"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 12:57 GMT
Peace talks aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia's capital Thursday, with mediators making a fresh appeal for an end to a "year of horror and tragedy".
The stop-start peace talks, brokered by the east African regional bloc IGAD and held in Addis Ababa, have seen a string of ceasefire deals since the war began just over a year ago -- but each has been violated in a matter of hours.
Over 115,451 persons have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan
- 67,488 persons have received humanitarian assistance (specific assistance only)
- Sudan hosts an estimated 350,000 Southern Sudanese individuals following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan
- Abyei PCA Box is estimated to have received 2,496 (IOM)
As of 11 December, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in nine Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 98,097 including 32,815 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,478 in Malakal, 2,694 in Bor, 43,718 in Bentiu, 450 in Wau, 913 in Melut and 29 in Nasser.
The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has allocated $60 million to get the humanitarian response for 2015 off to a timely start. The money will support aid agencies to take maximum advantage of the onset of South Sudan’s dry season, during which aid agencies plan to use roads to deliver aid to as many people as possible.
· Continuous missions to offer help desk services have been conducted to the major ETC sites across South Sudan.
· ETC participated to the 2015 Common Humanitarian Fund first allocation process.
December 17, 14 (BOR) – Child abductions and cattle rustling have resumed between the Dinka Bor and Murle ethnic groups in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.
Both sides continue to trade accusations over who is responsible for the incidents.
The Murle have accused Dinka tribesmen of stealing cattle at gunpoint from Pibor villages bordering Dinka Bor counties.
However, Dinka communities in Bor county accuse their neighbours in the newly created Greater Pibor Administration Area (GPAA) of stealing cattle a week ago from the Bor village of Kuongo.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015
Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response
Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.
On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.
In South Sudan, WFP operates its largest humanitarian air operation. Through the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), around 8,000 aid workers are able to reach over 40 remote and isolated locations each month. UNHAS staff operate a fleet of 17 helicopters, and small and medium-sized aircraft to make this possible.
By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.
December 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – As the civil war in South Sudan enters its second year, the government and rebel delegations are set to resume peace talks in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday.
The resumption of talks comes as forces loyal to South Sudan’s armed opposition faction led by former vice-president Riek Machar launched attacks along the Juba-Nimule road, a rebel’s military spokesman claimed on Tuesday.
IGAD chief negotiator Seyoum Mesfin announced the resumption of the nearly one-year-long process during a press conference on Monday.
• UNHCR has registered 115,572 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.
• HAC estimates that 14,000 people are reportedly displaced and may require humanitarian aid in West Kordofan following intra-communal violence in late November.
• Dengue fever cases in North Darfur have reached 132, including three deaths.
• The People with Special Needs (PWSN) project is targeting an estimated 15,000 people in North Darfur with assistance in 2014.
Displaced people in Sudan 2.9 million
Conflict continues to drive food insecurity in many areas of the region
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.
During this reporting period (7 December – 13 December), a total of 107 South Sudanese were tracked by the IOM tracking hub in Jabal Awlia as entering Khartoum State traveling north from White Nile State; this amounts topersons per day. No new arrivals were registered in South Kordofan and West Kordofan.
- Situation overview
The situation remains unpredictable but there was no fighting during the reporting period.
Intertribal tensions continue to exist in Malakal, however UNFPA continues to provide front line staff .
Midwives will be returning in the next reporting period and a new GBV speci al ist has arrived in Juba and will begin work in Malakal shortly.
Although there is currently no fighting in Bentiu the situation remains very tense and the threat of an attack is now a constant concern.