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02 May 2015 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of South Sudan (UNMISS mandate renewal) and Sudan/Darfur (UNAMID mandate renewal), as well as makes recommendations targeted at the 13 May 2015 Open Debate on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Additionally, this update provides recommendations ahead of the SRSG-CAAC’s report presentation on Afghanistan to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

02 May 2015 description
report Trócaire

by Reiseal Ni Cheilleachair

As ‘World Immunisation Week’ draws to an end, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that global vaccination targets are a long way from being met.

There are many challenges to overcome to achieve the goal of reaching all children with vaccines. Of particular concern are the children living in areas, many of them embroiled in conflict, that almost seem to have been forgotten by the world.

01 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.

30 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • 21 displaced Fulani (aka Peuhl) herders have been released from the captivity of armed groups in Yaloké rural area.

  • UNHCR reunified six IDPs from Yaloké with their family in Chad.

  • In support of IDP returns in Bangui, each IDP household will receive $150 cash, one tarpaulin, three mosquito nets as well as two-month food rations for returnee households and two-month food vouchers for the most vulnerable returnee households and host families upon return to their neighborhood.

30 Apr 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• Thousands of people displaced by inter-tribal fighting in North Darfur’s Mellit locality need humanitarian assistance.

• Some 600 newly displaced people in East Darfur’s Yassin town are sheltering under trees, according to a recent inter-agency mission.

• WFP receives food aid worth $135 million from USAID to assist people in need during the lean (hunger) season.

• As of 22 April, 133,626 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan, according to UNHCR.

FIGURES

28 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 April 2015

Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.

28 Apr 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

680,155 Refugees (all nationalities) registered by UNHCR

627,287 Syrian refugees registered by UNHCR

52,868 Refugees (Iraqi, Somali, Sudanese, Yemeni) registered by UNHCR

83,515 Syrian Refugees in Zaatari Camp

17,192 Syrian Refugees in Azraq Camp

5,348 Syrian Refugees in Emirati-Jordanian Camp

FUNDING

USD 289 million Requested for UNHCR Jordan’s refugee response to the Syria crisis

27 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA announces more than $16.45 million in new FY 2015 funding to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan

  • Violence escalates in and around Malakal town, Upper Nile State, triggering additional humanitarian concerns

  • Aid workers continue to face access constraints and dangerous conditions while implementing relief operations in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan

27 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • The situation in South Sudan remains among the world's biggest humanitarian crises since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
    Over 2 million people have fled their homes, including over half a million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries (70% of them are children). At the same time, the country hosts around a quarter of a million refugees, mainly from Sudan.

27 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

Sudan reported 40 cases of measles during week 15 bringing the total number of measles cases during 2015 to 1730 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, 3175 suspected measles cases (with 1730 confirmed) have been reported from 31 localities in 14 states of Sudan.

The number of measles hospitalized cases 1287 including severe and complicated cases.

24 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR distributed medicines and medical supplies to all refugee camps in South Sudan, which will suffice for the next six months.

  • There were 772 new arrivals at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) site, mostly women and children from Rubkkona and Mayom counties (Unity State) who said that they were fleeing inter-communal fighting and lacked food.

24 Apr 2015 description
report AlertNet

LONDON, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two Eritrean migrants waiting in Libya to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy have spoken of the terrible conditions they face, going hungry and witnessing others being beaten and raped by smugglers.

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24 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 Anyuak refugees get help: UNHCR is coordinating with WFP on a one-month food distribution to 2,500 Anyuak refugees from Ethiopia in the Alari settlement in Pochalla, Jonglei State, starting this week.

 Medical supplies delivered: UNHCR has completed distribution of various medicines and medical supplies to all refugee camps in South Sudan, sufficient for the next six months.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Enough Project

Editor's Note: This blog was written by partner organization i-ACT. For more information, please read their Refugee Rations report and visit the RESTORE 2100 campaign site.

23 Apr 2015 description

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 The 2014/2015 agricultural season was very favourable, resulting in a high level of national production of sorghum and other cash and food crops such as millet, groundnut and sesame. The national cereal production in 2014/15 was estimated at a record level of 7.84 million tons.
Production was about 176 percent above the previous season’s poor harvest and 86 percent above the 5-years average (2008/09 to 2012/13).

23 Apr 2015 description
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Leaders Gather in Jeddah for World Malaria Day; Call for Increased Investment to Save Lives & Advance Development Efforts

23 Apr 2015 description

KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

3.2 million internally displaced people and refugees cannot meet their essential needs to survive and live in dignity

22 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

KHARTOUM, Sudan/ GENEVA / NAIROBI 22 April 2015 – Following one of the worst measles outbreaks in Sudan’s recent history, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and national partners, is launching a massive campaign to immunize 7.9 million children aged six months to 15 years against this life-threatening disease.

22 Apr 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 21 April 2015 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s heath ministry received the second batch measles vaccine doses on Tuesday as heath workers prepare to launch a vaccination campaign in the country.

On Monday 6 April, two million measles vaccine doses arrived to Khartoum airport. It was the first batch of 9.6 million doses ordered by the Sudanese government with the support of UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO) to carry out an immunisation campaign after an outbreak in several states.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).