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20 Apr 2015 description

Humanitarian activities in South Sudan continued to support conflict affected communities in hard to reach areas. However, humanitarian access continued to be hampered by violence against aid workers and assets, interference in implementation, and active hostilities by all parties to the conflict throughout the month of March. Despite these constraints, access remains relatively consistent. Most incidents occurred in Unity, Lakes and Jonglei states.

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

· WFP’s new Director of Finance visits Mingkaman on 15 April. In a mission that also included WFP staff from the Juba office, the Director of Finance met with beneficiaries and cooperating partners, visited the WFP warehouse and the local market, meeting with traders selected for the e-voucher program for IDPs (set to begin at the end of this month).

14 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 9–14 April 2015

Afghanistan: Security incidents have spiked in early April, after the announcement that more NATO troops would remain in the country than originally scheduled. NATO convoys were targeted in Nangarhar and Kabul on 10 April. On the same day, five NGO staff were found dead, having been abducted in Uruzgan province in early March.

13 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly 4,600 displaced people fled violence into Malakal PoC site.

  • Aid agencies met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss cross border operations from Ethiopia to South Sudan.

  • A measles vaccination campaign was launched in Bentiu PoC site, reaching 8,783 children by the end of the week.

  • The number of recorded displaced people in the Bentiu PoC sites has increased from 53,000 to about 75,000 people.

10 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • Two WFP staff and a WFP-contracted driver remain unaccounted for since 01 April. Fighting erupted while the three men were in Akoka, transporting WFP food commodities from Malakal to Melut (Upper Nile). Thus far, their whereabouts remain unknown. WFP is calling for their safe return.

WFP Response
Food and Nutrition Assistance

08 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 1–8 April 2015

Iraq: Violence, looting and serious human rights violations were reported as Iraqi forces and affiliated groups recaptured Tikrit. There are numerous booby traps and tensions are reportedly rising between government forces and militias. Elsewhere, IDPs are returning: tens of thousands have gone home to Diyala, Ninewa and Al Alam in Salah al Din since February.

06 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • The humanitarian convoy of trucks carrying about 2,700 metric tonnes of food supplies from the Sudan corridor arrived in Melut, Upper Nile.

  • The Humanitarian Coordinator called for freedom of movement during the planting season to enable South Sudanese to access their land, plant crops, tend to their livestock and trade without fear of violence .

  • 112 suspected measles cases were reported in Bentiu PoC site and a mop up immunization campaign for children under the age of five is planned early next week.

31 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

31 Mar 2015 description

At the end of 2013, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and vice-President Riek Machar, following months of escalating tensions, reached boiling point. Gun battles in the capital Juba quickly escalated to massacres and continued fighting elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

26 Mar 2015 description

Considering the substantial scale-up in activities through 2014, there is a relatively low number of access incidents constraining the aid operation. However, humanitarian access continued to be hampered by violence against aid workers and assets, interference in implementation, and active hostilities throughout the month of February. Indications are that the incidents have been caused by all parties to the conflict, with the majority occurring in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

26 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 mars 2015 – A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de solidarité avec les membres du personnel de l'ONU détenus ou porté disparus, le Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon a demandé aux États Membres concernés de remettre immédiatement en liberté tous les fonctionnaires de l'Organisation et les membres du personnel associé qu'ils détiennent illégalement.

25 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for the release of all United Nations personnel who have been unlawfully arrested and detained, in a message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.

24 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

17 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

12 Mar 2015 description

Authors: Michael Boyce and Mark Yarnell

OVERVIEW

10 Mar 2015 description

Iraq: 26,000 people have fled fighting between Islamic State and Iraqi security forces in Tikrit for Samarra. Food, shelter, health and WASH needs are priorities. More than 100 families have arrived in Al Dour, located between Tikrit and Samarra, and thousands have fled to central and southern governorates.

South Sudan: Heavy fighting between government and opposition was reported in Upper Nile state, and government troops took control of Wadakona town. Many civilians are reported trapped. Peace talks have collapsed.

03 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The humanitarian situation remains fluid and unpredictable with the health response concentrated in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites.

  • A new cholera outbreak was reported in Ikotos Country, Eastern Equatoria State. A total of 43 cases and three deaths (CFR 7%) were reported between 11 and 19 February. Health partners responded swiftly to contain the outbreak.

03 Mar 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11805

7396th Meeting (AM)

The Security Council today created a system to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, with some members cautioning that such moves could derail Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) negotiations aimed at securing a deal by 5 March, and others expressing hope they would pressure rival leaders into ending the bloodshed that had plunged the United Nations’ newest country into civil war for more than a year.

03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.