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At least 58 killed in attack on UN base in South Sudan: UN

04/18/2014 12:49 GMT

JUBA, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - At least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in Thursday's attack on a UN base in South Sudan sheltering thousands of displaced civilians, a UN official said.

"Forty-eight bodies, including children, women, men, have been recovered from inside the base. The bodies of 10 attackers have been found outside the base, the top UN official in the country, Toby Lanzer, told AFP on Friday.

"The total death toll is 58, but that could increase as over 100 people were wounded, some of them very seriously."

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Humanitarian Bulletin Sudan Issue 15 | 7 – 13 April 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• Thousands of newly displaced people were reported over the past week in Darfur, mainly from North Darfur, according to aid agencies.

• As of 14 April, aid agencies have had some form of access to about 249,828 displaced people in Darfur.

• As of 10 April, an estimated 60,600 people have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan, according to UNHCR.

• WFP and partners to distribute food aid to some 102,600 people in Blue Nile State.

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Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan condemn violence against civilians - Press release by the Humanitarian Country Team

Juba, 18 April 2014: Country representatives of key non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donors in South Sudan unite in condemning recent days’ attacks against civilians in Bentiu, Bor, and other parts of the country. Humanitarian partners are particularly outraged by deliberate and targeted killings of civilians in hospitals, churches, UN peacekeeping bases and other places where people’s rights should be sacrosanct.

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Civilians pay heavy price in worsening S.Sudan war

04/18/2014 06:47 GMT

by Jenny VAUGHAN

NASIR, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Gebriel Mabil was sitting at home in Bentiu, South Sudan, when the war found him, a lone bullet tearing through the wall striking his seven-year-old son in the jaw.

His son Steven Kueth now sits in a bed in a Nasir hospital, covered in bandages and clinging to life with the help of breathing and feeding tubes.

"I worry about my son because I don't know if he will survive in his state," said Mabil, sitting in the hospital in Upper Nile State where his son was transferred after he was shot.

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Rebels were aided by foreign mercenaries in Unity state capital, says South Sudan army

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it is preparing to launch a major offensive to retake Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity state, calling on foreign mercenaries supporting rebel forces in the area to immediately withdraw.

The comments came following official confirmation that rebel fighters allied to former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar had seized control of the strategic town close to the Sudanese border.

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South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

On the first of April, I walked with great sadness through the United Nations compound in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, now in free fall after a hopeful beginning three years ago. The compound is sheltering more than 21,000 displaced people who fled to safety after a spasm of violence in mid-December killed untold thousands.

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Robustness, Cooperation with Local Forces and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP)

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ZIF

Both the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and the future development of robust peace operations have caused considerable debate in recent months among practitioners and policy makers. The Center for International Peace Operations undertook to host a group of key UN stakeholders in Berlin with a view to taking stock of the state of these discussions, sharing up-to-date information, collecting open questions and developing policy options.

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WHO South Sudan Emergency Response Situation Report #19, 10 - 16 April 2014

Highlights

 The security situation remains relatively calm in most parts of the country except Bentiu where troop movement has been reported.

 The numbers of displaced persons continues to increase. New updates of displacements indicated that an estimated 1.1 million people have been displaced by the conflict since December 2013.

 Concerns are growing on the possible deterioration of the humanitarian situation with the onset of the rainy season.

 Funding of the humanitarian response plan is still relatively low.

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Devastating cycle of violence and revenge in South Sudan must end - Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 17 April 2014: “I am deeply saddened and frustrated by the violence that has ravaged Bentiu and Bor in the past 72 hours. There is no excuse for direct attacks on civilians, or on those risking their own lives to protect them.

These events show, yet again, the pointlessness of the violence engulfing South Sudan. The current cycle of revenge will get the people of this country nowhere. It wrecks the present, and casts a dark shadow over what should have been a very bright future.

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Care and Dignity in Conflict: Life-saving services for South Sudanese women and girls

Urgent appeal: South Sudanese people need help now

UNFPA needs $25 million to reach refugees and internally displaced people

In December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and spread quickly around the country. The conflict has so far displaced 740,000 people, the vast majority of them in four states.

What is the impact on maternal/reproductive health?

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IOM South Sudan Situation Report 19, 17 April 2014

HIGHLIGHT

IOM supported CCCM training for 24 participants from UNMISS, NGOs and RRC in Juba

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East Africa Food Security Outlook - April to September 2014

Assumptions for quarterly food security analysis

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UNMISS condemns attack on its camp in Bor

PRESS RELEASE

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemns today’s deadly and unprovoked attack on its base in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State, by a mob of armed civilians.

At the time of the attack, there were some 5,000 displaced civilians in a protection-of-civilians site (POC) inside the base. A yet to be confirmed number of these civilians were killed or wounded by these assailants who came under the guise of peaceful demonstrators intending to present a petition to UNMISS. The Mission will publish the casualty figures once they are ascertained.

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Churches call for warring factions to resolve conflict as South Sudan stands on brink of a Humanitarian Disaster

Leading church leaders in South Sudan have called for greater urgency regarding delayed peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, as faith-based humanitarian agencies warn of an impending food crisis.

In just four months, more than one million people have been displaced from their homes and an estimated 4.9 million are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, yet the crisis response plan is still only 36 per cent funded.

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Waters Over Tierkidi Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Tierdiki camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Waters Over Lietchuor Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Lietchuor camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. Some areas are covered by clouds. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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US pledges ongoing support for humanitarian efforts in S. Sudan

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.

Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.

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South Sudan Conflict Interrupting Children's Education

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Voice of America

Children displaced by four months of fighting in South Sudan not only face a greater risk of disease and malnutrition, but their education is also being compromised.

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South Sudan Crisis Response Displacement Tracking Matrix Round II Report, April 2014

INTRODUCTION

Following the outbreak of conflict in December 2013 between government and opposition forces, an estimated 803,200 people have been displaced throughout South Sudan. CCCM partners have reached over 244,152 IDPs, establishing site management and coordination structures to facilitate the delivery of assistance and the immediate identification of gaps.

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