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01 May 2016 description

“Together with my Troika colleagues, I welcome the long-awaited formation of South Sudan’s transitional government of national unity," said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

01 May 2016 description

BY STAFF WRITER 29 APR 2016

ACCORD and the South Sudan Initiative have run a training event on communication in conflict for the South Sudanese Secretariat.

Following a call by the SPLM Secretariat to enhance its skills in communication in conflict, ACCORD and the South Sudan Initiative ran a training event for the Secretariat from 26-28 April 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, focused on Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, so as to introduce critical peacebuilding, reconciliation and communication in conflict skills and best practices.

01 May 2016 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 30 April 2016: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the appointment, by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, of the Ministers of the Transitional Government of National Unity, in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan of 17 August 2015.

30 Apr 2016 description

By Ken Scott

On Wednesday, South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president. Yesterday, the new cabinet, which includes former rebels and members of the opposition, was sworn in. The formation of a transitional government of national unity is a big step forward for a nation ravaged by more than two years of armed conflict. But if a lasting peace is to be found, it will need to be built on the foundation of justice, truth and reparation.

30 Apr 2016 description
report Save the Children

Dr Nicholas Alusa, member of our Emergency Health Unit

Measles is a highly contagious, horrific disease. If left untreated, in a worst case scenario, it can lead to death.

There’s no specific treatment for measles: all that medics can do is isolate the sufferer, give them vitamin A, and hope for the best.

In high-income countries most people infected with the disease recover in a couple of weeks, very few die. But in developing countries it kills up to one in five.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Highlights

  • Food insecurity projected to affect more than 5 million people during lean season.

  • Airlifts and airdrops of live saving food assistance reach more than 50,000 in Jonglei and Upper Nile states.

  • Riek Machar sworn in as first Vice President.

WFP’s Activities

30 Apr 2016 description
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Staple food prices increasing more rapidly than expected

KEY MESSAGES

  • Large areas of Greater Upper Nile (GUN) continue to experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. Households in these areas are facing an increased risk of malnutrition and excess mortality. In Unity State, it is expected that a small population of households are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity persists across larger areas of the country as many households face significant difficulty meeting their basic food needs.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Conflict and 2015 El Niño drought remain major drivers of acute food insecurity in the region

Key Messages

29 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The USG announces more than $86 million in additional humanitarian funding for South Sudan on April 27

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches nearly 65 percent of emergency food pre-positioning target as of April 26

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

29 Apr 2016 description

Bujumbura, Burundi 29th April, 2016: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) wishes to congratulate the Government and the people of the Republic of South Sudan at this significant moment towards the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) and expresses his gratitude and admiration to all parties and stakeholders who worked tirelessly to make this a reality.

29 Apr 2016 description

Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Friday 4/29/2016 - 09:50 GMT |

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has named his transitional unity government, sharing power with ex-rebels in a key step in a long-delayed peace process, a decree read out Friday said.

Under terms of an August 2015 peace deal, the 30 ministerial posts are split between Kiir, former rebel chief turned first vice president Riek Machar, opposition and other parties.

29 Apr 2016 description

Juba – More than three dozen victims of violence have sought assistance at an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)-supported hospital in Maiwut. The health facility is now providing medical and surgical care to the wounded of recent attacks near Gambella, Ethiopia, where nearly 200 people were killed and more than 100 children abducted.

Many of the 39 men, women and children admitted to the hospital are suffering from gunshot injuries as a result of the mid-April clashes along the Ethiopia-South Sudan border.

29 Apr 2016 description
report Miraya FM

The government of the United Kingdom has announced a five year humanitarian plan for South Sudan.

The 2016-2020 strategy focuses on food security and providing live saving food to the people in need. It also involves programs to protect women from gender base violence.

It will be implemented by the UK- Department for intentional Develop (DFID).

Vicky Stanger, deputy head of DIFD in South Sudan is urging the incoming transitional government to allow free humanitarian access.

29 Apr 2016 description

Mingkaman, South Sudan, April 28, 2016 – The Government of Japan and the Ministry of Transportation, Roads and Bridges jointly inaugurated today a river port in Mingkaman, Awerial County. The $4.1 million port facility, funded by the people of Japan and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), will expand the capacity to provide life-saving supplies to South Sudan’s civilian population, particularly those people affected by displacement after the 2013 conflict.

28 Apr 2016 description
report Save the Children

“...As Save the Children, we welcome any peaceful move, however small, that gives us hope that we shall finally have the space, support, and freedom to save the lives of vulnerable South Sudanese children.”

Juba – 28 April 2016: After nearly two and a half years of difficult peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-iO, a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) has been formed.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

• Completeness for weekly reporting was 42% for the non-conflict affected states and 68% for the IDP sites.
• New measles outbreaks confirmed in Malakal PoC, Yirol West, and Aweil North counties.
• 48 cases including 10 deaths of suspect VHF reported in Aweil North and Aweil West Counties with 24 December 2015 as the earliest date of onset.
• ARI is the leading cause of morbidity in IDPs.
• TB/HIV/AIDS is the most common causes of mortality.

Special focus on measles

28 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The influx of South Sudanese into Sudan that began in late January 2016 amid ongoing conflict and deteriorating food insecurity continues with some 54,000 arrivals into East and South Darfur and West Kordofan states. Of these new arrivals, 41,774 are residing in East Darfur. 

28 Apr 2016 description

Juba 28 April 2016: The United Nations strongly condemns an attack that took place on 25 April against the compound of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bentiu, where a rocket propelled grenade landed inside the perimeter of the compound and partly damaged one of the containers located in the humanitarian hub.

28 Apr 2016 description
report Miraya FM

The National Legislative Assembly has passed the country’s first national strategy governing the use of environmental resources.

The National Environmental Policy is a ten year plan that seeks to develop laws, regulations and guidelines to ensure the protection, conservation and sustainable use of the country’s natural resources.

The 2015-2025 policy was presented to the national Parliament by Environment minister Deng Deng Hoc in September last year.

Deng Deng Hoc Yai says passing of the environmental policy is a significant step.