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22 Dec 2014 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 20, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – A senior official from Sudan’s National Elections Commission (NEC) disclosed on Saturday that the general elections scheduled for 2 April will be pushed back to 13 April in a move designed to avoid legal problems arising from an upcoming constitutional amendment.

The Sudanese national assembly is expected to discuss amendments to the constitution proposed by the presidency last November which empowers the president to appoint state governors rather than having them elected.

22 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

Militiamen raped two young women who were returning from farmlands in Kereinik locality, West Darfur, on Thursday evening.

The coordinator of Murnei camp reported to Radio Dabanga that six militia members attacked the women, 20 and 25 years old, in Wadi Krokola at 6 pm. The valley lies 2 km south of the camp.

The victims were on their way back from the farmlands to Murnei at the time of the incident. “They were beaten and then raped for four continuous hours, until 10 pm,” the coordinator explained.

22 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

EAST JEBEL MARRA / TAWILA (21 Dec.) - The Sudanese air force resumed bombardments on areas north of East Jebel Marra on Saturday and today. On Saturday, militia reinforcements arrived at Wadi Marra, south of Tabit in Tawila locality. On the same day, a herder was detained by members of the Rapid Support Forces in Wadi Marra.

21 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

KASS (21 Dec.) - Livestock, released by force of arms on farmlands south of Kass in South Darfur, destroyed a large number of crops last week.

An affected farmer from the area told Radio Dabanga on Friday that armed herders drove their camels and cattle onto the agricultural areas of Dilu, Takojul, Daura, Mashrou, Sankada, Aldanga, Kasulo, and Guba three days before.

21 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI (21 Dec.) - Gunmen captured two young men in Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, on Friday.

“A group of militiamen intercepted Karim Osman (21) and Hussein Abdelkarim Osman (18) when they were on their way from Marwa village to Nierteti town to perform the Friday noon prayer,” a listener reported to Radio Dabanga from Marwa, located at a distance of 3 km south of Nierteti.

“They seized the two men, and took them to an unknown destination.”

21 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Preparation of the new El Redis 2 and Debat Bosin sites is expected to be completed by the 25th of December, with basic services (reception space, shelters, water and latrines) being made available. The relocation is then scheduled to take place 26th and 31st December 2014.

The Khartoum relocation (from Shagara to Bantiu site) has been delayed this week due to delivery of substandard shelter poles. Replacement possibilities are currently being explored, and movement is expected to take place immediately following resolution of this issue.

20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

20 Dec 2014 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 477th meeting, held on 18 December 2014, adopted the following decision on the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP):

Council,

  1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission on the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan;

20 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • 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.

19 Dec 2014 description
report HART

The South Kordofan & Blue Nile Coordination Unit, which works with local civil society organisations and international humanitarian actors to share credible information on humanitarian needs in the two conflict-affected states, has just released its November update.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

DARFUR (19 Dec.) - Three people were killed in three separate incidents in North, Central, and West Darfur states on Wednesday. One of the deceased is a child.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • 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.

19 Dec 2014 description
report SUDO (UK)

Death under Torture by the Military Intelligence North Darfur-UM KEDADA town

On Thursday 11 December 2014 a group of Military Intelligence belonging to the Fourth Command in Um Kadada Military area, detained Ahmed Abdalla Mohammed.

On Saturday 13 December the same group arrested Omer Khatir, Ahmed Adam and Adam Bushara from their homes. All were tortured.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

Adam Bailes

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.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

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.

Firewood

19 Dec 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/AB/4141

Sixty-ninth session, 24th & 25th Meetings (AM & PM)

Speakers Consider Reports on Revised Estimates for Human Rights Council, General Assembly Resolutions

As the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) began its examination of the revised budget proposal for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) for the biennium 2014-2015, some delegates expressed deep concern that sufficient resources would not reach the field, where assistance was most needed.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.