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Six individuals from South Kordofan detained incommunicado after calls for memorial events to mark 2013 protest killings

ACJPS and FIDH call upon Sudanese authorities to immediately grant access to six people who have been detained incommunicado and without charge since their arrests by Sudanese security services on 2 and 3 October 2014 in Abu Jehiba town, South Kordofan state. There are concerns for the safety of those individuals who were transferred to Khartoum on an unknown date and have been denied access to their families or lawyers.

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Chad + 4 others
TCHAD : Contextes et enjeux humanitaires majeurs - Aperçu humanitaire (au 15 Octobre 2014)

Le Tchad fait face aujourd’hui à de nombreux enjeux humanitaires complexes. Une instabilité récurrente et des conflits successifs dans les pays limitrophes ont provoqué des mouvements de population de grande envergure vers le Tchad, qui arrive à la septième place des pays accueillant le plus grand nombre de réfugiés.

Parallèlement à cette crise, il existe des besoins humanitaires chroniques liés à la pauvreté et au sous-développement. L’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition affectent des millions de personnes, en particulier dans la bande sahélienne.

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Sudan + 1 other
UN Secretary General's Humanitarian Envoy and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Praise Sudan for Generously Welcoming South Sudanese Refugees

Khartoum, 22 October 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy Abdullah al Matouq and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres returned yesterday from a visit to Sudan's White Nile State, where more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees currently reside in 4 sites. They visited the Joda border crossing through which the majority of the South Sudanese refugees have arrived in White Nile State and went to Al Alagaya refugee site, which hosts over 8,000 refugees.

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Another Central Darfur displaced held by Military Intelligence

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI (22 Oct.) - Agents of the Military Intelligence Service detained a resident of the Northern Nierteti camp for the displaced in Central Darfur on Monday.

“Six Military Intelligence officers in a vehicle stormed the repair shop of Ishag Idris in Nierteti on Monday afternoon,” a colleague of him told Radio Dabanga. “They beat him, and took him to the nearby military garrison.”

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Sudanese Air Force bombs villages in Kutum, North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

KUTUM LOCALITY (22 Oct.) - The area of Anka, north of Kutum in North Darfur, witnessed intense bombardments today.

“On Wednesday morning the Sudanese Air force bombed the area for six hours. Hundreds of villagers fled their homes, and sought refuge in the neighbouring valleys and hills. Large numbers of livestock were killed, and vast tracts of farmland and pastures burned to ashes,” a witness reported to Radio Dabanga from Anka.

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Herders murder farmer in Central Darfur's Nierteti

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI LOCALITY (22 Oct.) - A displaced farmer was killed in the agricultural area of Ali El Zubeir, Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, today.

“Ibrahim Hamed Ahmed was shot dead by militant herders on his farmland in the area of Ali El Zubeir, east of Nierteti town, on Wednesday morning,” a relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga.

“The herders threatened to kill any farmer who would cultivate parts of the area, saying that the area is meant for grazing.”

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World + 14 others
West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan situation map (October 2014)

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Sudan + 2 others
Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 42 | 13 - 19 October 2014 [EN/AR]

Highlights

  • Three UNAMID peacekeepers were killed in Korma, North Darfur, an area where an estimated 18,300 displaced people are taking refuge

  • Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid in western Jebel Marra leads to temporary relocation of some displaced people to Nertiti town

  • An estimated 125,000 new displaced people in SPLM-N areas in South Kordofan will be facing increasingly dire food security conditions this year and through 2015, according to SKBNCU

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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep, 13 - 19 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Sudan: 12 IOM staff trained on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies.

  • Ethiopia: Close to 63,000 refugees need to be relocated from the camps and transit centres to Okugu Refugee Camp.

  • Kenya: IOM and UNHCR have provided transportation assistance to 32,452 refugees since 15 December 2013.

OVERVIEW

International Organization for Migration:

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‘Human trafficking on the increase in eastern Sudan’: MP

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (21 Oct.) - Human trafficking in eastern Sudan has increased lately, as well-organised networks are now operating in the region.

In a press statement on Monday, Mohamed El Taher Ousham, Member of Parliament for Hameshkoreib constituency in Kassala state near the Eritrean border, welcomed the regional conference on human trafficking convened in Khartoum last week. “Finally a stone was thrown into the still pond.”

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‘Darfur health services far from sufficient’: Minister

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Radio Dabanga

EL FASHER (21 Oct.) - The people of all five Darfur states suffer from a lack of health services.

The Minister of Health of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Dr Firdaus Abdelrahman Yousef, told reporters on Monday that the health services in Sudan’s war-torn western region, “especially in the remote areas” are far from sufficient.

“The dire economic situation and the lack of secure transport means in Darfur have led to an increase of mortality rates, in particular among children and mothers,” she stated.

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'Abu Tira' ravage part of Zamzam camp in North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

ZAMZAM CAMP (21 Oct.) - This morning, a group of paramilitary Central Reserve Police forces ravaged a part of Zamzam camp for the displaced, south of El Fasher, capital of North Darfur. It was a revenge attack after one of their troops was killed.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a camp sheikh said that problems arose after three Central Reserve forces (popularly known as Abu Tira) stormed the western part of the camp, called Muhajiriya, on Monday evening.

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Displaced women raped, beaten in Central Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI / WADI SALIH (21 Oct.) - On Monday, two young displaced women were gang-raped in the area of Bala, north of Nierteti, in Central Darfur. On the same day, more than 22 women of Garsila camp were assaulted by gunmen in Wadi Salih locality, Central Darfur.

“Two young women of 15 and 17 years-old were working on their farmland on Monday afternoon, when a group of gunmen attacked them, and raped them alternately for three consecutive hours,” a resident of the Northern Nierteti camp for the displaced told Radio Dabanga.

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Council conclusions on Sudan 20 October 2014

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European Union

Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Luxembourg, 20 October 2014

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

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Outbreak of conjunctivitis in Fata Borno, North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

FATA BORNO (21 Oct .) -The people in the area of Fata Borno, Kutum locality in North Darfur, complain about the spread of conjunctivitis.

In September, the eye disease first emerged among children, and spread rapidly. Later also adults complained about the highly contagious inflammation, a listener reported to Radio Dabanga from Fata Borno.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 6 others
HIV/Aids complicates fight against kala azar

IN SUMMARY

The numbers

  • 300,000 - Or 90 per cent new cases of Kala azar infections every year. Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, and Sudan are the most affected countries, according to the World Health Organization.

  • 35 - Countries in which VL-HIV cases are reported.

  • 20pc to 40 per cent of patients with VL were also found to be infected with HIV in North Africa, one of the hardest hit areas.