26 February 2015 - In an effort to reduce criminal activities among youth, UN Police (UNPOL) and partners today held a crime prevention awareness session at a secondary school in the Eastern Equatoria capital Torit.
The four-hour interactive session, held in collaboration with the UN Development Programme and South Sudan police, was attended by 300 students and 33 teaching staff of Torit Day Secondary School.
• $529 million was pledged to respond to the crisis in South Sudan and the region.
• The “Back to Learning” campaign was launched amidst continuing challenges to edu - cation.
• The Logistics cluster urgently needs funding to ensure sus - tained humanitarian response.
• Rapid response missions were ongoing in Northern Jonglei.
# of internally displaced people 1.5 m
# of refugees in neighboring countries 505,300
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
- As of 26 February, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in seven Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 112,840 including 34,674 in Juba UN House, 21,368 in Malakal, 2,649 in Bor, 52,908 in Bentiu, 337 in Wau and 904 in Melut.
February 27, 2015 (BOR) – More than 400,000 children are not accessing education in Jonglei state either due to the country’s ongoing crisis or tribal violence.
At Friday’s launch of the “Let’s all go back to school”, the state director general in the ministry of education science and technology, Abel Manyuon, said a number of challenges remained, including lack of education facilities, inadequate number of teachers and consistent violence across the state.
All primary and secondary schools in Jonglei have now been officially declared open.
By FRED OLUOCH
IOM began biometric registration of IDPs in June of 2014. Biometric registration entails fingerprinting of all household members and photographing young children and babies. Biometric registration reduces duplication and errors commonly found in a classic registration process and provides baseline of information that humanitarian actors can use for response planning.
• The ongoing domestic conflict continued to disrupt both domestic and cross-border trade in South Sudan in January and early February (Figure 1). The contributed to continued scarcity of staple foods and exceptionally high prices in the conflict-affected areas of Unity, Jonglei, and Upper Nile States. Recent fuel shortages and the depreciating value of the SSP on parallel currency markets affected trader and market activities in January.
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.
One week ago UNICEF reported that 89 children preparing for exams were forcibly recruited as child soldiers, but the organization now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds. In addition, adult males were also forcibly recruited during the February 15 and 16 raid.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Forced recruitment and other grave child violations continue. Last week, 89 children were forcibly recruited from Wau Shiluk, however, it is believed that the number may be much higher. Some witnesses have noted that at least some of these children are receiving military training. Reports of forced recruitment in other parts of the country were also received this week and UNICEF and partners are now working to verify the number of children who may have been forcibly recruited and to advocate for their release.
Protracted violence in Unity and Upper Nile states results in displacement, casualties, and property destruction
Humanitarian agencies continue efforts to improve food security with the delivery of emergency food assistance
Health organizations confirm a cholera outbreak in Eastern Equatoria State
“The volatile security environment is a direct illustration of the parties’ continued lack of political will,” the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council on 24 February.
Partners condemned the abduction of 89 children who were taking their exams in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State.
Partners were responding to cholera in Eastern Equatoria. Since 19 February, there have been no new cholera cases reported.
Over 600 people were registered as newly arrived in Yida, Unity State coming from South Kordofan in Sudan - 11 per cent fewer than in the previous week. Of the new arrivals, 65 per cent were women and children.
24 February 2015 - Striving to reach zero polio infections, the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners today launched a vaccination campaign in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal.
“This time we are going to target 3,500,000 children across the country to be vaccinated in two rounds,” said national Minister of Health Dr. Riek Gai Kok.
He added that the round beginning today would continue until 27 February, and another round of vaccinations would take place from 24 March to 27 March.
Child recruitment: Scores of children abducted last week in Upper Nile State are reportedly undergoing military training, UNICEF said on 24 February. 'Witnesses have said they are in a training camp,” near Wau Shilluk town (20 km northeast of Malakal), said John Budd, UNICEF communications officer for South Sudan.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and the United Nations Children’s Fund condemn in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.
“The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan, on Saturday.