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UNOPS - Emergency Response Unit Weekly Status Report (18/08/2014—25/08/2014)

Overview of Weekly Activities

Unity State

Pariang—Jamjang Road:

• The contractor has mobilized a grader, ex-cavator and front end loader to project site

• Murram extraction and processing on road started in the week.

Lakes State

Mingkaman IDP settlement sites:

• The heavy down pour of rain hampered the drainage excavation work, production/ casting of concrete culverts, and installation of culvert crossings.

• Excavation of open side drains along the road to the helipad started in the week.

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Western Equatoria State forms Ebola task force

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The Western Equatoria State government has formed an Ebola task force in response to an outbreak of the deadly disease reported in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The team will carry out surveillance along the common border and set up an isolation unit at Yambio hospital for suspected cases.

The Acting State Minister for Health, Pia Phillip says the taskforce is comprised of experts from different organizations.

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Security Council Press Statement on Downing of UN South Sudan Mission Helicopter




The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the downing near Bentiu, Unity State (South Sudan) on 26 August of a United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) MI-8AMT helicopter performing a cargo flight to the area with four Russian crew members, three of whom were killed and one severely injured.

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Summary of Reports of Cessation of Hostilities (COHs) Violations (as at 21 August 2014)

The Office of the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan just released a summary report of violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23 January'14 for the period up to 21 August 2014.

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IDPs in Malakal learn about new UNMISS mandate

27 August 2014 - Internally displaced people (IDPs) seeking shelter at the UNMISS base in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal today said they supported the mission’s new mandate.

Participating in a forum organized by UNMISS for traditional and religious leaders in the protection site, the IDPs said they were particularly encouraged by the mission’s commitment to protect civilians under physical threat of violence, regardless of ethnicity and background.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 28 – September 3, 2014

  • Above-average rains observed over the Sahel during the past week.
  • Slightly reduced rains recorded in Sudan during the past observation period.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

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Implementation matrix for cessation of hostilities in South Sudan signed and position of forces to be frozen with immediate effect

27 August 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan welcome the signing of the Implementation Matrix of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) Agreement on 25 August 2014 by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition) at the 27th Extra Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa.

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South Sudan Crisis: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 26 August 2014)

Close to 200,000 people displaced early during the conflict have since returned to their homes, having in many cases lost all their belongings. They are among the people in most urgent need of assistance, alongside those who remain displaced.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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UNMISS Update, 27 August 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 25 August, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 102,470 including 32,582 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,119 in Malakal, 4,123 in Bor, 46,872 in Bentiu, 563 in Wau, 1,174 in Melut, 26 in Nasser, and 11 in Rumbek.


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South Sudan IPC Technical Release - Jul/Aug 2014


In May 2014, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development (MAFCRD) endorsed the national IPC analysis. It projected that nearly 3.9 million people would face Emergency (Phase 4) and Crisis (Phase 3) acute food insecurity, particularly in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity state where households would be most affected.

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Media Advisory: Press briefing by UN aid chief in South Sudan

What: Journalists are invited to a press briefing with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer. Mr. Lanzer will brief on the humanitarian situation in the country, including a recent visit to Bentiu, Unity State, and update on the UN protection of civilian sites.

When: 11:00 am on Thursday, 28 August 2014

Where: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Offices, Erick de Mul Conference Room

For more information about the press briefing, contact:

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #37, 20 - 26 August 2014


  • Further heavy rains in Bentiu have meant that most PoCs are now flooded, with people moved from PoC4 to PoC6 where the flooding has been less severe. It has become difficult to find dry land on which latrines can be established. While access to safe water through boreholes and water treatment plants have been maintained, the flooding has caused further latrines to collapse, meaning that there is now one latrine for every 100 people, compared to one latrine for 72 people before the flooding began.

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Three crew dead, one injured in UNMISS helicopter crash in Unity State

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirms that three crew members of a UN-contracted MI-8 helicopter have died in this afternoon’s crash near Bentiu in Unity State.

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Statement of Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, on humanitarian corridor between Sudan and South Sudan

The plan will enable WFP to deliver close to 63,000 metric tonnes of life-saving food assistance to 744,000 people in the northern parts of South Sudan who have been affected by the conflict since December 2013.

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UNMISS conducts human rights training in Tambura

20 August 2014 - UNMISS today completed a four-day human rights training for women and youth in Tambura County, Western Equatoria State.

“The workshop (was organized) to increase civil society, youth and women’s groups’ knowledge of human rights and gender-based violence in their communities,” said UNMISS Human Rights Officer Mary Bindi. “(It also tackled) their say in the current peace process.”

Boroberany Justin, a participant, said the workshop was constructive for communities in Tambura County as it had enlightened and given them new ideas and information.

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South Sudan: Combating the spread of cholera

Hand-in-hand with the South Sudan Red Cross, the ICRC is working to combat the spread of the disease in key locations, in particular those affected by recent violence. In this video we see how the South Sudan Red Cross in Lul and Kodok, in the Upper Nile State, are treating patients who have contracted cholera, and preventing spread of the disease by educating people about how to protect themselves.

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High level delegation decries “inhuman” conditions for IDPs in Bentiu

25 August 2014 - Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) continue to live in dire conditions at the UNMISS base in the Unity State capital Bentiu because of a persistent security threat outside, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said yesterday.

Mr. Lanzer, accompanied by the British and Dutch ambassadors on a two-day visit, described a situation where heavy rains have left more than 40,000 people seeking refuge with no dry place to stay and sharply deteriorating sanitary conditions.

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South Sudan - Situation Update 22 August 2014


 Between14–21August,the Logistics Cluster facilitated the delivery of 131MT of relief items on behalf of 11different humanitarian organisations(Care, Goal, IMC, IOM, MSF-Swiss, NRC, Oxfam, Save the Children, UNICEF, and WFP)to Akobo, Bentiu, Kiech Kon, Leer, Malakal, Ngop, Paloich, Panyagor, Rumbek, and Yuai.

 The Logistics Cluster has addeda Mi26 helicopter to compliment the current fleet (16 MT payload); the first flight took place on 20 August.

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Communiqué of the 27th Extraordinary session of the IGAD Asembly of Heads of State and Government on the situation in South Sudan

The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held its 27th Extra-Ordinary Summit on the 25th August 2014 at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Hailemarriam Dessalegn, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, to discuss the situation in the Republic of South Sudan.