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25 Nov 2014 description

Distinguished members of the AU Peace and Security Council,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank you for the great opportunity to brief you on the humanitarian challenges affecting the region and on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan and other conflict situations in Africa.

Mr. Chairperson,

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2155 (2014), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 30 November and requested that I report on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate every 60 days. The report provides an update to my previous report (S/2014/708), dated 30 September 2014, covering developments from 24 September to 24 November.
24 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP renews call for the release of staff member missing for more than one month. WFP is again demanding the safe release of its abducted staff member Mark Diang, who was taken at gunpoint from the Malakal airport on 16 October by a group of men wearing plain clothes. http://www.wfp.org/node/36633/3435/644097

21 Nov 2014 description

Juba, 21 November 2014): UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded her three-day mission to South Sudan today, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments and urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations.

20 Nov 2014 description

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan is again demanding the safe release of its abducted staff member Mark Diang, who was taken at gunpoint from the Malakal airport on 16 October by a group of men wearing plain clothes.

“It’s been more than a month since Mark was seized, and we still have no word of his whereabouts or well-being,” said WFP Country Director Joyce Luma. “We are gravely worried about Mark’s safety, and we will not rest until he’s been found.”

17 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005).

11 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 5–11 November

Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.

07 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP continues to work towards the safe and immediate return of its abducted staff member. The WFP national field security officer was abducted at the Malakal airport on 16 October by eight armed men in plain clothes. Efforts both in Malakal and in Juba are ongoing for his safe release.

05 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 29 October – 4 November

Yemen: As a government was agreed by Houthi and other opposition parties, the Southern Movement announced a merger to represent all southerners in the campaign for independence. Houthi insurgents attacked the Sunni opposition Al Islah party headquarters in Ibb, while Al Qaeda killed 18 Yemeni troops during an attack in Hudaydah.

05 Nov 2014 description
report Mercy Corps

Fierce fighting erupted in Bentiu last week, the oil-rich capital of Unity State in the north of South Sudan.

Mercy Corps is providing life-sustaining water and sanitation services for more than 45,000 people who’ve sought safety and shelter from the nearly yearlong conflict at the U.N. peacekeeping base on the outskirts of Bentiu.

Those efforts — as well as the safe learning spaces we support for children to continue their education — were temporarily disrupted during the height of the violence.

30 Oct 2014 description
report CARE

(Juba, SOUTH SUDAN) CARE South Sudan confirms its staff remain safe as heavy fighting between government and opposition forces continues for a fourth day around the town of Bentiu in Unity state.

30 Oct 2014 description

10/30/2014 - 12:17 GMT

Heavy fighting in South Sudan's key northern oil town of Bentiu raged Thursday, aid workers said, as fears of a renewed offensive raised warnings of an escalating humanitarian catastrophe.

The fighting marks an end to a brief lull in hostilities in the country's 10-month-old civil war after the end of the rainy season, which made many roads impassable.

28 Oct 2014 description

Central African Republic: In Ouaka prefecture, fighting among rival militias persists. Attacks on a number locations, including Bambari, have left dozens of people dead, and civilians have been executed. 3,000 people remain displaced from Bangui after violence began in the middle of the month.

27 Oct 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP continues to work towards the safe and immediate return of its abducted staff member. The WFP national field security officer was abducted at the Malakal airport on 16 October by eight armed men in plain clothes. Efforts both in Malakal and in Juba are ongoing for his safe release.

25 Oct 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of October, aid organizations had reached 3.5 million of the 3.8 million people to be assisted in 2014, though the response needed to be sustained.

  • Heavy rains in the past two weeks have caused flooding in the displacement sites in Mingkaman, Lakes State.

  • Biometric registration was underway in Malakal, Upper Nile State, with 10,000 people in the new and improved Protection of Civilians site register

22 Oct 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The Social Mobilization Campaign for mass screening of children under 5 for malnutrition in Juba County was officially launched on 14 October, with screening, referral and treatment now currently ongoing. The Social Mobilization Campaign, part of the Joint WFP-UNICEF Nutrition Scale Up, is spearheaded by the State Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF. This campaign aims to screen 590,175 children under 5 years old for malnutrition in Juba County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States.

22 Oct 2014 description
report UN Security Council

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2155 (2014), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 30 November and requested that I report on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate every 60 days.

22 Oct 2014 description

During the month of September humanitarian access continued to be hampered by violence against aid workers, active hostilities and interference in implementation. Indications are that the incidents have been caused by all parties to the conflict, with the majority occurring in Central Equatoria, Unity and Lakes States.

21 Oct 2014 description

DRC: A resurgence of ADF-NALU attacks in North Kivu are thought to have displaced 100,000 people, and killed at least 80. In South Kivu, there has been a significant increase in IDPs, mainly due to insecurity in Shabunda and Fizi territories. 7.3 million people across the country are estimated to be food insecure.