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UNMISS condemns abductions of UNMISS employee and WFP staff at Malakal airfield

Three contractors employed by UNMIS and a WFP staff member were seized by armed men in separate incidents. One contractors and the staff member are still missing.

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WFP Calls For Immediate Release Of Abducted Staff Member In South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the safety of one its staff members who was taken at gunpoint from the Malakal airport Thursday by eight armed men wearing plain clothes.

“We have not heard from our colleague for almost 24 hours, and we are extremely concerned about his well-being. WFP demands that his captors release our staff member unharmed,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP’s Acting Country Director in South Sudan.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #55 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Government (USG) provides additional $83 million for emergency response assistance

  • Despite improving food security conditions, South Sudan faces one of the world’s worst food security crises

  • Land works and aid lead to incremental improvements at civilian protection site in Bentiu town, Unity State

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 39 | 22 – 28 September 2014 [EN/AR]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 22 September, the Sudanese Government lifted the suspension of ICRC activities in the country

  • Peace agreements have been signed between Beni Hussein and Abbala in North Darfur and the Ma’aliya and Hamar in West Kordofan

  • An estimated 34,000 returnees in Central Darfur’s Um Dukhun locality are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to community leaders

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has reached 96,600, according to UNHCR

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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CRS and WFP Delivering Emergency Food in South Sudan

By Brigid O’Connor

Heavy rains coupled with lack of road networks have made large swaths of South Sudan inaccessible. So we are forced to air lift food, a costly necessity to curb the looming food crisis that threatens to take more lives than the Somali famine of 2011. Catholic Relief Services has teamed up with the World Food Program (WFP) to air lift 7,000 metric tons of food to feed more than 100,000 people in Jonglei State over the next few months.

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Governments, international community must better protect health-care workers, facilities during armed conflict, Deputy Secretary-General tells high-level event

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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the high-level debate “Health Care and Violence: the Need for Effective Prevention”, in New York today:

I thank the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), my good friend and colleague Peter Maurer, for organizing this important high-level debate. And I thank all of you for being here during this busy week at the United Nations.

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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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International medical emergency group, MEDAIR, is scaling back activities in Renk County, Upper Nile State

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The organization says the renewed fighting between government and opposition forces is putting the lives of their staff at risk.

As a result, the organization has withdrawn 14 staff to Juba and is redeploying the 80 remaining staff to different parts of the county.

MEDAIR Communications Officer, Wendy VanAmerongen says the charity group will continue operations, but will only offer the most critical services.

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Norwegian People’s Aid concerned about South Sudan’s alleged intention to ban foreign workers

According to South Sudanese and international media, the government of South Sudan has announced their intention to replace all foreign workers with locals by October 15th.

16.09.2014 | Julie Offerdal

“This is very concerning news, and if correct this could have very serious consequences for the people of South Sudan”, said Liv Tørres, Secretary General of Norwegian People’s Aid.

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IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep, 15-21 September 2014

Highlights

Bentiu Health Clinic opens in South Sudan.

Number of South Sudanese refugees entering Khartoum, Sudan, continues to drop.

South Sudanese refugees awaiting registration at the Pagak entry point in Gambella, Ethiopia.

Kenya registers a decline in the number of refugees entering the country.

IOM explores the possibility of relocating all refugees by boat and air as heavy rains damage roads.

Overview

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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South Sudan Crisis: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 12 September 2014)

RESPONSE CONTINUES DESPITE ACCESS CHALLENGES

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 36 (4 -10 September 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Biometric registration is ongoing in the Bor PoC

  • CCCM State Focal Point Training in Juba

  • Rapid Response team deploys multi sector assessment teams in Pajok and Makog

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September

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Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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Initial probe indicates UNMISS helicopter was shot down

For the past two weeks, UNMISS has been conducting preliminary investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash of a United Nations Mi-8 helicopter Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity State, on 26 August, which killed three Russian crewmen and injured a fourth. In addition to the Mission’s own probe, which began in the immediate aftermath of the crash, a technical investigation has also commenced with the participation of United Nations, South Sudanese and Russian experts.

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 35 (28 August - 3 September 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Bentiu Wash Team continues to create drainage and remove standing water from the PoC

  • The Shelter Cluster has reached over 50 percent of the CRP target for 2014

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South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin | Monthly Update - August 2014

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Highlights
• Partners reached 2.7 million people with some form of assistance by the end of August 2014. This is 71 per cent of the 3.8 million people targeted with assistance by the end of the year.
• Food security updates show the situation remains severe in many areas.
• There were worrying developments in aid worker security, and several aid workers were killed in an attack in Maban.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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