Latest Food Security and Nutrition Monitoring System report now available. The 14th round of the FSNMS (December 2014), shows a general improvement in food security for non-conflict affected states (excluding Warrap) but a worrying situation in the Greater Upper Nile region.
· Food security in the non-conflict-affected states, with the exception of Warrap, continued to show improvement especially after the harvest period, though still worse than the same period in 2013. Normal rainfall, good crop planting performance, and the November harvest contributed positively to the seasonal availability of crops, livestock products and fish.
The future of South Sudan’s peace talks now lies with the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC), scheduled to meet on Thursday, 29 January, in Addis Ababa. Pressure is mounting for the PSC to release the findings of the AU-led inquiry into the conflict, which could lead to sanctions against key individuals. The expected tabling of the report in this meeting has given new impetus to the peace talks.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemns the killing of eleven civilians, five of them journalists, in a roadside ambush while travelling to Raja in Western Bahr El Ghazal State on Sunday, 25 January 2015.
Unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a two-car convoy which was transporting the new County Commissioner of Raja, James Benjamin, including a team of local journalists.
The vehicles were returning to Raja when they came under attack between Sepo and Magaya. It was the second roadside ambush in the country in less than two weeks.
Some 280 children handed over to UNICEF today
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January 2014 – UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.
January 26, 2015 (MABOR) – It’s been alleged that thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan’s Jonglei state are being blocked from accessing humanitarian assistance by rebel forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar.
IDPs in Duk county and some areas of bordering Uror county say the situation is life-threatening.
They claim rebel commanders are preventing civilians attempting to enter government-controlled areas in search of food.
There have been tremendous advances in tackling impunity for serious crimes over the past 20 years, in particular through the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court.
For those seeking justice, accountability, and an end to the country’s longstanding culture of impunity, the African Union’s commission of inquiry on South Sudan is a beacon of light.
26 January 2015 - To help prevent inter-communal conflict in Lakes State, UNMISS recently started conducting a series of roundtable dialogues in different areas in the state.
The dialogues, organized by the Civil Affairs Section, are aimed at identifying problems between communities and discussing possible solutions to promote peaceful co-existence.
23 January 2015 - To enhance safety mechanisms for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in UNMISS protection sites, UN Police (UNPOL) advisors today completed a training for a community watch group in Juba.
The four-day course focused on gender, child protection, rights of women and children, local justice to deal with minor issues and crimes, dispute resolution, and benefits of visible patrols and community reassurance.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Monday 1/26/2015 - 11:27 GMT
Eleven people, including four journalists working for South Sudan's state-run media, have been killed in an ambush in the remote west of the war-torn nation, independent Radio Tamazuj reported Monday.
A convoy carrying the journalists and local officials was ambushed in Raja county, western Bahr al Ghazal State on Sunday, leaving a total of 11 dead, state governor Rizik Zakaria Hassan was quoted as saying.
The journalists worked for South Sudan TV, Raja Radio and Radio Wau.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Favourable prospects for 2014 crop production in most southern bi-modal rainfall areas
Good yields expected in northern uni-modal rainfall areas, but reduced plantings in conflict-affected areas will lower cereal production
Good pasture availability in general, but livestock movements are severely affected by conflict
High cereal prices in conflict-affected areas exacerbate the precarious local food security situation
Upcoming harvest could be double last year
Equatorial forests offer great potential
By Barbara Lewis
Jan 26 (Reuters) - A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.
Spring production over the coming weeks is expected to deliver 60 tonnes, double the volume of an initial batch of exports last year to Kenya.
Office of the Spokesperson
The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.
The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) are gravely concerned with the continued lack of progress in the South Sudan peace negotiations.
● Partners scaled up social mobilization campaigns in Akobo, Awerial, Maban and Raja-Juba to improve school enrollment.
● The post-harvest food security assessment (second harvest of the year 2014) in the Equatorial region was completed and results will be issued shortly.
● Plans are underway to respond to livestock disease outbreak in Turkei, Unity State where an estimated 35 per cent of cattle herds were affected by an unknown disease and about 30 per cent of the affected cattle have died between July and mid-December 2014.
23 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of a peace deal between opposition factions in South Sudan, calling for the accord’s immediate implementation, as well as the commitment of the country’s leaders to follow through with ongoing negotiations towards ending the year-long conflict.
22 January 2015 - UNMISS Chinese peacekeepers today started rehabilitating a road leading from the Warrap State capital Kuajok to Turalei in Twic County.
To repair the 170km road which is always inaccessible during the rainy season, the engineering contingent will work in two phases.
The first phase will involve patching and laying of culverts, while the second phase will be full grading of the road.