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03 Mar 2015 description

Juba, South Sudan | | Tuesday 3/3/2015 - 13:40 GMT

South Sudan's army on Tuesday ordered a rogue general the United Nations says has abducted perhaps hundreds of child soldiers to return to headquarters for questioning.

Last month the UN children's agency UNICEF confirmed 89 children were seized as they took exams by soldiers loyal to Major-General Johnson Olony, who commands an ethnic Shilluk militia in the northern Upper Nile state.

03 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • First cross-line deliveries achieved in prepositioning efforts to Bentiu and Yida (Unity). Since 01 January, WFP has transported by road about 10,000 mt to Bentiu and Yida ahead of the rainy season.

In numbers

1.5 million IDPs (OCHA estimates)

491,300 displaced outside South Sudan (OCHA estimates)

113,000 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS estimates)

2.5 million projected to remain in emergency or crisis level food insecurity from January to March 2015 (IPC, September 2014).

03 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • As per the inter agency regional refugee response plan, WFP provides hot meals at reception centers and monthly family rations to those who have resettled in the camps. High energy biscuits are provided at the border points for immediate relief.
    In addition, nutrition activities are ongoing to rehabilitate those malnourished and prevent further deterioration of malnutrition levels.

03 Mar 2015 description

KHARTOUM, Sudan, March 3 (UNHCR) – The Sudan government has begun to register South Sudanese living in the country and issuing them with ID cards that give them the right to work and access to basic services.

More than 54,000 South Sudanese have been registered and some 37,000 identity cards produced since the programme began at the start of February under an agreement between UNHCR, Sudan's Commissioner for Refugees and the Directorate General of Passports and Immigration.

03 Mar 2015 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali. In particular, this update highlights recommendations regarding forthcoming mandate renewals of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO).

02 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 27 February 2015, Kakuma had received 45,222 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 28 February, 180,674 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.8% of the registered population.

02 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 143,806 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 90,3431 in Adjumani, 12,728 in Arua, 33,229 in Kiryandongo and 7,506 in Kampala. There were 1,203 new arrivals during the reporting period.

02 Mar 2015 description

China’s presidency of the Security Council during the “very busy” month of February was guided by the principles of objectivity, impartiality, efficiency and transparency, the country’s Permanent Representative said at a Headquarters briefing this afternoon.

“By and large, the Council’s work has been accomplished in a smooth way,” Ambassador Liu Jieyi told correspondents, through 20 public meetings and 15 informal consultations to consider more than 20 agenda items. Seven resolutions and two presidential statements were adopted and 14 press statements were issued.

02 Mar 2015 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 26 February, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in seven Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 112,840 including 34,674 in Juba UN House, 21,368 in Malakal, 2,649 in Bor, 52,908 in Bentiu, 337 in Wau and 904 in Melut.
02 Mar 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • More investment is needed to repair nonfunctional water supply systems in drought-prone areas of the country.

  • The 2015 Humanitarian Requirements Document is with high Government officials for endorsement.

  • Gambella regional authorities established a committee to further assess the viability of the two camp sites identified by ARRA in mid-January 2015.