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11 Apr 2016 description

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Monday 4/11/2016 - 08:17 GMT

Rebel troops in South Sudan have completed their return to the capital Juba as part of a peace deal, days ahead of the expected arrival of their commander, ceasefire monitors said Monday.

The 1,370-strong force of soldiers and police were flown to Juba to ensure security for rebel chief Riek Machar -- named as vice-president in February -- who is due to arrive in Juba next week.

11 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sudan signed an Action Plan with the UN committing to prevent the recruitment and use of children by government security forces in Sudan. It was the last remaining Government whose forces were listed in the SG’s Report on Children and Armed Conflict and had not yet entered into such an agreement.

  • All 234 unaccompanied and separated children identified amongst the newly displaced from Jebel Marra in Tawilla, North Darfur, have been successfully reunified with their immediate families.

09 Apr 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin

Joseph Chamie is a former director of the United Nations Population Division and Barry Mirkin is a former chief of the Population Policy Section of the United Nations Population Division.

09 Apr 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Moyiga Nduru

JUBA, South Sudan, Apr 8 2016 (IPS) - Facing an unprecedented economic crisis, South Sudan — the newest nation of the world — has urged its 12 million inhabitants to turn to agriculture instead of depending on declining oil revenues.

Before the fall of oil prices below $30 a barrel in the international market, oil-rich South Sudan used to import virtually all of its basic requirements from overseas.

09 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • Food gap widens according to WFP and FAO’s Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) report.

  • Over 63,000 mt of assorted food commodities dispatched for the prepositioning exercise.

WFP’s Activities

08 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

735,165
Total number of refugees

38,995
Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

49.7%
Percentage of women and girls

56.7%
Percentage of Children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

08 Apr 2016 description

Sexual violence is a problem throughout the world, but it often becomes more frequent during an armed conflict. Last year saw countless conflict-related rapes occur in South Sudan, so the ICRC is working with communities and the South Sudan Red Cross to help the victims.

Aurore Brossault is an ICRC mental health and psychosocial support specialist. She explains the problem and the ICRC's response.

What is the ICRC's view on sexual violence in the places where it works?

08 Apr 2016 description

The 36,648 (Joint Head count by Humanitarian, Community leaders and RRC) individuals from Jonglie state, Jalle Payam Bor County and Pakeer/Maar Twic East County left their home by following attacks from Murle.

08 Apr 2016 description

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed four recent contributions totalling nearly US$30 million, enabling more refugees in Uganda to receive food assistance than ever before.

New support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Japan and the United States of America, as well as the United Nations Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) will allow WFP – working in close partnership with UNHCR – to continue assisting more than 400,000 refugees who depend on international support in Uganda.

08 Apr 2016 description
report Medair

Recent violence in Pibor town has led to widespread looting of shops and NGO compounds, destruction of property and mass displacement. Thousands of people have fled to Vertet payam, a remote location that lacks adequate access to life’s basic needs, such as health care, food and clean drinking water. Now, relatively safe from the violence, the displaced and host community are facing other life-threatening challenges.

08 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

14,903 Identified unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children Households provided with cash grants since 1st January2016

1,288,598 NFIs distributed since January 2015

2,931 Shelters distributed since January 2015

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

08 Apr 2016 description

Key messages

  • Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years following two failed rainy seasons. One quarter of the population is affected and more than 10 million people are in need of emergency assistance. This number could increase if the spring rains are further delayed. Ethiopia is one of the countries most affected by the El Niño phenomenon, which has caused extreme weather across the African continent.

07 Apr 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12318

7667th Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Presidential Statement Welcomes Progress on Juba Security, Opposition Forces’ Return to Capital, While Regretting Lack of Full Implementation

Determining that the situation in South Sudan posed a continuing threat to regional peace and security, the Security Council today renewed, until 1 June, the sanctions imposed by resolution 2206 (2015) against those blocking peace in the war-torn country, including a travel ban and a freeze on their assets.

07 Apr 2016 description

$3.18 million investment will accelerate development of the country's coffee market

Thursday, April 7, 2016
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov | Twitter: @USAIDPress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will invest $3.18 million to strengthen efforts to rebuild the coffee industry in South Sudan and improve coffee farmer livelihoods.

07 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

By Justin Lynch

South Sudan is facing a critical shortage of drugs and life-saving medicines, according to Médecins Sans Frontières and a government official.

Read the full article on IRIN