The UK will provide further life-saving food, water and support for families forced from their homes by recent fighting in Sudan.
Britain will contribute a further £7 million to the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund appeal for Sudan, International Development Minster Baroness Northover announced today during a visit to Khartoum.
The ongoing conflict has forced more people from their homes than at any time since 2003 and seven million people are now expected to need emergency assistance this year.
The initial White Nile State relocation of 500 planned households to the new sites of El Redis 2 and Dabat Bosin has been completed, and will continue as required to relieve congestion of existing sites.
KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution from the Government of Japan to support its emergency operations in Sudan.
This new contribution of ¥390 million (US$3.2 million) will be used to provide some 862,000 school children across Sudan with nutritious meals for two months through WFP’s school feeding programme.
Flooding has occurred this week in Al Salaam locality in White Nile State, following closure of the Jebel Aulia dam. The sites of El Redis 1, El Redis 2 and Jouri have all been affected, with access hindered and delivery of basic services interrupted. Twenty block latrines have collapsed in El Redis 1 and water trucking to the new El Redis 2 site is now taking place from Al Kashafa (approximately 10 kilometres away).
On 14 January, a national staff member working for an international NGO was abducted in Nyala, South Darfur by armed men.
Humanitarian organisations have assessed and verified about 18,400 new IDPs in a number of locations in North Darfur.
An estimated 119,950 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since violence erupted in South Sudan mid-December 2013, according to the UNHCR.
By Susan Kim*
January 15, 2015—While relaxing and reading the Dayton Daily News in 1999, an advertisement caught Mike Slaughter's eye: BMW had just released a new luxury sedan. On a facing page was a heart-wrenching photograph of a child, emaciated with hunger, from Sudan. The two words—sedan, Sudan—and their juxtaposition struck a chord in Slaughter.
Sedan, Sudan. Sedan, Sudan.
Registration of newly displaced villagers from East Jebel Marra and Tawila locality at the North Darfur camps for the displaced has begun. Unicef, in cooperation with the Sudanese Child Welfare Council, has distributed blankets to the newcomers in Zamzam camp. The North Darfur authorities have adjusted the teaching hours because of the current cold wave.
About 200 newly displaced from East Jebel Marra were registered at the Shangil Tobaya camp in Tawila locality.
HIGHLIGHTS A delegation of South Sudanese community leaders from Khartoum visited Al Alagaya on 5 January as part of a ‘go and see’ visit to observe living conditions and services in the site. Discussions regarding voluntary relocation of some South Sudanese from Khartoum to White Nile State remain ongoing.
4.2 million children in Sudan require urgent humanitarian assistance today. This makes Sudan one of the worst humanitarian crisis for children in the world.
A polio immunisation campaign was successfully conducted targeting 2.8 million under five children in twelve high risk statesfollowing new cases of the disease recorded in South Sudan.
Government of Sudan declared the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and the UNDP Country Director as persona non grata
Areas in the north of the Abyei area lack basic services including water, healthcare, education and civil infrastructure
The yellow fever vaccination campaign has reached an estimated 4.8 million people in Sudan.
DFID gives US$17.7 million to WFP humanitarian operations in Sudan.
Displaced people in Sudan 3.1 million
• UNHCR, signs a MoU with the Government of Sudan on the registration and documentation of South Sudanese citizens in Sudan.
• Three UNAMID peacekeepers injured in an ambush in East Darfur.
• The number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan stands at 115,451 as of 18 December 2014, according to UNHCR.
• Donors contribute some $4 million towards the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
Displaced people in Sudan 2.9 million
IDPs in Darfur (to date) 2.4 million
Caritas/ACT Alliance* are seeking €5.3 million (US$6.8 million) to fund programmes they are supporting in Darfur in 2015.
The United Nations says that there are approximately 2.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Darfur and that about 6.5 million people in total are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country. There are great needs in areas affected by conflict such as Darfur.
Preparation of the new El Redis 2 and Debat Bosin sites is expected to be completed by the 25th of December, with basic services (reception space, shelters, water and latrines) being made available. The relocation is then scheduled to take place 26th and 31st December 2014.
The Khartoum relocation (from Shagara to Bantiu site) has been delayed this week due to delivery of substandard shelter poles. Replacement possibilities are currently being explored, and movement is expected to take place immediately following resolution of this issue.
The South Kordofan & Blue Nile Coordination Unit, which works with local civil society organisations and international humanitarian actors to share credible information on humanitarian needs in the two conflict-affected states, has just released its November update.
KOWALIP, SUDAN— The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. In Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region many children are simply too scared to go to school.