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UN evacuates staff, aid workers in South Sudan

The troops from the UN mission were expected to continue evacuations on Thursday from Bunj, in Upper Nile State, where a local militia was blamed for the killings of six relief workers.

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Warring Parties in South Sudan Must Embark on Path of Reconciliation or Risk Humanitarian Catastrophe, Senior Official Warns Security Council

Security Council

SC/11510

7235th Meeting (AM)

Reiterating Government’s Commitment to Peace Process,
Permanent Representative Urges Armed Groups to Show ‘Seriousness and Faithfulness’

After three years of independence, South Sudan was on the “brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict”, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official warned the Security Council this morning.

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Nigeria + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, August 7 – August 13, 2014

- Below-average rains observed across western Sahel during late July.

- Wetness continues in Eastern Africa.

1) Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been both suppressed and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria leading to a strengthening of moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

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UNHCR Tierkidi Camp Profile August 2014

Contextual Background

Pattern in Population

As the refugee camps in Gambella quickly reached their capacity, Tierkidi Camp was opened on 17 May 2014 to receive the new arrivals, transiting mainly from Akobo, Pagak and Burbiey entry points.

Areas of Origin

The population is primarily comprised of refugees originating from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

Cultural Background

The refugees are predominantly ethnic Luo-Nuer.

Main Occupations

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Press release by Humanitarian Country Team: Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan horrified by killings in Maban County

Juba, 6 August 2014: Country representatives of key non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donors in South Sudan are horrified by the killings of at least six South Sudanese aid workers in Maban County, Upper Nile State, in the past 48 hours. The humanitarian community is united in condemning these ethnically based crimes, and calls on authorities to conduct a full and swift investigation and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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South Sudan Crisis: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 July 2014)

Displacement, disease and malnutrition threaten lives

Eight months into the current conflict the situation in South Sudan continued to deteriorate.
The rainy season is underway increasing the risk of diseases, including cholera. Hunger and malnutrition are also on the rise with millions of people facing emergency levels of food insecurity. Over 1.5 million people have been displaced from their homes.

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International community moving toward SSudan ultimatum: Kerry

08/06/2014 02:55 GMT

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 (AFP) - The international community is moving toward issuing an ultimatum to the parties in South Sudan's civil war raging since 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday.

Washington is trying to impress upon South Sudanese President Salva Kiir the need for an agreement in a new round of peace talks aimed at ending his country's civil war.

On the sidelines of the US-Africa Summit, Kerry met with Kiir and the regional bloc brokering the talks, IGAD -- Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Uganda.

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Ethiopia: Areas of Humanitarian Concern Snapshot (as of July 2014)

Areas that received poor mid-February to May belg/gu/ganna rainfall are reporting increasing water shortages and pasture for livestock. Results of bi-annual and ad-hoc nutrition surveys revealed deteriorating nutrition situations in parts of the country, especially in Oromia and Somali regions. Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities are particularly affected, requiring close follow-up and timely assistance. The situation is expected to further deteriorate until the next rainy season in October.

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Press Release from the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan, 5 August 2014

5 August 2014, Addis Ababa: After six weeks of extensive consultations with the stakeholders, IGAD member states, and international partners, the IGAD-led mediation convened the fifth session of negotiations on 4 August 2014. The stakeholders, including the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition) had repeatedly assured the mediation of their commitment to the inclusive, multi-stakeholder roundtable peace process and the modalities for comprehensive talks.

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UNHRD Operations Overview: Support to Current Humanitarian Crises (as of 1 August 2014)

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World Food Programme

The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a network of depots around the world (Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that stores and manages relief items on behalf of the humanitarian community. Strategic stocks of emergency relief goods are available at any given time and, at the onset of an emergency, UNHRD is ready to dispatch immediately.

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European Union support to strengthen peace and stability in Sudan [EN/AR]

Report
European Union

The EU is enhancing support to peace-building and stabilisation in Sudan by allocating EUR 13,5 million Euro under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) over the next three years.
The new programme, adopted on 29 July, will continue to contribute to peace, security and stability in Sudan, especially in the conflict-affected areas in the vicinity of its southern border. It will also address a range of other needs, including those linked to the impact on Sudan of the most recent conflict in South Sudan.

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South Sudan celebrates independence, but children's futures hang in balance

5 August 2014 - With no permanent home in site, SOS Children’s Villages proceeds with construction of a temporary village for refugee children and families from Malakal, South Sudan.

Despite political and ethnic polarisation that has plagued South Sudan for the last six months, the youngest country in the world celebrated three years of independence on 9 July 2014. The streets of the capital, Juba, were lined with troops singing and dancing, carrying banners proclaiming "One People, One Nation".

The world's most fragile state

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Northern Bahr el Ghazal launches reunification of children

4 August 2014 - Authorities in the Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State today launched an exercise to reunify more than 80 children who have been living on the streets in the state capital Aweil with their families in different counties in the state.

The reunification, which will done in collaboration with Save the Children International and UNMISS, follows successful counselling of the children over a seven-day period at a reformatory centre owned by the Directorate of Child Welfare in the state Ministry of Social Development.

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UNMAS, ECHO launch campaign in London

5 August 2014 - To raise awareness about the impact of landmines, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) recently launched an outreach and advocacy campaign in the UK capital London.

The campaign, intended to reach a European audience, also seeks to highlight support given by the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) as a leading donor for mine action work in different parts of South Sudan.

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OCHA Country Based Pooled Funds 2013

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OCHA by numbers 2013

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Back but not home: supporting the reintegration of former LRA abductees into civilian life in Congo and South Sudan

Since 2008 the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been abducting children and adults in the neglected border areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The thousands who survive this ordeal must then embark on the painful process of reintegrating into normal civilian life.

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UNMISS deplores killings of more humanitarian aid workers in Maban County

The UN mission warns that these "ethnically targeted attacks on unarmed aid workers will have a very drastic and adverse impact on the operations of humanitarian partners."