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Making ACTED facilities more accessible for vulnerable people in South Sudan

In South Sudan’s capital Juba, ACTED is providing sanitation facilities – latrines, showers and laundry points – for 11,000 people who have been displaced by the ongoing crisis and are seeking refuge in a United Nations base. ACTED’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) team have participated in a training workshop organised by Handicap International to orient WASH professionals on disability and creating accessible facilities for people in vulnerable situations. Topics included different vulnerable groups and their needs, types of disabilities, its prevalence etc.

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The survival struggle of a South-Sudanese single mother

Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, the inspiring story of Cuaca sheds some light on the bravery of the displaced South Sudanese population, who are surviving against all odds. Our partners at UNICEF bring her story.

The remoteness of Cuaca’s new home makes it a hard place to raise her three children. There are no roads, markets, hospitals or schools. Two of the four wells in the village are broken, while the population that depends on this water has doubled.

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Ten people are reported dead and several others injured in clashes in Rumbek North County, in Lakes State

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Miraya FM

The fighting occurred in a cattle camp in the Malek area, 40 miles from Rumbek town.

The MP representing Constituency Number Two in Rumbek North, Marik Nanga Marik, says the clashes were between armed youth and what appeared to be SPLA soldiers.

Marik is calling on the national government to intervene.

Marik Nanga Marik: “The situation may escalate further and then create unnecessary conflict. I am calling on the national government to send a delegation urgently to come and address this … situation. I really regret the lives that have been lost on both sides.”

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Caught in the Middle: Civilian Protection in South Sudan

The recent fighting between the government of South Sudan’s forces and rebels aligned with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State proves that civilian protection remains the key challenge for the United Nations in South Sudan. During the attack by rebel forces, sixteen civilians were killed, including a paramount chief with his four children. Despite several signed cease-fires, civilians continue to be subjected to “extraordinary acts of cruelty” and ethnically motivated violence.

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IDPs call on aid agencies to introduce more humane burial procedures

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Sudan Tribune

October 21, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Internally displaced people (IDPs) lsheltering inside a UN camp in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state have complains of poor burial procedures for their deceased relatives.

Lang Diar Hoth, a youth leader for IDPs at the UN camp, told Sudan Tribune by phone on Tuesday that the way aid agencies conducted burial arrangements was unfair for relatives of the dead.

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Bor MP expresses regret over renewed raids on villages

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Sudan Tribune

October 22, 2014 (BOR) – A legislator from Jonglei state’s Bor county has described two separate incidents that led to death of one man and the looting of about 200 head of cattle on Tuesday as “regretful”.

Maker Chol Adol, who represents Bor’s Makuach and Anyidi payams (districts), said the attackers remain unknown, but urged neighbouring communities to ensure that the perpetuators are brought to justice.

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Churches lead reconciliation initiatives in South Sudan

Baptists have joined other Christian groups to end fighting in South Sudan.

Edward Dima, president of the Baptist Convention of South Sudan told the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) that church and community leaders met several times in October with an aim to bring conflicts in the northeastern African country to an end.

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced by nine months of civil war in the states of Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile, and in Juba, the capital. Millions more are refugees in bordering countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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UN: Rape Used as Weapon of War in S. Sudan Conflict

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Voice of America

Lisa Schlein
October 23, 2014 3:47 PM

GENEVA— A senior U.N. official says rape is used as a weapon of war in the conflict between government SPLA and opposition forces in South Sudan. The official who recently visited this war-torn country says sexual violence against women and girls is rampant in camps for internally displaced people.

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There has been a noted increase in the number of malaria cases in Warrap State

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Miraya FM

The Director General of Kuajok hospital, Dr. Ring Chiman, says six people have died from malaria this month alone.

Chiman blames the increase on the pools of water that serve as breeding grounds for the malaria causing mosquitoes.

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South Sudanese traders in Uganda’s Moyo district are relocating their businesses to Kajo-Keji County in Central Equatoria State

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Miraya FM

The relocation follows clashes last month that occurred between citizens of KajoKeji and Moyo District over a piece of land. The tensions left hundreds of people displaced and property destroyed.

Central Equatoria State Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Henry Danima says the traders claim their businesses are much safer in KajoKeji

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Rapid Assessment Report in South Sudan, Jonglei State - August 2014

Executive Summary

Since the crisis that broke out in December, 2013 in South Sudan, 1.3 million people are estimated to remain internally displaced across the country and just 449,000 people have fled the violence to neighboring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 IDPs sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan. This translates to one in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict began.

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South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war

Juba, Soudan du Sud | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 12:16 GMT

A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.

The suggestion emerged after around 90 women, including several members of South Sudan's parliament, met in the capital Juba this week to come up with ideas on how to "to advance the cause of peace, healing and reconciliation".

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UNMISS Update, 23 October 2014

UNMISS Update, 23 October 2014

As of 14 October, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 100,298 including 28,010 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 18,374 in Malakal, 2,722 in Bor, 49,612 in Bentiu, 447 in Wau, 1,105 in Melut and 28 in Nasser.

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The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place

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Mercy Corps

Nearly a year of conflict in South Sudan has left millions displaced and hungry, and in Unity, one of the most violent states, there are few safe places to hide. The small and isolated village of Ganyiel is one of them, and people arrive in waves to escape when fighting erupts in other cities and towns.

But Ganyiel is no paradise. It’s considered safe, but food shortages, flooding and empty markets make survival difficult, even without a constant threat of violence.

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Security Council Must Sway South Sudan’s Warring Parties to Implement Peace Commitments, Mission Head Urges

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7282nd Meeting (AM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

With factional fighting and massive displacement continuing in South Sudan, the top United Nations official for that country this morning urged the Security Council to move the warring parties to translate verbal commitments into peace on the ground.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #44, 8 - 21 October 2014

Highlights

  • The Social Mobilization Campaign for mass screening of children under 5 for malnutrition in Juba County was officially launched on 14 October, with screening, referral and treatment now currently ongoing. The Social Mobilization Campaign, part of the Joint WFP-UNICEF Nutrition Scale Up, is spearheaded by the State Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF. This campaign aims to screen 590,175 children under 5 years old for malnutrition in Juba County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Report of the Secretary-General on South Sudan (S/2014/708)

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2155 (2014), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 30 November and requested that I report on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate every 60 days.