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27 Nov 2014 description

UNMSS organizes peace forums across the country

26 November 2014 - It was vital for South Sudanese women to acknowledge they had a crucial role to play in peace building, Upper Nile State Minister for Gender and Social Welfare Maria Kwijwok said today.

Ms. Kwijwok was speaking at an open peace forum organized by the UNMISS Gender Unit in the protection site at the mission’s base in the state capital Malakal.

“We women have a very important role to play in the peace and reconciliation process,” she said. “We should always remember that.”

27 Nov 2014 description

Over 110,948 persons have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan
- 67,488 persons have received humanitarian assistance (specific assistance only)
- Sudan hosts an estimated 350,000 Southern Sudanese individuals following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan
* Abyei PCA Box is estimated to have received 2,496 (IOM)

27 Nov 2014 description

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) wishes to correct erroneous media reports claiming that the Mission has sought the consent of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) to use the Mission’s aircraft to transport delegates of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) from locations inside the country to a consultative conference in Pagak, South Sudan.

27 Nov 2014 description

MSF provides medical assistance to South Sudanese in White Nile State, Sudan

27 Nov 2014 description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today donated items to the Peace and Security Council of displaced people living at the UNMISS bases in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal.

The donation was made as an incentive to the Council, which has been working tirelessly to keep peace among communities in the protection site, USAID representative Chase Colby Madden said at a handover ceremony attended by Council members and UNMISS staff.

27 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Government of Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission says about 205,000 refugees from South Sudan have sought shelter in Sudan since December 2013

  • Eight people were killed and another 33 injured as a result of aerial bombings between 17 – 23 November in SPLM-N areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, says the SKBNCU

  • The North Darfur State Ministry of Health reports that the number of haemorrhagic fever cases in the state stands at 114

27 Nov 2014 description

Key Highlights

  • Rumbek North has witnessed the worst floods compared to previous years. Not only crops have been submerged in flood waters since August, but also houses/tukuls many of which collapsed as a result.

  • The County is also affected by the prevailing insecurity and inter-communal tensions in the State and therefore, received forced returnees and IDPs from Rumbek Center.

  • More than 20,000 people have been affected by both floods and insecurity.

27 Nov 2014 description

Over 100 LRA captives released, but why?

In the last three months, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has released 120 long-term captives, mainly women (59) and children (58), in five separate waves in DRC and CAR. This remarkable shift in the LRA’s behaviour raises important questions about the reasons why and the way in which international and local actors should respond.

27 Nov 2014 description

26 November 2014 - Just weeks into a public education campaign on the role of UNMISS, the mission has reached some 2,500 secondary school students with its message.

“From my understanding UNMISS is here to assist, not to replace our government,” said a young participant at one of several interactive sessions held recently with students in secondary schools around the capital Juba.

26 Nov 2014 description

25 November 2014 - At least 70 per cent of women in South Sudan had experienced some form of domestic violence, a senior official in the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare said today.

Speaking to Radio Miraya as part of activities to launch the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the Director General in the ministry, Regina Ossa Lulo, said the statistics were based on a 2010 assessment report.

26 Nov 2014 description

Key Issues

  • Ethiopia hosts the largest South Sudanese refugee population in the region with 256,000 people, including nearly 194,000 new arrivals registered since 15 December 2013. The number of arrivals increased of late from 90 people per day to an average daily arrival rate of 100 people.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.

  • In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

26 Nov 2014 description

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has more than 3,300 local staff and 350 international staff working in South Sudan. MSF is also running programmes to provide healthcare to the South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries as part of its response to the humanitarian crisis.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.

  • Registration remains suspended at Akobo and Pagak entry points, while in Burbiey, registration was temporarily halted while the relocation exercise from Matar to Pugnido began. Registration is expected to resume soon.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Guardian

While South Sudan peace talks continue in Ethiopia and Tanzania, bitterly divided communities look for solutions closer to home

26 Nov 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

LAKE STATES, South Sudan – The Goverment of Japan, based on its commitment to universal health and through partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, delivered an ambulance to health facilties to support emergency obstetric care services in Mingkaman, Lake States, where more than 100,000 internally displaced persons live.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 129,913 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 81,934 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,490 in Kiryandongo and 6,5201 in Kampala.

  • An ECHO multi-sectoral team carried out a mission in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo 9-13 November to monitor the quality of activities it funds, identify gaps in the response to the refugee crisis, assess ECHO’s added value and discuss its funding strategy for 2015.