Calais, France | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 17:35 GMT
Some 20 people living in the "Jungle" refugee camp in the northern French port of Calais were injured in a brawl between around 200 Afghans and Sudanese on Thursday, local officials said.
Police said one person had been shot, and officials confirmed that several people received knife and baton injuries.
Juba, South Sudan, 26 May 2016
The first World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9,000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organizations. The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much human suffering today.
• A sub-national measles campaign is targeting more than 4 million children in five states of Sudan during 22-30 May 2016.
• South Sudanese continue to arrive in Sudan as a result of conflict and deteriorating food security conditions in South Sudan.
• UNHAS announces provisional direct flights between El Fasher and Sortony, North Darfur.
• An inter-agency mission to the Anka area in North Darfur has reported that 15,000 people in the area need assistance.
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The combined effects of long-term conflict and the economic crisis have left South Sudan facing large-scale market dysfunction. As a result, the availability of food – especially of fresh vegetables – has been very limited.
Attacks on Health Care
Attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine our long term health development goals.
WHO collaborates closely with others to better understand the problem, bring attention to the issue, and find solutions that can prevent attacks; protect health facilities, workers, transport and supplies; and ensure the continued provision of health care despite such attacks.
The United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat is working on an accelerated program for the return of displaced persons from protection of civilian sites to their homes.
Christian Okafor, a policy advisor with UN-Habitat says the plan involves construction of decent settlements, flood support and land management programs.
Okafor says youth will also be involved in public reconstruction processes.
“We have a lot of youth and we should take advantage of those youth to support the reconstruction process,” said Okafor.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media, and welcome to the United Nations weekly press briefing broadcast live on UN radio Miraya from UN House, in Juba. Also a warm welcome to our radio listeners who have tuned in and the media from Torit.
GENEVA (25 May 2016) – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Ethiopian and South Sudanese authorities to redouble their efforts to free all the children abducted in the western Ethiopia’s Gambella region during cross border attacks by armed men.
The Great Lakes Region highlights the interconnected nature of conflict. This is particularly true for the four focus countries of the Great Lakes Project (GLP), namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This interconnectedness forms the basis of the GLP’s regional approach.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
(Juba, 25 May 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the tragic killing of Sister Veronika Racková, a Slovakian nun and medical doctor who was shot on 15 May 2016 in Yei, while on a humanitarian mission, and later succumbed to her wounds.
“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act and send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sister Veronika Racková,” said Mr. Owusu. “I welcome steps being taken by the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and urge them to act swiftly.”
A Message From Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar
The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a network of depots around the world (Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that stores and manages relief items on behalf of the humanitarian community. Strategic stocks of emergency relief goods are available at any given time and, at the onset of an emergency, UNHRD is ready to dispatch immediately.
The US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.
Estimated areas to be cultivated for season 2016/ 2017 is 42.1 million feddans .
The lean period for this season began in March, unusually due to the impact of El Nino .
Cereal prices curve was higher by 25 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, while the prices of animals decreased by 20%.
The growing influx of refugees from South Sudan, their number reached 221.322
Nutrition situation: high incidence of malnutrition in some States.
• The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura visited South Sudan from 6 to 9 May to encourage the Government to uphold its commitments to addressing sexual violence outlined in the Joint Communique signed in October 2014 and the Unilateral Communique signed in December 2014 by the then SPLA-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar. UNICEF is supporting the Government in developing an implementation plan while continuing to work with civil society actors in prevention and response to sexual violence.
Deepening food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and a worsening economic situation, has been widely witnessed, with Northern & Western Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria being the main geographic areas exhibiting the most rapid decline.
WFP is scaling up its food assistance activities to reach those in need.
The Transitional Government of National Unity has been established in line with the Compromise Peace Agreement following the return and swearing in of the first Vice President, Riek Machar.
· As of 19 May 2016, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 177,234 including 105,588 in Bentiu, 40,448 in Malakal, 27,990 in Juba UN House, 2,289 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau.