2 September 2014 - Ellen Margrethe Løj’s appointment as UNMISS chief was a “huge and difficult” challenge, but it was impossible to turn it down because the South Sudanese people fought hard for their independence, the top Mission official told Radio Miraya in an exclusive interview today.
The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.
Britain announces additional £30 million to help those affected by serious humanitarian crisis.
Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone announced today during a visit to the country.
Since fighting broke out in December 2013, 1.3 million South Sudanese have become internally displaced and more than 400,000 have fled to neighbouring countries. There is also an impending risk of famine.
The internal conflict that started in the capital city of Juba in South Sudan on 15 December, 2013 rapidly spread to other parts of the country, with worst affected states being Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
1 September 2014 - Renowned US actor Forest Whitaker arrived in the Eastern Equatoria State capital Torit today for a five-day peace workshop with youth representatives.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation was met on his arrival by State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore and UNMISS State Coordinator Hiroko Mosko.
Finn Church Aid has been able to start distributing food in South Sudan’s Western Equatorian state in Mundri province. Food is being distributed for three months for approximately 12 000 internally displaced persons.
South Sudan is currently battling with world’s worst food crisis. The violence that erupted again in last December has driven over million and a half people from their homes. Farming has become impossible in many areas, and three million South Sudanese are in the need of acute food assistance. The only way to help is to distribute food to the people right now.
Amref Health Africa South Sudan believes that the Outreach Programme can greatly help to address the backlog of surgical cases in state hospitals, as many patients cannot afford to access private medical services available in Juba or out of the country.
The latest Amref Health Africa clinical and surgical outreach mission provided in Warrap State handled 270 cases, including 151 operations. The number has more than doubled from the last outreach mission, which was conducted barely three months ago, underlining the need for increased frequency of the service.
Critical water shortages persist in areas that received poor seasonal rainfall in Afar, Oromia and Somali regions. The WaSH needs and associated monetary requirements are expected to increase in the second half of 2014 and beyond.
Heavy rains in Gambella regions flooded approximately 95% of Leitchor refugee camp and most of the newest camp (Nip Nip), Matar way station and Pagak entry point.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.
To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.
Satellite imagery confirms reduction in cultivated area in Mayendit County
During a July 2014 rapid assessment in Unity State, residents of Tharker (Mayendit County), and Bieh,
Boaw, and Dor (Koch County) reported that up to 30 percent of households had not planted. In addition, respondents reported that among households that did plant, area planted had declined.
Rainfall expected to alleviate some dryness in Central America and Haiti
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.
In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).
30 August 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan call on all those engaged in the conflict in South Sudan to fully respect the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) Agreement and its subsequent re-dedication.
The Special Envoys reiterate that the Re-Dedication of and Implementation Modalities for the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on 23rd January 2014 between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (In Opposition), signed on 25 August 2014 in Addis Ababa states: “The Parties...Now therefore,
Maize, sorghum, wheat, and groundnuts are the most important food commodities in South Sudan. Sorghum, maize, and groundnuts are the staple foods for the poor in most rural areas. Maize flour and wheat (as bread) are more important for middle-income and rich households in urban areas. Sorghum and maize are generally substitutable for one another but preferences are shifting towards maize over time, especially in the southern half of Southern Sudan. Groundnuts are important for the rural poor in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states.