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01 Apr 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 01 April 2015: Since January last year, when His Excellency President Omar Hassan Al Bashir called for a national dialogue to address Sudan’s challenges, the African Union High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) has been supporting the efforts of the Sudanese stakeholders to realise a genuinely inclusive and transformative National Dialogue which will determine the future of Sudan.

01 Apr 2015 description

Situation overview

An inter-cluster team comprising representatives of NGOs and UN agencies visited Kauch Payam in Guit County, Unity State from 16-18 February to conduct an initial rapid needs assessment of the humanitarian situation in the region. The team consisted of NGO and UN cluster partners from both Juba and Bentiu. The mission was organized based on reports of chronic food insecurity and other humanitarian concerns in the area.The following agencies were represented: ARUDA, IOM, VSF-CH, WFP, Concern Worldwide, IRC, OCHA, UNDSS and TDI/UNMAS.

01 Apr 2015 description

Situation overview

The Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG) in Juba and Bentiu conducted an Initial Rapid Need Assessment (IRNA) team to Mankien in Mayom County from 20-23 February 2015 to assess the humanitarian situation in the area. The team consisted of a thirteen-person UN and INGO team with participants from various humanitarian organisations, representing 8 clusters (Education, FSL, GBV, Health, NFI&ES, Nutrition, Protection, WASH). The team was received by representatives of the SSRRC, and INGO partners working in Mankien.

01 Apr 2015 description

This IRNA Report is a product of Inter-Agency Assessment mission conducted and information compiled based on the inputs provided by partners on the ground including; government authorities, affected communities/IDPs and agencies.

Situation overview

Approximately 16,940 displaced people and vulnerable host community members have been identified by the SSRRA in Nimni payam, and an additional 71,000 in five payams within the immediate surroundings of Nimni.

01 Apr 2015 description

2015 HRD LAUNCHED

On 6 March, the Government launched the 2015 Humanitarian Requirements Document. The appeal calls for US$386 million to address the relief food needs of 2.9 million people and emergency needs in the nutrition, WaSH, health, agriculture and education sectors.
With $41 million carry-over from 2014, the amount required to fund humanitarian operations during the year is $344 million.

FOOD SECURITY

01 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • A new ETC site has been established in Nyal (Unity State). Internet connectivity services have been made available to humanitarians responding in this area.

  • Internet connectivity has been restored in the new humanitarian hub in Mingkaman (Lakes State).

Achievements

  • The ETC continues to support 26 repeater sites for the provision of security telecommunications services.

01 Apr 2015 description

Maize, sorghum, wheat, and groundnuts are the most important food commodities in South Sudan. Sorghum, maize, and groundnuts are the staple foods for the poor in most rural areas. Maize flour and wheat (as bread) are more important for middle-income and rich households in urban areas. Sorghum and maize are generally substitutable for one another but preferences are shifting towards maize over time, especially in the southern half of Southern Sudan. Groundnuts are important for the rural poor in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

31 Mar 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 31, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan has opposed the direct involvement of United Nations Security Council and the Troika countries in the next round of peace talks.

31 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

31 Mar 2015 description

At the end of 2013, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and vice-President Riek Machar, following months of escalating tensions, reached boiling point. Gun battles in the capital Juba quickly escalated to massacres and continued fighting elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

31 Mar 2015 description

In the early weeks of the South Sudan crisis last year, thousands of families crossed state borders from Jonglei to Nimule, Eastern Equatoria State to escape violence and fighting. Until March 2014, these IDPs were staying with their host relatives, scattered in churches and schools, and living under trees in town. Since, they have moved to Melijo, a camp that has been home to 5 000 IDPs from Jonglei State for fourteen months.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Miraya FM

The State ministry of health this week launched a 3 day door-to-door vaccination campaign for all children under the age of 5 years.

The campaign that ends today, targets more than three hundred thousand (300.000) children in all six counties.

The state manager of the expanded programme on immunization, George Alzenio Legge, says the vaccinators have so far covered 90% of the areas identified.

31 Mar 2015 description

Some 180,000 people today live in the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya, a camp built for 40,000. The water supply consists of local groundwater, of a quality and quantity not entirely understood. A better understanding is now being achieved thanks to a project financed by the SDC, and with the help of new technologies.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

Education offers positive alternative for children

PHOENIX (March 26, 2015) – Food for the Hungry (FH) recently received a UNICEF grant in the amount of $1,004,221, including a match of $286,792 from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), which will enable FH to provide access to life-saving, inclusive education to girls and boys affected by the crisis in South Sudan.

31 Mar 2015 description

JUBA - The Government of Japan will contribute $4.1 million towards a UNOPS-implemented project that will increase humanitarian access and improve sanitary conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan.

30 Mar 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Alfred Ladu Gore

1. The Effects of Flawed Methodological Approach on the Fundamental Issues Arising from the Crisis Situation in South Sudan

In the methodological context of this paper, it is better to be up-front as a non-partisan method of analysis in revealing the emotions, feelings, experiences and interest of the author in exposing what is really happening with the IGAD peace process that has stagnated and in turn how it has not made any head way at all.