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29 May 2015 description

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh.

29 May 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 27, 2015 (RUMBEK) - Warrap state authorities said calm has returned to greater Gogrial counties following two weeks of inter-clan fighting between two Dinka rival groups which left 18 people dead.

The clashes began on 14 May between clans of Gogrial East county and Gogrial West county, home to president Salva Kiir, allegedly over ownership of grazing rights along River Nyinagoth.

29 May 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 28, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s warring parties in the ongoing conflict will resume negotiations early next month, the spokesperson for the presidency said Thursday.

President Salva Kiir, Ateny Wek Ateny said, directed chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial and two members of his delegation to travel to Ethiopia on 8 June for resumption of peace talks with representatives of the armed opposition faction.

29 May 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 28, 2015 (NYAL) – South Sudanese armed opposition forces under the command of Gen. Khamis Abdulatiff have advised residents in the capital, Rumbek to vacate the town within three days.

In a statement extended to various media outlets Tuesday, the rebels said their fighters had occupied Lakes state and its surrounding areas, claims Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

29 May 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Recent eruption in renewed fighting in Unity and Upper Nile states has continued to displace hundreds of thousands, majority of them women, girls and children seeking shelter at UNMISS POC camps. More than 650,000 people are affected by the upsurge of the conflict. (HC statement, 18 May 2015). The situation in Southern Unity state has deteriorated further this reporting period. Over 155 staff of 22 organizations have been relocated from the location. The most affected counties are Leer, Ganyiel, Nyal and Koch.

29 May 2015 description

26 May 2015 – The very first Chinese Peacekeeping Infantry Battalion to ever be deployed in a Peacekeeping Mission held the Inauguration ceremony for its headquarters in the UNMISS UN House compound in Juba.

The battalion arrived to South Sudan in January as part of the surge force of 12,599 which was authorized by the UN Security Council on 24 December 2013 to assist the Mission to carry out it’s new mandate. The 700 men and women will join the 350 Chinese engineers, medical and other non-combatant personnel who are already serving in the Mission.

29 May 2015 description
report Pact

By Corinne Reilly

By the time the woman made it to Gatwech Chotlith’s desk, she’d already made up her mind that she was done living.

She’d been staying for months in one of the biggest civilian protection camps in South Sudan, on the outskirts of the capital, Juba, where she’d moved with her husband and child after fleeing their neighborhood amid the civil war that broke out in late 2013. The camp was crowded and dreary, and her relationship with her husband was at its worst. He was hitting her all the time.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· UNICEF and partners support over 148,350 South Sudanese refugees of which 88 per cent are women and children.

· The UNICEF/UNHCR/WFP report on the food security and nutrition situation showed a global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of 20.3 per cent and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rate of 4.6 per cent among the South Sudan refugees.

· A total of 18,309 children (10,682 boys and 7,627 boys) children have been registered at 34 Child friendly spaces.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11910

7451st Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Strongly condemning continued fighting, human rights abuses and attacks on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the Security Council this afternoon extended the Mission’s mandate for six months, sharpening its focus on protection of civilians, without changing force structure or numbers of troops and police.

28 May 2015 description

The conflict in South Sudan is still ongoing. After decades of struggle for liberation the country is once again in the middle of a devastating conflict. Many suggest that a key factor contributing to this is a lack of a deep collective identity or a shared sense of nationhood. The opportunity to become a nation comes partly from observing a shared history, culture, and identity. But also at the same time, by deepening the understanding of the values of cultural diversity and learning to live together with tolerance and harmony.

28 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

By Stella Madete, Oxfam in South Sudan.

On the west bank of the White Nile lies Terekeka, a small bustling town in Central Equatoria state in South Sudan. The town centre rises with the sun, with vibrant sounds and excited chatter marking the start of the day. A myriad of shops selling goods from sandals to phone chargers are setting up for the day’s trade. Loyal patrons are already breaking bread at their favourite restaurants, their voices raised and heavy with expectation for the coming hours.

28 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• HAC takes lead of the humanitarian response in East Darfur, sending relief items for 24,000 people to Abu Karinka.

• New displacements from East Darfur arrive in North Darfur and West Kordofan states.

• Severe weather hits five villages near Abyei town, leaving 210 households in need of assistance.

• Fighting in South Sudan expected to cause influx of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, where many refugee sites face overcrowding.

FIGURES

Displaced people in Sudan 3.1 million

27 May 2015 description
report Trócaire

Trócaire has been forced to evacuate three staff members from an area of South Sudan as a result of heavy fighting. Three staff members, who are all South Sudan nationals, spent three days taking shelter in a UN compound before being evacuated.

Our office in Melut, which is in the north of the country, has been broken into and badly looted as government and anti-government forces fight for control of the region. We have been forced to suspend our humanitarian programmes in the region, which had been delivering aid to 20,000 people in two towns.

27 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

Some 40 percent of people in South Sudan are expected to be severely hungry by the end of July, a figure higher than ever before projected.

OXFAM // 27 May 2015 (JUBA): Responding to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) or food analysis report for South Sudan, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director, Zlatko Gegic said:

“A frightening number of people in South Sudan are already severely hungry and 800,000 more are expected to join them as fighting prevents many from getting the help they urgently need.

27 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

JUBA, South Sudan, 27 May 2015 – The lives of nearly a quarter of a million children are at significant risk as food and nutrition security rapidly deteriorate in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF said today. The crisis comes as a result of ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a shrinking economy.

27 May 2015 description

JUBA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that South Sudan is facing the worst levels of food insecurity in the young country’s history because of a combination of conflict, high food prices and a worsening economic crisis.

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, released today, confirmed fears that unrelenting conflict and the onset of the lean season are intensifying alarming levels of hunger – both in conflict-affected areas and in other parts of the country.