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Warrap forum discusses rape

21 August 2014 - Recent rape cases that resulted in the deaths of a pregnant woman and an 11-year old girl highlighted the need to step up the fight against gender-based violence, participants at a forum in the Warrap State capital Kuajok said today.

Representatives from the police, prison services, civil society organizations and traditional courts attended the 21st Rule of Law Forum in the state, organized by UNMISS in collaboration with the state’s High Court and Legal Administration.

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UNESCO, Zain train youth in ICT

22 August 2014 - Some 43 South Sudanese youth today completed a two-weeks training course in Juba, aimed at empowering them with skills to develop and promote locally relevant mobile applications.

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the training-of-trainers course in partnership with mobile and data service operator Zain, as well The Dev School of Kenya and the College of Computer Science and Information, University of Juba.

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From post-conflict recovery and state building to a renewed humanitarian emergency: A brief reflection on South Sudan

Author(s): Daniel Maxwell,Martina Santschi
Organisation: Feinstein International Center
Country: South Sudan
Date: 13/08/2014

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 50 (as of 21 August 2014)

Highlights

● Preliminary analysis of food security in conflict-affected areas shows that while the situation remains dire, it has not worsened.

● Humanitarian barges continued their progress, arriving at Malakal on 19 August and now continuing to Melut, for final offloading.

● Some 2.7 million people have been reached with some form of emergency assistance as of 31 July.

● Thirteen humanitarian aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict began in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 23 others
Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014

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102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
ACAPS Briefing Note: Gambella, Ethiopia - Displacement, 22 August 2014

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Crisis Overview

  • Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.

  • The refugees are arriving in dire condition, seriously lacking food and drinking water, and have been mostly concentrated at border points with limited assistance before being relocated to camps. 90% of the arriving population are women and children (WFP 12/08/2014).

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How to Prevent Total Disaster in South Sudan

Argument in Foreign Policy on 21 August 2014 by Rajiv Shah, Valerie Amos, Kristalina Georgieva and Børge Brende

After half a year of fighting, the world's newest country is barreling toward calamity. But its leaders can pull it back from the brink -- if they choose to do so.

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South Sudanese Demand Government Return to Peace Talks

Report
Voice of America

Philip Aleu

JUBA— South Sudanese civil society groups called on the government and opposition Wednesday to engage in meaningful talks to bring peace to South Sudan after the government failed to show up for the negotiations for a sixth day.

"Let them think about the children suffering now in IDP camps, how women are suffering, giving birth to babies in places that are not really healthy for babies," said Angelina Daniel, a member of the End Impunity Organization (EIO) that is calling on both sides to return to the negotiating table.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Kule Refugee Camp Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Contextual Background

Pattern in Population Change

  • As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Kule Camp was opened on 17 May  2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.  

Areas of Origin

  • The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile  and Jonglei states.  

Cultural Background

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Pagak Entry Point Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Contextual Background

Background

  • At the onset of the emergency  in  South  Sudan (mid‐December 2013), refugees began arriving  at  Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak and Akobo, as well as Burbiey, Mataar and Raad). Over  80,000 persons have been relocated from Pagak to various camps and transit locations since January  2014.

Areas of Origin

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Matar Transit Center Profile - Gambella, Ethiopia, August 2014

Background

  • At the onset of the emergency  in  South  Sudan (mid‐December 2013), refugees began arriving  at  Ethiopian border entry points (mainly Pagak and Akobo, as well as Burbiey, Mataar and Raad). As of  at mid of August 2014, Matar is hosting over 11,500 refugees who were awaiting relocation to Nip  Nip camp.  

Areas of Origin

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GNC-CT Support to South Sudan

Since activation of the Level-3 emergency in South Sudan, the Global Nutrition Cluster Coordination Team (GNC-CT) has been providing operational, remote and surge support to the National Nutrition Cluster. From February to August 2014, Ayadil Saparbekov, GNC Deputy Coordinator, completed three field missions to Juba to support and strengthen the cluster’s role in effectively coordinating nutrition response.

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Question & Answer: The call for an arms embargo against South Sudan

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Amnesty

With Geoffrey L. Duke, Secretariat Team Leader at South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) and Elizabeth Ashamu Deng, South Sudan researcher at Amnesty International

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South Sudan + 1 other
IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 33 (14 - 20 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

Heavy rains in Malakal have resulted in standing water within the PoC

The South Sudan CCCM-DTM Round IV report was released on August 20th

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3; million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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UNMISS Update, 21 August 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 18 August, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 96,360 including 32,786 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,119 in Malakal, 4,107 in Bor, 40,574 in Bentiu, 563 in Wau, 1,174 in Melut, 26 in Nasser, and 11 in Rumbek.

Activities in Protection Sites

Juba, UN House and Tomping sites

Bor

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War Veterans Planting for Peace in South Sudan

By Adam Bemma

JUBA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - Along the fertile banks of sub-Saharan Africa’s White Nile, one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River, a war veteran’s co-op is planting for a food secure future in South Sudan, a country potentially facing famine.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #36, 13 – 19 August 2014

Highlights

  • There has been heavy fighting in Bentiu this week, including very close to the PoCs. The fighting is slowing the humanitarian response in the area, and has stopped supply movements, including essential supplies such as therapeutic foods to treat acute malnutrition.

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South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #29, 15 August 2014

Highlights

  • Health partners are supporting the Ministry of Health with preparedness in Ebola case detection and management Health partners have reported a decline in both cholera cases and deaths.

  • By 11 August 5,697 cases and 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) had been reported since April 2014.

  • As of 11 August, altogether 5,697 cholera 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) have been recorded in South Sudan since the outbreak began on 23 April 2014.

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Nigeria + 14 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 21 – August 27, 2014

  • Increased rains observed in West Africa during the past observation period.

  • Consistent heavy rains triggered flooding, destroyed houses, and thousands of displaced people in Sudan.

1) Inadequate rainfall distribution since early June has delayed planting and negatively affected crop development in northeastern Nigeria. Although an increase in rainfall was observed recently, continued favorable rainfall amounts are needed to overcome long-term deficits.