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22 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS IN SOUTH SUDAN

  • In a statement issued on 20 May 2015, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

18 May 2015 description

Highlights

ETHIOPIA: On 8 May the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR launched the relocation of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps to the new Jewi camp, some 18 km from Gambella. The first convoy had 1,376 refugees and the second (9 May had 1,279 refugees. UNHCR and ARRA welcomed the refugees and assured them that they would have protection and better humanitarian services in the new camp. The relocations will continue on a daily basis and as of 14 May 13,388 refugees have been relocated.

15 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By CHRISTOPHER KIDANKA

Posted Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 15:49

IN SUMMARY

  • Mbeya Urban district in northern Tanzania was the best performer but Kenyan districts outperformed the region in overall assessment.

  • The report says most of Tanzanian districts fell in the middle ranks while Uganda districts consistently ranked near the bottom.

Just 20 per cent of children in third year of primary school in East Africa have acquired basic literacy and numeracy skills of standard two level, a survey has revealed.

13 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano

This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.

12 May 2015 description

Snapshot 6–12 May 2015

Iraq: Conflict has escalated in a number of locations. In Anbar, fighting has displaced more than 47,000 in Karmah district, and more than 133,000 around Ramadi. Clashes between Islamic State and government forces have intensified around Baiji oil refinery, in Salah al Din.

08 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • “Since the beginning of May, military activities south of Bentiu (Unity State) have forced up to 100,000 people from their homes. This comes at the peak of the traditional planting season, when people need to be able to move freely and safely to be able to tend to their crops.” (Statement by Mr. Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, 8 May 2015, Juba)

07 May 2015 description

Le rapport annuel 2014 sur la Coopération belge au Développement est disponible depuis le début du mois de mai, non seulement en ligne et sur papier, mais aussi sous la forme d'applications numériques(BE-COOPERATION) dans l'App Store (iOS) et sur Google Play store (Android).

07 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

KAMPALA, 07 May 2015 – Students from Makerere, Aalto and Helsinki Universities are developing innovations jointly with school children to address Water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) challenges in select schools in the Acholi sub-region of Northern Uganda, under the UniWASH project.

05 May 2015 description

Snapshot 29 April–5 May 2015

Nepal: The death toll from the earthquake has reached 7,250, with more than 14,000 injured. Aftershocks are still occurring, and some villages have still not been reached. 300,000 homes are estimated to need rebuilding or repair.

Yemen: The estimated number of IDPs has doubled since 17 April to reach 300,000, as conflict continues. Food distribution, health, and WASH systems are on the verge of collapse, due in large part to severe fuel shortages.

01 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.

29 Apr 2015 description

STRATEGIC SUMMARY

Burundi has made notable progress in the peace consolidation process since the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation agreement, which helped end the country’s long civil war. The upcoming 2015 general elections are considered as a critical milestone for the long-term peace and stability of Burundi. However, tensions continue to increase and the political landscape is marred by polarization and limited political space.

28 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 April 2015

Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.

27 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • The situation in South Sudan remains among the world's biggest humanitarian crises since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
    Over 2 million people have fled their homes, including over half a million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries (70% of them are children). At the same time, the country hosts around a quarter of a million refugees, mainly from Sudan.

24 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR distributed medicines and medical supplies to all refugee camps in South Sudan, which will suffice for the next six months.

  • There were 772 new arrivals at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) site, mostly women and children from Rubkkona and Mayom counties (Unity State) who said that they were fleeing inter-communal fighting and lacked food.

22 Apr 2015 description

INTRODUCTION

The following is a Monthly Conflict Scan Report produced in Uganda by the USAID Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE) Program.

21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners support over 144,455 South Sudanese refugees of which 87 per cent are women and children including 12,793 in Arua, 33,381 in Kiryandongo, 91,743 in Adjumani and 7,538 in Kampala.

  • A Polio house to house immunisation campaign was carried out amongst the refugees and host communities. According to the U-report Poll, 82% of respondents indicated that Polio vaccinators came to their home to vaccinate all the children under five years.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

17 Apr 2015 description

KEY FIGURES

654,215 South Sudanese Refugees (total)

522,812 New arrivals (since 15 Dec. 2013)

131,403 Old caseload (before 15 Dec. 2013)

259,232 Refugees in South Sudan

1.5 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government of Kenya calls for the closure of Dadaab refugee camp following terrorist attack in Garissa.

  • Fighting resumes in South Sudan as peace talks stall yet again.

  • Over 20,000 South Sudanese refugees received in neighbouring countries since February 2015.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate from April - June 2015 in most countries in the region.

  • More than 6,500 Burundian refugees flee tensions in Burundi ahead of June 2015 presidential elections.