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20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

20 Dec 2014 description

18 December 2014 - Seeking to improve sanitary conditions in Marol Market in Bor, Jonglei State, UNMISS Ethiopian peacekeepers today joined town residents in a cleaning campaign.

Ethiopian soldier Negas Mesfin said peacekeeping was not only about security. “Peacekeeping does not only mean protection and providing security to people, but also participating with the community in their activities.”

Bor Municipal Field Health Supervisor Garang Jacob Deng said the idea was to prepare Bor for the festive season, and also remove rubbish that had accumulated during the conflict.

20 Dec 2014 description

19 December 2014 - Destroying weapons and ammunition was a symbol of moving from war to peace and conflict to stability, a top UNMISS official in the Unity State capital Bentiu said today.

“It would be an assurance for concerned parties that the weapons never be used to commit any acts of violence, including human rights violations,” State Coordinator Officer-in-Charge Norbert Niyodusenga said during an exercise to deactivate weapons recovered in UNMISS Bentiu Protection of Civilian (POC) sites.

20 Dec 2014 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 477th meeting, held on 18 December 2014, adopted the following decision on the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP):

Council,

  1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission on the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan;

19 Dec 2014 description

A Review from Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and the Philippines

A review conducted in November 2014 by ICVA in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives considered 20 thematic indicators based on coordination and response in humanitarian crisis, with particular emphasis on the elements expected to be affected by the L3 process (coordination, accountability and leadership). While the results vary by each humanitarian crisis and response, six key themes emerged.

19 Dec 2014 description

NPA humanitarian Disarmament South Sudan has handed over three constructed ammunition stores to SPLA. The primary objective of the stores has been to mitigating the risk of unplanned explosions through the application of the principles contained in the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). Prior to this the ammunition was badly stored and was under great risk of catching fire during the dry season.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
    Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

November distributions under the Emergency Operation and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation. In November, WFP and its Cooperating Partners reached over 1 million people with a total of approximately 14,100 mt of food overall in South Sudan, including about 580,000 people and 8,300 mt under the EMOP and 420,000 people and 5,800 mt under the PRRO.

In numbers

1.4 million IDPs (OCHA estimates)

469,000 displaced outside South Sudan (OCHA estimates)

19 Dec 2014 description

Introduction

  1. After a long period of Government control, since May 2014, opposition forces attacked Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, on 29 October 2014. As has often been the case during the conflict in South Sudan, the attack was accompanied by reports that civilians were deliberately targeted by armed elements. Reports were also received that women were abducted by opposition forces and that conflict-related sexual violence took place.

19 Dec 2014 description

The Human Rights Division of the UN Mission in South Sudan has issued a report concerning allegations that opposition forces killed at least 11 civilians and committed other serious human rights abuses during an attack in the Unity State capital of Bentiu last October. UNMISS human rights officers also received testimony from multiple sources alleging that opposition forces abducted and raped female residents of Bentiu after government troops withdrew from some parts of the city during the afternoon of 29 October 2014.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Mercy Corps

One year ago today, fighting broke out on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The violence was fueled by a political conflict that quickly spread throughout the country, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians fled the terrifying attacks.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The “short rains” / “Deyr” season of late 2014 has had mixed performance across East Africa. Northeast Kenya and southern Somalia have been affected by persistently drier than average conditions since the early stages of the season. The onset of the season was delayed, while in the worst affected areas no growing season conditions were detected.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.

  • The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description

18 December 2014 - As part of efforts to ensure security for displaced persons, UNMISS and the UN Mine Action service (UNMAS) today destroyed weapons and ammunition found in its camp in Nasir, Upper Nile State.

Among objects demolished were 21 AK 47 rifles and an MI-16.

UNMISS State Coordinator Deborah Schein said the mission was clearing its base of any weapons or ammunition connected to the current conflict. Nasir was phase two of the effort, which began with a demolition exercise at UNMISS in the capital Malakal last week.

18 Dec 2014 description

"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.