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01 Apr 2007 description

(As this is the last week of the month, this report may contain information related to earlier weeks, for those activities reported on a monthly basis).

Summary

- Security situation stable, but cattle raids and looting incidents reported in the Equatoria states.

- UNFPA gears up to conduct advocacy, in preparation for pilot census planned for the second half of April.

- Returns of IDPs ongoing, with caseloads identified for two new potential organized movements.

- Annual global plan for distribution of seeds and tools completed under FAO leadership.

- This year's …

01 Apr 2007 description


In this issue:

- Meningitis epidemic across Africa

- Will the vulnerable populations in the Horn of Africa be facing floods once again?

- Lack of funds may force WFP to stop feeding refugees and pastoralists in Djibouti

- Uganda’s Karamoja region in humanitarian crisis

- LRA and Government of Uganda peace talks announced to restart 13 April

- International envoys in search for peace in Darfur

12 Mar 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

06 Mar 2007 description

GENÈVE, 6 mars (UNHCR) - L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a lancé mardi un appel de 56,1 millions de dollars pour financer ses opérations de cette année d'aide au retour de dizaines de milliers de réfugiés et de déplacés internes au Sud-Soudan, pour qu'ils puissent regagner leur foyer et réintégrer leurs communautés.

Ces fonds serviront à développer les programmes de rapatriement volontaire pour aider au retour cette année de plus de 100 000 réfugiés installés dans les pays voisins et 25 000 déplacés internes.

06 Mar 2007 description

More than 1500 internally displaced people (IDPs) have been assisted by IOM over the past month to voluntarily return to former homes in southern parts of the Blue Nile State.

By May, a minimum of 3,000 IDPs are expected to be assisted to areas surrounding Kurmuk from northern parts of the Blue Nile State in partnership with UNHCR. This will allow them sufficient time to get settled before the start of the planting and rainy season.

06 Mar 2007 description

GENEVA - The UN refugee agency today launched a US$56.1 million appeal for its operations this year to help tens of thousands of southern Sudanese refugees and internally displaced people return home and reintegrate in their communities.

The funds are needed to boost the ongoing voluntary repatriation programme to assist the return from nearby countries of more than 100,000 refugees this year; to help 25,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) return home; to provide returnees with reintegration packages; to rehabilitate health clinics and schools; and to improve shelter …

06 Mar 2007 description

Executive summary

In Southern Sudan, the decades-long internal conflict, which came to an end with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in January 2005, had a devastating effect on people and resources as well as on governance and the economy. The impact was felt particularly severely in the South, where most of the fighting took place.

01 Mar 2007 description

In this issue:

- Peace-keepers to the Darfur-Chad-CAR triangle?

- Kenya and the Ethiopian asylum seekers

- Turning the Nairobi Pact into law in the Great Lakes Region

- United Nations agencies to protest against rape in war on the eve of International Women's Day

- Acute Watery Diarrhoea spreads in Ethiopia

- USD 64.6 million to East and Central Africa from the Central Emergency Response Fund

- Banana disease threatens livelihoods in East and Central Africa.

- Some Kenyans see progress towards the Millennium Development Goals-but far from all

- Those with …

18 Feb 2007 description

SOUTH SUDAN

Security

The peace talks between the Government and Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are faltering following demands by the LRA to move the venue of the negotiations from Juba and appoint a new mediator.

Around 8 February, the LRA was spotted crossing the main road Yambio - Nzara - Ezo - Tambura some 20 kilometres west of Nzara. This is a clear shift from their previous westward route, now quite deep into Sudanese territory, about 50 kilometres north of the border.

06 Feb 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 - In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010, the practice is still widespread, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Every year, an estimated three million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East undergo FGM/C, and more than 130 million women and girls have been subjected to the painful practice, the potential consequences of which include prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and even death.

21 Jan 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

17 Dec 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

10 Dec 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

03 Dec 2006 description

SOUTH SUDAN

Security

The security situation in Juba and its surroundings continues to be tense, particularly near the eastern bank of the Nile where a series of coordinated armed attacks on civilians have been carried out in recent months. During the reporting period, a large number of people were displaced from Gumbo township, five kilometres on the eastern bank of the Nile.

30 Nov 2006 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Floods in the Horn of Africa-High vulnerability of populations-Major floods have recently hit parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Estimated numbers of the affected populations are changing rapidly because assessments are still on-going, and new flooding is still occurring.

The major impacts of the floods are the destruction of assets, shelter and infrastructure including roads, contamination of water, destruction of farmlands and deaths of animals. This leads to a disrupted food supply, increase food insecurity, and risk to disease for both humans and animals.

08 Oct 2006 description

SOUTH SUDAN

Security

The security situation in South Sudan remained relatively stable. Effective 7 September, security Phase IV areas in Equatoria reverted to Phase III. The whole of South Sudan is now in Phase III. Armed escort is however still required in the ex-Phase IV areas between the line Gondokoro-Ngangala-Torit-Amatong- Tsertenya and the line Juba-Lafon-Kimatong-Chukudum-Lotukei.

Complications have arisen in the ongoing Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) peace process as a result of UPDF deployment into South Sudan.

10 Sep 2006 description

SOUTH SUDAN

Security

The general security situation in South Sudan is relatively stable although sporadic security incidents have recently become more frequent. On 28 August, a group of students in Juba stormed the Headquarters of the Central Equatoria State's Ministry of Education, smashing office equipment and private and government vehicles. Some officials of the Ministry sustained heavy beating and injuries.

07 Jul 2006 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 7 July 2006, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.