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28 May 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

Numerous regions in South Sudan are difficult to access due to a variety of factors, including conflict, poor roads and limited phone networks, making it unclear and difficult to identify what the most pressing needs are. During the first week of May, REACH, in cooperation with numerous NGOs and UN agencies, conducted a needs assessment of the population in Kaljaak – a remote village about an hour from Bentiu, the capital of Unity State. This was the first time humanitarian actors accessed this area since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013.

28 May 2016 description

Addis Ababa May 27/2016

Some seven children who were abducted by the Murle ethnic group of South Sudan have returned home safely.

This will bring the number of children freed from the abductors to 63.

Upon their arrival at Gambella Airport, Chief Administrator Gatluak Tut said the effort to bring back all the kidnapped children will be strengthened further.

According to him, the agreement between Ethiopia and the South Sudanese government to collaborate in resolving the problem peacefully will guarantee the return of the children and looted cattle.

28 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

27 May 2016 – Dr. Catherine Buzmion-Cheong, a United Nations peacekeeper, was working in Liberia when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the West African nation.

“The Ebola epidemic was unprecedented,” Dr. Buzmion-Cheong told the _UN News Centre_ from the capital, Monrovia, which is the headquarters for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “Initially, the lack of training and supplies, plus the stigma and the fear attributed to the Ebola virus disease hampered a lot of the critical intervention.”

27 May 2016 description
report Medair

A measles outbreak is sweeping through Aweil North County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State [Lol State]. An alarming number of children have died from suspected measles and local clinics report confirmed cases. Medair is responding with a county-wide emergency vaccination campaign.

27 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Population of UNMISS PoC site in Bentiu town, Unity State, decreases by nearly 15 percent in recent months.

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches approximately 1.5 million people with food and nutrition support in April.

Key Developments

27 May 2016 description

Summary

Bentiu protection of civilian site (PoC) was established in December 2013 with currently over 98,000 people seeking protection in the site. Humanitarian partners and UNMISS are working together with the community to improve the living condition in the PoC area.

27 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

27 May 2016 description

South Sudan - In response to an increase of measles cases, IOM South Sudan is teaming up with health agencies to vaccinate vulnerable people against the disease. IOM recently led vaccination campaigns for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bentiu and Malakal and additional campaigns are in progress.

27 May 2016 description

The presence of explosive detection dogs (EDD) will be increased throughout the country and today, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) South Sudan will receive 37 new EDDs. These dogs are valuable team members who work hard to protect vulnerable populations in South Sudan.

27 May 2016 description

Reduced rainfall expected to alleviate flooding concerns in the Shabelle River basin

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite more favorable rainfall along the coast during the last week, low and poorly-distributed rainfall during April and May has led to moderate moisture deficits over Liberia, portions of eastern Guinea Conakry, Cote d’Ivoire, and western Ghana.

27 May 2016 description
report Finn Church Aid

Violence between different age groups hangs as a shadow over life in South Sudan. 30-year-old Akim and 26-year-old Korok talk about how their lives are affected By violence.

Text: Satu Helin
Photos: Ville Palonen

The sounds of ringing bells, whistles, shouts and singing interrupt our conversation with peace advisor John Tawan from the South Sudanese government in the town of Pibor.

“Listen, this is what it’s like. Again”, peace advisor Tawan laments.

27 May 2016 description
report African Union

Press release

Addis Ababa, 23 May 2016 - The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Joint Coordination Mechanism (JCM) of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) took place in Addis Ababa on 20 May 2016.

27 May 2016 description

Dozens of detainees held in dire conditions in poorly ventilated metal shipping containers, fed only once or twice a week and given insufficient drinking water are at risk of death, warned Amnesty International today.

According to information obtained by the organisation, these conditions have apparently resulted in the deaths of multiple detainees at the Gorom detention site, located about 20km south of the capital Juba. Soldiers also periodically take them out of the containers and beat them.

26 May 2016 description

Juba, South Sudan, 26 May 2016

  1. The first World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9,000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organizations. The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much human suffering today.

26 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• A sub-national measles campaign is targeting more than 4 million children in five states of Sudan during 22-30 May 2016.
• South Sudanese continue to arrive in Sudan as a result of conflict and deteriorating food security conditions in South Sudan.
• UNHAS announces provisional direct flights between El Fasher and Sortony, North Darfur.
• An inter-agency mission to the Anka area in North Darfur has reported that 15,000 people in the area need assistance.

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