- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 50 | 8 – 14 Dec 2014
- Extermination by Design: The Case for Crimes against Humanity in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook September 2014
Appeals & Funding
- 2014 Revised Strategic Response Plan
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.
An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.
A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.
The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.
KOWALIP, SUDAN— The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. In Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region many children are simply too scared to go to school.
BINDISI / NIERTETI (18 Dec .) - In Central Darfur, two children were killed by gunmen in Bindisi locality on Wednesday. The day before, two residents of Nierteti South camp sustained serious injuries in an attack by militiamen.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, an uncle of the children reported that “suddenly on Wednesday morning”, two militiamen stormed our family house in Kalam Basna village. “They fired at the heads of Ahmed Yahya Ahmed (6), and his sister Kawsar (4). Both died instantly.”
“No one has a clue about the reasons behind the killing,” he added.
Regional Strategic Overview
KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a substantial donation from Norway’s government towards emergency operations in Sudan.
During this reporting period (7 December – 13 December), a total of 107 South Sudanese were tracked by the IOM tracking hub in Jabal Awlia as entering Khartoum State traveling north from White Nile State; this amounts topersons per day. No new arrivals were registered in South Kordofan and West Kordofan.
KASS LOCALITY (16 Dec.) - Militiamen killed a displaced man in Kass locality, South Darfur, on Saturday. In another incident on the same day, a girl and her mother were injured by gunmen.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the coordinator of the Kass camps for the displaced reported that Osman Eisa El Nur was shot by militiamen on his farmland, located about 30 km south of Kass town, on Saturday evening. “He died instantly.”
A dengue fever outbreak in Sudan’s Darfur region had resulted in 137 reported cases as of December 14.
Hostilities continue to result in deaths and injuries in Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N)-controlled parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Conflict-affected individuals from South Sudan continue to arrive in Sudan.
Urgent Need for UN, AU Investigation in Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan
(Nairobi, December 15, 2014) – Sudanese government forces and allied militias are unlawfully killing and otherwise abusing civilians in government-held areas in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today. Dozens of civilians who fled the government held areas and sought refuge in South Sudan described killings, rapes, and beatings to Human Rights Watch.
On 10 December 2014, some 700 people attended a cultural event organized by the African Union- United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Tina, North Darfur, to disseminate the culture of peace.
The event, held under the theme “Darfur: Talk Peace Now,” brought together school students, internally displaced persons and many Darfuri refugees living in Chad.
Almost a full year of conflict (15 December 2013) has devastated the lives of the majority of South Sudan’s people, killed tens of thousands and ravaged key parts of the country. 2014 has been a year of violence, abuse and displacement which has forced almost two million people from their homes. The conflict has been brutal: killings, rape, destruction and the loss of livelihoods have left open wounds which will take much time to heal.
7337th Meeting (AM)
As the situation in Darfur continued to deteriorate, crimes were being committed there with greater brutality, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court told the Security Council this morning in her semi-annual briefing, urging the 15-member body to define a new approach to addressing the issues arising from the conflict.
In preparation for the imminent relocation of South Sudanese new arrivals to the new Bantiu site in Khartoum, shelter construction materials have now been delivered and NFIs will be dispatched shortly from the UNHCR warehouse. Plot demarcation and excavation of latrines is also on-going. Shelter and WASH gaps remain a major challenge in White Nile State (see details below) given continued congestion of all four existing sites. This is expected to be partially alleviated with the opening of the two new locations (El Redis 2 and Debat Bosin).
Khartoum, Dec. 7 (SUNA)- The Journalists for Children Society on is organizing a workshop on Monday in collaboration with the National Council for Press and Publications and the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), under the theme of “towards a professional media commitment to child Rights”.
The Workshop which will take place at the Meeting Hall of the National Council for Child Welfare, is organize to mark the 25th anniversary of the Child Rights Convention (CRC), with over 40 journalists and media men taking part in the event.
Thanks to contributions announced this week from Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, the regional shortfall has decreased substantially. However, WFP still urgently requires US$59 million in new resources to meet the needs of refugees in Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan for the next six-months.
Fears of renewed fighting and heightened tension, particularly in Eastern Equatoria, may result in increased number of people crossing into neighboring countries in the coming weeks. Over 500 people crossed into Uganda on 08 December alone.
NIERTETI LOCALITY (11 Dec.) - A girl was fatally hit by stray bullets, fired by army troops in Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, on Tuesday.
A relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga that Um Gasi Saeed (15) was killed in the area of Kouri, north of Nierteti town. “Soldiers of a military convoy, on its way from Nierteti to Jebel Marra, were firing heavily into the air when they passed Kouri. She was hit by some bullets, and died instantly.”
As part of its Darfur-wide campaign "No Child soldiers- Protect Darfur", on 9 December 2014, UNAMID together with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Sudan DDR Commission and UNICEF, visited a centre for former child soldiers near El Fasher town in North Darfur.
During the occasion, the Mission distributed vests with messages that promote the protection of children and against the use of child soldiers.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.