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23 May 2015 description
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By Simon Peter Apiku

As the onset of the rainy season threatens a rise in malaria cases in South Sudan, UNICEF is helping to protect families with insecticide-treated bed nets and medication.

JUBA, South Sudan, 22 May 2015 – A young woman secures her baby tightly on her back with a piece of cloth and bends down to pick up a package on the ground in front of her.

But this is no ordinary package.

23 May 2015 description
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Highlights:

· The situation in South Sudan has drastically deteriorated in the past two weeks, with heavy fighting on-going across Unity and Upper Nile states. 100,000 people have been displaced and 650,000 have been cut off from aid as humanitarian organizations have been forced to withdraw from affected areas.

18 May 2015 description
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JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 May 2015 – Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State over a two-week period, according to eyewitness accounts received by UNICEF.

11 May 2015 description
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  • The Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on 5 May targeting 3.24 million children across Sudan with humanitarian assistance.
08 May 2015 description
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Highlights

• The security situation continues to deteriorate in Unity and Upper Nile States, with humanitarian actors forced to reduce their field presence in several areas. UNICEF has scaled up health, WASH, child protection and gender-based violence prevention services in response to influxes into Bentiu and Malakal PoCs.

05 May 2015 description
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South Sudan becomes 195th State to ratify Convention on the Rights of the Child

JUBA, South Sudan, May 5, 2015 – UNICEF today welcomed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and urged the Government to make child rights the cornerstone of the world’s youngest nation.

South Sudan is the 195th State to adopt the landmark child rights treaty. The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly over 25 years ago, and is the most widely adopted international human rights treaty in history.

24 Apr 2015 description
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1,757 children released from Cobra Faction since January

JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/NEW YORK, 24 April 2015 – More than 280 children (282 boys and 1 girl) have been freed in the final release of children from the Cobra Faction, an armed group in South Sudan.

The release took place in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei State. It is the last chapter in a series of releases that have taken place since January and follows a peace agreement between the faction and the Government of South Sudan.

23 Apr 2015 description
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Highlights

• UNICEF continues to provide both financial and technical assistance to partners implementing nutrition programmes, with 38,416 children admitted for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) from January to March 2015, a record admission rate for that time period over the last 4 years. This is due to a number of factors which include the scale up of nutrition services and improved stock availability as well as improved monthly reporting of partners.

21 Apr 2015 description
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Highlights:

  • According to the Humanitarian Requirement Document released in March, 2.9 million people in Ethiopia require emergency food assistance in 2015.

  • The food security situation has stabilized in most parts of the country in January 2015 with the completion of the Meher harvest season (November – January).

21 Apr 2015 description
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Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners support over 144,455 South Sudanese refugees of which 87 per cent are women and children including 12,793 in Arua, 33,381 in Kiryandongo, 91,743 in Adjumani and 7,538 in Kampala.

  • A Polio house to house immunisation campaign was carried out amongst the refugees and host communities. According to the U-report Poll, 82% of respondents indicated that Polio vaccinators came to their home to vaccinate all the children under five years.

15 Apr 2015 description

KAMPALA, 13th April 2015- The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided an additional 1 Million Euros contribution to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the agency’s 2015 emergency response to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

UNICEF will support four main interventions in the districts of Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Yumbe and Kiryandogo in northern Uganda.

02 Apr 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Children continue to be the most affected by the multiple crises in Sudan, which remain amongst the worst children’s emergencies in the world. A total of 3.24 million children in Sudan are targeted for humanitarian assistance by the Humanitarian Response Plan.

27 Mar 2015 description
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Highlights

• Following the release of 654 children formerly associated with the Cobra Faction in Lekuangole, part of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the total number of released children is now 1,314. Released boys, and now three girls, continue to receive interim care, psychosocial support and family tracing services. Community-based monitoring systems are in place to provide family tracing and post-reunification support for around 200 children who have now returned home; as well as to identify, and help prevent, possible future re-recruitment.

22 Mar 2015 description
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New release will bring number of freed children to more than 1,300 since January 26

JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 March, 2015 – Up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, were released today in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released over the next two days.

13 Mar 2015 description
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Highlights

• Since its launch end March 2014, UNICEF has completed 40 Rapid Response Missions (RRMs), reaching a total of 705,000 people including 144,000 children under five. In 2015, the RRM remains a critical response model to provide humanitarian assistance in hard to reach areas. Since the start of the year, six RRM missions have been completed in northern Jonglei and northern Unity States, reaching over 102,000 people, including 17,000 children under five. Two missions are currently underway in Kuach and Nimni in Guit County, Unity State.