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24 Nov 2014 description
report Miraya FM

Repair work on the 28km stretch started in May, but was disrupted by the rain.

Lakes State Minister for Physical Infrastructure, Abraham Meen Kuc says the work is expected to be completed in two weeks. He says the road is being graded by the State Ministry of Physical Infrastructure with support from the UN Mission (UNMISS).

24 Nov 2014 description
report Miraya FM

In the latest report, a woman was reportedly raped by unknown gunmen in Rumbek Central County.

Deputy Governor, Santo Domic Chol says in a separate incident, another lady was struck on the head with an iron bar.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Miraya FM

The offer was made in a meeting between Electricity, Dams and Irrigation Minister, Jemma Nunu Kumba and her Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

Kumba says an assessment team from Egypt is expected in the country in January next year ahead of construction.

The Minister is part of a delegation of 10 Ministers and several government officials that accompanied President Salva Kiir on a trip to Egypt.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Invisible Children

On the morning of November 21st, a 30-year-old South Sudanese man returned from LRA captivity with a 16-year-old Central African girl in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR). The young girl was reportedly abducted three years ago in Bakouma, CAR while the man was abducted near Juba, South Sudan.

21 Nov 2014 description

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has sought to allay the concerns of hundreds of thousands of refugees facing food ration cuts in northern Kenya and stressed that these are not linked to the repatriation of Somalis.

"We call for calm in camps. The reduction of food rations is purely as a result of funding constraints and should not in any way be linked to the planned pilot project that will support refugees spontaneously returning to Somalia," Raouf Mazou, UNHCR's representative in Kenya, said in Nairobi this week.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 20th November 2014, Kakuma had received 44,282 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 179,126. As at 16th November 177,070 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.

21 Nov 2014 description

World Toilet Day, which is celebrated every year on the 19 December, is an opportunity to inspire action and underscore the urgency needed to end open defecation, especially for women and girls who are particularly vulnerable. As the main provider of sanitation facilities in Gendrassa and Kaya refugee camps in Maban, Upper Nile State, ACTED celebrated World Toilet Day with a ‘learn from your neighbour’ theme. The day’s celebrations were held in the areas of the camps that had the cleanest and best maintained latrines.

Dramas, songs, dances and prizes

21 Nov 2014 description

Following the December 2013 outbreak of violence, 1.8 million people have fled their homes . Many have crossed into neighboring countries (estimated 463,000 people have fled to neighboring countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan individuals). 1.4 million individuals remain internally displaced and most are seeking shelter in remote rural areas across the country. Displacement patterns remain fluid, driven by violence, access to emergency assistance and floods. There are currently 102,265 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in UN bases across South Sudan.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An immunisation campaign targeting more than 3.2 million children in all 10 states has been successfully completed in seven states. Efforts are underway to immunise children in the three conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

  • Clashes in Malakal, raise concerns as gunshot wounds and other weapon-related injuries are the leading cause of mortality, accounting for 23% of deaths in the Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.

21 Nov 2014 description

Juba, 21 November 2014): UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded her three-day mission to South Sudan today, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments and urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations.

21 Nov 2014 description

20 November, 2014 - To enable displaced people at the UN base in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal to understand of the UNMISS mandate, the mission today started a two-day workshop.

“Some of you might be wondering what UNMISS is doing here and what activities we are involved in (and) this is why we are here,” said UNMISS Acting State Coordinator Hastings Amurani Phiri in his opening remarks to the women, elders and youth who attended the workshop.

21 Nov 2014 description

20 November 2014 - True policing has never been offered to the South Sudanese people in over 50 years, UNMISS Police Commissioner Fred Yiga told the UN Security Council in New York today.

“Policing in the country has generally been done by armed groups whose ethos is that of a soldier in battle,” he said adding that South Sudan is largely a nomadic society and the policing methods require special skills, policies and equipment.

The UN is “holding the mantle” to ensure that the first time “good policing, true policing” is provided, Mr. Yiga said.

21 Nov 2014 description

Dear Palais journalists

Following requests from several journalists, please find below my notes on the WHO preparedness missions to support countries get prepared to respond to any Ebola outbreak.

Ebola Preparedness

  • Given the evolving Ebola Virus situation, there is a risk of cases appearing in currently unaffected countries. With adequate levels of preparation however, such introductions can be contained before they develop into large outbreaks.

21 Nov 2014 description

20 November 2014 - UNMISS is making every effort to uphold the civilian nature of protection site on its bases across the country, the mission’s chief Ellen Loej said in Juba today.

In an exclusive interview with Radio Miraya, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) said although it is possible that ex-soldiers from both sides of the conflict could be living at the sites, they were all disarmed and their uniforms were removed before they entered.

21 Nov 2014 description

18 November 2014 - The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) today contributed £1.6 million to for expansion of the UNMISS protection site in the Upper Nile state capital Malakal.

Making the announcement, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) noted that partners were taking advantage of the onset of the dry season to complete expansion of the Malakal protection site, which provides emergency shelter and protection to over 17,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), as others continue to trickle in.