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31 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

After an assessment of nine schools at the camps for the displaced in South Darfur’s Nyala and Bielel localities, the state Ministry of Education and Unicef concluded that 506 classrooms need rehabilitation.

The schools are also short of teacher kits, student kits, and textbooks, according to the assessment conducted between June and the first week of August 2015.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reported in its bulletin this week that there 87 schools and 873 classrooms in the nine camps, which provide education to 97,163 children.

31 Aug 2015 description
report Caritas

By Caritas Internationalis

“Sudanese? No, Libyan,” said Amjaad.

There are many nationalities among the 2000 plus people living in the ‘Jungle 2’ camp near the northern French port of Calais. Sudanese, Afghans, Syrians and Eritreans: all united by histories of conflict and poverty that propelled them from home to here.

31 Aug 2015 description

GENEVE, 28 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 000 réfugiés et migrants ont déjà emprunté des voies maritimes périlleuses en Méditerranée en 2015, avec près de 200 000 d'entre eux ayant rejoint la Grèce et quelque 110 000 autres l'Italie.

Le HCR a publié ce vendredi les toutes dernières statistiques à Genève, en faisant état d'une forte augmentation par rapport à 2014, où près de 219 000 personnes avaient traversé la Méditerranée pour l'ensemble de l'année.

30 Aug 2015 description

JUBA, South Sudan – 30 August (UNHCR) – Japan's Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko, wrapped up a one-day visit to Upper Nile's Maban County on Thursday to show solidarity with the refugees and appreciate the impact of Japan's aid contribution on refugees' living conditions. He was accompanied by UNHCR Country Representative, Ahmed Warsame, and a delegation of local authorities and partner organizations.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Uphold Free Speech, Assembly

(Kampala) – Sudanese security agents have arrested, detained, and interrogated at least 17 members of opposition parties since early August 2015. Most of those arrested are affiliated with the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), which has an active student and youth wing and conducts public rallies and events.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudan's opposition parties have welcomed the outcomes of the newest African Union Peace and Security Council's meeting on Tuesday. The council repeated the importance of a holistic approach to solve the multiple crises in Sudan and realise a democratic transformation.

28 Aug 2015 description

28 August 2015

Since 2003, when millions of civilians fled their homes to seek protection from violence in Sudan, Chad has become home to more than 400,000 Sudanese refugees. WFP is still providing them with food assistance despite their plight, but they risk to fall in oblivion amidst stretched resources as Chad struggles to host more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict, including thousands of people recently displaced by violence spilling across the border from Nigeria.

28 Aug 2015 description

PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.

Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has welcomed the signing of the South Sudan peace agreement this week which comes as refugee and IDP figures have passed the 2.6 million mark, a marked increase on the number reported at the time of the fourth anniversary of the country's independence.

Daily arrival rates in Ethiopia remain high, with almost 200 new arrivals registered per day, while in other receiving countries, most notably Sudan, the rainy season has reduced the number of new arrivals in August compared to June and July.

28 Aug 2015 description

Increased rainfall across Hispaniola due to tropical storm activity

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Widespread, heavy rainfall over the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of West Africa. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, elevating flooding risks over many already saturated areas.

  2. Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan, heightening risks for localized flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.

27 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

27 août 2015 – Des affrontements meurtriers entre milices rivales au cours des derniers jours ont forcé plusieurs milliers de personnes à fuir leur domicile dans la ville de Bambari, en République centrafricaine, a déploré jeudi le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR).

Malgré un début de retour au calme dans la journée de jeudi, le personnel du HCR sur le terrain reste très inquiet et craint une nouvelle détérioration de la situation, a déclaré l'agence dans un communiqué de presse rendu public à Bangui, la capitale du pays.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The Sudan Appeal opposition coalition welcomed the decision of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUSCP) in its 359th meeting on 25 August. They consider it a firm base for further negotiations with the Sudanese government.

Yasir Arman, the secretary-general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and foreign relations secretary of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel alliance described the outcome of the 359th AUPSC meeting as “a historic decision, after President Al Bashir tried to turn the table on all internal and external parties”.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The more than 30,000 residents of Ronga Tas camp for the displaced in Central Darfur's Azum locality reject the moving of schools and health centres from the camp to model villages constructed by the Darfur Regional Authority DRA).

On Wednesday the coordinator of the Central Darfur camps told Radio Dabanga that the state government closed two basic schools, a secondary school and a health centre in the camp on Tuesday.

27 Aug 2015 description

BANGUI, 27 Aug – Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic town of Bambari. The situation began to ease on Thursday but UNHCR staff say Bambari remains very tense and they fear the situation could deteriorate again.

27 Aug 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 26, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The rebel umbrella Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and a group of opposition forces that pulled out of the dialogue have agreed to boycott the ongoing process and to launch an alternative dialogue if the government insists on going ahead with it.

The Sudanese president had told the African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki that he is determined to move forward with the dialogue with or without participation of the holdout political parties and rebel groups.

26 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

ISTANBUL, 26 août 2015 (IRIN) - Le terme « famine » est l’un des plus forts du vocabulaire humanitaire, doté du pouvoir de faire apparaître des images insoutenables de souffrance humaine, de désespoir et d’échec mondial. En théorie, ça devrait être l’équivalent humanitaire d’une alarme incendie – à n’utiliser qu’en cas d’extrême urgence.

La semaine dernière, la directrice du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) a brisé la glace en alertant que le Yémen risquait de connaître la famine si la tendance actuelle se confirmait.

26 Aug 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

NYALA

The deteriorating health situation in Otash camp in South Darfur has prompted the displaced Darfuris living there to renew their appeal to the authorities and relief organisations to treat them against diseases. Many children are suffering from diseases and malnutrition in El Salam camp.

A resident of the camp near Nyala revealed to Radio Dabanga that measles has spread among the displaced population. “Dozens of people suffer from the disease inside the camp, where the health unit does not provide treatment for them.”

26 Aug 2015 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 539th meeting held on 25 August 2015, adopted the following decision on the activities of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan:

Council,

25 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

By Joe Dyke

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Famine is among the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, with the power to conjure up unbearable images of human suffering, desperation and global failure. In theory, it should be the humanitarian equivalent of the fire alarm – to be used only in absolute emergencies.

Last week, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) smashed the glass – warning that Yemen was facing a famine if current trends continue.