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More cash needed as famine looms in South Sudan

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World Vision

28 August, Juba — One hundred days after an international donor conference was held to raise money to bring aid to South Sudan, the country urgently requires still more cash as it hovers on the brink of famine.

More than 20 countries plus the European Union pledged more than $600 million at the conference in Oslo, Norway, on May 20.  

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South Sudan Special Report - August 29, 2014

Satellite imagery confirms reduction in cultivated area in Mayendit County

  • During a July 2014 rapid assessment in Unity State, residents of Tharker (Mayendit County), and Bieh,
    Boaw, and Dor (Koch County) reported that up to 30 percent of households had not planted. In addition, respondents reported that among households that did plant, area planted had declined.

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IGAD Mediation calls on South Sudan parties to respect Cessation of Hostilities Agreement

30 August 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan call on all those engaged in the conflict in South Sudan to fully respect the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) Agreement and its subsequent re-dedication.

The Special Envoys reiterate that the Re-Dedication of and Implementation Modalities for the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on 23rd January 2014 between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (In Opposition), signed on 25 August 2014 in Addis Ababa states: “The Parties...Now therefore,

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South Sudan Price Bulletin August 2014

Maize, sorghum, wheat, and groundnuts are the most important food commodities in South Sudan. Sorghum, maize, and groundnuts are the staple foods for the poor in most rural areas. Maize flour and wheat (as bread) are more important for middle-income and rich households in urban areas. Sorghum and maize are generally substitutable for one another but preferences are shifting towards maize over time, especially in the southern half of Southern Sudan. Groundnuts are important for the rural poor in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states.

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Displaced SOS families in South Sudan get new temporary village

Six months after being driven from their homes by looting soldiers, families from SOS Children’s Village Malakal enjoyed moving into their brand new, temporary village

29 August 2014 - After six months of living in confined and cramped quarters in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, SOS Children’s Villages families displaced from their SOS village in Malakal by rebel soldiers have moved into a spacious temporary village in Jebel, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Juba.

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CHF funding enables DCA to reach extremely remote conflict affected areas in South Sudan

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DanChurchAid

The Common Humanitarian Fund’s (CHF) new donation of USD 109,131 will enable DanChurchAid (DCA) to reach extremely remote conflict-affected areas and assist people who have been stranded in these areas since December 2013.

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South Sudan Crisis Blog #1

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Islamic Relief

Amir Manghali, Regional Desk Coordinator for East Africa, blogs from Juba on the conditions facing displaced families in Mahad camp.

On 20 August, I visited Mahad IDP camp, together with Rose Juru Joushua, our Senior Programme Officer in Islamic Relief South Sudan.

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Darfur peace process chronology (2013-2014) (as of 29 August 2014)

2014

January 1: A commercial truck moving from Ameriya Shariq to Um Baru was attacked by 25 unidentified armed men in Wadi Al Tine area, North Darfur, resulting in a shot injury to the driver and the theft of the goods on board.

An accidental fire at Tereji IDP camp, West Darfur, resulted in the destruction of 32 IDP shelters with no reported injuries.

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UNMISS South Korean engineers complete project in Bor

28 August 2014 - To assist Bor residents in dealing with incessant flooding during the rainy season, UNMISS South Korean engineers recently completed a River Nile embankment project in the Jonglei state capital Bor.

Built along a 17 kilometre stretch of the river over a period of seven weeks, the project was aimed at protecting civilians in the area who are affected by severe flooding that sometimes leads to displacement from their homes.

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Relief and relationships go hand-in-hand in South Sudan

MCC continues to provide food and encourage understanding among people displaced by violence in South Sudan.

By Emily Loewen

Aug. 29, 2014

WINNIPEG, Man. – As conflict has displaced more than 1.5 million people in South Sudan since late December, about 70,000 of them sought refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Awerial County, South Sudan, where they could find people who spoke the same language.

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Floods, disease and death in Bentiu

With the flooding, already squalid living conditions for the over 46,000 people seeking shelter at the UN base in Bentiu have worsened, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 1 other
IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 34 (21 - 27 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHT

The new IOM Clinic in Bentiu is close to opening. Supplies and furniture have been moved to the new site

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 447,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 123,000, Kenya 42,000, Ethiopia 189,100 and Sudan 93,500). There are currently 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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South Sudan’s Hip Hop Artists call for Peace and Reconciliation Through the Unhip Practice of Farming

JUBA, Aug 28 2014 (IPS) - “What is the benefit when children are crying and people are dying due to hunger? There is no need to cry when you have the potential to dig,” sings Juba-based dancehall reggae group, the Jay Family, in their latest single “Stakal Shedit,” which means “Work Hard” in Arabic.

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South Sudan needs increased attention

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DanChurchAid

“Severe food insecurity”, “Emergency” or “Famine” – South Sudan cannot wait for formal definition of hunger crisis

Experience shows that more people will die before famine is formally declared, yet South Sudan is not getting the media attention or sufficient funding needed for the prevention of such famine to break out. This raises the question whether malnourished and dying children must appear on our TV screens before proper action is taken to combat the current and future malnourishment rates and food insecurity crisis.

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Helicopter crash hostile act against the UN - Lanzer

8 August 2014 - The United Nations was treating the recent helicopter crash near the Unity State capital Bentiu, which left three Russian crew members dead, as the result of a hostile attack, the acting UNMISS Chief said in Juba today.

“Helicopters fly. They don’t fall out of the sky,” said Toby Lanzer at a media briefing. “For investigative purposes, we are treating this as a hostile act against the United Nations.”

The sole survivor from the crash and the remains of the three crew members had arrived in Juba and a memorial service would be held soon, he said.

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South Sudan + 1 other
Half a population at risk of famine

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Malteser

Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population

Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.