The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.
One year ago today, fighting broke out on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba. The violence was fueled by a political conflict that quickly spread throughout the country, and tens of thousands of innocent civilians fled the terrifying attacks.
Regional Strategic Overview
More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.
The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.
Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response
Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.
On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.
During this reporting period (7 December – 13 December), a total of 107 South Sudanese were tracked by the IOM tracking hub in Jabal Awlia as entering Khartoum State traveling north from White Nile State; this amounts topersons per day. No new arrivals were registered in South Kordofan and West Kordofan.
- Situation overview
The situation remains unpredictable but there was no fighting during the reporting period.
Intertribal tensions continue to exist in Malakal, however UNFPA continues to provide front line staff .
Midwives will be returning in the next reporting period and a new GBV speci al ist has arrived in Juba and will begin work in Malakal shortly.
Although there is currently no fighting in Bentiu the situation remains very tense and the threat of an attack is now a constant concern.
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A dengue fever outbreak in Sudan’s Darfur region had resulted in 137 reported cases as of December 14.
Hostilities continue to result in deaths and injuries in Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N)-controlled parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Conflict-affected individuals from South Sudan continue to arrive in Sudan.
• One year after the conflict began, children are still under daily threat in South Sudan. Over 1.9 million people, over half of whom are children, have fled their homes. The health system has been weakened, with outbreaks of polio, cholera and kala-azar reported. 400,000 children have been forced out of school and an increase in grave child rights violations were recorded over past years.
By Jairus Ligoo
An out-of-school girl in South Sudan finds the chance for new opportunity and a new future through a UNICEF-supported vocational training programme.
KAPOETA SOUTH COUNTRY, South Sudan, 15 December 2014 – It’s 7 a.m. on a cool and calm morning, and a young, shy-looking Natabo Gabriel is at the Kapoeta Youth Vocational Training Centre, in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State. The day has barely begun, but she is certain it is her day and no one can take away her joy.
Today marks the first anniversary of the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan. Since the start of the conflict on 15 December 2013, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed and more than a million displaced in an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.
When Angelina Twoki Terso arrived at the Juba Teaching Hospital’s antenatal clinic in 2004, when one month pregnant with her third child, she met with an HIV counsellor but didn’t think there was a need to get tested for HIV. Ms Twoki thought only people who smoked, drank and did things that she considered immoral contracted HIV.
The situation is tense country wide as the one year anniversary of the conflict approaches.
Monday D ecember 15 mark s one year si nce fighting broke out in Juba. Security measures have been taken to control crowds in the likely event of street protests and general unrest .
During the reporting period there was an outbreak of heavy fighting in Nassir, Upper Nile State between the go vernment troops and armed youth.
As at 10th December 2014, Kakuma had received 44,575 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the total camp population to 179,336. As at 8th December 177,821 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49% of the registered population.
15 December 2014
JUBA/NEW YORK – No reliable figures chart the current suffering of women and girls in South Sudan. But one can reliably say that the new country is one of the worst places on earth for their health and well-being. Many girls, like Regina Awol Deng suffer days of agonizing labour pains for lack of timely emergency care, endangering their lives.
Not so long ago, when the country became independent in July 2011, hopes were high for a brighter future after Africa’s longest-running civil war.
One year ago today the world’s newest country erupted in bitter conflict.
For many families in South Sudan, the hope that their children could finally thrive in peace was shattered.
A political disupte between the president and his deputy spiralled into violence that has now claimed at least 10,000 lies, although we may never know the true figure.
Today, there is little improvement: a political impasse continues to have devastating human consequences.
Those that have escaped the violence are now struggling to survive