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24 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

South Sudan has the largest number of child soldiers in Africa. Most are still fighting, but efforts are being made to disarm and reintegrate them into society

David Zelu, not yet 16 years old, looks up, smiles, and stretches his arms to the sky where the sun is finally breaking through the clouds. The rain that has hammered on the wooden roof of the small hut he shares with four other teenagers has passed. Crows wheel overhead, and small thin children jump in puddles.

24 Jul 2017 description

Overview

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) manages the common pipeline for the Shelter and NFI Cluster by procuring, transporting and storing stocks throughout South Sudan. Supplies are accessible to Cluster partners ensuring sectorial coverage of the current and future needs more efficiently.

24 Jul 2017 description

JANET ADONGO

On a long winding road in Malakal town, lined mostly with county government offices and ministry headquarters, Eliza Wanykow Chan opens her teashop.

It is 6 o’clock in the morning. The town is just coming to life.

In the market just a few meters away, women begin to spread their wares - mostly vegetables and fish. The smell of fresh bread baking in ovens and zalabia (tea scones) frying, merges with that of the tea Eliza has started brewing for her customers who are mostly government officials on their way to work.

24 Jul 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events. This week, two new events have been reported: outbreaks of cholera in Burundi and CrimeanCongo haemorrhagic fever in Senegal. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events in the region, including the:

• Grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan;

• Grade 2 outbreaks of necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe, and cholera in Tanzania;

24 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9,437 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda between the 5 th and 18th of July at an average daily rate of 674. The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda now stands at 990,761 and is expected to reach one million within the next few weeks if current arrival rate continues.

24 Jul 2017 description

PHILLIP MBUGO

Internally displaced people seeking sanctuary at a Catholic church in Rimenze are grateful to UN peacekeepers for their willingness to stay with them overnight in what they describe as “hell on earth”.

The community took refuge at the local church in Western Equatoria after fighting erupted in January. They say members of their families were killed by armed forces and their homes were looted and burnt to the ground.

24 Jul 2017 description

PETER RING ARIIK

Religious and political leaders are being urged to lead a peace and reconciliation campaign in the Lakes region of South Sudan, which has been the scene of ongoing intercommunal conflict driven by cattle-raiding.

At a conflict transformation workshop hosted by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Mission encouraged political and religious leaders to work together as advocates for peace and reconciliation across the region.

24 Jul 2017 description

Peace and security issues took greater precedence at the recent bi-annual AU summit in Addis Ababa than in previous years. The crises in Burundi, South Sudan and Somalia were among the issues discussed, but no major decisions were taken by the heads of state and government.

24 Jul 2017 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites [i]

  • As of 20 July 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 217,969 including 114,683 in Bentiu, 30,551 in Malakal, 38,448 in Juba UN House, 1,940 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 169 in UNMISS base and 31,527 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
24 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP is expanding its Complaints and Feedback Mechanism across the country in order to enhance two-way communication between WFP and the communities it serves.

  • WFP participated in the National Girls Education Day to raise awareness and promote girls’ right to education.

In Numbers

3.8 million people assisted by WFP (2017) 2 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

1.8 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR) 216,956 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

23 Jul 2017 description

South Sudan: Sexual violence ‘on a massive scale’ leaves thousands in mental distress amid raging conflict

Thousands of South Sudanese women and girls, and some men, who have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict are battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help, Amnesty International revealed in a new report out today.

23 Jul 2017 description

1,951,514 Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 June (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

520,399 South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 30 June

274,920 Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 30 June

KEY FIGURES

63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)

22 Jul 2017 description

Country Priorities

ACORD in Uganda works in partnership with the poor and the marginalised to change conditions undermining social justice through participatory people-centred practical work, research and advocacy. To this end ACORD is implementing programmes focusing on resilient livelihoods, rights and responsibilities promotion, and peace building and conflict resolution. ACORD also provide life-saving support to Burundian, Congolese, and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

22 Jul 2017 description

3,8 millions de personnes sont désormais déplacées en République démocratique du Congo

(Kinshasa / New York / Genève, 21 juillet 2017) : Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, Stephen O'Brien, a terminé une mission de quatre jours en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) en demandant au monde « de ne pas oublier la RDC, où des millions de filles, garçons, femmes et hommes souffrent de la violence, de maladies et de la malnutrition ».