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Warrap forum discusses rape

21 August 2014 - Recent rape cases that resulted in the deaths of a pregnant woman and an 11-year old girl highlighted the need to step up the fight against gender-based violence, participants at a forum in the Warrap State capital Kuajok said today.

Representatives from the police, prison services, civil society organizations and traditional courts attended the 21st Rule of Law Forum in the state, organized by UNMISS in collaboration with the state’s High Court and Legal Administration.

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 50 (as of 21 August 2014)

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● Preliminary analysis of food security in conflict-affected areas shows that while the situation remains dire, it has not worsened.

● Humanitarian barges continued their progress, arriving at Malakal on 19 August and now continuing to Melut, for final offloading.

● Some 2.7 million people have been reached with some form of emergency assistance as of 31 July.

● Thirteen humanitarian aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict began in December 2013.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Gambella, Ethiopia - Displacement, 22 August 2014

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Crisis Overview

  • Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.

  • The refugees are arriving in dire condition, seriously lacking food and drinking water, and have been mostly concentrated at border points with limited assistance before being relocated to camps. 90% of the arriving population are women and children (WFP 12/08/2014).

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How to Prevent Total Disaster in South Sudan

Argument in Foreign Policy on 21 August 2014 by Rajiv Shah, Valerie Amos, Kristalina Georgieva and Børge Brende

After half a year of fighting, the world's newest country is barreling toward calamity. But its leaders can pull it back from the brink -- if they choose to do so.

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 33 (14 - 20 August 2014)

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Heavy rains in Malakal have resulted in standing water within the PoC

The South Sudan CCCM-DTM Round IV report was released on August 20th

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3; million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #36, 13 – 19 August 2014

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  • There has been heavy fighting in Bentiu this week, including very close to the PoCs. The fighting is slowing the humanitarian response in the area, and has stopped supply movements, including essential supplies such as therapeutic foods to treat acute malnutrition.

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South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #29, 15 August 2014

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  • Health partners are supporting the Ministry of Health with preparedness in Ebola case detection and management Health partners have reported a decline in both cholera cases and deaths.

  • By 11 August 5,697 cases and 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) had been reported since April 2014.

  • As of 11 August, altogether 5,697 cholera 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) have been recorded in South Sudan since the outbreak began on 23 April 2014.

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Young boys and girls in South Sudan receive assistance through UNICEF funding

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DanChurchAid

With a new grant of approx. 62.500 USD (349.000 DKK) from UNICEF, DCA will provide Mine Risk Education (MRE) to 3000 vulnerable children in South Sudan as well as locating hazardous areas threatening their safety.

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Child Soldiers Thrust into Battle

(Juba) – South Sudan’s army has used child soldiers during recent fighting against opposition forces in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. South Sudan’s former rebel forces, now the national army, had made tangible progress in ending its longtime practice of using child soldiers. But since the current armed conflict began in December 2013, both the government and opposition have recruited and deployed children in their forces.

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Protecting displaced people in South Sudan

Peter Gatkuoth Biel, has been elected to represent people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan – at a United Nations-run camp in Juba. He casts a concerned look at the hundreds of women, men and children who have gathered in his compound.

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Stretched To The Limit: Three Months On From Oslo Donor Conference, Massive Increase In Humanitarian Funding Urgently Needed For South Sudan

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CARE

Three months on from the Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan, aid agency CARE International is deeply concerned that aid funding remains alarmingly low for South Sudan, now the setting for one of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crises.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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UNMISS condemns live fire exercise in the vicinity of Bentiu camp, Unity State

At approximately 9:45 am on Monday the 18th August, sustained gunfire, lasting for 30 minutes, was heard around the UNMISS compound in Bentiu, Unity State. The source of the firing was nearby Rubkona Airstrip, where SPLA soldiers are stationed.

UNMISS has been advised that the firing was done by SPLA troops stationed at the Airstrip, who were firing in the air, in celebration of war veterans day. All indications are that the firing into the air was done in the direction of the UNMISS Bentiu base.

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South Sudan Crisis: What is happening in South Sudan?

South Sudan has had three turbulent years since gaining its independence in 2011. Violence erupted in December 2013 in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread across the country, forcing people to flee their homes and plunging the country into chaos. As a result of the conflict and displacement, people were largely unable to plant their crops in time for rainy season and now approximately four million people are in a severe state of food insecurity.

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WFP Ethiopia July Monthly Situation Report #6

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  • Since mid December 2013, due to the on-going crisis in South Sudan, over 181,000 refugees from Jonglei and Upper Nile States crossed the border into Ethiopia as of 31 July 2014. The Refugee Operation’s food pipeline will begin to break in September, esca-lating until January 2015. WFP needs to receive US$40 million to cover these requirements soon to be able to preposition food for timely distribution at the camps.

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South Sudan Situation Report #39 15 August 2014

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  • WFP reaches 1.4 million people in July. In July, WFP and Cooperating Partners reached over 1.4 million people with a total of approximately 22,000 mt of food, including 864,548 people and 13,911 mt under the EMOP and 563,143 people and 7,900 mt under the PRRO. Almost 186,000 children and pregnant and lactating women were provided with supplementary feeding. Cumulatively, between January and July 2014, WFP reached 2.3 beneficiaries.

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South Sudan Crisis - Regional Impact Situation Report #31, 13 August 2014

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  • WFP requires US$114 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals from South Sudan and existing refugees in all four countries.

  • Congestion in camps is of concern, in Ethiopia and Kenya in particular. Negotiations with authorities on land access are ongoing.

  • The alarming levels of malnutrition among new arrivals require sustained and strengthened nutritional support in addition to regular food assistance at border crossings, reception centres and camps.

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South Sudan Conflict: UNICEF Support to South Sudan Refugees in: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda (31 July 2014)

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UN Children's Fund

Since December 2013, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan has resulted in the death of thousands and displacement of more than 1.1 million people. As of late July 2014, at least 431,045 South Sudanese had fled the conflict and sought asylum in neighboring countries; this number is expected to increase to 715,000 refugees by the end of 2014, according to UNHCR planning for most likely scenario (as of July). To date, only 25% of the US$ 67.3 million that UNICEF requires to meet humanitarian needs of refugees in neighboring countries has been received