- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 15 | 6 - 12 April 2015
- OCHA Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund | CHF - Basic facts and figures
- Special report of the Secretary-General on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (S/2015/163)
Appeals & Funding
Khartoum – April 16, 2015: Ten children aged between two and 15 years have been killed in the last two weeks in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the continued loss of innocent lives in Sudan as a result of armed conflict. Children continue to bear the biggest burden of this man-made disaster. Conflict kills – but it also prevents boys and girls from going to school, from accessing quality health and nutrition services and from receiving adequate protection. Children have only one message for all parties to the conflict: “The war should stop!”
At a small UNICEF-supported project on the western fringes of Khartoum, nine-year-old John Lam Kor is sat on a bench discussing his favourite subjects.
“English” he says, when asked what he enjoys studying the most. He then opens up his school rucksack, picks out a textbook and turns to a page dealing with words for various colours.
“Red, brown, green, blue,” he says, making his way through the exercise with a pointed finger. His pronunciation is faultless.
More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
Sudan has both the largest number and the highest rate of out-of-school children in the region. Some 3 million children between the ages 5 to 13 are out of school, including 490,6735-year-oldswho should be in pre-primary (50%), 1,965,068 primary school aged children (37%)and 641,587 lower secondary school aged children (40%).
15% of primary school children are at risk of dropping out before the final grade of primary school.
In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.
KHARTOUM, 9 April, 2015 - A group of four children who were abducted in Abyei have been released, UNICEF can confirm.
The children, aged between 6 and 12, were taken on 2nd March by gunmen after an attack on the village of Marial Achak in the Abyei region.
The children, two girls and two boys, were released after tribal mediation with the support of UNISFA, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei. UNICEF and its partners are assisting with the family reunification of the children, and are providing the children with any necessary counselling and psychological support.
Sudan reported 156 cases of measles during week 14 bringing the total number of measles cases during 2015 to 1697 cases.
Total number of deaths is 22 with (CFR: 1.3%)
The total number of outbreak localities increased to 31 localities in 14 states.
So far, 3015 suspected measles cases (with 1697 confirmed) have been reported from 31 localities in 14 states of Sudan.
Children continue to be the most affected by the multiple crises in Sudan, which remain amongst the worst children’s emergencies in the world. A total of 3.24 million children in Sudan are targeted for humanitarian assistance by the Humanitarian Response Plan.
When: Sunday 29th March 2015
Where: Federal Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Khartoum
Who: Mr. Mustafa Yousif Holi, Under Secretary of Ministry of Finance and National Economy and UNICEF Representative in Sudan, Mr. Geert Cappelaere.
Sudan reported 86 cases of measles during week 12 bringing the total number of measles cases during 2015 to 924 cases.
Total number of deaths is 15 with (CFR: 1.6%)
The total number of outbreak localities increased to 27 localities in 13 states.
So far, 2023 suspected measles cases (with 924 confirmed) have been reported from 27 localities in 13 states of Sudan.
An estimated 18,300 refugees and 8,500 Chadian returnees have fled to Chad following these attacks and heavy clashes in the Nigerian town of Baga between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army.
Fear and attacks on Chadian soil have also left an estimated 14,500 estimated Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Liwa, Bagassola and Bol sub-prefectures in Lake Region (OCHA Sitrep 21 February 2015).
Sudan reported 53 cases of measles during week 11 bringing the total number of measles cases during 2015 to 803 cases.
Total number of deaths is 11 with (CFR: 1.3%)
Two new localities have reported confirmed measles cases in week 11, namely; Olaib locality of Red Sea State and Sinja locality of Sennar State, bringing the total number of outbreak localities to 25 localities in 12 states.
So far, 1781 suspected measles cases (with 803 confirmed) have been reported from 25 localities in 12 states of Sudan.
Priories for 2015
· The multiple crises in Sudan show no sign of abating, with children continuing to bear the brunt of one of the worst children’s emergencies in the world today. 3.24 million children in Sudan are targeted for humanitarian assistance by the Strategic Response Plan.
KHARTOUM, Sudan – 9th March 2015 - The Government of Japan today responded to the urgent humanitarian call to address the growing children’s emergency in Sudan with a US$6.5 million grant to UNICEF. The grant is a part of the overall support to address the basic needs of children in nutrition, health, water, and sanitation and hygiene promotion.
At the start of 2015, the multiple crises in Sudan remain amongst the worst affecting children in the world today. 3.24 million children are targeted for humanitarian assistance programmes under the Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
UNICEF distributed 16,250 blankets in response to one of the coldest periods in Darfur in the past decade which coincided with increased displacements of people following intensified conflicts in Um Baru, North Darfur and Eastern Jabel Marra.
• An estimated 3,000 children associated with the Cobra Faction are being released in Greater Pibor following a peace agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the leader of the Faction. The first group of 249 children was released this week and phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month. UNICEF and partners are supporting the children with immediate interim care – shelter, clothing, basic health care, education and psychosocial support as well family tracing and reunification.