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20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.

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.

17 Dec 2014 description

Conflict continues to drive food insecurity in many areas of the region

Key Messages:

About 12.4 million people in East Africa are in need of humanitarian assistance. As of November, the majority were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in northeastern Djibouti, eastern and northeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, southern and central Somalia, western and southern Sudan, and the Greater Upper Nile States in South Sudan. Significant populations remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in these countries and in Burundi, Rwanda, and northeastern Uganda.

13 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Almost a full year of conflict (15 December 2013) has devastated the lives of the majority of South Sudan’s people, killed tens of thousands and ravaged key parts of the country. 2014 has been a year of violence, abuse and displacement which has forced almost two million people from their homes. The conflict has been brutal: killings, rape, destruction and the loss of livelihoods have left open wounds which will take much time to heal.

12 Dec 2014 description
report Concern Worldwide

The Devastation of War

On the night of December 15, 2013, shots rang out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. What started as a political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former vice President Riek Machar had reached its boiling point. Forces loyal to Machar broke away from the military and fighting quickly spread throughout Juba and then into other areas of South Sudan.

12 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • Thanks to contributions announced this week from Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, the regional shortfall has decreased substantially. However, WFP still urgently requires US$59 million in new resources to meet the needs of refugees in Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan for the next six-months.

  • Fears of renewed fighting and heightened tension, particularly in Eastern Equatoria, may result in increased number of people crossing into neighboring countries in the coming weeks. Over 500 people crossed into Uganda on 08 December alone.

04 Dec 2014 description

A 13 year-old girl was abducted by the Ugandan LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) in a village of the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan, reports Radio Anisa. Also another six people were abducted, but then released.

The report was confirmed by Buku Matthew, head of communications for the Ezo County, where the attack took place. The local media gave the episode wide converge because LRA attacks in South Sudan over the past two years have become very rare.

29 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOUTH SUDAN: on 26 November, South Sudan launched a 16-day campaign against gender-based violence. The event, which also marked the launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, was held under the theme, “Stop sexual and gender based violence and promote peace and co-existence in the state. Let us challenge militarism”. Attended by officials from the government, UNMISS and UN agencies, the launch came amidst reports of serious gender-based violence in the state, which has resulted in some men and women losing their lives.

28 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires US$120 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all four countries. WFP is already implementing ration cuts in Kenya. In other countries, WFP may need to implement ration cuts in early 2015 if additional resources are not received soon.

26 Nov 2014 description

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has more than 3,300 local staff and 350 international staff working in South Sudan. MSF is also running programmes to provide healthcare to the South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries as part of its response to the humanitarian crisis.

25 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires US$120 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

  • The resource situation remains critical in all four countries. WFP has started reducing rations in the November distributions in Kenya. In Ethiopia, rations may be reduced if additional resources are not received soon.

  • Congestion in camps is of concern, in Ethiopia and Kenya in particular. Negotiations with authorities on land access are ongoing.

24 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded a three-day mission to South Sudan, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments, and urged for more international support to enable humanitarians to scale-up and expand critical aid operations.

  • The security situation in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal remained relatively calm, as community elders engaged the warring youth in a bid to defuse the tensions.

24 Nov 2014 description

1. INTRODUCTION

Twic East County is located in Jonglei State, which is the largest state in South Sudan. The county is composed of five Payams namely: Pakeer, Ajuong, Nyuak, Lith and Kongor with an estimated population of 111,935 people1 (before the outbreak of violence that led to population displacement).

24 Nov 2014 description
report Invisible Children

On the morning of November 21st, a 30-year-old South Sudanese man returned from LRA captivity with a 16-year-old Central African girl in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR). The young girl was reportedly abducted three years ago in Bakouma, CAR while the man was abducted near Juba, South Sudan.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOUTH SUDAN: Measles outbreak has been reported in the Nuba mountains (Sudan), with some 800 cases and 18 deaths confirmed so far. Currently there are about 5000-8000 people on transit to Yida refugee settlement (South Sudan). A vaccination center is going to be set up at the entry to Yida to make sure all eligible children are vaccinated as they arrive.

18 Nov 2014 description
report International Alert

International Alert’s new report, Trading with neighbours, examines the realities of trade relations between business communities in Uganda and South Sudan*.

15 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • On 9 November, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) facilitated the recommitment to the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23 January.

  • Escalating inter-communal tensions between the youth in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal, Upper Nile State, continued to disrupt humanitarian operations.