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20 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (Updated 20:00) (20 Nov.) - Sudan will not allow another investigation into the alleged mass rape of about 200 women by Sudanese military personnel in the village of Tabit in North Darfur. The government has officially rejected a call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to allow another investigation by Unamid, after the first mission of the peacekeeping operation failed.

20 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

KIIR ADEM, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Longstanding humanitarian needs in South Sudan's Aweil North County, where some 30,000 people are displaced, are largely unmet.

"Today, we don't receive any help, because the buffer zone makes it very difficult for aid organizations to operate here," Luka Akon Deng Lual, a community leader, told IRIN.

20 Nov 2014 description

Khartoum, Nov. 19 (SUNA)- The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdallah Hamad Al Azraq, has stated that one of the main motives for which the village of Thabit, north Darfur, was picked up by circles hostile to the Sudan as a scene of alleged mass rapes was because the area has witnessed implementation of a number of service and rehabilitation programmes including support for productive families, assistance for agricultural societies and other social cohesion programmes.

20 Nov 2014 description

BAMBARI, Central African Republic, November 19 (UNHCR) – At just 16 years old and already married, Ache from Sudan's Darfur region has had to overcome many obstacles in a bid to fulfill her dream of finishing her studies.

Now, despite completing elementary school last August, armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bambari are threatening the refugees' future once more. "Violence and fighting all around have once more reached our door," she says. "With our lives in danger, how will I keep on studying?"

20 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11658-AFR/3023-PKO/453

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gary Quinlan (Australia):

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 19 novembre 2014 – La lenteur des progrès dans l’assainissement et la pratique courante de la défécation à l’air libre par des millions de personnes du monde entier continuent de poser un danger pour les enfants et leurs communautés, a averti l’UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des toilettes.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Sudan Tribune

November 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said they want a new track for the talks with the Sudanese government in Addis Ababa, stressing they refuse negotiations based on the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

The Sudanese government, JEM and Sudan Liberation Movement – Minni Minnawi will meet on 23 November for talks brokered by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to reach a framework agreement ending war in Darfur.

19 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

Some 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate toilets and among them 1 billion defecate in the open – in fields, bushes, or bodies of water – putting them, and especially children, in danger of deadly faecal-oral diseases like diarrhoea.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

KALMA CAMP(18 Nov.) -

Four women from Kalma camp in Bielel locality, South Darfur, were raped on Saturday, while other members of their group were beaten by militiamen.

Saleh Issa, the Secretary-General of the camp told Radio Dabanga that a group of about 24 displaced women left the camp to collect firewood on Saturday. They were accosted by militiamen who stripped and raped four of them, aged between 30 and 50.

The men also stole their mobile phones and four donkeys, and beat ten other members of the group. The women were then chased back into the camp.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

KASS LOCALITY(18 Nov.) -

Security authorities arrested eight displaced people in the area of Saboun El Fagur, east of Kass locality in South Darfur on Sunday.

According to the women’s coordinator of the Kass camps, the detainees include Mohammed Ishaq Bosh, Siyam Gibril, Ahmed Abu El Lulu, and Siyam Bahruldin and four others whose names have not been verified. “They were whipped and tortured, and accused of belonging to the armed movements”.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

EL FASHER(18 Nov.) -

The Sudanese Air Force has carried out intensive air raids on villages in North Darfur targeting civilians, utilities, water sources, livestock and farms.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from North Darfur capital El Fasher, opposition Member of Parliament responsible for Karnoi and Um Baru localities, Mohamed Ahmed Minawi reported “heavy aerial bombardments on Sunday and Tuesday”.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI(18 Nov.) -

Kidnappers have raised the ransom for the release of seven abductees from Nierteti in Central Darfur.

The seven people were abducted by militiamen as they returned from tending their farms in the area of Kombo Ghabat.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

WAD MADANI(18 Nov.) -

Medical sources at Wad Madani City hospital in El Gezira state, have reported 19 deaths due to haemorrhagic fever over the past two weeks.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the source said that about 11 infected people have been quarantined in the hospital.

The health authorities have been keeping a tight lid on the outbreak and on Monday the State Ministry of Health issued instructions to the departments of rural hospitals to transfer all patients suffering any bleeding to hospitals in Wad Madani, Kamleen and Hassahiya.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

LAGAWA/EN NAHUD(UPDATED 19:30) (17 Nov.) - Residents of Lagawa locality, South Kordofan, have embarked on an open sit-in at 'Freedom Square', demanding the improvement of basic services such as water, roads, electricity, health, and education. Meanwhile in West Kordofan, the final reconciliation conference between two clans of the Misseriya Humur tribe started last weekend.

18 Nov 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

This International Day for Tolerance, find out more about our peacebuilding programmes in West Darfur.

When conflict in Darfur forced people from their homes, they set up camps in big cities and safe villages around the region.

But their arrival placed additional pressure on already-scarce local resources, promoting tensions and even violent incidents between settlers, internally-displaced people (IDPs) and nomadic people – particularly over access to water, health and education services, land and firewood.

18 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is deeply troubled about persistent allegations of mass rape in Tabit, North Darfur, and urged Government officials to grant unfettered access to the town so that investigators can verify these reports.

17 Nov 2014 description
report Sudan Tribune

November 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union mediation has delayed a decisive meeting between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) for 24 hours in order to allow the latter to conduct further consultations.

The meeting between the warring parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states had been set for Sunday evening to endorse a draft framework agreement prepared by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

17 Nov 2014 description
report Sudan Tribune

November 16, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government said it denied an investigation team from the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) access for the second time to the village of Tabit in North Darfur state to investigate recent claims of mass rape of some 200 women by Sudanese military personnel.

Sudan’s foreign ministry in a statement on Sunday said the UNAMID team was denied access to Tabit because it violated the agreement it concluded with the foreign ministry on Friday.

17 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005).