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27 Jan 2015 description

KAMPALA – Almost 150,000 refugees living in Uganda are receiving from today reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding.

The ration cut of 50 percent, which began today, came as WFP struggles to raise an additional US$30 million for its operations in Uganda for the next six months.

27 Jan 2015 description

The future of South Sudan’s peace talks now lies with the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC), scheduled to meet on Thursday, 29 January, in Addis Ababa. Pressure is mounting for the PSC to release the findings of the AU-led inquiry into the conflict, which could lead to sanctions against key individuals. The expected tabling of the report in this meeting has given new impetus to the peace talks.

27 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 21-27 January

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.

27 Jan 2015 description

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemns the killing of eleven civilians, five of them journalists, in a roadside ambush while travelling to Raja in Western Bahr El Ghazal State on Sunday, 25 January 2015.

Unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a two-car convoy which was transporting the new County Commissioner of Raja, James Benjamin, including a team of local journalists.

The vehicles were returning to Raja when they came under attack between Sepo and Magaya. It was the second roadside ambush in the country in less than two weeks.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Some 280 children handed over to UNICEF today

JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January 2014 – UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 26, 2015 (MABOR) – It’s been alleged that thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan’s Jonglei state are being blocked from accessing humanitarian assistance by rebel forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

IDPs in Duk county and some areas of bordering Uror county say the situation is life-threatening.

They claim rebel commanders are preventing civilians attempting to enter government-controlled areas in search of food.

27 Jan 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • There have been tremendous advances in tackling impunity for serious crimes over the past 20 years, in particular through the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court.

  • For those seeking justice, accountability, and an end to the country’s longstanding culture of impunity, the African Union’s commission of inquiry on South Sudan is a beacon of light.

27 Jan 2015 description

14 October, Kampala – A half-day meeting of ministers in-charge of Karamoja Cluster affairs from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda that convened in Kampala’s Munynyo Commonwealth resort today concluded with the launch of an annual ministerial forum as well as a collective commitment on harmonizing peace, security and development initiatives across the Cluster.

26 Jan 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Horn of Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda covers approximately 5.2 million square kilometers with more than 65% of the land receiving less than 500mm of rainfall annually. This region is home to over 217 million people with diverse and rich culture, resources and opportunities which have enabled them to harness livelihoods over the years.

26 Jan 2015 description

26 January 2015 - To help prevent inter-communal conflict in Lakes State, UNMISS recently started conducting a series of roundtable dialogues in different areas in the state.

The dialogues, organized by the Civil Affairs Section, are aimed at identifying problems between communities and discussing possible solutions to promote peaceful co-existence.

26 Jan 2015 description

23 January 2015 - To enhance safety mechanisms for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in UNMISS protection sites, UN Police (UNPOL) advisors today completed a training for a community watch group in Juba.

The four-day course focused on gender, child protection, rights of women and children, local justice to deal with minor issues and crimes, dispute resolution, and benefits of visible patrols and community reassurance.

26 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 21st January 2015, Kakuma had received 44,953 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the camp population to 179,714. As at 17th January, 178,977 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.5% of the registered population.

26 Jan 2015 description

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Monday 1/26/2015 - 11:27 GMT

Eleven people, including four journalists working for South Sudan's state-run media, have been killed in an ambush in the remote west of the war-torn nation, independent Radio Tamazuj reported Monday.

A convoy carrying the journalists and local officials was ambushed in Raja county, western Bahr al Ghazal State on Sunday, leaving a total of 11 dead, state governor Rizik Zakaria Hassan was quoted as saying.

The journalists worked for South Sudan TV, Raja Radio and Radio Wau.

26 Jan 2015 description
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FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2014 crop production in most southern bi-modal rainfall areas

  • Good yields expected in northern uni-modal rainfall areas, but reduced plantings in conflict-affected areas will lower cereal production

  • Good pasture availability in general, but livestock movements are severely affected by conflict

  • High cereal prices in conflict-affected areas exacerbate the precarious local food security situation

26 Jan 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Upcoming harvest could be double last year

  • Equatorial forests offer great potential

By Barbara Lewis

Jan 26 (Reuters) - A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

Spring production over the coming weeks is expected to deliver 60 tonnes, double the volume of an initial batch of exports last year to Kenya.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 25, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that flooding has hindered transfer of South Sudanese refugees to new relocation sites in Sudan’s White Nile state.

Last December, the humanitarian commissioner in Khartoum state, Mustafa al-Sinarri announced the relocation of South Sudanese refugees Khartoum state to the While Nile state, adding it was decided to build new refugees camps near the border.