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31 Jul 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Maghreb & Middle East

Yemen crisis

Since the scale up of the conflict in March, nearly 25,000 additional people are going hungry each day in Yemen as the blockade and fighting restrict food, fuel and other vital supplies. One in two people – nearly 13 million people – are now struggling to find enough to eat, and half of them are on the brink of starvation.

31 Jul 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Displaced people living in Central Darfur state have rejected the project for the voluntary return of the displaced population, set up by the Darfur Regional Authority. “None of the displaced people will return to their home villages, because of the lack of security.”

31 Jul 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The displaced people in camp Otash in South Darfur have appealed to the camp's health authorities to increase the number of patients they receive at the health centre, and provide them with health services and medicines.

An activist told Radio Dabanga that the only health centre in the camp is receiving 50 patients a day. The activist asked to increase this number so that all patients can see doctors.

31 Jul 2015 description

JUBA, South Sudan (July 31) - This month UNHCR and South Sudan’s Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) jointly issued and distributed some 3,400 digital identity cards to refugees in Western Equatoria. This includes nationals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic who fled to South Sudan between 2008 and 2010 to escape attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army. But also some Sudanese refugees from South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

31 Jul 2015 description

Sudan - IOM has this year provided life-saving emergency shelter and non-food relief items (ES/NFIs) to 16,525 vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs) across three states in Sudan. It plans to reach 65,000 vulnerable IDPs with ongoing ES/NFI aid distributions funded by multiple donors by year-end.

This year has seen IOM ES/NFIs assistance expand by 40 per cent from last year’s total of 7,755 IDPs assisted in South Kordofan, South Darfur and North Darfur. The aid continues to target the most vulnerable and at risk populations, particularly newly displaced people.

31 Jul 2015 description

Above-average temperatures and rainfall lead to flooding in Central Asia

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Central Asia Weather Hazards

  1. High temperatures during the first half of July have led to mudflows and flooding, damaging infrastructure and displacing populations across eastern Tajikistan.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Kids for Kids

The Calais crisis is a tragedy, but what about the basic cause? Why are so many young men braving horrendous danger to try, by all means possible, to reach London? What are their lives like that they leave their homes and their families with no way to return? “My heart goes out to these young men following their Dick Whittington dream that the roads of London are paved with gold” said Patricia Parker MBE, founder of Kids for Kids, today. “Compared to the conditions they have left behind, they are right.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The more than 163,000 displaced people in Kalma camp, near the South Darfur capital of Nyala, are living in extremely dire conditions during this rainy season, owing to a shortage of food and poor sanitary provisions.

“Many children in the camp show signs of malnutrition as they depended on the food distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP). However, the organisation stopped its food rations two months ago,” Saleh Eisa, general coordinator of Kalma camp reported to Radio Dabanga on Wednesday.

30 Jul 2015 description

The relationship between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) in Darfur has all the makings of a highly dysfunctional marriage, with one side throwing around its weight to show power and make decisions, while the other ends up being excluded from day-to-day affairs.

Given their inability to address the challenges within the relationship, it seems the UN and AU might be on the verge of losing an important opportunity to improve coordination and to craft a meaningful partnership in peace operations.

29 Jul 2015 description

Khartoum, 27 July (SUNA)- The government of Khartoum state has endorsed a plan to fully refurbish primary school buildings in the state within four years, and to rehabilitate and maintain 25% of all education establishments annually.

The governor of Khartoum state, Gen Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has promised to upgrade the education environment in a manner that would be up to par with the lofty message of the education and the role played by the teachers in the community.

29 Jul 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

July 28, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – At least four people were killed following clashes between al-Hawaweer and al-Gamo’iya at an area that lies west of Sudan’s twin capital city of Omdurman in a dispute over land.

The interior ministry sent police units to separate the two sides while Khartoum state decided to form a committee to investigate the bloody events during an emergency meeting of the Commission for the Coordination of Security Affairs headed by governor Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein.

29 Jul 2015 description

UNITED NATIONS DESTROYS 290 TONS OF OBSOLETE AMMUNITION IN MALI

28 Jul 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 18:06 GMT

About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.

"It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts by migrants to smuggle into Britain.

28 Jul 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The increasing number of mosquitoes in camps for displaced people in Central Darfur is causing malaria infections to rise.

The coordinator of the camps for the displaced in the state spoke about the deterioration of health services in an interview with Radio Dabanga. Mosquitoes can easily breed and spread in the camps' environment.

“This spread has led to an increase in malaria among the displaced people. The Ministry of Health has taken over the provision of services after the expulsion of organisations, but is not performing its duty well,” the coordinator said.

27 Jul 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The situation of the displaced living in North Darfur has become extremely dire, according to Omda Ahmed Ateem, coordinator of the North Darfur camps.

“All registered displaced receive an amount of SDG33 ($5) per month from the North Darfur Chamber, in agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP),” he told Radio Dabanga.

Ateem stressed that this amount is “by far not enough to cover the needs of the displaced in terms of food and water”.

27 Jul 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The National Beja Congress may take up arms again if the provisions laid out in the 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement (ESPA) are not implemented soon.

Sheiba Dirar, chairman of the Beja Congress, blames the ruling National Congress Party(NCP) for ignoring the stipulations laid out in the agreement, signed by the Sudanese government and the Eastern Front, an alliance of opposition forces, in October 2006.

“There has not been any progress in the implementation of the three main ESPA files,” he told Radio Dabanga.

26 Jul 2015 description
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Khartoum, 26 July 2015. The Government of Norway has contributed US $6.6 million to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Norway has been a committed and a major donor to the Sudan CHF since its inception in 2006.

24 Jul 2015 description

Singa, July.22 (SUNA) - Minister of Health of Sinnar state, DR. Mohammed Abdulgader Al-Mamoun has announced that his ministry has taken the necessary measure to prevent the spread of cholera , in the state from the State of South Sudan, by establishing quarantine in Daly and Al-Mazmoum locality which neighboring South Sudan.

The Minister stressed that all the newcomers from the State of South Sudan will undergo medical check ups before entering the state to avoid the spread of the disease in the state.

24 Jul 2015 description

Khartoum, 22 July (SUNA) - The Khartoum State Council of Ministers, headed by the governor, Gen. Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, on Wednesday approved the Khartoum state emergency plan for the fiscal August 2015-2016, and he medium term plan for August 2015-2018, as presented by the Minister for Infrastructures, Dr Ahmed Gasim.

The emergency plan tackles the sustainable projects as well as rehabilitation and upgrading of the standing stations, and digging of news water well in less than six months, at the cost of 630 million pounds.

24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.