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17 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 17 December 2008 (IRIN) - High food prices and continued market volatility will increasingly make the UN World Food Programme (WFP) tap non-traditional donors like China and the corporate world for funds, as it warned that it would run out of cash by March 2009 to feed millions in hunger hotspots across the globe.

Christopher Barrett, a leading food aid expert who teaches development economics at Cornell University, New York, warned that the world should not forget the need to pull the poor out of the poverty trap; which the global food and fuel price crisis has made all …

31 Oct 2008 description

(excerpt)

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

SUDAN: MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WOMEN RETURNING HOME

More than half of the families returning to southern Sudan are headed by single women while 59 percent of all returnees are aged 5 to 17, according to a report by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on 24 October.

31 Jul 2008 description

General Developments

 The major development affecting UNHCR operations in Sudan was the increase in the Security Phase (II to III in Khartoum, Blue Nile State and Eastern States, III to IV in Darfur). This led to the relocation of humanitarian personnel from Darfur and UN staff dependents from Khartoum. UNHCR was able to continue most of its work in Darfur with fewer staff by identifying and prioritising protection and assistance activities. In other parts of the country, operations continued without major disruption.

20 Jun 2008 description

Author: Nadia McGill

Silver Spring, Maryland-The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the international community to commemorate World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, in an effort to draw public attention to the plight of millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes in many conflict areas of the world.

Presently, ADRA is working to provide aid for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various countries, including Colombia, Cameroon, Yemen, Australia, Sudan, reaching hundreds of thousands of displaced persons through development …

18 Jun 2008 description
report Trócaire

To mark World Refugee Day this week, June 20, we look at a Sudanese family who made it back home after seven long years of exile.

Sudan's civil war between the North and the South lasted for 22 years from 1983 to 2005.

06 Jun 2008 description

BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

Note: The last situation report was dated May 9, 2008.

BACKGROUND

In 2008, Sudan continues to cope with the effects of conflict, displacement, and insecurity countrywide. Since 2003, a complex emergency in Sudan's western region of Darfur has affected 4.2 million people, including more than 2.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). In Darfur, fighting among armed opposition factions, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), militias, and ethnic groups is ongoing.

06 May 2008 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 6 May 2008, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In western Ethiopia, UNHCR has officially closed two of the four camps hosting refugees from South Sudan following a successful repatriation season in which some 23,000 refugees from the two camps -- Bonga and Dimma - went home. The returns were assisted by UNHCR, mainly to Blue Nile state and to a number of other states in South Sudan.

01 May 2008 description

SUMMARY/HIGHLIGHTS

4,634 refugees were repatriated this week

I. FOCUS ON STABILITY AND SECURITY

- Western Equatoria State - The security situation in areas around Yambio town is tense following attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army combatants in Birisi on 20 April. The routes to the areas affected by the LRA attacks remain at security level 3 and humanitarian access to vulnerable communities in the areas is limited.

II.

19 Apr 2008 description

SUMMARY/HIGHLIGHTS

Joint Plan returned 19,557 Sudanese home since January 2008 - up from 16,663 in the previous week.

I. FOCUS ON STABILITY AND SECURITY

Central Equatoria State - Some pockets of displacements have been reported in Kajokeji and Lainya counties as a result of activities of organized armed groups. These reports are not verified.

II.

04 Apr 2008 description

SUMMARY/HIGHLIGHTS

- 91,000 households from all states are receiving seeds and tools ahead of rain season, FAO.

- Joint Plan brought 13,556 Sudanese home since January 2008 - up from 12,076 in the previous week.

- Returnees from South Kordofan and Khartoum finally arrived in Rumbek.

- Yei acute watery diarrhea outbreak - 194 cases and 5 deaths as at 2 April.

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01 Apr 2008 description

Liu Mei, a 44-year-old Chinese woman, worked in Darfur for more than two years as the director of the food aid program of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

From February 2005 to October 2007, she was responsible for distributing food to 100,000 refugees in Kars, south of Darfur, Sudan. With 10 local employees, she was the only foreigner and the only woman in any of the 11 WFP offices in Darfur.

"When I first learned that I would be sent to Darfur, I was scared. I knew the experience would change my life," Liu said.

28 Mar 2008 description

GENEVA, March 28 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency announced Friday that it has helped more than 100,000 refugees from South Sudan return home under an organized repatriation programme launched in December 2005.

"The 100,000 milestone was passed this week as the pace of return convoys picked up from countries neighbouring South Sudan to get refugees home ahead of the rainy season in May, and for those who want to return for the national census from April 5-30," UNHCR chief spokesman, Ron Redmond, told journalists in Geneva.

"We are now helping some 4,500 refugees return …

17 Mar 2008 description

YOKOHAMA -The United Nations World Food Programme has welcomed a generous aid package totalling US$51.24 million from the Japanese Government to assist refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups in 19 countries in Africa and Asia.

Ninety percent of the total package, US$46.24 million, is allocated to 18 African countries:

Sudan (US$6.5 million), Democratic Republic of Congo (US$5 million), Uganda (US$3.5 million), Chad (US$3 million), Côte d'Ivoire (US$3 million), Burundi (US$3 million), Zambia (US$3 million), Somalia (US$3 million), Zimbabwe (US$3 …

14 Mar 2008 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 14 March 2008, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR has stepped up repatriation movements from countries bordering Southern Sudan. Since the beginning of the year, 15,700 organized returns of Sudanese refugees have taken place - three times more than for the same period last year. The weekly return rate has increased from 600 people at the beginning of the year to 3,000 at the beginning of March.

04 Mar 2008 description

KHARTOUM, Sudan, March 4 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency and the government of Sudan have launched a joint registration operation for tens of thousands of mostly Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees living in eastern Sudan. The registration, due to last for several months, started on Sunday and is expected to benefit more than 133,000 refugees.

Out of these, 95,000 live in open camps in Kassala, Gaderef, Jezzira, Sinar and the Red Sea states of eastern and central Sudan, while about 38,000 live in urban and rural areas of these states.

04 Mar 2008 description

The European Commission has adopted a €160 million food aid decision targeting an estimated 18.7 million people living in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa. This funding decision, the largest ever launched by the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, aims to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people facing food shortages due to natural catastrophes, economic and political crises, and armed conflicts. It is the first food aid decision for 2008.

29 Feb 2008 description
report IRIN

GAMBELLA, 29 February 2008 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will close down two Sudanese refugee camps before the end of May 2008, the organisation said, as repatriation gets under way again.

UNHCR, with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ethiopian government, resumed the repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Bonga camp, in Gambella regional state, on 23 February.

"We restarted this repatriation season last December and we had to take a break because of end-of-year festivity to allow staff to be with their families," Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR's …

22 Feb 2008 description

Ethiopia - The voluntary repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia is due to resume tomorrow, 23 February, with 600 refugees departing by road for Sudan's Blue Nile State.