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Appeals & Funding
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomes the contribution of US$ 7.5 million by the Government of Japan for its activities in Sudan. With the support of the people of Japan, UNHCR will be able to support the Government of Sudan’s efforts in providing protection and assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as responding to the needs of internally displaced persons.
Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 20:40 GMT
The UN-AU mission in Sudan's Darfur (UNAMID) will cut 770 civilian jobs, it said on Saturday, as it faces pressure from Khartoum to withdraw from the war-torn western region.
"The total number of posts cut in real terms is 770," UNAMID said, adding that both Sudanese and international staff will be affected.
The decision was made after a strategic review of the mission, the statement said, and was unconnected to calls from Sudan's government for the mission to leave.
Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health acknowledged that there is a deficit in iodine in the country. It claimed that many children suffer from various disorders and health problems caused by iodine deficiency.
The ministry estimated the country's deficit at 22 percent. Dr Iman Salih Swar El Dahab, the official of the Unit for Combating Micronutrient Deficiency at the ministry, said that a lack of iodine in diets causes abortion, infant mortality, hearing loss, mental retardation, stunting, and lack of goiter.
The leaders of the Ma’aliya and Rizeigat tribes have demanded the Sudanese Presidency of the Republic to form a mechanism that will bring together the two warring tribes and fully implements the decisions of their reconciliation.
There is a need for a body that deals with the outcomes of the tribal reconciliation conference in Merowe, in the country's North state, that started on 17 February.
Two joint projects just signed by the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands (MoLFR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will support two priorities central to the Government of Sudan’s “Second National Five Year Development Plan (2012-2017): animal health and fisheries.
7393rd Meeting (PM)
Representatives of Sudan, South Sudan Address Members
The Security Council this afternoon extended until 15 July 2015 the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for the disputed Abyei area bordering Sudan and South Sudan.
On 22nd February: the Janjaweed militia attacked the village of Hashaba South of Tabit killing Saadia Abass Hamid 31 years (f), and Gibril Bilal Idris 42 yrs old.
On the same day an army personal attacked Hafiz Adam 34yrs old, in his farm near Shangel Tobayie and shot him dead, when he insisted that they must pay for water melon they took from his farm.
23rd February 2015:
Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Tuesday 2/24/2015 - 17:11 GMT
Sudanese police used tear gas and batons to disperse hundreds of anti-government demonstrators gathered in a neighbourhood of Khartoum on Tuesday for the funeral of an activist, witnesses said.
The protesters assembled in Shajara, a southern suburb of the capital, for the burial of an activist who died after being wounded when police broke up a rally in the area two weeks ago.
"This morning at 9:00 am (0600 GMT) 850 people demonstrated on the streets," one witness told AFP on condition of anonymity.
February 23, 2015 (NYALA) - Three people were killed and four others injured in an armed attack by unknown gunmen in Girfa area in East Darfur’s state locality of Adila.
An eyewitness told Sudan Tribune that an armed groups on Camel backs opened fire on a gathering of people during a wedding ceremony on Saturday killing 3 people and seriously wounding 4 others.
South Darfur-Kass Town
A group of Sudanese human rights activists will take action against the rape of more than 200 women and girls by army soldiers in Tabit, North Darfur, in October last year.
In an interview with Dabanga, gender activist Nemat Ahmedey confirmed the outcomes of an independent investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW), published on 11 February.
The Human Rights and Development Organisation (Hudo) has recorded a number of incidents of violence against civilians committed by government forces in the area of Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan, last month.
According to Dr Bushra Gamar, chairman of Hudo, recent attacks on civilians in the South Kordofani Nuba Mountains by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Popular Defence Forces (PDF), and other security troops have not been reported yet.
Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sunday 2/22/2015 - 15:34 GMT
by Tom Little
Campaigning for Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections starts Tuesday with Omar al-Bashir facing little competition for the presidency, a multi-party boycott and the opposition and press facing mounting repression.
Incumbent Bashir is seeking reelection on April 13 in elections which are expected to extend his rule which began in 1989 when he seized power in an Islamist-backed coup.
The displaced, living in Murnei camp in Kereinik locality, West Darfur, are suffering from a drinking water crisis for a year. In El Jeer district, in South Darfur’s capital of Nyala, people complain about an acute lack of water since one month.
“The people have to walk 2 to 4km to collect water from the Azum, Bari, and Marnago valleys, since the paper pipes crashed one year ago,” the Murnei camp coordinator told Dabanga.
On 16 February 2015, UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR) Abdul Kamara, attended the opening ceremony of a two day peacebuilding workshop in Bulbul Abu Jazo village, Al Salaam locality, South Darfur. The initiative sought to bring peace and peaceful coexistence in the locality using the Ageeds (kin warriors) and the Hakamats (traditional female singers) who have promised to support peace efforts in their community.
February 19, 2015 (BOR) – A Danish aid group has paid at least $13,200 in compensation after 15 houses were accidently destroyed by a fire during a mine clearing exercise in Makol Cuei village in Jonglei state’s Bor.
The incident occurred on 13 December 2014 when a mine action team was destroying a number of small arms and ammunitions collected in Bor over a period of time.
Japan - The Japanese Government has committed additional funds to support IOM’s operations in the face of increasingly complex humanitarian crises.
From its “supplementary budget FY2014,” the Japanese Government will avail a total of US$31.5 million to support IOM activities for vulnerable migrants, internally displaced persons, returnees and affected communities.
February 18, 2015 (NYALA) – The Sudanese government has reaffirmed that presidential and parliamentary elections will be hold in April denying any intentions to postpone it.
Sudan’s minister of justice, Mohamed Bushara Dousa, said in press statements in Nyala on Wednesday the postponement of elections is “impossible” even if a consensus among political parties has been achieved to that effect.
El Fasher, 19 February 2015 – United Nations and African Union officials met in Khartoum on 15-18 February to continue discussions with the Sudanese Government on UNAMID's eventual exit from Darfur.
After three sessions of work, the tripartite team reached agreement on the terms of reference. It is expected that the joint working group established in the terms of reference will begin its task in early March with the view to preparing the exit strategy of UNAMID from Darfur in stable and secure conditions.