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Church claims Sudanese planes still bombing southern Sudan

NAIROBI, Nov 1 (AFP) - The Roman Catholic Church claimed Wednesday that Sudanese warplanes have pursued the bombing of civilian targets in Eastern Equatoria province, with devastating effects on traumatised local people.

A statement issued here by the Nairobi-based Sudan Catholic Information Office (SCIO) quoted witnesses as saying that the worst affected people are children who now flee at the sight of or on detecting the slightest sound of an aircraft.

"A lot of people in the area now believe that the last days mentioned in the Bible have come," said

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Burundi + 8 others
No country immune to criticism in Area of Human Rights, say speakers in Third Committee


GA/SHC/3613
No country’s human rights record was perfect, and States should offer help rather than blame when it came to ensuring human rights for the world's vulnerable, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) was told this afternoon as it continued discussing human rights issues.

The representative of Canada said that the Millennium Summit had reinforced the role of the United Nations in protecting vulnerable people by reinforcing humanitarian law and building a culture of respect for human rights in all States.

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South Sudan's child soldiers want life outside military

by John Nyaga

RUMBEK, Sudan, Oct 31 (AFP) - Fours year ago, Mary Agar Madol was forced to seek refugee in the barracks of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) when militiamen loyal to the Sudanese government killed her father and abducted her mother.

Mary, 10, is one of six girls and about 400 boys, former child soldiers with the SPLA, who have joined the Deng Nhial Primary School run by the civilian administration and supported by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in this rebel-held town.

"I want to be a pilot," Mary

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Security Council, unanimously adopting Resolution 1325 (2000), calls for broad participation of women in peace-building, post-conflict reconstruction

SC/6942
The Security Council this afternoon called on all actors involved in negotiating and implementing peace agreements to adopt a gender perspective that included the special needs of women and girls during repatriation and resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction.

Such a gender perspective would also include measures that supported local women's peace initiatives and indigenous processes for conflict resolution, and that involved women in all the implementation mechanisms of the peace agreements, as well as measures to ensure the human

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Southern Sudan Health Update Oct 2000


1.0 DISEASE SURVEILLANCE AND EWARN
1.1 Basic Epidemiology training focuses of Ebola

WHO basic epidemiology training this month focused on " Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHF)- and specifically Ebola" This was chosen as a timely topic to make sure that WHO provides technical guidance in the face of an Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Uganda.

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JRS Dispatches No. 81

SUDAN: NIMULE BOMBED
Nimule in southern Sudan was bombed by the Government of Sudan (GoS) on 22 October. JRS operates an education program in Nimule. According to a JRS worker in Nimule, the plane entered Nimule air space at around 11.30am and dropped 12 bombs on the densely populated area of town, destroying a number of tukuls (houses). At 2pm, while people were assessing the damage, the plane appeared again and dropped another 12 bombs. Four landed in the St Bakhita nursery school compound (run by the Diocese of Torit ­ DOT) next to the JRS compound, destroying
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Djibouti + 5 others
IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 30 October

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HORN OF AFRICA: Eritrea says "little progress" in Algiers
The Eritrean foreign ministry said on Saturday that little progress had been made in the latest Ethiopian-Eritrean peace talks in Algeria, and expressed doubt over Ethiopia's readiness for peace given its continued fortification of positions and movement of artillery towards the frontline between the two countries. Eritrean Foreign Minister Ali Said Abdella told journalists in the capital Asmara that the late arrival and hurried departure of Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin meant
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Unicef Operations in south Sudan Monthly Report Oct 2000


Visit of Carol Bellamy to Rumbek
UNICEF Executive Director launches Community Centre in Cueicok

UNICEF Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, inaugurated the newly built Community Centre in Cueicok Village in Rumbek County on 22 October. She also launched the sub-national national immunization days for Polio in Cheicok Village Community Centre Primary Health Care Unit and over 1,000 children under five years of age were vaccinated.

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2000 Estimated Food Needs and Shortfalls for WFP Operations and Projects: Updated 30 Oct 2000


Overview
The World Food Programme wishes to thank donors for their continued generosity. This year donors have contributed over US $ 1.3 billion, and WFP has used these resources to mobilise over 3.1 million tons of food aid distributed to needy people.

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Djibouti + 5 others
Horn of Africa Review Sep-Oct 2000

REGIONAL ISSUES
UN mission for Internally Displaced Persons: A joint mission of UN humanitarian agencies, including representatives from FAO, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA and NGOs, visited Ethiopia and Eritrea on a quest to coordinate programs to help people displaced by war. The mission gave priority to Ethiopia and Eritrea over five other war torn countries, including, Burundi, Angola, Indonesia, Somalia and Sierra Leone as hostility in these two countries has effectively stopped and a large number of internally displaced people are going home or have said they
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Horn of Africa: IRIN Weekly Round-up 8 covering the period 21 - 27 Oct 2000

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SUDAN: SPLM accuses army of breaking polio ceasefire

The government has ignored its commitment to having 'days of tranquility' in Sudan's civil war during a polio vaccination campaign now under way, and dropped 24 bombs on Nimule town in Eastern Equatoria on Sunday, Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) spokesman

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Djibouti + 6 others
Action Plan to end hunger in the Horn of Africa unveiled

Press Release 00/60
New York, October 27, 2000 -- A strategy to combat chronic hunger in the Horn of Africa was unveiled today in a report presented by Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at a meeting of the UN Administrative Committee on Coordination. The heads of some 26 UN organizations attended the meeting at UN Headquarters in New York. According to the report, "45 percent of the total population in the Horn of Africa, some 70 million people, live in a state of chronic food insecurity," quite apart from
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Sudan: Rehabilitation work continues in Yirol

From ICRC News 41
Two years ago, the population of many parts of southern Sudan was ravaged by famine, and humanitarian organizations were struggling to curb high mortality rates among the hundreds of thousands of displaced people living there. Though the situation has now improved, conditions remain difficult and aid work is continuing, with the ICRC concentrating on increasing water supplies and running disease-prevention programmes.

In Yirol, in Western Equatoria state, and in much of the surrounding area ICRC delegates have sunk or repaired

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Sudan: IRIN News Briefs, 26 October

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State of emergency to be lifted
Sudan has announced the lifting of the state of emergency imposed in July this year following the split between President Omar al-Bashir and the former speaker of parliament Hassan al-Turabi. The Sudanese mission at the UN in New York also called for international election observers to monitor the country's forthcoming presidential elections this December, according to a UN press release. Humanitarian organisations had criticised the state of emergency, saying it would allow the security
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Sudan Rebels Say Bombing Breaks Truce

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Sudan rebels accused the government on Thursday of bombing a camp housing thousands of war-displaced civilians, in violation of a special truce agreed by both sides in their 17-year-old civil war.

George Garang, spokesman for the main rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), said government warplanes bombed the camp near the southern town of Ikotos on Wednesday.

''We believe there were a number of casualties, but we are still assessing the damage,'' Garang told Reuters.

''Thirty bombs were dropped in two sorties.

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Sudan Alert 26 Oct 2000

Nimule in southern Sudan was bombed by the Government of Sudan (GoS) on 22 October. JRS operates an education program for internally displaced people in Nimule. "This morning, a bomber plane of Sudan passed over Adjumani at around 8.15am," said JRS in northern Uganda. "Later, we got a report from Nimule that the plane had dropped two rounds of 12 bombs each around the Diocese of Torit (DOT) church (seven bombs), near the nursery (four bombs), and near the JRS house (the rest of the bombs). No injuries were reported."
The GoS consistently bombs civilian
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Burundi + 9 others
Security Council concludes open debate on women and peace and security

SC/6939
Women must take on high-level roles in field-based civilian peace and security operations at the senior decision-making and management levels, Martin Andjaba (Namibia), Security Council President, speaking in his national capacity, told the Council this morning as it concluded its open debate on "Women and peace and security", which was begun yesterday.

A good beginning had been made in the gender units in the peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and East Timor, he continued. The Secretary-General should establish similar units in other

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WHO bids to prevent Ebola spreading to Sudan from Uganda

KHARTOUM, Oct 25 (AFP) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Sudanese authorities have taken measures to prevent the Ebola fever from spreading from Uganda to Sudan, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Hashim al-Waqei, coordinator of WHO's Technical Unit, was quoted in Al-Ayam daily as saying his organisation's office in Lokichokio in north Kenya was monitoring the disease in the border district of northern Uganda.

He stressed that no cases of the disease had been reported in Sudan.

WHO has sent medical supplies to Uganda

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Teaming up against hunger in the Horn of Africa


When the heads of 26 United Nations organizations gather in New York for a meeting of the United Nations Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) on 27 October, one of the issues they will focus on is hunger in the Horn of Africa.

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Clinton Expresses Deep Concern over Bombings in Sudan

Says Sudanese government bombing innocent civilians

President Clinton October 25 expressed his deep concern about reports that the government of Sudan is bombing innocent civilians in the southern part of the country.

"If the government of Sudan seeks to demonstrate to the international community that it is prepared to act according to international norms and the rule of law," President Clinton said in a written statement, "it must allow full and immediate access for humanitarian organizations seeking to provide relief to Sudan's war-ravaged civilians."