The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). Two shelling incidents occurred in Donetsk city resulting in at least five civilian fatalities and eight civilians injured. Evacuation of civilians from “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Lugansk People’s Republic” (“DPR” and “LPR”) - controlled areas continued.
Humanitarian Pooled Funding (HPF)
The Protection Working Group (PWG) has established a Technical Review Committee (TRC) to vet proposals submitted under the HPF. The Protection allocation in the HPF first call for proposals is US$ 400,000 for projects that fit within the strategic priority areas of strengthening child protection and GBV interventions.
Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA)
Humanitarian Pooled Funding (HPF)
The Protection sector technical review committee endorsed two proposals submitted under the Humanitarian Pooled Funding (HPF). Its USD 400,000 allocation in the first call for proposals will go towards strengthening child protection and GBV interventions.
Humanitarian Needs Overview
● Roads across the country continued to improve making it possible for aid agencies to reach more people in a costeffective way.
● A second round of polio vaccination campaign in Maban refugee camp was competed reaching 71,097 children under the age of 15.
● Four outpatient treatment centers were opened in Aweil County, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State to improve coverage of nutrition services in hard-to-reach areas.
Weather outlook for the period 30 January to 05 February 2015 forecasts continued above normal rains. High rainfall amounts continue to be recorded particularly along the Shire River Basin, posing risks of further flooding in already flood affected districts.
More funding is required to scale up the response in all sectors. Despite ongoing interventions, the outstanding gaps leave the displaced population highly vulnerable and at risk.
South Sudan: Renewed hope for peace in South Sudan following the signing of a peace agreement between rival factions.
Ethiopia: During this reporting period, IOM provided transportation assistance to 620 refugees in Gambella and Benishangul‐Gumuz regions.
Kenya: Since the onset of the South Sudanese conflict, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 23,368 refugees.
7374th Meeting (AM)
Chilling accounts of stonings, enslavement, rape and forced suicide bombings were among the current horrific targeted affects armed conflict had on women and girls, the Security Council was told, hearing from almost 70 speakers during its biannual day-long debate on civilian protection.
The release of an estimated 2000-3000 children from an armed faction in South Sudan began today in Greater Pibor, in the eastern part of the country. Saudamini Siegrist, Senior Adviser for Child Protection in Emergencies at UNICEF, recently travelled to the country to assist with the preparations for the release. She sat down with UNICEF Connect to share some of her experiences.
• An estimated 3,000 children associated with the Cobra Faction are being released in Greater Pibor following a peace agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the leader of the Faction. The first group of 249 children was released this week and phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month. UNICEF and partners are supporting the children with immediate interim care – shelter, clothing, basic health care, education and psychosocial support as well family tracing and reunification.
Continuous rains in Chikwawa district on 29th and 30th January 2015 have resulted in people arriving at some IDP sites.
A total of 27,131 people have so far been reached with sanitation services and 23,941 have been provided with safe drinking water in the hard hit affected areas. Work on provision of these services in continuing to reach more people.
NAIROBI, 30 January 2015 (IRIN) - A senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court this week to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Although the LRA has not been active in northern Uganda for a decade, the effects of their 20-year war with the government linger on.
Thousands of individuals of foreign descent remain stateless in the Dominican Republic in spite of a law facilitating restoration of the Dominican nationality for some, and providing access to a naturalization scheme for others.
Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
Distinguished members of the Security Council, On behalf of Ms. Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have the honour to deliver the following statement.
It has been more than 15 years since the Security Council broke new ground by recognizing the protection of civilians as central to its mandate. Since then, the Council has taken important steps to implement its commitments to protect civilians.
In December 2013, South Sudan – Africa’s newest country – fell into a vicious civil war. Tens of thousands of people fled the violence. Now over year since the start of the crisis, Dom tells the stories of Save the Children staff living and working in the Awerial camp which is still home to 97,000 people.
Save the Children Child Protection Manager Sammy, was part of the humanitarian response from the beginning of the crisis and has clear memories of those initial days:
Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Thursday 1/30/2015 - 19:23 GMT
by Haitham El-Tabei
Egypt's army and jihadists clashed in Sinai Friday, leaving two children dead, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi flew home early from an African summit after militant attacks killed at least 30 people.
The top brass vowed to hunt down those behind the violence.
Health officials said a six-month-old baby was hit in the head by a bullet during the clashes and a six-year-old was killed in a rocket blast in the Sinai Peninsula.
Fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues despite ceasefire declarations. Violence has escalated significantly since mid-January. Rocket explosions and indiscriminate shelling have killed more civilians and further destroyed infrastructure. In late January separatist groups launched an offensive on the government-controlled port city of Mariupol, home to some half a million people and strategically located between mainland Russia and the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea. Violations of international humanitarian law are likely.
Since the beginning of January 2015, Malawi has been experiencing floods due to heavy rains. An estimated 121,000 people have been displaced since the floods hit the southern region of the country, with many families taking shelter in camps established in schools. Over half of those affected are children, and one fifth are under the age of five. The floods have caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure including schools and health facilities. The southern districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Chikwawa, Machinga and Zomba are so far the most affected.
Despite slightly better rainfall at the end of 2014, seven years of drought have put Djibouti’s population under severe stress. Child survival in Djibouti remains at risk due to food insecurity, inadequate care practices, constrained basic social services and a proliferation of communicable diseases including malaria and measles. In December 2013, 17.8 per cent of children under-five suffered from wasting and 5.7 per cent were severely acutely malnourished – largely exceeding WHO emergency thresholds of 15 and 2 per cent respectively.