GENEVA/KHARTOUM (22 February 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has called on the Government in Khartoum to protect the rights of civilians in war-torn Darfur.
The region has been engulfed in a civil conflict since 2003 with hundreds of thousands of displaced people still living in camps.
Mr Nononsi was speaking at the end of a 12-day mission during which he held talks with people living in the village of Adi Kong in western Darfur state.
More than 600 people have been left homeless, destitute, and without food after a fire that broke out at camp El Neem north of Ed Daein in East Darfur destroyed 100 homes on Wednesday.
One of the camp sheikhs explained that the intense wind helped the fire to spread. Provisions and agricultural crops were also destroyed, however no injuries or loss of life were reported.
The sheikh appealed to the authorities and organisations to speed up the provision of aid to those affected.
February 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, Thursday, has directed his government to provide the necessary support and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and relief supplies to the needy civilian in the neighbouring South Sudan.
South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since December 2013, is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis and the world’s third largest behind Syria and Afghanistan.
KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed two generous contributions totalling €8 million from European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), enabling WFP to provide food assistance to refugees, nutritional support to mothers and children and continue operation of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Sudan.
On 19 February 2017, UNAMID handed over building and education materials to Mujamma Khalawi Li Takhfidzil Quran wal Dirosah School in El Geneina, West Darfur.
Items given included 80 roofing sheets for the school as well as stationery and books for 350 students. Some 300 students also received clothes.
The handover facilitated by UNAMID’s Indonesian peacekeepers falls within the Mission’s mandate to promote peace through education.
Militiamen threaten camp residents of Sortony in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, causing insecurity for people venturing out of the camp for displaced people. A shortage of teachers and classrooms poses a disadvantage for the displaced children.
A coordinator for the camps in Kabkabiya locality told Radio Dabanga that the displaced in Sortony currently live in “a state of siege by militants”. “They prevent them by force of arms from going out to collect firewood.
On 10 February 2017, UNAMID concluded a five-day first-aid training programme, attended by 36 participants in El Geneina, West Darfur. The programme was run by the Mission's Bangladeshi Medical Section and counted health workers, teachers from Krinding and Ardamata camps for the internally displaced as well as representatives of the Faculty of Health Science, El Geneina University, as participants. It aimed at enhancing participants' knowledge on first aid for common health conditions and medical emergencies.
This is a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan, a cross-party parliamentary group promoting the cause of peace, human rights, justice and development for the people of Sudan and South Sudan. The report collects over 40 pieces of written evidence and 10 hours of oral hearings to make constructive recommendations for the UK Government, seeking to influence and inform the UK Government’s engagement with its Sudanese counterpart.
The medical director of the Dongola Specialist Hospital in northern Sudan reports that the hospital admitted 20 cases of watery diarrhoea last week.
On Thursday, Dr Moataz El Amin said in a press statement that the hospital received 20 people suffering from acute watery diarrhoea from the El Gaab valley, west of Dongola, where private miners are seeking for gold.
He said that the Dongola health authorities moved to El Gaab to curb the spread of the disease among the miners by water chlorination and distributing “protective pills”.
Khartoum, 20 February 2017. The United Nations, through the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) – a multi-donor fund that responds to critical humanitarian needs in Sudan – has allocated $21 million to help thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan in 2017.
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The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.
Darfur Community Based Reintegration and Stabilization Programme and the Strengthening of Land Management for Peaceful Co-Existence in Darfur are underpinned by political, security, social, economic and environmental imperatives that are consistent with the goal and objectives of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) and the Darfur Development Strategy which are strongly linked to UNDP strategic Plan.
About 80,000 people returned to Umm Dukhun locality, Central Darfur between 2014 and 2016.
Returnees in Um Dukhun have poor access to basic services—such as water, education, health and nutrition services.
Over 300,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since mid-December 2013.
WFP provided food assistance to 3.9 million people across Sudan in 2016.
FIGURES 2016 HRP
/# people in need in Sudan (2016 HNO) 5.8 million
The camps for the displaced in Kass locality in South Darfur and Tawila in North Darfur are experiencing a severe shortage of health and water services, which is leading to a deterioration in the environment.
Abdelrahman Abdullah Mohammed, the head Sheikh of the camps in Kass told Radio Dabanga on Tuesday that there are only two health centres in the 37 camps for 187,000 displaced people amid an acute shortage in medicines and medical personnel.
(14 February 2017) Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, a prominent Sudanese human rights defender, has been unlawfully detained for over two months, held by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) at Khartoum’s Kober Prison without charge or access to legal representation, 39 human rights groups and activists said.
A United Nations Integrated Assessment Team, led by UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative (DJSR)-Protection, Ms. Bintou Keita, travelled to Sortony, North Darfur from 29-31 January 2017 to conduct an on-the-ground assessment of the situation at the UNAMID Team Site, the adjacent IDP Gathering Site, and nearby Kube water point.