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06 Feb 2012 description

In yet another milestone for the world’s newest country, South Sudan has its own first ever United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) plan crafted together with the new government, and approved by the organisation’s governing board last night.

The two-year programme will support the government’s plans to build its own capacity, develop pro-poor policy and improve health systems, as well as reintegrate ex-combatants.

06 Feb 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 4, 2012 (JUBA) - Jonglei state must deliver services effectively and equally across the conflict ravaged state, an MP in Jonglei State’s Legislative Assembly told Sudan Tribune.

Tuong Majok Deng MP, who represents Fangak North constituency number three, said that three counties of Jonglei state are being undermined by the state government in the way services are delivered.

He claimed that Fangak North, Pigi and Pachala counties are receiving less development projects than the other eight counties in the 2011 budget.

04 Feb 2012 description

This document provides an overview of developments in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest from 18 January—30 January 2012, with hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

Inside this Issue:
Economic Development
Governance & Rule of Law
Humanitarian Affairs
Security
Socio-cultural Development

04 Feb 2012 description

(New York / Juba, South Sudan, 3 February 2012): On the third day of a four-day visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos, met with representatives from the Government, the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), and donor countries in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to discuss the complex humanitarian challenges facing the world’s youngest nation.

03 Feb 2012 description
report UN News Service

3 February 2012 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern over a cattle raid in a northern state of South Sudan earlier this week, which led to 78 deaths and numerous injuries among civilians, most of whom were women and children.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Enough Project

On February 1, Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, bombed a school in the village of Heiban in South Kordofan on the first day of classes. Eyewitnesses report that eight bombs were dropped and two landed inside the school compound destroying two buildings. No injuries were reported, even though the school was full of students, an outcome the church group that built and supports the school called “a miracle.”

A Christian Evangelical group Samaritan’s Purse has supported the school since it opened in 2007.

03 Feb 2012 description
report ACTED

JUBA [ACTED News] - Following South Sudan’s declaration of independence on 9 July 2011, the security situation on the border between Sudan and South Sudan has steadily deteriorated. Populations of Blue Nile State in south-east Sudan have been fleeing areas targeted by attacks since November 2011, and finding refuge in South Sudan. Tens of thousands of refugees arrive every day, and the situation is quickly escalating into a dramatic crisis.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The Deputy Mayor of Juba Town ,David Lokonga says his office has lifted the ban on water tankers supplying water to residents in Juba.

Lokonga told Radio Miraya on Friday that the order was issued after the Mayor's office discovered that most of the water tankers were collecting water from contaminated water points. He added the order issued was meant to make the water tankers supply clean water to all the residents at an affordable price.

03 Feb 2012 description

3 February 2012 – In what has been dubbed the biggest single release of children associated with armed forces and groups (CAAFGs) since South Sudan became independent, 53 young people were released today in Western Bahr-El-Ghazal State, according to UNICEF.

"The release and return to their families of these children today opens a new chapter in their lives -- a chapter of hope and opportunities,” said UNICEF South Sudan Representative Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque.

03 Feb 2012 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 3 February 2012 (IRIN) - The belief that the end is nigh for Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) - a small but ruthless transnational armed group operating in four African states - underestimates its resilience and overestimates the unity and capability of the forces ranged against it, say analysts.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Medair

Medair’s Stella Chetham reports from a camp where nearly 10,000 South Sudanese returnees are stranded, waiting to return to the homes they left behind 20 years ago. Months ago, there was nothing here but a swamp. Now, 9,500 people live here, waiting, camping out on the swampy banks of the river Nile. They are among the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese who have flocked back to their homeland filled with hopes of lasting peace after living more than 20 years in the north.

03 Feb 2012 description
  • Oil revenues make up 98 percent of South Sudan's income

  • U.N. warns of "longer season of hunger" in 2012

By Hereward Holland

PIBOR, South Sudan, Feb 3 (Reuters) - South Sudan's decision to shut down its oil output will make many more people dependent on food aid in one of the world's most undeveloped nations, the United Nations said.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

03 Feb 2012 description

Key Points

• Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) continues in parts of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, displacing more civilians.

• The estimated number of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan and Ethiopia reaches some 140,000 people.

• An airstrike by the SAF in South Sudan is reported to have hit a transit site where Sudanese refugees were sheltering, injuring one boy.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The United States Aid for International Development (USAID) said on Thursday that it will rehabilitate the Yei/Morobo road. This comes after the USAID met with the Commissioner of the Yei River County Commissioner, Elia Wai Wai.

An Engineer at USAID, Richard Nyarsuk, said that the project is aimed at connecting the feeder roads for farmers to easily access the markets for agricultural products.

Nyarsuk said that the roads will also improve the livelihoods of local farmers.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The Upper Nile State Ministry of Physical Infrastructure said that it is planning to construct a new water station in Malakal to provide water to all parts of the town.

The Ministry also said that it is planning to construct a new river port in Malakal.

The Minister of Physical Infrastructure, Bol Ruach, told Radio Miraya that the projects are being funded and constructed by the Japanese International Corporation Agency and the construction is expected to start next month.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The U.N. mission in South Sudan has said its investigation team came under fire while investigating reports of a massacre of nearly 80 people by armed men in uniforms on Wednesday.

"According to local sources, so far 78 people were reported killed, 68 wounded, nine missing and thousands are reported to be displaced," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Speaking in a press conference in Juba on Thursday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lize Grande said one team member was shot and was immediately evacuated.

03 Feb 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The United Nations relief chief on Wednesday underlined the enormity of the humanitarian challenges facing South Sudan on the first day of her three-day visit to the fledgling country, highlighting the needs of returnees, an influx of refugees, internal displacement as a result of ethnic conflict and endemic poverty.

03 Feb 2012 description

IOM Director-General, William Lacy Swing arrived yesterday in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on the third leg of a visit which also took him to Somalia and Kenya.

Ambassador Swing is in South Sudan to meet government officials, including President Salva Kiir Maryadit, and to inspect humanitarian emergency work being carried out by IOM.

This is Mr Swing's first visit to the country since South Sudan declared independence from the North in July 2011 and joined IOM at the end of the same year.

03 Feb 2012 description

(Juba, South Sudan/New York, 2 February 2012): On the second day of her mission to South Sudan, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos travelled to Jonglei State, where over 140,000 people have been affected by a vicious upsurge in inter-communal violence. The ERC arrived in the state capital Bor, before travelling to Walgak and Pibor to assess the humanitarian situation of thousands of civilians suffering in the wake of the inter-communal violence.