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UNOPS - Emergency Response Unit Weekly Status Report (18/08/2014—25/08/2014)

Overview of Weekly Activities

Unity State

Pariang—Jamjang Road:

• The contractor has mobilized a grader, ex-cavator and front end loader to project site

• Murram extraction and processing on road started in the week.

Lakes State

Mingkaman IDP settlement sites:

• The heavy down pour of rain hampered the drainage excavation work, production/ casting of concrete culverts, and installation of culvert crossings.

• Excavation of open side drains along the road to the helipad started in the week.

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Western Equatoria State forms Ebola task force

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The Western Equatoria State government has formed an Ebola task force in response to an outbreak of the deadly disease reported in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The team will carry out surveillance along the common border and set up an isolation unit at Yambio hospital for suspected cases.

The Acting State Minister for Health, Pia Phillip says the taskforce is comprised of experts from different organizations.

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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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Summary of Reports of Cessation of Hostilities (COHs) Violations (as at 21 August 2014)

The Office of the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan just released a summary report of violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23 January'14 for the period up to 21 August 2014.

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IDPs in Malakal learn about new UNMISS mandate

27 August 2014 - Internally displaced people (IDPs) seeking shelter at the UNMISS base in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal today said they supported the mission’s new mandate.

Participating in a forum organized by UNMISS for traditional and religious leaders in the protection site, the IDPs said they were particularly encouraged by the mission’s commitment to protect civilians under physical threat of violence, regardless of ethnicity and background.

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Challenges for national dialogue in Sudan

In National Dialogue in Sudan, a paper for the Sudan Democracy First Group, RVI Fellow Atta el-Battahani examines the successes and failures of national dialogue in Sudan and South Sudan, from 1956 to 2012. He identifies a series of recurrent obstacles: the bad faith of the protagonists, the limited scope and inadequate implementation of political agreements, their lack of inclusiveness, and government constraints on freedom of information.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 28 – September 3, 2014

  • Above-average rains observed over the Sahel during the past week.
  • Slightly reduced rains recorded in Sudan during the past observation period.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

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Implementation matrix for cessation of hostilities in South Sudan signed and position of forces to be frozen with immediate effect

27 August 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan welcome the signing of the Implementation Matrix of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) Agreement on 25 August 2014 by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition) at the 27th Extra Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa.

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Cluster Munition Monitor 2014 [EN/AR]

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The Monitor reports 1,584 Syrian casualties in 2012 and 2013 due to cluster munition strikes and remnants. Of those killed, 97 per cent were civilians.

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South Sudan Crisis: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 26 August 2014)

Close to 200,000 people displaced early during the conflict have since returned to their homes, having in many cases lost all their belongings. They are among the people in most urgent need of assistance, alongside those who remain displaced.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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UNMISS Update, 27 August 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 25 August, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 102,470 including 32,582 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,119 in Malakal, 4,123 in Bor, 46,872 in Bentiu, 563 in Wau, 1,174 in Melut, 26 in Nasser, and 11 in Rumbek.

SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU FLOODINGS

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South Sudan IPC Technical Release - Jul/Aug 2014

INTRODUCTION

In May 2014, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development (MAFCRD) endorsed the national IPC analysis. It projected that nearly 3.9 million people would face Emergency (Phase 4) and Crisis (Phase 3) acute food insecurity, particularly in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity state where households would be most affected.

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Media Advisory: Press briefing by UN aid chief in South Sudan

What: Journalists are invited to a press briefing with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer. Mr. Lanzer will brief on the humanitarian situation in the country, including a recent visit to Bentiu, Unity State, and update on the UN protection of civilian sites.

When: 11:00 am on Thursday, 28 August 2014

Where: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Offices, Erick de Mul Conference Room

For more information about the press briefing, contact:

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #37, 20 - 26 August 2014

Highlights

  • Further heavy rains in Bentiu have meant that most PoCs are now flooded, with people moved from PoC4 to PoC6 where the flooding has been less severe. It has become difficult to find dry land on which latrines can be established. While access to safe water through boreholes and water treatment plants have been maintained, the flooding has caused further latrines to collapse, meaning that there is now one latrine for every 100 people, compared to one latrine for 72 people before the flooding began.

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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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UNICEF deploys its largest emergency supply operation ever in a single month

UNICEF deployed 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in crises - the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history in a single month.

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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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Statement of Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, on humanitarian corridor between Sudan and South Sudan

The plan will enable WFP to deliver close to 63,000 metric tonnes of life-saving food assistance to 744,000 people in the northern parts of South Sudan who have been affected by the conflict since December 2013.