Since late December 2013, Uganda has stretched its capacity to assist both host communities and approximately 130,000 new South Sudanese refugees in the remote West Nile sub-region, including women, child survivors of sexual violence, and separated and unaccompanied children in urgent need of protection. Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates of 19.6 per cent and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) levels of 4.1 per cent1 can be found among the South Sudanese refugees in Arua, Adjumani and Kiryandongo districts.
UNICEF is requesting US$116.9 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in Sudan.
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JUBA - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a new project to provide quality basic education to children in South Sudan who are currently not attending school.
» Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
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• More than 20,700 new IDPs have been verified by humanitarian organisations in parts of North Darfur State.
• A hospital operated by MSF in SPLM-N area in South Kordofan was bombed, with one MSF staff and one patient injured.
• An outbreak of measles, with close to 600 cases confirmed, has been reported in Kassala and Gedaref states, according to UNICEF.
• UNHCR says refugee influx from South Sudan continues and by 22 January the number had passed the 120,000 mark.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
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.
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.
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.
As at 21st January 2015, Kakuma had received 44,953 asylum seekers from South Sudan. This brings the camp population to 179,714. As at 17th January, 178,977 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.5% of the registered population.
The initial White Nile State relocation of 500 planned households to the new sites of El Redis 2 and Dabat Bosin has been completed, and will continue as required to relieve congestion of existing sites.
● 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.
A total of 139,276 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 88,066 in Adjumani, 12,503 in Arua, 31,369 in Kiryandongo and 7,338 in Kampala.
There were 1,027 new arrivals during the reporting period.
The Government of Uganda mass polio vaccination campaign for under-fives began on 17th January across all settlements and refugee hosting areas.
The security situation in the country remained calm generally. However, intermittent clashes were reported in some parts of Unity and Upper Nile States.
Efforts to reach political solution on the crisis continued by the Government and opposition, with mediation by the Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) and the international community.
Humanitarian needs remain high in the IDP sites. More than 1.5 million remain displaced in the country since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013.
South Sudan: IOM and WFP are leading discussions on Protection Cluster strategy for the Mingkaman spontaneous site.
Ethiopia: IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 184,838 refugees in Gambella and Benishangul‐ Gumuz regions since December 2013.
Kenya: Since the onset of the South Sudanese conflict, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 22,273 refugees.
A total of 137,992 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 87,492 in Adjumani, 12,450 in Arua, 30,755 in Kiryandongo and 7,295 in Kampala.