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FEATURE

Iraq

AFFECTED AREAS Mosul district, Salahuddin governorate

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT Conflict

FIGURES About 43,000 new displacements between January and 5 March

CONTEXT

17 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan faced fresh challenges in 2016. An already fragile peace deal fell apart in July when fighting broke out in Juba, leaving more than 200 dead. The fighting spread to other parts of the country, marking an escalation of untold suffering including claims of torture and widespread rape of women.

By September 2016, refugees fleeing South Sudan into neighbouring countries crossed the one million mark.

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

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Faits saillants

• L’épidémie de choléra se stabilise dans le Territoire de Mambasa.

• 85% des 3 642 cas de violences sexuelles basées sur le genre rapportés dans l’ancienne Province Orientale se sont produits en Ituri.

• Plus de 11 600 personnes retournées victimes de conflits fonciers attendent une aide au retour.

Aperçu de la situation

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report Invisible Children

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 14 attacks in January 2017 in which they abducted 59 civilians, the highest monthly abduction total since September 2016. However, the 59 abductions in January 2017 was a sharp reduction compared to January 2016, when LRA forces abducted 171 civilians.

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Overview

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) manages the common pipeline for the Shelter and NFI Cluster by procuring, transporting and storing stocks across South Sudan. The common pipeline project is a pool of supplies that is shared with the Cluster partners to ensure sectorial coverage of the current and future needs more effectively and efficiently.

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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is alarmed by US President Donald Trump’s announcement today of his administration’s intention to cut the international affairs budget, which includes humanitarian aid, development and diplomacy, by US$10.1 billion or 28 per cent, to bolster a $54 billion hike in military spending.

“The question is not if human lives will be lost as a result of President Trump’s decision to slash spending on foreign aid and diplomacy; the question is how many and how soon,” warned Joel Charny, NRC’s Director in the United States.

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by Stephen O'Brien | https://twitter.com/unreliefchief
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:57 GMT

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Allowing famine to unfold is a choice; we must make the choice to stop it

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report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2277 (2016), in which the Council requested me to report on the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.

It covers developments since the issuance of my report of 4 October 2016 (S/2016/840) and provides information on peace and security developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region until 28 February 2017.

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OUTLOOK FOR APRIL - JUNE 2017

Since July 2016, the security situation has significantly deteriorated in the Equatorias, which now form the new frontline of the conflict between the government and the opposition. Longstanding local grievances between Dinka and non-Dinka are becoming bound up with more strategic concerns, raising the risk of widespread inter-ethnic violence.

UNDERLYING DRIVERS OF CONFLICT IN THE EQUATORIAS

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report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· The arrival rate for South Sudanese refugees into Uganda is still high at almost 2,000 per day.

· Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced. However, UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal is only 6 per cent funded to date.

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JACOB RUAI/FILIP ANDERSSON

An estimated 60,000 children in Bentiu and beyond are expected to be vaccinated against polio during an ongoing immunization campaign.

The three-day exercise, which ends on Saturday and also targets children staying at the UNMISS protection of civilians site, is being organized by the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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HIGHLIGHTS

71,529 South Sudanese refugees, most of whom are new arrivals.

103,420 Refugees from the Central African Republic.

39,499 Refugees from Burundi.

539,106 Congolese refugees in African countries

379 Rwandan refugees repatriated from DRC in 2017.

Working with partners

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EN BREF

71.529 Réfugiés sudsoudanais en RDC, dont la plupart sont nouvellement arrivés.

103.420 Réfugiés centrafricains en RDC.

39.499 Réfugiés burundais en RDC.

539.106 Réfugiés de la RDC en Afrique.

379** Réfugiés rwandais rapatriés de la RDC en 2017.

Travail avec les partenaires

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 25,000 people in Belle Elsereif in South Darfur’s East Jebel Marra locality are in need of humanitarian aid.

  • Aid organisations continue to respond to the needs of over 53,000 Jebel Marra IDPs in North Darfur.

  • National cereal production is estimated at 8 million MT—a 70% increase compared to the five-year average.

  • Over 11,000 people in Kurmuk locality, Blue Nile State are facing serious water shortages.

FIGURES 2017 HRP

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Region-Country:
Africa and Middle East / South Sudan

Switzerland – IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, today condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy in South Sudan on 14 March, which resulted in the death of two people and left three others injured.

“I unequivocally condemn the attack on IOM staff, health workers and civilians, who were assaulted during a lifesaving humanitarian mission in Yirol East County, South Sudan,” said Ambassador Swing.

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Highlights

  • WFP is providing food assistance to newly arrived refugees in the recently opened Imvepi Refugee Settlement.

  • The refugee operation in Uganda now costs WFP USD 15 million a month, which is more than double the pre-July 2016 figure.

  • A total of 11,000 small-scale farmers were trained on farming and grain aggregation.

Operational Updates

Refugees

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Highlights

  • In February, the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update highlighted a deteriorating food security situation in South Sudan, with two counties reportedly facing famine conditions.

  • In Leer and Mayendit counties, WFP teams provided life-saving food assistance to 164,000 people facing famine conditions.

  • WFP and World Vision began the first cycle of payments to 7,000 households as part of the Juba urban response pilot.

Operational Updates