By: Kennedy Nanga, Area FSL Cluster Coordinator, Greater Bhar el Ghazal Region
March 31, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan has opposed the direct involvement of United Nations Security Council and the Troika countries in the next round of peace talks.
At the end of 2013, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and vice-President Riek Machar, following months of escalating tensions, reached boiling point. Gun battles in the capital Juba quickly escalated to massacres and continued fighting elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.
In the early weeks of the South Sudan crisis last year, thousands of families crossed state borders from Jonglei to Nimule, Eastern Equatoria State to escape violence and fighting. Until March 2014, these IDPs were staying with their host relatives, scattered in churches and schools, and living under trees in town. Since, they have moved to Melijo, a camp that has been home to 5 000 IDPs from Jonglei State for fourteen months.
The State ministry of health this week launched a 3 day door-to-door vaccination campaign for all children under the age of 5 years.
The campaign that ends today, targets more than three hundred thousand (300.000) children in all six counties.
The state manager of the expanded programme on immunization, George Alzenio Legge, says the vaccinators have so far covered 90% of the areas identified.
Education offers positive alternative for children
PHOENIX (March 26, 2015) – Food for the Hungry (FH) recently received a UNICEF grant in the amount of $1,004,221, including a match of $286,792 from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), which will enable FH to provide access to life-saving, inclusive education to girls and boys affected by the crisis in South Sudan.
JUBA - The Government of Japan will contribute $4.1 million towards a UNOPS-implemented project that will increase humanitarian access and improve sanitary conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan.
By Alfred Ladu Gore
1. The Effects of Flawed Methodological Approach on the Fundamental Issues Arising from the Crisis Situation in South Sudan
In the methodological context of this paper, it is better to be up-front as a non-partisan method of analysis in revealing the emotions, feelings, experiences and interest of the author in exposing what is really happening with the IGAD peace process that has stagnated and in turn how it has not made any head way at all.
South Sudan’s food security situation continues to deteriorate, with the early onset of the lean season and 3.5 million people expected to require food assistance by June
Armed group releases 650 children previously recruited into conflict
South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA) suspends decision to tax South Sudanese staff of aid organizations operating in opposition-held areas
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) welcomes the temporary deployment of a British Royal Air Force C-130 aircraft to South Sudan. The aircraft, which has arrived on 28 March in Juba, will conduct daily flights to Malakal (Upper Nile) to enable the delivery of vital supplies and vehicles to the UNMISS base and its Protection of Civilians’ site. The operation is expected to last until mid-April.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is pleased to announce the arrival of Moustapha Soumaré of Mali as the new Deputy Special Representative (Political) of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in South Sudan.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 26 March, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 112,590 including 34,674 in Juba UN House, 21,368 in Malakal, 2,374 in Bor, 52,908 in Bentiu, 362 in Wau and 904 in Melut.
South Sudan: During this reporting period, IOM completes biometric registration of 8,000 IDPs.
Kenya: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 23,941 refugees.
Sudan: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has registered 67,202 refugees.
Posted by David Lane
Last week I accompanied World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin to South Sudan to see how the world’s largest humanitarian food agency is addressing one of its most complex and pressing challenges.
As I viewed WFP’s emergency operations, I was again reminded that as much as you try to envision the lives of those millions of displaced and hungry, their reality always defies imagination.
● 2.4 million children under the age of five years in the seven non-conflicted affected states received the oral polio vaccine (OPV).
● More than 9,000 refugees were relocated from Yida to Ajuong Thok in Unity State from 1 January to 23 March, 85 per cent of them were new arrivals.
● Partners are building Interim Care Centers in Greater Pibor Administrative Area to support children demobilized from the armed forces.
● Partners launched a nation wide dry season livestock vaccination campaign.
By Crystal Wells, Senior Communications Officer, Concern Worldwide
NYAMLEL, South Sudan— As the mass suffering caused by raging civil war cries out for international attention, it is worthwhile also to look beyond the conflict zones. It’s important to look to the places where peace and stability are allowing Concern to work with people like Aker Mayuol Bol and Kiir Yum Kiir to demonstrate the potential for self-sufficiency that is just waiting to be tapped. Only a short distance from the frontlines, hope survives.
PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 494th meeting held on 24 March 2015, was briefed on the situation in South Sudan and the status of the peace process in that country by the Chair of the Mediation Team of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Council also followed the statements made by the representatives of South Sudan, as well as of Ethiopia, as Chair of IGAD.