This is the first of three annual issues of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in relief operations.

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Chad + 12 others
FEWS Bulletin AFR/00-03: Eastern Africa and the Horn

The Current Crisis Worsens in Ethiopia
At the time of this report, the onset of the critical belg (secondary) rains was already 3 to 5 weeks late in highly and extremely food-insecure agricultural areas in Tigray, Amhara, Oromiya and SNNPR Regions. The second half of March is the last viable planting period for farmers to plant short-cycle belg crops. Large tracts of parched pas-toral areas in the SNNPR, Oromiya and Somali Re-gions continued, literally, to burn under extended dryness. If the belg rains do finally come in late March or early April, they could help to alleviate the
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Sudan: IRIN News Briefs 31 March

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Rebels slam government disruption of Nuba vaccination campaign
The Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) on Tuesday accused the government of violating its own ceasefire by launching a four-pronged military offensive on Heiban, Buram, Western Jabal and Dalami in the Southern Kordofan area of the Nuba Mountains. SPLM spokesman Samson Kwaje said 8,000 people had been displaced in Buram alone, and needed urgent humanitarian assistance having had their crops and granaries looted or burned. He also condemned the government's refusal of flight
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Secretary-General appoints Catherine Bertini, WFP Executive Director as Special Envoy on drought in Horn of Africa

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The following statement was issued today by the Office of the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has appointed Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), as his Special Envoy on the Drought in the Horn of Africa.

According to estimates of the WFP, more than 15 million people in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania are facing a humanitarian crisis of serious proportions. Persistent drought and poor

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Burundi + 8 others
Bulletin hebdomadaire d'information 13 pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est

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NATIONS UNIES
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Réseau intégré d'information régional
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CORNE DE L'AFRIQUE: Plus de 12 millions de gens menacés de famine

Plus de 12 millions de personnes pourraient avoir besoin d'une aide alimentaire d'urgence, à cause de la sécheresse dans la Corne de l'Afrique, a prévenu le PAM jeudi. Dans un communiqué de presse, l'organisation indique que d'autres facteurs affectent également

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Eritrea + 12 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 13 of 2000

This report includes: A) Horn of Africa drought - regional update B) Somalia C) Southern Africa floods: Madagascar and Mozambique D) East Africa: Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania.
From Francesco Strippoli, Senior Humanitarian Advisor. Available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page at http://www.wfp.org/ or by e-mail from Deborah.Hicks@wfp.org . For information on resources, donors are requested to contact Aleesa.Blum@wfp.org or Marius.deGaayFortman@wfp.org at WFP Rome, telephone 39 06 6513 2004 or 06 6513 2250. Media queries should
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Eritrea + 4 others
Drought in the Greater Horn of Africa - Millions face famine

The Horn of Africa is on the brink of a major humanitarian crisis with some 12.4 million people in five countries facing severe food shortages and possibly famine because of drought.
The drought is an endemic natural disaster that has hit Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. Pastoralists in southern and eastern Ethiopia, Somalia and northern Kenya are the worst affected populations.

In total, some 367,000 people are threatened by drought in Eritrea, 7.7 million in Ethiopia, 2.7 million in Kenya, 1.2 million in Somalia and 75,000 in the Sudan.

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Press briefing on children in armed conflict

The Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, told a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon that education was the most important means of preventing the exploitation of children in armed conflict. The early re-establishment of education programmes must be part of any effort to protect and rehabilitate children once a conflict was over, she said.
Also speaking at the briefing were the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu; and David Hirsch, President of World Vision. The
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Armed groups asked to commit to landmine ban

Representatives of armed opposition groups, government observers and landmine ban campaigners met last week in Geneva with experts in the field of international humanitarian law to begin a dialogue process seeking to engage non-state armed organizations in a landmine ban.
The conference "Engaging Non-State Actors in a Landmine Ban," held on 24-25 March 2000 and convened by the Non-State Actors Working Group, brought together in one room members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) from North Africa, Kurdish
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Sudan Monthly Overview - March 2000


WFP - SUDAN, EMOP 6215.00
1.1 March 2000 Highlights

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Eritrea seeks Sudanese reconciliation

KHARTOUM, March 30 (AFP) - The Eritrean government has offered its good offices to achieve reconciliation between the Sudanese governement and opposition in the interests of Sudan, its neighbours and the region, an official statement said Thursday.

The statement, issued by Sudan's ruling National Congress party, said an Eritrean government delegation had given the message to party secretary general Hassan al-Turabi late Wednesday before leaving for Asmara.

Turabi told the delegation, led by Eritrean Foreign Minister Haile Weldensae, that the initiative would be welcome

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Djibouti + 6 others
Press Briefing by Emergency Relief Coordinator, A.I.: Horn of Africa, Angola

Faced with a drought equivalent to the one that ravaged the Horn of Africa 15 years ago, the Secretary-General had appointed Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), as his Special Envoy on the drought in the region, Carolyn McAskie, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator a.i., said at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon.
She said Ms. Bertini would travel to the region following meetings with the Secretary-General next week in Rome. She would expect to leave on 10 April for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and
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USCR Sudan - News Update 30 Mar 2000

BOMBING OF CIVILIAN TARGETS ACCELERATES IN SOUTHERN SUDAN
The bombing of hospitals, schools, relief centers and other civilian targets in southern Sudan by the Khartoum government has dramatically expanded in the last eight weeks.

Recent bombings include:

  • Comboni Primary School (Kauda, February 7th, fourteen children killed, eighteen injured)
  • Samaritan's Purse's hospital (Lui, March 1st, two killed)
  • Concern Worldwide's relief center (Yirol, March 6th)
  • Samaritan's Purse's hospital (Lui, March 7th)
  • Voice of the Martyrs' hospital (March
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Sudanese peace talks to resume in Nairobi on Monday

KHARTOUM, March 29 (Reuters) - Sudan's government and southern rebels plan to resume talks on Monday aimed at ending the 17-year-old civil war in Africa's biggest country.

The official Sudan News Agency reported on Wednesday that a government delegation led by presidential adviser Nafie Ali Nafie would meet representatives of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in Nairobi on Monday.

The meeting is the latest in several rounds of largely fruitless peace talks that have taken place under the auspices of a regional African grouping known as IGAD (Intergovernmental

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Sudanese government delegation to head for new talks with SPLA

KHARTOUM, March 29 (AFP) - A Sudanese government delegation will leave for Nairobi Sunday for a new round of peace talks with the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) scheduled for April 3-7, SUNA news agency reported Wednesday.

Led by presidential adviser for peace affairs Nafie Ali Nafie, the team is the same that took part in the last round of talks near the Kenyan capital in February.

The peace negotiations are sponsored by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), whose secretary Daniel Mboya, from Kenya, Wednesday ended a visit to Sudan for

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Angola + 9 others
Ambassador Holbrooke Remarks on "In-Country Refugees"

(Internally displaced persons should be protected as refugees) (3650)
New York -- Internally displaced persons should receive more help from U.N. agencies, U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said March 28 in a speech at the Cardozo Law School.

There is no "real difference" between a refugee and an internally displaced person fleeing oppression and terror, Holbrooke said. "Both have been uprooted from their homes. Both seek shelter and safety elsewhere," yet the UNHCR (U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees) cannot provide the same level of help as those

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Statement on Sudan

Bernard Cardinal Law
Archbishop of Boston
Chairman, International Policy Committee
U.S. Catholic Conference
For more than 16 years the peoples of Sudan have been subjected to the devastating effects of civil war, which, according to the Catholic bishops of eastern Africa, have " assumed savage, fratricidal and genocidal dimensions." Some two million have died and twice that number have been displaced, with Christians and practitioners of traditional African religions in southern and eastern Sudan the principal victims. The litany of horrors includes: