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History repeating as war-torn South Sudan faces famine

07/30/2014 02:29 GMT

by Peter MARTELL

NAIROBI, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - A fly-covered baby crawls on the baked earth of southern Sudan watched by a vulture: a brutal but iconic photograph of famine that shocked the world two decades ago.

Today, aid workers warn that deadly famine will return in a matter of weeks, killing tens of thousands, as civil war in what is now South Sudan continues.

The crisis is man-made and for those who witnessed the fighting in the 1990s, it is a depressing repetition of the past, featuring the very same leaders.

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Sudan + 2 others
Sudan - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5, Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Violence has displaced more than 388,100 people in Darfur to date in 2014.

  • Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) prompts additional displacement and humanitarian needs in the Two Areas.

  • Approximately 5 to 5.3 million people in Sudan were food-insecure in June.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

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Oxfam

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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South Sudan says it’s ready to resume peace talks with rebels

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Sudan Tribune

July 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday expressed readiness to resume peace negotiations with the rebel faction of the SPLM under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, downplaying the likely implications of recent military engagement in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced last week the resumption of peace talks on 30 July, one month after a sudden decision by the mediators to suspend the talks as the rebels protested the “unfair” selection of civil society representatives.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 july

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 28 July 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • Faced with limited resources and growing needs, the WaSH Cluster called an extraordinary meeting on 22 July to prioritize needs. As of 23 July, the Cluster remained one of the least funded at 19.52 per cent

  • The performance of the kiremt rains is expected to improve, in intensity and coverage, in the coming months, increasing the risk of flooding in areas receiving above-average rainfall.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Republic of South Sudan - ETC Situation Report #54 Reporting period 14/07/14 to 27/07/14

Highlights

  • Shared internet connectivity services are being provided to the humanitarian community from nine ETC hubs and six partner sites across South Sudan.

  • ETC equipment in Bentiu has been upgraded to provide more robust services for the humanitarian community operating there.

  • ETC equipment in Malakal has been relocated from the UNMISS camp to the new humanitarian hub.
    Equipment was upgraded to increase capacity of the system.

Achievements

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More Positive Stories Needed: HIV in Countries with Low ARV Therapy Coverage

By Cecilia Ferreyra, MSF HIV & TB Technical Advisor

More than 24 million people living with HIV; 9 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART); 1.5 million new infections; 1.1 million deaths from AIDS-related causes. These are some of the data just released by UNAIDS on HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, by far the area of ​​the world hardest-hit by the virus. But, in this broad area covering nearly the entire continent, we see very different realities.

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Security Council: Ban urged to streamline cooperation with African Union

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UN News Service

28 July 2014 – With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions.

The request was made during the Council’s open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization’s relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under the auspices of the European Union (EU).

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Perceptions of Security in Aweil North County, South Sudan

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Stimson Center

The recent crisis in South Sudan highlights the importance of research on how civilians can and should be protected from deliberate violence. In December 2013, fighting broke out across South Sudan between government forces led by President Salva Kiir and opposition forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar. From its inception, the conflict has been characterized by widespread deliberate violence against civilians.