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25 Feb 2017 description

Facts & Figures In 2017:

5.6 million people in need of food assistance

3.9 million people in need of water trucking

3 million acutely malnourished children & women including 300 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition

1.9 million households need support to keep livestock alive

Almost 10% of the population chronically vulnerable to food insecurity

(source: UNOCHA)

24 Feb 2017 description

GENEVA/KHARTOUM (22 February 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has called on the Government in Khartoum to protect the rights of civilians in war-torn Darfur.

The region has been engulfed in a civil conflict since 2003 with hundreds of thousands of displaced people still living in camps.

Mr Nononsi was speaking at the end of a 12-day mission during which he held talks with people living in the village of Adi Kong in western Darfur state.

24 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

More than 600 people have been left homeless, destitute, and without food after a fire that broke out at camp El Neem north of Ed Daein in East Darfur destroyed 100 homes on Wednesday.

One of the camp sheikhs explained that the intense wind helped the fire to spread. Provisions and agricultural crops were also destroyed, however no injuries or loss of life were reported.

The sheikh appealed to the authorities and organisations to speed up the provision of aid to those affected.

24 Feb 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, Thursday, has directed his government to provide the necessary support and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and relief supplies to the needy civilian in the neighbouring South Sudan.

South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since December 2013, is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis and the world’s third largest behind Syria and Afghanistan.

23 Feb 2017 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed two generous contributions totalling €8 million from European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), enabling WFP to provide food assistance to refugees, nutritional support to mothers and children and continue operation of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Sudan.

23 Feb 2017 description

On 19 February 2017, UNAMID handed over building and education materials to Mujamma Khalawi Li Takhfidzil Quran wal Dirosah School in El Geneina, West Darfur.

Items given included 80 roofing sheets for the school as well as stationery and books for 350 students. Some 300 students also received clothes.

The handover facilitated by UNAMID’s Indonesian peacekeepers falls within the Mission’s mandate to promote peace through education.

22 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

Militiamen threaten camp residents of Sortony in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, causing insecurity for people venturing out of the camp for displaced people. A shortage of teachers and classrooms poses a disadvantage for the displaced children.

A coordinator for the camps in Kabkabiya locality told Radio Dabanga that the displaced in Sortony currently live in “a state of siege by militants”. “They prevent them by force of arms from going out to collect firewood.

22 Feb 2017 description

On 10 February 2017, UNAMID concluded a five-day first-aid training programme, attended by 36 participants in El Geneina, West Darfur. The programme was run by the Mission's Bangladeshi Medical Section and counted health workers, teachers from Krinding and Ardamata camps for the internally displaced as well as representatives of the Faculty of Health Science, El Geneina University, as participants. It aimed at enhancing participants' knowledge on first aid for common health conditions and medical emergencies.

21 Feb 2017 description

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Jordan hosts the second highest number (87) of refugees per 1,000 inhabitants in the world

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Jordan is the sixth highest refugee-hosting country in the world

93
Percentage of Syrians living outside of camps under the Jordanian poverty line

1 in 5
Refugees registered with UNHCR in Jordan receive cash assistance to help meet essential needs like shelter and food

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21 Feb 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 21 February 2017 – Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.

Exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon, below-average rainfall is worsening food security and water availability, straining the resilience of communities across the region.

20 Feb 2017 description

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa.

The shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources to meet food needs.

20 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

The medical director of the Dongola Specialist Hospital in northern Sudan reports that the hospital admitted 20 cases of watery diarrhoea last week.

On Thursday, Dr Moataz El Amin said in a press statement that the hospital received 20 people suffering from acute watery diarrhoea from the El Gaab valley, west of Dongola, where private miners are seeking for gold.

He said that the Dongola health authorities moved to El Gaab to curb the spread of the disease among the miners by water chlorination and distributing “protective pills”.

20 Feb 2017 description
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Khartoum, 20 February 2017. The United Nations, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) – a multi-donor fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan – has allocated $21 million to help thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017.

18 Feb 2017 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

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16 Feb 2017 description

Darfur Community Based Reintegration and Stabilization Programme and the Strengthening of Land Management for Peaceful Co-Existence in Darfur are underpinned by political, security, social, economic and environmental imperatives that are consistent with the goal and objectives of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) and the Darfur Development Strategy which are strongly linked to UNDP strategic Plan.

16 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

The camps for the displaced in Kass locality in South Darfur and Tawila in North Darfur are experiencing a severe shortage of health and water services, which is leading to a deterioration in the environment.

Abdelrahman Abdullah Mohammed, the head Sheikh of the camps in Kass told Radio Dabanga on Tuesday that there are only two health centres in the 37 camps for 187,000 displaced people amid an acute shortage in medicines and medical personnel.

15 Feb 2017 description

Nearly 100 medical facilities belonging to, or supported by, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been bombed since 2015. The vast majority were in Syria, the others in Yemen, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Sudan.

15 Feb 2017 description

Luk Riek Nyak

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has facilitated a unique two-day-long peace forum in Pariang, north of Bentiu. The dialogue was the first time that the peacekeeping mission brought together representatives of both the local community and Sudanese nomads, who seasonally move in to the area in search of pasture for their animals.

The dialogue was attended by a total of 57 people, including legislators, traditional chiefs, religious leaders, women, youths and representatives from the nomadic Falata and Misseriya communities.