This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali. In particular, this update highlights recommendations regarding forthcoming mandate renewals of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO).
26 February 2015 - In an effort to reduce criminal activities among youth, UN Police (UNPOL) and partners today held a crime prevention awareness session at a secondary school in the Eastern Equatoria capital Torit.
The four-hour interactive session, held in collaboration with the UN Development Programme and South Sudan police, was attended by 300 students and 33 teaching staff of Torit Day Secondary School.
As at 27 February 2015, Kakuma had received 45,222 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 28 February, 180,674 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.8% of the registered population.
A total of 143,806 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 90,3431 in Adjumani, 12,728 in Arua, 33,229 in Kiryandongo and 7,506 in Kampala. There were 1,203 new arrivals during the reporting period.
• $529 million was pledged to respond to the crisis in South Sudan and the region.
• The “Back to Learning” campaign was launched amidst continuing challenges to edu - cation.
• The Logistics cluster urgently needs funding to ensure sus - tained humanitarian response.
• Rapid response missions were ongoing in Northern Jonglei.
# of internally displaced people 1.5 m
# of refugees in neighboring countries 505,300
February 27, 2015 (BOR) – More than 400,000 children are not accessing education in Jonglei state either due to the country’s ongoing crisis or tribal violence.
At Friday’s launch of the “Let’s all go back to school”, the state director general in the ministry of education science and technology, Abel Manyuon, said a number of challenges remained, including lack of education facilities, inadequate number of teachers and consistent violence across the state.
All primary and secondary schools in Jonglei have now been officially declared open.
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.
One week ago UNICEF reported that 89 children preparing for exams were forcibly recruited as child soldiers, but the organization now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds. In addition, adult males were also forcibly recruited during the February 15 and 16 raid.
Forced recruitment and other grave child violations continue. Last week, 89 children were forcibly recruited from Wau Shiluk, however, it is believed that the number may be much higher. Some witnesses have noted that at least some of these children are receiving military training. Reports of forced recruitment in other parts of the country were also received this week and UNICEF and partners are now working to verify the number of children who may have been forcibly recruited and to advocate for their release.
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 196,144 individuals, including 193,425 individuals who entered through the Gambella Region and 2,719 who entered through the Assosa Region.
“The volatile security environment is a direct illustration of the parties’ continued lack of political will,” the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council on 24 February.
Partners condemned the abduction of 89 children who were taking their exams in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State.
Partners were responding to cholera in Eastern Equatoria. Since 19 February, there have been no new cholera cases reported.
Over 600 people were registered as newly arrived in Yida, Unity State coming from South Kordofan in Sudan - 11 per cent fewer than in the previous week. Of the new arrivals, 65 per cent were women and children.
Appeal Target: US$ 993,006
Balance Requested: US$ 991,075
Geneva, 25 February 2015
Since more than 12 months hostilities have affected the South Sudanese population, steaming from a power struggle between the incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar. On the evening of the 15th December 2013 violence erupted in Juba when Mr. Kiir accused Mr. Machar of staging a coup. This violence has since prevailed.
24 February 2015 - Striving to reach zero polio infections, the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners today launched a vaccination campaign in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal.
“This time we are going to target 3,500,000 children across the country to be vaccinated in two rounds,” said national Minister of Health Dr. Riek Gai Kok.
He added that the round beginning today would continue until 27 February, and another round of vaccinations would take place from 24 March to 27 March.
Child recruitment: Scores of children abducted last week in Upper Nile State are reportedly undergoing military training, UNICEF said on 24 February. 'Witnesses have said they are in a training camp,” near Wau Shilluk town (20 km northeast of Malakal), said John Budd, UNICEF communications officer for South Sudan.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and the United Nations Children’s Fund condemn in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.
“The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan, on Saturday.
The humanitarian situation remains fluid and unpredictable with the health response concentrated in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites.
WHO prepositioned 42 metric tonnes of life saving drugs in the 10 states. The supplies are adequate to treat 208,400 people.
WHO participated in a rapid health assessment in Jal Payam, Jonglei State to assess the humanitarian needs of the affected population.
Category: Horn of Africa, Press releases
On 16 February 2015, Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark inaugurated a Technical Vocational Training Centre for South Sudanese refugee youth in Tierkidi camp in Gambella region of Ethiopia. The training centre which is funded by DANIDA and implemented by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) seeks to train refugee youth on various vocational skills and to serve as a recreational centre for refugee youth in the camp.