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‘Human trafficking on the increase in eastern Sudan’: MP

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (21 Oct.) - Human trafficking in eastern Sudan has increased lately, as well-organised networks are now operating in the region.

In a press statement on Monday, Mohamed El Taher Ousham, Member of Parliament for Hameshkoreib constituency in Kassala state near the Eritrean border, welcomed the regional conference on human trafficking convened in Khartoum last week. “Finally a stone was thrown into the still pond.”

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‘Darfur health services far from sufficient’: Minister

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Radio Dabanga

EL FASHER (21 Oct.) - The people of all five Darfur states suffer from a lack of health services.

The Minister of Health of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Dr Firdaus Abdelrahman Yousef, told reporters on Monday that the health services in Sudan’s war-torn western region, “especially in the remote areas” are far from sufficient.

“The dire economic situation and the lack of secure transport means in Darfur have led to an increase of mortality rates, in particular among children and mothers,” she stated.

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'Abu Tira' ravage part of Zamzam camp in North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

ZAMZAM CAMP (21 Oct.) - This morning, a group of paramilitary Central Reserve Police forces ravaged a part of Zamzam camp for the displaced, south of El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. It was a revenge attack after one of their troops was killed.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a camp sheikh said that problems arose after three Central Reserve forces (popularly known as Abu Tira) stormed the western part of the camp, called Muhajiriya, on Monday evening.

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Displaced women raped, beaten in Central Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI / WADI SALIH (21 Oct.) - On Monday, two young displaced women were gang-raped in the area of Bala, north of Nierteti, in Central Darfur. On the same day, more than 22 women of Garsila camp were assaulted by gunmen in Wadi Salih locality, Central Darfur.

“Two young women of 15 and 17 years-old were working on their farmland on Monday afternoon, when a group of gunmen attacked them, and raped them alternately for three consecutive hours,” a resident of the Northern Nierteti camp for the displaced told Radio Dabanga.

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Council conclusions on Sudan 20 October 2014

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European Union

Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Luxembourg, 20 October 2014

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

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Outbreak of conjunctivitis in Fata Borno, North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

FATA BORNO (21 Oct .) -The people in the area of Fata Borno, Kutum locality in North Darfur, complain about the spread of conjunctivitis.

In September, the eye disease first emerged among children, and spread rapidly. Later also adults complained about the highly contagious inflammation, a listener reported to Radio Dabanga from Fata Borno.

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Tense situation in Deleig, Central Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

DELEIG CAMP (20 Oct .) - The school, markets, and government offices in Deleig town, Wadi Salih locality in Central Darfur, remain closed, after displaced from the Deleig camp killed a militiaman in retaliation for the murder of a displaced mother and her son on Saturday. Militiamen gang raped a young woman of the Deleig camp for the displaced today. 12 other displaced were assaulted.

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Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel - study

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AlertNet

While the population grew rapidly, the production of crops remained essentially unchanged. Researchers warn that global warming and insurgencies will further exacerbate the food scarcity in the region.

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Food agencies expect improved harvests in Sudan

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Radio Dabanga

Food prices in Sudan remained at record-high levels, despite the generally better food security situation in much of East Africa, a United Nations agency said in its monthly food price index. Agriculture organisations forecasted improved harvests in most parts of Sudan in the coming months, except in the Darfur region and rebel-held areas in South Kordofan.

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Displaced lynch murderer in Central Darfur’s Deleig

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Radio Dabanga

DELEIG(19 Oct.) -

Three people were killed, and two others injured in the area of Deleig in Wadi Salih locality, Central Darfur, on Saturday.

“On Saturday morning, elements of a government-backed militia opened fire on a woman who was eight months pregnant, as well as her two sons. They were working on a farm in the area of Bugla, about 2 km south of Deleig town,” a sheikh of the Deleig camp for the displaced informed Radio Dabanga.

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Air raids on Zaghawa tribal area in North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

UM BARU(19 Oct.) -

A man was killed during heavy aerial bombardments by the Sudanese Air Force on the areas of Orschi and Ebeiha, Um Baru locality, a stronghold of the Zahgawa tribe in northwest North Darfur.

Mohamed Ahmed Minawi, Member of Parliament for Um Baru and Karnoi localities, reported to Radio Dabanga that the village of Orschi was hit by seven bombs, the neighbouring village of Ini by four bombs, Hamra village by two, and Dar Darkoi village by seven bombs. The water well of Ebeiha village was destroyed by a bomb.

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Central Darfur displaced reject model villages

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Radio Dabanga

BINDISI CAMP(19 Oct.) - The displaced of Bindisi camp in Central Darfur reject any voluntary repatriation, to be implemented by the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), headed by El Tijani Sese, if security and peace have not been restored in the region.

“DRA employees last week attempted to register the Bindisi camp residents, in preparation for their transport to newly erected model villages in the state,” a camp sheikh reported to Radio Dabanga.

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International staff barred from Blue Nile aid assessment

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (19 Oct.) - The Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in Blue Nile state, in its monthly meeting with UN, national and international NGOs on 12 October, confirmed that an inter-agency multi-sector needs assessment will take place in Blue Nile state in November. HAC noted, however, that international staff members of UN agencies and international NGOs are not permitted to take part in the assessment.

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Sudan to build roads linking Abyei to major cities

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Sudan Tribune

October 17, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government agreed to build a network of paved roads to link the disputed area of Abyei to the rest of the country.

Following a meeting with the minister of roads and bridges Abdel-Wahid Youssef, the head of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) from the Sudanese side, Hassan Ali Nimir, said they requested completion of a road linking Abyei to Al-Muglad, besides building a new 150-200 km road to link villages north of Abyei to major cities in Sudan.

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Sudan calls for support combating human trafficking

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (17 Oct.) - Sudan has acknowledged that human trafficking occurs on a great scale in the refugee camps on the eastern borders. During a regional conference on smuggling in the Horn of Africa this week, Sudanese Ministers demanded logistical support to chase human traffickers, and expressed readiness to cooperate with the international community.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review East and Central Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2014

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Refugee schools in Chad without books, students drop out

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Radio Dabanga

EASTERN CHAD (17 Oct.) -Schools in Sudanese refugee camps in eastern Chard have witnessed a drop-out of students and a complete lack of textbooks since the implementation of a Chadian curriculum this month.

Adam Fadul, who is a teacher in Kounongou camp, told Radio Dabanga about the replacement of the Sudanese curriculum for the basic and secondary school stages in the camps. He stressed that the new, domestic textbooks have not yet arrived in the camps, although the school year in Chad began on 1 October.

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Sudan Children Join the World in Celebrating Global Handwashing Day

UNICEF says: Choose Handwashing, Choose Health

UNICEF, Khartoum, October 15

Thousands of Sudanese children will join their peers, across the world in celebrating Global Hand Washing Day, an event aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of washing hands with soap.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and under the theme “ Choose Handwashing, Choose Health” children from different states will perform drama, songs and traditional dances focusing on the importance of 'handwashing' with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases.

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UN envoy calls for funding backed by government action, peace successes in troubled Sahel

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UN News Service

The region needs more resources and joint action, and faster ways to deal with the structural challenges and successes on peace processes in Darfur, northern Mali and Libya.

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Emergencies and new conflicts leave the forcibly displaced hungry

Rome, 16 October 2014 – While forcibly displaced persons make up only a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, the rise in conflict-induced displacement is putting serious strains on the capacity of the international community to meet the basic food needs of those fleeing conflict. Nothing better illustrates the hardship faced by refugees and internally displaced persons than the on-going conflicts in Syria and South Sudan, and the protracted refugee crisis in Chad.