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01 May 2016 description

29-04-2016, Nairobi: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning held the 4th Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) General Assembly in Nairobi. The official opening ceremony was presided over by Hon. Mwangi Kiunjiru, Cabinet Secretary-Ministry of Devolution and Planning of Kenya, in the presence of Hon. Egziabher Yohannes, State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries of Ethiopia, and HE Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD.

30 Apr 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Saturday 4/30/2016 - 10:07 GMT

New fighting has broken out between Sudanese troops and rebels in the state of South Kordofan, leaving six insurgents dead and several wounded, a rebel group said.

President Omar al-Bashir's forces have been battling the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile since 2011, but in recent months the two southern states have seen long periods of calm compared with previous years.

30 Apr 2016 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 28 April 2016

The European Commission has today announced the approval of 10 new actions worth €117 million to improve stability and address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa region.

The European Commission has today announced the approval of 10 new actions for an amount of €117 million in the Horn of Africa region under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

29 Apr 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 28, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) has declared a six-month unilateral cessation of hostilities, and urged African Union mediators to organize a meeting with the government to make it effective.

In October 2015, armed groups from Darfur region, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states announced an unilateral six-month truce. However, since the end of last year, the fighting has been raging in the Two Areas with no end in sight.

29 Apr 2016 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Eric Reeves

There are more than 20 million refugees worldwide—and half of them are children. Moreover, according to the UN High Commission for refugees, 86 percent of these refuges are in “countries considered economically less developed.” But international attention has focused disproportionately on the plight of those from the historical Levant, who continue to turn up in various wealthy European countries that have the power to shape international news and perceptions.

29 Apr 2016 description

Nyala, 28 April (SUNA) - The Governor of South Darfur state, Adam Faki, has announced the launching of the second phase of the Nyala drinking water project, starting out of the Griaidha underground water basic.

Work in the pipeline for distribution of water has made huge stride and that huge diggers are due to reach the region within the coming two days the governor of the state said.

29 Apr 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga
The UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, today concluded his second visit to Sudan as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the country.


From his observations during his visit from 14 to 28 April 2016, he notes progress since his first visit in May 2015, but also expresses concerns regarding press freedom, the security situation, and a number of human rights issues in Sudan.

Aristide Nononsi's complete statement:

29 Apr 2016 description

Khartoum - 26 April 2016 : With an important new allocation, the goal to end malaria in Sudan is in reach. Over the next two years, Sudan will receive an additional 30 million USD from the Global Fund to support malaria interventions. The Grant Approval Committee of the Global Fund met in Geneva this week to review the proposal submitted by UNDP to extend the grant end date to December 2017 and provided positive recommendation. With this additional support the total malaria grant will stands to 116 million USD for 2015-2017.

29 Apr 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | Friday 4/29/2016 - 02:59 GMT

By Tom Little

Through 20 years' selling tea by searing-hot Khartoum roadsides, Awadeya Mahmoud dreamed of improving conditions for her co-workers, mostly from conflict-hit areas like herself, but never imagined it would lead to the White House.

But for struggling to improve conditions for impoverished women selling tea and food from stalls across the Sudanese capital, Mahmoud received a "Woman of Courage Award" from US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington last month.

28 Apr 2016 description

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning inaugurated the Sixth Steering Committee Meeting of their Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) in Nairobi. This will be followed by the meeting of the IDDRSI Ministerial General Assembly which will be held on 29th April 2016.

27 Apr 2016 description

GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS

• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

26 Apr 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Tuesday 4/26/2016 - 18:13 GMT

Sudan said on Tuesday the result of a referendum in Darfur shows that the conflict in the war-torn region that has killed tens of thousands of people is finally over.

On Saturday, officials announced that almost 98 percent of Darfur voters had opted to keep the region as five states in a referendum that was boycotted by the opposition and criticised internationally.

The vote on whether to unite Darfur into a single autonomous region was held over three days between April 11 and 13.

26 Apr 2016 description
report Oxfam

26 APRIL, 2016 - JUBA // In response to the return of South Sudan’s opposition leader, Riek Machar, to Juba, Oxfam’s Country Director in South Sudan, Zlatko Gegic said:

26 Apr 2016 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) welcomes the return of opposition leaders to South Sudan, but calls for urgent attention to the humanitarian crisis.

“While the arrival of Riek Machar and other opposition leaders is a positive step in the path to peace, the humanitarian crisis is far from over,” warned NRC’s Country Director in South Sudan, Victor Moses. “Though the peace process resolves some national level political disputes, it does not resolve escalating humanitarian and protection needs on the ground.”

26 Apr 2016 description
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Khartoum, 26 April 2016. The Governments of Denmark and Ireland have donated $2.8 million and $3.2 million respectively, to the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) that will fund critical life-saving projects prioritised by humanitarian organisations in Sudan.

26 Apr 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average cereal production gathered in 2015 due to poor distribution of rains

  • Prices of millet and sorghum remained mostly stable in recent months

  • Continued assistance required to improve access to food and protect livelihoods of food-insecure and vulnerable people, including refugees and returnees

26 Apr 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops is still underway

  • March-May “belg” rains were erratic in March, delaying planting activities

  • “Belg” rains improved in April, but pockets of moisture deficits remain in southern SNNPR and Oromia regions as well as eastern Amhara Region

  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest

  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million

25 Apr 2016 description

KEY FACTS

  • Since late January 2016, there has been a surge in the number of South Sudanese fleeing into Sudan. Approximately 54,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in East and South Darfur and West Kordofan in just over two months. East Darfur has received about 43,000 of these new arrivals.

  • New arrivals are mostly coming from South Sudan’s Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap states due to worsening food insecurity and ongoing conflict in the area, and arrive in Sudan in urgent need of food, humanitarian assistance and protection.