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19 Dec 2014 description

A Review from Iraq, South Sudan, CAR and the Philippines

A review conducted in November 2014 by ICVA in partnership with IMPACT Initiatives considered 20 thematic indicators based on coordination and response in humanitarian crisis, with particular emphasis on the elements expected to be affected by the L3 process (coordination, accountability and leadership). While the results vary by each humanitarian crisis and response, six key themes emerged.

19 Dec 2014 description

NPA humanitarian Disarmament South Sudan has handed over three constructed ammunition stores to SPLA. The primary objective of the stores has been to mitigating the risk of unplanned explosions through the application of the principles contained in the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). Prior to this the ammunition was badly stored and was under great risk of catching fire during the dry season.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
    Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.

19 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

November distributions under the Emergency Operation and the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation. In November, WFP and its Cooperating Partners reached over 1 million people with a total of approximately 14,100 mt of food overall in South Sudan, including about 580,000 people and 8,300 mt under the EMOP and 420,000 people and 5,800 mt under the PRRO.

In numbers

1.4 million IDPs (OCHA estimates)

469,000 displaced outside South Sudan (OCHA estimates)

19 Dec 2014 description

Introduction

  1. After a long period of Government control, since May 2014, opposition forces attacked Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, on 29 October 2014. As has often been the case during the conflict in South Sudan, the attack was accompanied by reports that civilians were deliberately targeted by armed elements. Reports were also received that women were abducted by opposition forces and that conflict-related sexual violence took place.

19 Dec 2014 description

The Human Rights Division of the UN Mission in South Sudan has issued a report concerning allegations that opposition forces killed at least 11 civilians and committed other serious human rights abuses during an attack in the Unity State capital of Bentiu last October. UNMISS human rights officers also received testimony from multiple sources alleging that opposition forces abducted and raped female residents of Bentiu after government troops withdrew from some parts of the city during the afternoon of 29 October 2014.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Mercy Corps

One year ago today, fighting broke out on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The violence was fueled by a political conflict that quickly spread throughout the country, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians fled the terrifying attacks.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The “short rains” / “Deyr” season of late 2014 has had mixed performance across East Africa. Northeast Kenya and southern Somalia have been affected by persistently drier than average conditions since the early stages of the season. The onset of the season was delayed, while in the worst affected areas no growing season conditions were detected.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.

  • The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description

18 December 2014 - As part of efforts to ensure security for displaced persons, UNMISS and the UN Mine Action service (UNMAS) today destroyed weapons and ammunition found in its camp in Nasir, Upper Nile State.

Among objects demolished were 21 AK 47 rifles and an MI-16.

UNMISS State Coordinator Deborah Schein said the mission was clearing its base of any weapons or ammunition connected to the current conflict. Nasir was phase two of the effort, which began with a demolition exercise at UNMISS in the capital Malakal last week.

18 Dec 2014 description

"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.

18 Dec 2014 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 12:57 GMT

Peace talks aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia's capital Thursday, with mediators making a fresh appeal for an end to a "year of horror and tragedy".

The stop-start peace talks, brokered by the east African regional bloc IGAD and held in Addis Ababa, have seen a string of ceasefire deals since the war began just over a year ago -- but each has been violated in a matter of hours.

18 Dec 2014 description

Over 115,451 persons have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan

  • 67,488 persons have received humanitarian assistance (specific assistance only)
  • Sudan hosts an estimated 350,000 Southern Sudanese individuals following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan
  • Abyei PCA Box is estimated to have received 2,496 (IOM)
18 Dec 2014 description

As of 11 December, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in nine Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 98,097 including 32,815 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,478 in Malakal, 2,694 in Bor, 43,718 in Bentiu, 450 in Wau, 913 in Melut and 29 in Nasser.

18 Dec 2014 description

The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has allocated $60 million to get the humanitarian response for 2015 off to a timely start. The money will support aid agencies to take maximum advantage of the onset of South Sudan’s dry season, during which aid agencies plan to use roads to deliver aid to as many people as possible.