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Sudan: Deteriorating Situation in Darfur

(New York) -- A coalition of human rights and advocacy groups today warned of rising levels of violence in Darfur during and after the referendum on southern self-determination, scheduled to begin on January 9, 2011. The coalition, including Human Rights Watch, African Centre for Peace and Justice Studies and The Enough Project, urged the UN Security Council to insist on regular public reports on the humanitarian and human rights situation in Darfur and throughout Sudan in order to monitor the situation on the ground adequately.

"There are clear signs that the

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Johanniter's medical team in Port au Prince

Providing medical care at two hospitals

The Johanniter's team of 12 medical aid workers has arrived in the Haitian capital, Port au Prince, and has already started work. The team members landed in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), and from there, made their way to Haiti by land. "We're unbelievably happy to have received some back-up," said Katja Lewinsky, head of the exploratory team. Her team of three in Port au Prince survived the strongest of the after shocks last Wednesday without injury. Over the coming days, the newly-arrived medical aid workers will deliver almost a tonne

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Haiti: Doctors and counselors en route to the disaster zone

The Johanniter are increasing aid for earthquake victims in Haiti

Due to an acute lack of medical personnel, Johanniter Emergency Assistance is sending more aid workers to Haiti on Wednesday. Among the 12 team members are doctors, paramedics, logistics experts and counselors.

The aid workers are taking an Emergency Health Kits with them, which contains urgently needed medication, wound dressings and basic surgical instruments. The kits carry sufficient materials to provide 20,000 people with medical care for three months. In addition,