NAIROBI, Kenya, November 21 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has sought to allay the concerns of hundreds of thousands of refugees facing food ration cuts in northern Kenya and stressed that these are not linked to the repatriation of Somalis.
"We call for calm in camps. The reduction of food rations is purely as a result of funding constraints and should not in any way be linked to the planned pilot project that will support refugees spontaneously returning to Somalia," Raouf Mazou, UNHCR's representative in Kenya, said in Nairobi this week.
As at 20th November 2014, Kakuma had received 44,282 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 179,126. As at 16th November 177,070 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.
World Toilet Day, which is celebrated every year on the 19 December, is an opportunity to inspire action and underscore the urgency needed to end open defecation, especially for women and girls who are particularly vulnerable. As the main provider of sanitation facilities in Gendrassa and Kaya refugee camps in Maban, Upper Nile State, ACTED celebrated World Toilet Day with a ‘learn from your neighbour’ theme. The day’s celebrations were held in the areas of the camps that had the cleanest and best maintained latrines.
Dramas, songs, dances and prizes
Following the December 2013 outbreak of violence, 1.8 million people have fled their homes . Many have crossed into neighboring countries (estimated 463,000 people have fled to neighboring countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan individuals). 1.4 million individuals remain internally displaced and most are seeking shelter in remote rural areas across the country. Displacement patterns remain fluid, driven by violence, access to emergency assistance and floods. There are currently 102,265 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in UN bases across South Sudan.
An immunisation campaign targeting more than 3.2 million children in all 10 states has been successfully completed in seven states. Efforts are underway to immunise children in the three conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
Clashes in Malakal, raise concerns as gunshot wounds and other weapon-related injuries are the leading cause of mortality, accounting for 23% of deaths in the Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.
Juba, 21 November 2014): UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded her three-day mission to South Sudan today, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments and urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations.
20 November, 2014 - To enable displaced people at the UN base in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal to understand of the UNMISS mandate, the mission today started a two-day workshop.
“Some of you might be wondering what UNMISS is doing here and what activities we are involved in (and) this is why we are here,” said UNMISS Acting State Coordinator Hastings Amurani Phiri in his opening remarks to the women, elders and youth who attended the workshop.
20 November 2014 - True policing has never been offered to the South Sudanese people in over 50 years, UNMISS Police Commissioner Fred Yiga told the UN Security Council in New York today.
“Policing in the country has generally been done by armed groups whose ethos is that of a soldier in battle,” he said adding that South Sudan is largely a nomadic society and the policing methods require special skills, policies and equipment.
The UN is “holding the mantle” to ensure that the first time “good policing, true policing” is provided, Mr. Yiga said.
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20 November 2014 - UNMISS is making every effort to uphold the civilian nature of protection site on its bases across the country, the mission’s chief Ellen Loej said in Juba today.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Miraya, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) said although it is possible that ex-soldiers from both sides of the conflict could be living at the sites, they were all disarmed and their uniforms were removed before they entered.
18 November 2014 - The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) today contributed £1.6 million to for expansion of the UNMISS protection site in the Upper Nile state capital Malakal.
Making the announcement, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) noted that partners were taking advantage of the onset of the dry season to complete expansion of the Malakal protection site, which provides emergency shelter and protection to over 17,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), as others continue to trickle in.
IOM has resumed transport by boat and road of South Sudanese refugees stranded by heavy rains and flooding in Matar to Fugnido refugee camp in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia, 300 kms away, following an agreement between Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR.
The relocation operation started this week with the movement of 286 refugees by boat and bus from Matar to Fugnido via the Itang way station. The two-day journey involves an overnight stop in Itang, where IOM, UNHCR and WFP provide food, water, sleeping mats and blankets.
18 November 2014 - Traditional leaders in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State today called for the restoration of traditional laws in the courts during the opening of a five-day training workshop in the state capital Aweil.
“We want traditional laws to be implemented because they have (more) cultural benefits for our people than those brought from other countries,” said Dut Akerdit, a representative of the chiefs who are attending the workshop which is focused on principles of customary and statutory law.
Child protection is about keeping children safe from violence, exploitation and abuse. It is an issue in all countries, including here in Canada. Here we have strict laws, social services and specialist charities that are all in place to prevent and respond to child protection violations. Widespread child protection crises are thankfully relatively rare here.