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Hope in the ashes of Bor

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“The rebels attacked in the middle of the night. It was terrifying. People were being killed around us. My house and belongings were burned. We just got out and ran without bringing anything with us. There was no time. The people with things on their backs were being shot for what they were carrying,” said Monika Yar, of Bor, in South Sudan.

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ACT Appeal: Response to South Sudan refugee arrivals in Kenya, Revision 1 – KEN141

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Appeal Target: US$ 2,123,291
Less pledges/contributions: US$ 208,873
Balance Requested: US$ 1,914,508

Geneva, 23 May 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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Commitment to securing humanitarian access in South Sudan a step forward, says ACT

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Renewed commitment by opposing parties in the South Sudan conflict to secure humanitarian access to provide aid for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people within the country is step forward toward active protection of civilians, ACT Alliance has said.

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Faith leaders take message to South Sudan leaders

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A high-level delegation of faith leaders is to meet church leaders and government officials from South Sudan, in the aftermath of killings in churches, mosques and United Nations bases that left hundreds dead and prompted fears the four-month conflict could escalate.

The delegation, co-initiated by ACT Alliance, is urging government officials to immediately take action to stop the killings of innocent and unarmed civilians by ordering a ceasefire. Meetings are scheduled to take place on May 2 and 3.

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Balancing needs of displaced people and host communities

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Across South Sudan, civilians caught in the crossfire between warring groups desperately seek shelter and safety. Often it has been ACT Alliance members that have helped them survive.

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As war continues in South Sudan, ACT Alliance assists displaced families

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As war between the government and rebels in South Sudan drags on, ACT Alliance continues to provide life-saving support to tens of thousands of civilians who have fled the fighting.

The war builds on decades of unresolved ethnic and political tensions within the ruling party. Since fighting broke out in December, it has forced more than 250,000 to seek shelter in neighbouring countries and left over 800,000 people displaced within South Sudan. What began as a split within the ruling party quickly ripped the country apart along ethnic fault lines.

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South Sudan crisis being met by silence, ACT Ethiopia says

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The humanitarian crisis stemming from widespread fighting in South Sudan is rapidly becoming a regional issue but is failing to get the attention it deserves, ACT members working in neighbouring Ethiopia say.

All 11 members in Ethiopia say the growing emergency needs greater awareness in the international community and more funding for relief aid.

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Flood protection urgently needed in Kakuma camp

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Residents of a refugee camp extension in northwest Kenya face months of waterlogged and muddy conditions if drainage is not put in place urgently.

Kakuma 4, as the new extension to the Kakuma refugee camp is known, is a located on a large area of flat terrain. With the onset of the rainy season, the land needs drainage work to prevent flooding and pooling of water and mud.

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Hope in the ashes of Bor

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Monday, March 17, 2014

“The rebels attacked in the middle of the night. It was terrifying. People were being killed around us. My house and belongings were burned. We just got out and ran without bringing anything with us. There was no time. The people with things on their backs were being shot for what they were carrying,” said Monika Yar, of Bor, in South Sudan.

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A race against time

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More than 700,000 civilians have been displaced in the country since fighting broke out in mid-December, making this crisis one of the largest humanitarian challenges facing the world today. Many civilians have now fled their homes with little more than the clothes they were wearing.

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A long walk to safety: story of asylum seeker Nyagnet Req

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For several months, the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, has experienced armed conflict, the death toll from which has been cautiously estimated to be in the thousands. Nearly 900,000 people have been uprooted since fighting began, with the violence continuing unabated despite a ceasefire in January.

One of the most fought over towns is Malakal, capital of oil-producing northern Upper Nile state, from where masses of civilians have been forced to flee. And one of those people is Nyagnet Req, the mother of four daughters and three sons.

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Life-saving water to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

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“We are not used to fetching water from a borehole,” says 25-year old Sara Tarakila. She is standing at one of the boreholes rehabilitated by ACT member the Lutheran World Federation, talking to James Drichi, one of the LWF staff in charge of the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in Nyumanzi refugee settlement, in Adjumani, north Uganda. Drichi advises the chairperson of the borehole and shows the community how to keep the borehole clean and how to pump so they do not destroy the pump.

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Meeting needs of refugees fleeing violence

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 • Mai Gad, DCA

In Adjumani, refugees from South Sudan are being moved from reception centres to settlements. The blazing sun cuts through the endless dust clouds thrown up by refugees walking and trucks transporting supplies. Small structures - some sticks with plastic covering, others strong poles with completed grass roofs - are scattered around the Nyumanzi settlement, where a plot of land 30m by 30m is allocated to each family by the Ugandan prime minister’s office.

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Hope for a bright future in Adjumani

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 • Mai Gad, DCA

Achol Thon is carrying a baby, Amuor, on her front. If you look carefully, she is also carrying a baby, Athok, on her back. Thon is 25 years old and mother to twin 10-month-old girls, as well as two other children aged three and five. She has come to collect the basic support given from ACT member the Lutheran World Federation and partners in Nyumanzi settlement.

About 65 percent of people fleeing fighting in their homeland are children under 18. In total, 87 percent are women and children, according to the UNHCR.

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ACT Alliance Appeal: Ethiopia - Assistance to asylum seekers and refugees from South Sudan - ETH141

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Appeal Target: US$ 3,513,871
Balance Requested: US$ 3,113,871

Geneva, 12 February 2014

On the evening of 15 December, violence erupted in Juba, South Sudan following tensions that followed reorganization of the entire cabinet in July 2013 including dismissal of the vice president.

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The majority are children

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Suzanne Rumsey, Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

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ACT Appeal: South Sudan Conflict Response – SSD141

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Appeal Target: US$9,176,186

Balance Requested: US$7,274,821

Geneva, 7 th February 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The conflict in South Sudan has caused thousands of civilians to be displaced. UNOCHA estimates that 575,500 people have been displaced by the ongoing violence, including 57,000 taking refuge in UNMISS compounds mainly in Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Pariang. Displacement and humanitarian needs continue to rise in a population that was already vulnerable with very limited access to basic services.

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ACT Alliance Appeal: Operation support for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda – UGA141

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Appeal Target: US$ 967,634

Less pledges/contributions: US$ 425,448

Balance Requested: US$ 542,186

Geneva, 3 February 2014

Dear Colleagues,

A total of 61,573 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since 16 December 2013, following tensions within the South Sudan ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). This has led to thousands of IDPs fleeing to neighbouring counties since December and high numbers of refugees arriving in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Kenya + 1 other
ACT Appeal: Response to South Sudan refugee arrivals in Kenya – KEN141

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Appeal Target: US$ 2,123,291

Less pledges/contributions: US$ 208,873

Balance Requested: US$ 1,914,508

Geneva, 3 February 2014

Dear Colleagues,