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Thousands of displaced exposed as rains approach

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW - Hundreds of thousands of displaced people in South Sudan are living under extremely harsh conditions and the approaching rainy season threatens to worsen their situation. An ICRC media delegate, Marco Yuri Jiménez, has just returned from a mission in South Sudan and describes with anecdotes and photos how the displaced are surviving and what we're doing to help.

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South Sudan deploys army to guard UN base after attack kills dozens

By Carl Odera

NAIROBI, April 18 (Reuters) - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday.

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South Sudan Dictates Media Coverage of Conflict

By Sadik Wani

JUBA, Apr 18 2014 (IPS) - As rebel forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar declared on Tuesday Apr. 15 that they had captured the key oil town of Bentiu, the government has been accused of clamping down on local media in an attempt to influence the reporting on the conflict.

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Diverse Functions of the INEE Minimum Standards in Education in Emergencies

An interview with Ken Rhodes, Deputy Director for Strategy and Development FHI 360°

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Women in South Sudan in "unimaginable" situation

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UN Radio

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Mothers and young girls in South Sudan are facing what has been described as an "unimaginable" situation.

The country continues to suffer from an internal conflict which has pitted government forces against rebels.

The UN says that close to one million people have been forced to flee their homes.

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Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians, UN in South Sudan

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UN News Service

The Security Council voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel.

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South Sudan Crisis - Fact Sheet #38, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

 Armed civilians attacked the UNMISS compound in Bor town, Jonglei State, causing internally displaced person (IDP) casualties
 Violence in Bentiu town, Unity State, targeted civilians and resulted in increased displacement
 Humanitarian leaders at a high-level meeting called on parties to cease hostilities and respect humanitarian law and urged additional funding to support vital aid operations

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South Sudanese find peace in Ethiopia as rains near and war continues

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Guardian

Shelters are running out, medicine is in short supply and the rainy season threatens refugees arriving in Gambella.

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 32 (as of 17 April 2014)

Highlights

 Heavy fighting in Bentiu, Unity State, on 14-15 April caused thousands of people to flee to the UN base. Civilians were reportedly targeted during the violence.

 An attack by armed youth on the UN base in Bor on 17 April killed dozens of civilians and injured many more.

 The number of people displaced within South Sudan rose to 927,000, with the highest increase in Upper Nile State.

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Children killed in brutal South Sudan fighting

JUBA, South Sudan, 18 April 2014 – A number of children have been killed in this week’s fighting in South Sudan - some in an attack on displaced civilians while others have been caught in the crossfire or died as a result of being recruited by armed groups and forces, UNICEF said today.

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At least 58 killed in attack on UN base in South Sudan

04/18/2014 13:55 GMT

JUBA, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - The United Nations said Friday at least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in an attack against one of its bases in South Sudan sheltering thousands of civilians.

The top UN official in the war-torn nation, Toby Lanzer, praised peacekeepers from India, Nepal and South Korea for preventing what could have been a massacre of up to 5,000 people, and vowed the world body would use "lethal force" again to protect civilians under their protection.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Sudan Issue 15 | 7 – 13 April 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• Thousands of newly displaced people were reported over the past week in Darfur, mainly from North Darfur, according to aid agencies.

• As of 14 April, aid agencies have had some form of access to about 249,828 displaced people in Darfur.

• As of 10 April, an estimated 60,600 people have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan, according to UNHCR.

• WFP and partners to distribute food aid to some 102,600 people in Blue Nile State.

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Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan condemn violence against civilians - Press release by the Humanitarian Country Team

Juba, 18 April 2014: Country representatives of key non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donors in South Sudan unite in condemning recent days’ attacks against civilians in Bentiu, Bor, and other parts of the country. Humanitarian partners are particularly outraged by deliberate and targeted killings of civilians in hospitals, churches, UN peacekeeping bases and other places where people’s rights should be sacrosanct.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Civilians pay heavy price in worsening S.Sudan war

04/18/2014 06:47 GMT

by Jenny VAUGHAN

NASIR, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Gebriel Mabil was sitting at home in Bentiu, South Sudan, when the war found him, a lone bullet tearing through the wall striking his seven-year-old son in the jaw.

His son Steven Kueth now sits in a bed in a Nasir hospital, covered in bandages and clinging to life with the help of breathing and feeding tubes.

"I worry about my son because I don't know if he will survive in his state," said Mabil, sitting in the hospital in Upper Nile State where his son was transferred after he was shot.

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Rebels were aided by foreign mercenaries in Unity state capital, says South Sudan army

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it is preparing to launch a major offensive to retake Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity state, calling on foreign mercenaries supporting rebel forces in the area to immediately withdraw.

The comments came following official confirmation that rebel fighters allied to former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar had seized control of the strategic town close to the Sudanese border.

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South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

On the first of April, I walked with great sadness through the United Nations compound in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, now in free fall after a hopeful beginning three years ago. The compound is sheltering more than 21,000 displaced people who fled to safety after a spasm of violence in mid-December killed untold thousands.

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Robustness, Cooperation with Local Forces and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP)

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ZIF

Both the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and the future development of robust peace operations have caused considerable debate in recent months among practitioners and policy makers. The Center for International Peace Operations undertook to host a group of key UN stakeholders in Berlin with a view to taking stock of the state of these discussions, sharing up-to-date information, collecting open questions and developing policy options.

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WHO South Sudan Emergency Response Situation Report #19, 10 - 16 April 2014

Highlights

 The security situation remains relatively calm in most parts of the country except Bentiu where troop movement has been reported.

 The numbers of displaced persons continues to increase. New updates of displacements indicated that an estimated 1.1 million people have been displaced by the conflict since December 2013.

 Concerns are growing on the possible deterioration of the humanitarian situation with the onset of the rainy season.

 Funding of the humanitarian response plan is still relatively low.