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Rebels were aided by foreign mercenaries in Unity state capital, says South Sudan army

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it is preparing to launch a major offensive to retake Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity state, calling on foreign mercenaries supporting rebel forces in the area to immediately withdraw.

The comments came following official confirmation that rebel fighters allied to former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar had seized control of the strategic town close to the Sudanese border.

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South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

On the first of April, I walked with great sadness through the United Nations compound in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, now in free fall after a hopeful beginning three years ago. The compound is sheltering more than 21,000 displaced people who fled to safety after a spasm of violence in mid-December killed untold thousands.

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Robustness, Cooperation with Local Forces and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP)

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ZIF

Both the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and the future development of robust peace operations have caused considerable debate in recent months among practitioners and policy makers. The Center for International Peace Operations undertook to host a group of key UN stakeholders in Berlin with a view to taking stock of the state of these discussions, sharing up-to-date information, collecting open questions and developing policy options.

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WHO South Sudan Emergency Response Situation Report #19, 10 - 16 April 2014

Highlights

 The security situation remains relatively calm in most parts of the country except Bentiu where troop movement has been reported.

 The numbers of displaced persons continues to increase. New updates of displacements indicated that an estimated 1.1 million people have been displaced by the conflict since December 2013.

 Concerns are growing on the possible deterioration of the humanitarian situation with the onset of the rainy season.

 Funding of the humanitarian response plan is still relatively low.

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Devastating cycle of violence and revenge in South Sudan must end - Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 17 April 2014: “I am deeply saddened and frustrated by the violence that has ravaged Bentiu and Bor in the past 72 hours. There is no excuse for direct attacks on civilians, or on those risking their own lives to protect them.

These events show, yet again, the pointlessness of the violence engulfing South Sudan. The current cycle of revenge will get the people of this country nowhere. It wrecks the present, and casts a dark shadow over what should have been a very bright future.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Care and Dignity in Conflict: Life-saving services for South Sudanese women and girls

Urgent appeal: South Sudanese people need help now

UNFPA needs $25 million to reach refugees and internally displaced people

In December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and spread quickly around the country. The conflict has so far displaced 740,000 people, the vast majority of them in four states.

What is the impact on maternal/reproductive health?

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IOM South Sudan Situation Report 19, 17 April 2014

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IOM supported CCCM training for 24 participants from UNMISS, NGOs and RRC in Juba

International Organization for Migration:

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Uganda + 8 others
East Africa Food Security Outlook - April to September 2014

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UNMISS condemns attack on its camp in Bor

PRESS RELEASE

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemns today’s deadly and unprovoked attack on its base in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State, by a mob of armed civilians.

At the time of the attack, there were some 5,000 displaced civilians in a protection-of-civilians site (POC) inside the base. A yet to be confirmed number of these civilians were killed or wounded by these assailants who came under the guise of peaceful demonstrators intending to present a petition to UNMISS. The Mission will publish the casualty figures once they are ascertained.

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Churches call for warring factions to resolve conflict as South Sudan stands on brink of a Humanitarian Disaster

Leading church leaders in South Sudan have called for greater urgency regarding delayed peace negotiations in Addis Ababa, as faith-based humanitarian agencies warn of an impending food crisis.

In just four months, more than one million people have been displaced from their homes and an estimated 4.9 million are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, yet the crisis response plan is still only 36 per cent funded.

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Waters Over Tierkidi Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Tierdiki camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Waters Over Lietchuor Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Lietchuor camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. Some areas are covered by clouds. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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US pledges ongoing support for humanitarian efforts in S. Sudan

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.

Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.

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South Sudan Conflict Interrupting Children's Education

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Voice of America

Children displaced by four months of fighting in South Sudan not only face a greater risk of disease and malnutrition, but their education is also being compromised.

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South Sudan Crisis Response Displacement Tracking Matrix Round II Report, April 2014

INTRODUCTION

Following the outbreak of conflict in December 2013 between government and opposition forces, an estimated 803,200 people have been displaced throughout South Sudan. CCCM partners have reached over 244,152 IDPs, establishing site management and coordination structures to facilitate the delivery of assistance and the immediate identification of gaps.

International Organization for Migration:

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South Sudan: Agany Site Profile Round 2, 16-Mar-14

International Organization for Migration:

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South Sudan CCCM - DTM Round 2 (March 2014)

International Organization for Migration:

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UNMISS condemns fighting in Unity State

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is gravely concerned about the fighting that erupted in parts of Unity State on Monday, 14 April 2014. UNMISS condemns these renewed hostilities in the strongest possible terms as serious violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by the main parties to the crisis in Addis Ababa on 23 January 2014.

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No safe place for children as fighting breaks out in new areas of South Sudan

Report
World Vision

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (April 16, 2014) – Renewed fighting has broken out in several cities in South Sudan, including the border town of Renk where many internally displace people relo cated due to the stability in the area. Renk is also where the Government moved several administrative offices when Malakal was attacked and made unstable.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #18, 14 April 2014

Highlights

 Over 3.7 million people in the country, including almost 740,000 children under five, are at high risk of food insecurity. Malnutrition rates are also on the rise, with partners estimating that the lives of as many as 50,000 children could be at risk unless nutrition programmes are urgently funded and scaled up.