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31 Dec 2007 description

IOM Land and Barge Return Operations Recommence to South Sudan in December

On 1 December, IOM restarted its land and barge return operations as part of the Joint Organized Return Plan operations for the 2007 return season. In December IOM completed four land and one barge movement returning a total of 199 Heads of Household comprising 745 individuals to Upper Nile, South Kordofan and Unity States.

21 Dec 2007 description

Abstract

The UN and Partners 2008 Work Plan for Sudan outlines Humanitarian, Early Recovery and Recovery and Development programmes to improve the well being of Sudanese. In Volume I planning, monitoring, coordination and funding issues related to the implementation of these programmes are detailed. The discussion is drawn from Sector Plans and Planning Region rationale for activity. The supporting projects are in Volume II, Programme Directory.

07 Dec 2007 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 7 December 2007 (IRIN) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes has warned that the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's Somali and Sudan's Darfur regions, as well as Somalia, could worsen and urged the international community to step up to aid and protect civilians.

Briefing the UN Security Council upon his return from the three countries, Holmes said: "I am extremely concerned by the humanitarian situation in all three areas I visited.

"They are a reflection of the huge linked political and security challenges which this region …

23 Nov 2007 description
report IRIN

KHARTOUM , 23 November 2007 (IRIN) - Close to 30,000 Southern Sudanese who fled the country's 21-year long north-south war are to return home from camps in neighbouring Ethiopia during 2008 as part of an agreement between the governments of the two countries and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), signed on 22 November in Khartoum.

"More than 41,000 Sudanese currently live in four camps in Ethiopia and we are repatriating refugees from all of them," Ato Ayalew Aweke, deputy director of Ethiopia's Administration of Refugee and Returnee Affairs, said at a press conference …

29 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Oct 29, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sudanese and Somali refugees in camps in Kenya will benefit from 144 million dollars donated by U. S. towards the victims of violent conflicts and natural disasters, U.N.

11 Oct 2007 description

GENEVA - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday condemned the recent deportation by Sudan of at least 15 Ethiopian refugees.

The deportation took place on September 27, but UNHCR only learned of it this week. The refugees were handed over by Sudanese officials to Ethiopian authorities at the border crossing of Metema, about 500 kms south-east of Khartoum.

This refoulement is a breach of Sudan's obligations as a contracting party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, its 1967 Protocol and the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention.

02 Oct 2007 description
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General Situation during September 2007
Forecast until mid-November 2007

01 Oct 2007 description

Eleven actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in September 2007, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch,* released today.

At least 10 people died when security forces fired on crowds in Myanmar/Burma, following major peaceful pro-democracy protests. In Sudan, 10 African Union peacekeepers were killed in an attack on their AMIS base, in a serious potential setback to the Darfur peace process.

01 Oct 2007 description


Large-scale voluntary repatriation set to resume

Close to 160,000 Sudanese refugees have returned home since the launch of the voluntary repatriation operation in December 2005. Since January this year, UNHCR has repatriated 37,768; close to 4,500 have returned through self-assisted voluntary repatriation and 14,365 spontaneous returns have been recorded. A sharp drop in the rate of returns (table on page 2) is attributed to the rainy season when road and air travel is reduced to a strict minimum due to heavy downpours and flooding.

25 Sep 2007 description
report UN News Service

Despite urgent appeals United Nations agencies are facing a huge shortfall in funding to help well over a million flood victims across a wide swath of sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana in the West to Ethiopia in the east, as they face food shortages, loss of crops and even the dangers of landmines from recent conflicts dislodged by the raging waters.

Of nearly $85 million sought recently for just Uganda and Sudan, only about $1 million has been forthcoming.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) voiced deep concern over the situation of some 300,000 people in northern Uganda, the vast …

21 Sep 2007 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ Floods are continuing to ravage an arc of African countries from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, washing away homes and ruining crops and have been reported as the worst in years in many states.

Uganda is experiencing its worst floods in memory, with some 89,000 households "severely affected" and scores homeless and marooned by the surging waters, the Red Cross said Friday.

"It has never been so severe like this," said Hasifa Kabejja, spokeswoman for the Ugandan Red Cross Society. "Houses have been washed away.

11 Sep 2007 description

After two years, the IRC this month concluded a highly successful program that has helped thousands of South Sudanese living in refugee camps prepare for their return home.

09 Sep 2007 description
report Government of Sudan

Heavy rainfall is still expected

It is forecasted that, rains range (15 - 50mm) will cover all southern states as well as Blue Nile state of the country in the coming three days. As a result of that, flash floods will probably take place in many areas of the above mentioned states. However, high prevention issues should considerably take into account. Generally the rains are expected until the end of the wet season in September.

In Ethiopia, the rain-bearing systems are still likely to deepen across northern, western, central and eastern portions of the country.

08 Sep 2007 description
report Government of Sudan

Heavy rainfall is still expected

It is forecasted that, rainfall ranged (10- 60mm) will cover southern and central states of the country in the coming three days, in particular Blue Nile, North Kordofan, W. Darfur, Upper Nile, Unity, Jongli and Equatoria. Due to the expected heavy rains, flash floods will probably take place in many parts of the country, such as Northern Kordofan, Kassala , areas in Blue Nile state as well as many parts of the southern states. However, high prevention issues should considerably take into account.

03 Sep 2007 description
report Government of Sudan

Heavy rainfall is still expected

It is forecasted that, many parts of the country will facing heavy rains which is in generally concentrated in East, Central, Western and southern Sudan and in particular the state of White Nile, Upper Nile, Blue Nile, Grater Darfur, North Kordofan and the whole of Equatoria during the coming three days (see the photo), further more flash floods are likely to take place in many areas in the west and west central part of the country (Kordofan) and wide spread parts of the Greater Darfur.

02 Sep 2007 description
report Government of Sudan

Heavy rainfall is still expected

It is forecasted that, many parts of the country will facing heavy rains mainly in the East, Southern and Western boarders of the country in coming three days (see the photo), further more flash floods are likely to take place in many areas in the west and west central part of the country (Kordofan) and wide spread parts of the Greater Darfur. Generally the rains are expected until the end of the wet season in September.

In Ethiopia, the rain-bearing systems are likely to deepen across northern, western, central and eastern portions of the country.

01 Sep 2007 description
report Government of Sudan

Heavy rainfall is still expected

It is forecasted that, large portion of the country continued to face further heavy rains during the coming three days (see the photo), this rains concentrated mainly in Central, south and West of the country as a result of that the levels of the water in Blue Nile, Sobat and Bahr Elghazal will sharply increase influencing the surrounding fields and areas, further more flash floods are likely to take place in many areas in the west and west central part of the country (Kordofan) and wide spread parts of the Greater Darfur .

19 Aug 2007 description

Repatriation to Eastern Equatoria State

With organized return from CAR and DRC completed, the objective to boost repatriation from Uganda has become a priority, A new corridor was established at Nimule in July for this purpose . Eastern Equatoria straddles Sudan's borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, and is the return destination for about one-third of the 200-250,000 potential returns from these three countries, followed by Central Equatoria and Jonglei with 24% each.

10 Aug 2007 description

Emmanuel Jal , one of the hottest rappers to come out of Africa, is a former child soldier from southern Sudan who uses his talent and fame to give a voice to the hungry poor, especially the children, in Africa.

"When I make music, I keep in mind some hungry tots ... that's what makes my music, my music. I put my hunger into my music." - Emmanuel Jal

Jal's childhood was shaped by conflict in his homeland that propelled him and thousands of other young boys on a long and dangerous journey through war, pestilence and famine in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.