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22 Dec 2014 description

Pilot Reintegration Project: TDRP Key Learning Report

Executive Summary

The Pilot Reintegration Project of the Republic of South Sudan’s National DDR Programme (NDDRP) was conducted with the overall aim to test reintegration approaches and modalities, and to develop actionable lessons that can inform and improve the Republic of South Sudan’s future DDR programming. Reintegrating ex-combatants into civilian life is a major challenge and in fact the key measure of a DDR programme’s success.

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.

21 Dec 2014 description

16 December 2014 - Following several disputes between farmers and cattle keepers, UNMISS held a one-day conflict mitigation workshop today in Rumbek, Lakes State.

Cattle keepers had been moving their animals from Rumbek East County through Wulu County, damaging local farms.

The workshop aimed to provide a platform where both communities could discuss recurring problems, identify the causes and come up with possible solutions to prevent conflicts in the future.

21 Dec 2014 description

17 November - UN Police (UNPOL) today harvested over 150 tubers of yam with local residents on a demonstration farm in Katire, Ikwoto County of Eastern Equatoria State.

The project was initiated eight months ago by UNPOL in Torit in partnership with the local police, agriculture ministry and community members.

“The project intended to kill two birds with one stone -- promote agriculture and food security, while creating a partnership for the police and community to work together in fighting crime,” said UN Police Adviser in Eastern Equatoria Okon Asuquo.

21 Dec 2014 description

17 December 2014 - Aiming to assist an educational system that is constantly disrupted by conflicts, UNMISS Korean engineers today handed over a classroom block to Lualdit Primary School in Bor County, Jonglei State.

They also supplied the school with needed materials, including pens, books, desks, blackboards and rulers.

20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

● Around 1.4 million people are displaced within South Sudan. Another 488,500 have fled to neighboring countries

● Acute respiratory infection surpassed malaria as the main cause of illness among displaced people.

● The conflict has caused unprecedented displacement of millions of cattle from conflict-affected areas into areas outside usual pastoral lands, challenging local power structures, affecting natural resource availability and altering disease patterns.

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

18 December 2014 - Seeking to improve sanitary conditions in Marol Market in Bor, Jonglei State, UNMISS Ethiopian peacekeepers today joined town residents in a cleaning campaign.

Ethiopian soldier Negas Mesfin said peacekeeping was not only about security. “Peacekeeping does not only mean protection and providing security to people, but also participating with the community in their activities.”

Bor Municipal Field Health Supervisor Garang Jacob Deng said the idea was to prepare Bor for the festive season, and also remove rubbish that had accumulated during the conflict.

20 Dec 2014 description

19 December 2014 - Destroying weapons and ammunition was a symbol of moving from war to peace and conflict to stability, a top UNMISS official in the Unity State capital Bentiu said today.

“It would be an assurance for concerned parties that the weapons never be used to commit any acts of violence, including human rights violations,” State Coordinator Officer-in-Charge Norbert Niyodusenga said during an exercise to deactivate weapons recovered in UNMISS Bentiu Protection of Civilian (POC) sites.

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;

19 Dec 2014 description

A Review from Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and the Philippines

A review conducted in November 2014 by ICVA in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives considered 20 thematic indicators based on coordination and response in humanitarian crisis, with particular emphasis on the elements expected to be affected by the L3 process (coordination, accountability and leadership). While the results vary by each humanitarian crisis and response, six key themes emerged.

19 Dec 2014 description

NPA humanitarian Disarmament South Sudan has handed over three constructed ammunition stores to SPLA. The primary objective of the stores has been to mitigating the risk of unplanned explosions through the application of the principles contained in the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). Prior to this the ammunition was badly stored and was under great risk of catching fire during the dry season.

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

Highlights

November distributions under the Emergency Operation and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation. In November, WFP and its Cooperating Partners reached over 1 million people with a total of approximately 14,100 mt of food overall in South Sudan, including about 580,000 people and 8,300 mt under the EMOP and 420,000 people and 5,800 mt under the PRRO.

In numbers

1.4 million IDPs (OCHA estimates)

469,000 displaced outside South Sudan (OCHA estimates)

19 Dec 2014 description

Introduction

  1. After a long period of Government control, since May 2014, opposition forces attacked Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, on 29 October 2014. As has often been the case during the conflict in South Sudan, the attack was accompanied by reports that civilians were deliberately targeted by armed elements. Reports were also received that women were abducted by opposition forces and that conflict-related sexual violence took place.

19 Dec 2014 description

The Human Rights Division of the UN Mission in South Sudan has issued a report concerning allegations that opposition forces killed at least 11 civilians and committed other serious human rights abuses during an attack in the Unity State capital of Bentiu last October. UNMISS human rights officers also received testimony from multiple sources alleging that opposition forces abducted and raped female residents of Bentiu after government troops withdrew from some parts of the city during the afternoon of 29 October 2014.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Mercy Corps

One year ago today, fighting broke out on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The violence was fueled by a political conflict that quickly spread throughout the country, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians fled the terrifying attacks.