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23 Jan 2012 description

House of COMMONS

Oral EVIDENCE

TAKEN BEFORE the

International Development Committee

South Sudan: The birth of a nation and the Prospects for Peace and Development

Tuesday 17 January 2012 melinda Young, Emily SpeersMears,

Robert Schofield and Clea Kahn DR Sara Pantuliano, Rebecca Coleman and Canon Ian Woodward

Evidence heard in Public Questions 1 - 65

USE OF THE TRANSCRIPT

23 Jan 2012 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over continuing tensions along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the current crisis over oil, saying that the situation represented a worrying deterioration in the relationship between the two countries.

23 Jan 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2012: Strengthen Support for ‘Arab Spring’

Governments Should Support Rights, Not Abusive Allies

(Cairo, January 22, 2012) – Many democracies have allowed their ties with repressive allies to temper their support for human rights in the Arab Spring protests, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2012. For reasons of principle and long-term interest, governments should stand firm with the people of the Middle East and North Africa when they demand their basic rights and work to ensure the transition to genuine democracies.

23 Jan 2012 description

La Niña conditions have reemerged in the second half of 2011 and might possibly continue into the first half of 2012. Due to the effect of the La Nina episode mainly over the south and south-eastern part of the country, the number of people in need of food assistance increased from 2.8 million to 3.2 million for the month of April to June and 4.5 million from June to December 2011.
The findings of the multi-agency assessment and subsequent monitoring results indicate that approximately 3.2 Million people require relief food assistance in 2012

22 Jan 2012 description
report IRIN

GENÈVE, 22 janvier 2012 (IRIN) - Les gouvernements de 15 pays parmi les plus touchés par les déplacements internes n'ont pas réussi à protéger les personnes déplacées à l'intérieur de leur propre pays (PDIP) de manière satisfaisante et, dans de nombreux cas, ils portent la responsabilité des violences ou des maltraitances qui ont provoqué les déplacements, a indiqué une étude réalisée par l'institution Brookings et la London School of Economics (LSE).

22 Jan 2012 description

Highlights:

  • Following continued inter-communal violence in Jonglei State, humanitarian partners doubled the estimated number of affected people to 120,000, many of whom require life-saving assistance.

  • Continued inter-communal attacks were reported in Duk, Nyirol and Akobo counties in Jonglei, with insecurity restricting humanitarian assessment of those in need.

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to over 78,000 refugees in Upper Nile and Unity states, displaced by ongoing fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

21 Jan 2012 description

January 20, 2012 (PIBOR) - Thousand of women from Murle in Pibor County receiving food rations from the UN’s World Food Program after ethnic violence in the area complain that food there is not enough to food to support them.

Ongoing cattle raids and counter attacks between the Murle of Pibor County and the Nuer ethnic group from other areas of Jonglei state, escalated dramatically in late December when 8,000 armed Nuer men attacked Pibor.

21 Jan 2012 description

January 20, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations (UN) has expressed serious concerns over the plight of more than 120,000 people, mainly women and children believed to have been displaced by ethnic violence in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei.

Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan on Friday described the situation as “very serious” saying those affected by the cycle of violence in the region urgently require humanitarian assistance.

“I can tell you the violence in Jonglei hasn’t yet stopped,” she said.

21 Jan 2012 description

January 20, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has reaffirmed its rejection at any attempt to deliver aid in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states outside the purview of its authority.

Khartoum refuses to allow foreign aid groups into the two states on the borders with South Sudan, where its army has been fighting rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) since last year.

21 Jan 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The Head of the United Nations Children's Funds (UNICEF) in South Sudan has said that over 100 children have been reunited with their parents in Pibor, Jonglei State.

Many children went missing and some later recollected and kept by the South Sudan Red Cross Society following the Pibor attack in December last year. The attack left scores of people killed, unspecified cattle looted and about 60,000 people displaced and children separated from their parents.

20 Jan 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Increased inter-ethnic tension and hate speech in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei State could lead to systematic atrocities, according to the United Nations and church leaders.

Fighting has left 120,000 people in the country in need of emergency food aid after the Lou Nuer and Murle cattle-herding communities have become involved in a cycle of fatal raids and revenge attacks, initially over water and grazing land. Cattle have been raided and women and children abducted during the conflict.

20 Jan 2012 description
report Save the Children

Since April 2009, Save the Children has been implementing an ECHO-funded cash transfer project in Baac Payam, Aweil East County.

20 Jan 2012 description

Background

In early December, over 5000 Lou Nuer youth from Northern Jonglei State were reported to have mobilised heading towards Pibor County to conduct a revenge attack against Murle. The two sides have engaged in multiple clashes over 2011, the most recent being in August where over 600 were killed in Uror county, and in June in Pibor where over 400 were estimated to have been killed.

20 Jan 2012 description

20 January 2012, JUBA (WHO South Sudan): There are threats of possible vector borne, water borne and respiratory tract disease outbreaks, and malnutrition among the displaced population in Pibor county. The displacement follows intertribal clashes in the last week of December 2011 and first week of January 2012 in which over 60,000 people from Pibor,Lekuangole, Fertait, Bilait, Dorein and others were displaced with many other areas were displaced while many others either reported wounded or dead.

20 Jan 2012 description

19 January 2012 - Pibor County Commissioner Joshua Kony today called for the creation of buffer zones along tribal borders in the strife-torn state of Jonglei to facilitate more effective monitoring of the movements of armed groups.

The county commissioner said that the establishment of such buffer zones separating the heartlands of the Murle, Lou Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups should be accompanied by the deployment of soldiers in those areas to deter reprisal attacks.

20 Jan 2012 description

Key Points

· Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) continues to affect civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

· Since June 2011, more than 78,000 Sudanese refugees from South Kordofan and Blue Nile have fled across the border into South Sudan, and 35,000 have people have fled from Blue Nile to Ethiopia, according to humanitarian partners in South Sudan and Ethiopia.

20 Jan 2012 description

(Juba, 20 January 2012): United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande, confirmed today that more than 120,000 people affected by the recent violence in Jonglei State may need emergency assistance.

“The violence in Jonglei hasn’t stopped,” Ms. Grande said. “Only two weeks ago we launched a massive emergency operation to help 60,000 people. As a result of recent attacks, we now estimate that double that number will need help.”

20 Jan 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

By John Actually

January 18, 2012 (BOR) - At least 85 people were killed and 33 wounded in an attack on Padiet payam [district] of Duk county in the west of Jonglei state which displaced 20,000 people on 16 January, according to Duk county commissioner Mochnom Wuor.

Among the dead in Padiet were three Murle attackers, one of whom was identified as a defector from division eight in Ayod of the South Sudan army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) said Wuor.

20 Jan 2012 description
report Voice of America

Nico Colombant

Six months after the exuberance of independence, South Sudan is struggling with major challenges, including recurring internal violence, large scale corruption, daunting security sector reform and growing disputes with Sudan to the north.

Deadly clashes between rival communities in Jonglei state in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of civilians and killed a yet to be determined number of people. The clashes followed similar violence in the same state in August, just weeks after South Sudan came into existence.

20 Jan 2012 description
report UN Security Council

CS/10524

Conseil de sécurité
6705e séance – matin & après-midi

« Le Conseil de sécurité souligne l’importance cruciale qu’il attache à la promotion de la justice et de l’état de droit, facteurs indispensables à une coexistence pacifique et à la prévention des conflits armés », a affirmé le Président du Conseil de sécurité aujourd’hui, en lisant une déclaration présidentielle au nom des membres du Conseil.