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03 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 3 March 2015: Following an invitation from the National Electoral Commission of Sudan, and in line with paragraph VI (d) of OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections and paragraph 4.6 of the AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission approved the deployment of a Pre-election Assessment Mission to the Republic of Sudan ahead of the country’s general elections scheduled for 13 April 2015.

02 Mar 2015 description
report SUDO (UK)

East Jabal Marra-25th February
On the 25th February a group from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) attacked Muntasir Saleh Ahmed in his shop in Fanga, killing him and looting the shop.

On the same day a group form the RSF attacked and killed Osman Abdul-Jabar and his wife Samia Yahya Adam in Khazzan Tongor (Tongor Dam), and looted their cattle.

02 Mar 2015 description
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Khartoum, 02 March 2015. The Government of Denmark has contributed DKK15 million (US $2.3 million) to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for 2015. Denmark has been a committed supporter of the CHF, having contributed DKK126 million ($ 22.7 million) since 2008. This valuable contribution comes at a critical time when funding for humanitarian action is scarce and humanitarian needs are growing.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Bryant
February 28, 2015 3:28 PM

PARIS— About a mile from Paris' iconic Montmartre neighborhood is a spot where very few tourists go. It is a busy overpass that shelters a collection of small, dirty tents. The metro rumbles overhead. Trains pass by below.

The residents of this tent camp mostly come from East Africa. Everybody has a different story. But nobody wanted to end up on this bridge, with no toilet, no home and, for now, no future.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

An extensive fire destroyed 144 homes at Kerendig camp for the displaced in El Geneina locality in West Darfur on Saturday.

“Large quantities of food, and agricultural crops were lost in the fire,” a sheikh told Dabanga. “In addition, 54 sheep died, along with a number of horses, donkeys, and hens.

“The fire that broke out at about 2pm, caused the displacement of more than 200 families, who are now living in the open without shelter, food, and water,” he reported.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Measles is spreading fast in the Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala locality, South Darfur.

“The three health centres at the camp daily are currently receiving more than 100 children under the age of 10,” a sheikh told Dabanga from Otash camp, “while the centres are equipped to treat 30 patients each a day only.”

He explained that the first cases appeared mid-February.

The camp sheikh appealed to the South Darfur state authorities to intervene “as soon as possible”, and provide more staff and medicines to the health centres to contain the outbreak.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 28, (NYALA, MEROWE) – A reconciliation conference between Darfur’s Rizeigat and Ma’alia tribes being held in the locality of Merowe in the Northern state has stalled over the right of land ownership known as Hakura (traditional land grant).

Leaders of the traditional administration in East Darfur state called upon the two negotiations delegations to overcome the stalemate in order to restore the social fabric which has been ruptured for long time by fighting among various ethnicities.

02 Mar 2015 description

During his February 22-26 visit to Sudan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Steve Feldstein met with Sudanese government leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and civil society activists, including representatives of Sudan’s religious communities, journalists, and humanitarian groups and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Blue Nile State. His visit highlights the importance of advancing democracy and human rights in Sudan and resolving the ongoing conflicts in Darfur and the Two Areas. He also reiterated U.S.

02 Mar 2015 description

Sorghum, millet, and wheat are the most important food commodities in northern Sudan. Sorghum is the staple food for the majority of poor households in central and eastern Sudan regions while millet is the main staple food for majority of households in Darfur and some parts of Kordofan regions in western Sudan. Wheat most often used as a substitute all over northern Sudan but it is a staple food for northern states. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for a broader region.

01 Mar 2015 description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomes the contribution of US$ 7.5 million by the Government of Japan for its activities in Sudan. With the support of the people of Japan, UNHCR will be able to support the Government of Sudan’s efforts in providing protection and assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as responding to the needs of internally displaced persons.

01 Mar 2015 description

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, regional harvests from the 2014/15 season arrived progressively onto markets in January. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following the substantial disruptions that occurred over the second half of 2014.

01 Mar 2015 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 20:40 GMT

The UN-AU mission in Sudan's Darfur (UNAMID) will cut 770 civilian jobs, it said on Saturday, as it faces pressure from Khartoum to withdraw from the war-torn western region.

"The total number of posts cut in real terms is 770," UNAMID said, adding that both Sudanese and international staff will be affected.

The decision was made after a strategic review of the mission, the statement said, and was unconnected to calls from Sudan's government for the mission to leave.

01 Mar 2015 description

Rising hostilities continue to cause new waves of displacement

Key Messages

The final results of 2014/15 Annual Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) estimated record-high national cereal production of 7.84 million tons, including 6.3 million tons of sorghum and 1.1 million tons of millet. Production was about three-times last year’s poor harvest and 84 percent higher than the five-year average.

28 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Protracted violence in Unity and Upper Nile states results in displacement, casualties, and property destruction

  • Humanitarian agencies continue efforts to improve food security with the delivery of emergency food assistance

  • Health organizations confirm a cholera outbreak in Eastern Equatoria State

27 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • “The volatile security environment is a direct illustration of the parties’ continued lack of political will,” the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council on 24 February.

27 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health acknowledged that there is a deficit in iodine in the country. It claimed that many children suffer from various disorders and health problems caused by iodine deficiency.

The ministry estimated the country's deficit at 22 percent. Dr Iman Salih Swar El Dahab, the official of the Unit for Combating Micronutrient Deficiency at the ministry, said that a lack of iodine in diets causes abortion, infant mortality, hearing loss, mental retardation, stunting, and lack of goiter.

27 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

The leaders of the Ma’aliya and Rizeigat tribes have demanded the Sudanese Presidency of the Republic to form a mechanism that will bring together the two warring tribes and fully implements the decisions of their reconciliation.

There is a need for a body that deals with the outcomes of the tribal reconciliation conference in Merowe, in the country's North state, that started on 17 February.

27 Feb 2015 description

Highlights

  • Partners condemned the abduction of 89 children who were taking their exams in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State.

  • Partners were responding to cholera in Eastern Equatoria. Since 19 February, there have been no new cholera cases reported.

  • Over 600 people were registered as newly arrived in Yida, Unity State coming from South Kordofan in Sudan - 11 per cent fewer than in the previous week. Of the new arrivals, 65 per cent were women and children.