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The survival struggle of a South-Sudanese single mother

Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, the inspiring story of Cuaca sheds some light on the bravery of the displaced South Sudanese population, who are surviving against all odds. Our partners at UNICEF bring her story.

The remoteness of Cuaca’s new home makes it a hard place to raise her three children. There are no roads, markets, hospitals or schools. Two of the four wells in the village are broken, while the population that depends on this water has doubled.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopia: EU increases humanitarian funding for refugees

Summary: 23 October 2014, Brussels - The European Commission is providing an additional €5 million to respond to the needs of the growing number of refugees in Ethiopia. The country has become the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa: it is sheltering more than 643 000 refugees. Most of them are fleeing the conflict in South Sudan and are facing malnutrition and the risk of epidemics.

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Sudan and South Sudan Last update: 24/09/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 100 000 000

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2013) 9533 final.


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EU increases humanitarian assistance by €20 million

The European Commission is responding to the continuing major crisis in South Sudan by increasing its life-saving assistance by a further €20 million to help its most vulnerable people.

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South Sudan + 15 others
24 September 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

U.S.A. – Wildfires

• Over 36 000ha have been burnt by an active wildfire (named “King Fire”) near Sacramento, northern California, while it has also destroyed 68 structures, including 12 houses, as of 24 September. Evacuations are still in effect.

• A second large wildfire, “Happy Camp Complex”, has burnt over 53 000ha in Siskiyou County. It is currently 86% contained. (NICC, USDA)

Ukraine/Russia – Severe Weather

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South Sudan + 1 other
Preparing child refugees for an uncertain future in South Sudan

The conflict in Sudan has devastated the lives of millions, having a particularly grave impact on children. Our partners at the Lutheran World Federation describe how using the EU Children of Peace programme funds, they provide access to education to refugees in neighbouring South Sudan - not only academic but also about survival in a conflict zone.

It has been almost three years since 17 year-old Walid Awad Majir and his two brothers settled in neighbouring South Sudan, fleeing conflict at home in South Kordofan, Sudan.

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World + 7 others
9 September 2014: World events


• Heavy rainfall affected the south-western United States of America on 8 September, causing flash floods that killed two people in southern Arizona. Floods were also reported in Nevada and southern California. The heavy rains were caused by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone NORBERT that affected parts of western Mexico last few days, killing three people (media).
Sources: GDACS, NOAA, REDLAC, Media (1, 2, 3)

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UNICEF: Responding to dire emergency in South Sudan, the European Commission adds €5 million toward scale up for children

JUBA, South Sudan, 18 August 2014 – As the crisis in South Sudan deepens, the European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO), has announced an additional grant to UNICEF of €5 million, bringing its total donation for 2014 to €9.5 million. UNICEF welcomed this latest contribution, which will provide lifesaving support for the hundreds of thousands of children who have been affected by the conflict in the country.

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Humanitarians at risk: South Sudanese youth leader rescues children from harm

This post is part of our 'Humanitarians at risk' series, dedicated to World Humanitarian Day which will take place on 19 of August. The series features testimonies of humanitarians around the world who risk their lives daily, while saving those of others. World Humanitarian Day is our opportunity to recognise the personal sacrifice made by humanitarian professionals and pay tribute to those who were injured or killed while doing their job.

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Somalia + 8 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Horn of Africa (ECHO/-HF/BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 31/07/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 94 000 000


In Somalia, the humanitarian situation today shows many parallels to the period ahead of the devastating 2011 drought that triggered a declaration of famine, which caused the excess deaths of 258 000 people the majority of them being children under five.

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EU increases food aid to South Sudan


The European Commission has just signed two major contracts with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), totalling €14 million, to deliver vitally needed food assistance and facilitate the movement of humanitarian cargo in South Sudan. The contribution will help approximately 1.7 million people.

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South Sudan + 4 others
ECHO Factsheet – 8 July 2014 - South Sudan

Key messages

  • The humanitarian situation in South Sudan is critical ever since armed violence broke out in the capital Juba on 15th December 2013 and subsequently spread to several states in South Sudan. There are 1.1 million people internally displaced and more than 400 000 refugees in neighbouring countries. The dead and the wounded are estimated to be in the tens of thousands. An estimated 3.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance by the end of the year.

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South Sudan - Epidemics (ECHO Daily Flash, 24 June 2014)

Cholera: The number of cases went up to 1 845 with 39 deaths. While Juba county continues to bear the burden of cholera, there are now four States in South Sudan with confirmed cholera outbreaks: Central Equatoria (which includes Juba), Western Equatoria, Upper Nile and Jonglei.

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Somalia + 5 others
6 June 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

Mexico – Severe Weather

• After landfall, Tropical Cyclone BORIS has been reduced to a low pressure area which may interact with a second low pressure system that formed in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, heavy rainfall is expected to continue affecting the southern states of Mexico. (GDACS, NASA, NOAA, CONAGUA, Media)

Somalia – Crisis