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CHF funding enables DCA to reach extremely remote conflict affected areas in South Sudan

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The Common Humanitarian Fund’s (CHF) new donation of USD 109,131 will enable DanChurchAid (DCA) to reach extremely remote conflict-affected areas and assist people who have been stranded in these areas since December 2013.

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 34 (21 - 27 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHT

The new IOM Clinic in Bentiu is close to opening. Supplies and furniture have been moved to the new site

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 447,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 123,000, Kenya 42,000, Ethiopia 189,100 and Sudan 93,500). There are currently 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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Helicopter crash hostile act against the UN - Lanzer

8 August 2014 - The United Nations was treating the recent helicopter crash near the Unity State capital Bentiu, which left three Russian crew members dead, as the result of a hostile attack, the acting UNMISS Chief said in Juba today.

“Helicopters fly. They don’t fall out of the sky,” said Toby Lanzer at a media briefing. “For investigative purposes, we are treating this as a hostile act against the United Nations.”

The sole survivor from the crash and the remains of the three crew members had arrived in Juba and a memorial service would be held soon, he said.

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Security Council Press Statement on Downing of UN South Sudan Mission Helicopter

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The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the downing near Bentiu, Unity State (South Sudan) on 26 August of a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) MI-8AMT helicopter performing a cargo flight to the area with four Russian crew members, three of whom were killed and one severely injured.

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Three crew dead, one injured in UNMISS helicopter crash in Unity State

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirms that three crew members of a UN-contracted MI-8 helicopter have died in this afternoon’s crash near Bentiu in Unity State.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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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UNMISS condemns the detention of IGAD ceasefire monitors in Unity State

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) condemns the detention of a team of six Intergovermental Authority on Development (IGAD) ceasefire monitors and three aircrew in Buoth (35 km South West of Bentiu in Unity State) on Saturday, 23 August 2014 by forces allied to Sudan People's Liberation Army In Opposition. A Sudan People's Liberation Army liason officer, who was part of the team, died during the detention period reportedly due to natural causes.

The monitors were part of a verification team and were in Unity State on a routine mission.

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 50 (as of 21 August 2014)

Highlights

● Preliminary analysis of food security in conflict-affected areas shows that while the situation remains dire, it has not worsened.

● Humanitarian barges continued their progress, arriving at Malakal on 19 August and now continuing to Melut, for final offloading.

● Some 2.7 million people have been reached with some form of emergency assistance as of 31 July.

● Thirteen humanitarian aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict began in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Secretary-General, marking World Humanitarian Day, honours aid workers, pledges commitment to end impunity for attacks on staff and offices

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks at the event marking World Humanitarian Day, in New York today:

Eleven years ago today, a massive truck bomb tore through United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. The blast killed 22 people, including Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello. The Canal Hotel attack violated every principle of humanity and solidarity on which this Organization is founded.

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The way to mark World Humanitarian Day in South Sudan is to work for peace

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The international community must show the same dedication as the local men and women who are the heroes of our operation

The past eight months have been a dark time for South Sudan, and for the aid organisations working here. Since December 2013, 13 of our colleagues – most of them South Sudanese - have lost their lives, caught up in the violent conflict that has swept the country. Six of them were killed only two weeks ago, in Maban county in the north of the country; singled out and attacked based on their ethnicity.

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Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians

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This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Attacks Against Aid Workers 2013 -2014, 19 August 2014

Attacks against humanitarian workers are on the rise in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. For the period 2013-2014, 298 incidents were recorded against humanitarian workers, in which 286 were killed, 441 wounded and 402 kidnapped. The overwhelming majority of victims are national staff, with Non-Governmental Organizations the most affected.

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks, with 2013 witnessing the highest number of incidents

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

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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Aid Worker Security Report 2014

Five countries - Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan - accounted for three quarters of attacks in 2013.

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Message on world humanitarian day [EN/AR/SOM]

19 August 2014

On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life-saving relief efforts --and we remember all those who died serving this noble cause.

Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. This is an outrage.

In recent weeks, dozens of humanitarians -- including members of the UN family --have lost their lives in South Sudan and Gaza. Too many people have died or suffered from deliberate attacks.

Humanitarian workers and their families are hit hardest by these crimes.

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Les travailleurs humanitaires sont devenus des cibles

08/17/2014 04:46 GMT

Par Carole LANDRY

NATIONS UNIES, 17 août 2014 (AFP) - Les travailleurs humanitaires qui tentent de secourir les victimes de conflits sont eux-mêmes de plus en plus souvent la cible d'attaques, une tendance qui inquiète les organisations non gouvernementales.

Du Soudan du Sud, où des milices ont tué six humanitaires en août dont trois dans une embuscade, à Gaza, où 11 employés de l'ONU ont perdu la vie dans le bombardement de refuges qui abritaient des Palestiniens, ils vivent dangereusement.

Agence France-Presse:

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Aid workers saving lives while fearing for their own

08/17/2014 01:58 GMT

by Carole LANDRY

UNITED NATIONS, August 17, 2014 (AFP) - Aid workers rushing to save lives worldwide are increasingly becoming targets for attack, in a worrying development for NGOs trying to ease suffering in hostile war zones.

From South Sudan, where roaming militias killed six aid workers this month -- three of them in an ambush -- to Gaza, where 11 UN staff were killed in attacks on UN-run shelters, relief workers are living dangerously.

Agence France-Presse:

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IOM South Sudan Situation Report 32 (30 July – 13 August 2014)

OVERVIEW

Over 1.1 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally dis-placed persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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South Sudan Heads towards Famine Amid ‘Descent into Lawlessness’

JUBA, South Sudan , Aug 14 2014 (IPS) - Another deadline has passed. But instead of bringing about peace, the leaders of South Sudan’s warring parties have allowed the country to continue its slide toward famine.

Sunday was the deadline for the delegations of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar to present a final proposal for a unified transitional government that would end eight months of conflict.

Instead, the weekend brought more fighting.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #35, 6 – 12 August 2014

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 The living situation for families displaced to Bentiu Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites (pictured above) continues to deteriorate due to heavy rains and flooding. The conditions have slowed many humanitarian efforts in the sites. Progress in draining the site remains slow as the PoC is situated on low, flat land.