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06 Mar 2015 description
report World Vision

Melany Markham
Emergency Communications Specialist
World Vision South Sudan

For most women, the birth of a child is a happy event, but for many women in South Sudan, it is life-threatening. South Sudan has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. 26 women from every thousand women die either in childbirth or shortly after.

06 Mar 2015 description

Pocket areas that received inadequate seasonal rainfall in 2014 and/or had a poor harvest due to flooding or crop disease will remain vulnerable in early 2015. Released on 18 February, the nutrition hotspot classification for the first quarter of 2015 identified 338 nutrition hotspot woredas for priority intervention. The classification team also identified woredas that require emergency WaSH intervention.

FOOD SECURITY

05 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • A total of 144,602 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 91,0011 in Adjumani, 12,741 in Arua, 33,370 in Kiryandongo and 7,490 in Kampala. There were 572 new arrivals during the reporting period.

  • Across all South Sudanese refugee hosting areas preparations were underway for International Women’s Day (8 March) with women’s groups and refugee leaders.

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Aid organisations have registered 32,490 newly displaced people in North and Central Darfur states of whom IOM has verified 20,589 in North Darfur.

• About 7,400 IDPs in North Darfur’s Um Baru area receive food aid.

• An estimated 7,000 returnees, displaced people and refugees in South Darfur’s Um Dafug area start receiving humanitarian assistance.

• In areas south of Bahr El Arab in the Abyei area, 20 per cent of households were found to be food insecure, according to the Abyei Food Security and Nutrition Assessment.

05 Mar 2015 description

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$122.62 million humanitarian aid package from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to targeted vulnerable people, many of whom are affected by conflict, in 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the funds will also support special logistics operations, which WFP runs in four of those countries.

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

05 Mar 2015 description

Unaccompanied boys and girls are among the hundreds of thousands of people who have been fleeing continuing violence, from South Sudan into neighbouring Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya. The use of a "snapshot book" by the ICRC and local Red Cross Societies is helping both adults and children find missing relatives. Since the beginning of the year, about 120 matches have been made.

05 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

Conflict continues as the main actors have not yet reached a political resolution.

Violence intensified in the dry season with more displaced people and worsening humanitarian needs.

The country’s economy is in a precarious position.

Access constraints are impeding delivery of humanitarian assistance to high risk areas due to insecurity and poor infrastructure.

Severe food insecurity and high risk of famine will worsen the situation.

05 Mar 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Thursday 3/5/2015 - 18:17 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

South Sudan's president and a rebel leader on Thursday failed to agree on ending their 15-month civil war, although mediators said talks would continue and a deadline for a deal would be extended.

President Salva Kiir and his former deputy and arch rival Riek Machar "will continue negotiations tomorrow morning," the east African regional bloc IGAD said in a brief statement.

05 Mar 2015 description

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CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
CONFÉRENCES DE PRESSE

Le Représentant permanent de la France auprès des Nations Unies, M. François Delattre, qui préside ce mois-ci le Conseil de sécurité, a présenté, cet après-midi à la presse, le programme de travail mensuel de cet organe, qui sera notamment marqué par une visite de ses membres en Afrique, la semaine prochaine, et un débat ouvert sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé, le 25 mars.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

Derelict oilfield caught in a war zone contaminating drinking water and threatening tens of thousands of civilian lives.

Leer, South Sudan - The Thar Jath oilfield - just like civilians here - is caught in a deadly civil war and unable to thrive amid fierce fighting.

The oil site, located in northern South Sudan's Unity State, is only accessible from the main dirt road connecting rebel opposition-controlled Leer, to the current government-held area around the state capital, Bentiu.

04 Mar 2015 description

4 March 2015 - Cases of rape as well as sexual exploitation and abuse are showing up on a daily basis at the police station in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, officers said today.

According to Marcelina Moses, head of Child Protection in Yambio County Police Station, rape, abuse and sexual assault on minors have taken the lead in crimes reported to her section.

She said three girls of only three years old had been raped in 2014. Last week, Radio Miraya reported about another three-year-old child who had been raped.

04 Mar 2015 description

3 March 2015 - Some 30 youth graduated today from a three-month intensive training course in carpentry, tailoring and building in Yambio, Western Equatoria State.

“I am happy to tell you that 30 young men and women … are ready now to create their businesses … instead of committing crimes and remaining idle,” Tii-ndoka Vocational Training Center Principal Justin Omere said at the ceremony,

“We cannot expect peace among the communities and in the country if youth are not engaged in developmental activities,” he added.

04 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

4 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged South Sudanese political rivals President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline.

04 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The ‘short rains’ (‘Deyr’) season of late 2014 has performed poorly across East Africa. North-east Kenya and southern Somalia have been affected by persistently drier than average conditions since the early stages of the season.

• This poor seasonal performance compounds the effect of significant rainfall deficits during previous seasons, resulting in extended long-term dryness mostly affecting pastoralist resources.

04 Mar 2015 description

In March, the French presidency of the Security Council would focus on a broad range of issues, from peace and security on the African continent to efforts to bring about a political solution to the crisis in Syria, the Permanent Representative of the country said this afternoon.

04 Mar 2015 description

Overview

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to be active and a threat to vulnerable communities in CAR and DRC. Since January 2014, a total of 197 LRA attacks, causing 36 deaths and 556 abductions have been reported. Compared to 2013, this represents a one per cent increase in LRA attacks and a significant increase by 61 per cent in abductions, however, related deaths reduced by 51 per cent.