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19 Jan 2012 description
report Enough Project

By: Omer Ismail and Annette LaRocco

Jan 19, 2012

Prior to South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, Sudan was the largest country in Africa. At over one million square miles, Sudan stretched from the Sahara to Central Africa. As a unified country it bordered on nine other states. Today, after separation, the two Sudans share a diverse and critical geopolitical sub-region that links the Sahara, the Sahel, the Horn, and the Great Lakes.

13 Jan 2012 description
report The Guardian

Domestic and cross-border violence threatens to destabilise both South Sudan and its neighbours; the global community must act

The violence unleashed in South Sudan in recent days is a stark reminder of the formidable challenges facing the new nation.

06 Jan 2012 description
report UN News Service

6 January 2012 – A massive humanitarian operation to bring succour to people affected by inter-ethnic violence in South Sudan’s state of Jonglei is under way with United Nations having carried out relief needs assessments in most of the affected areas over the past 72 hours, a UN official said today.

Assessments have been carried in Pibor, Likuangole, Boma and Walgak, according to Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who told reporters in Geneva that more evaluations would be carried out in Fertait and Bilait.

06 Jan 2012 description

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is travelling to South Sudan this weekend. He will be in the capital Juba on Saturday and visit a refugee site in Mabaan on Sunday. He will also travel to Sudan from 10 to 13 January.

In South Sudan, UNHCR is supportig the government of the newly-independent country to reintegrate some 660,000 returnees, including 360,000 South Sudanese who have come from Sudan and some 300,000 who have returned mostly from other neighbouring countries.

19 Dec 2011 description

16/12/2011 - Following intense fighting in the Blue Nile State of the Republic of Sudan, tens of thousands of people have fled to Ethiopia and South Sudan. UN agencies estimate that around 55,000 people are on the move. About 32,000 people have already settled in Maban County, in Upper Nile State of South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide essential services such as clean water, food, shelter, and medicines. The needs are vast and the refugee population is rising fast.

09 Dec 2011 description
report UN News Service

9 December 2011 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today stressed the need to press ahead with the reconciliation process in Jonglei state where another outbreak of inter-ethnic violence earlier this week left more than 40 people dead, most of them women, children and the elderly.

25 Nov 2011 description
report UN Radio

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The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, plans to relocate 20,000 refugees to safer areas in South Sudan, following an increase in violence on its border with Sudan.

The refugees, who have fled fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, are camped around Yida town, which came under attack from Sudanese warplanes earlier this month.

24 Nov 2011 description
report Miraya FM

The National Ministry of Health reports that it’s close to eradicating the crippling parasitic guinea worm in South Sudan. The ministry said on Wednesday that South Sudan will be declared free of guinea worm over the next two years.

Statistical information from the World Health Organization shows that 97 percent of all guinea worm cases are in South Sudan, while the remaining three percent are to be found in Chad, Mali and Ethiopia.

27 Oct 2011 description

New information on agricultural water use will support better planning, prevent future food insecurity

27 October 2011, Rome/Kigali - Rapid population growth and natural resource degradation in the Nile River Basin pose the risk of intensified hunger and poverty in the region and require better, more forward-looking development planning to prevent that from happening, FAO said today.

05 Oct 2011 description
report UN Radio

The Guinea-worm disease is on the verge of eradication, but progress is being slowed down by lack of funding, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fewer than 1,800 cases of the disease were reported last year compared to an estimated 3.5 million cases in the mid 1980s.

WHO says the disease is still endemic in four African countries including South Sudan, Mali, Chad and Ethiopia.

Guinea-worm disease is a crippling parasitic disease which is transmitted through drinking contaminated water.

03 Oct 2011 description

Highlights:

  • Shortage of food is reported to be the main humanitarian concern for displaced people in Agok.
    Resources are being mobilized to deliver emergency food stocks to affected people.

  • The number of displaced people in Pariang in Unity State now totals 10,500. Health and nutrition teams on the ground have been reinforced as a result of high levels of malnutrition amongst new arrivals.

23 Sep 2011 description
report Voice of America

A parasite known as kala azar is said to infect half-a-million people worldwide, killing up to 60,000 people each year. Spread through the bite of a sandfly, its symptoms are fever, weight loss and swelling of the spleen and liver.

While effective treatment exists, the disease hasn't garnered the worldwide attention of diseases like malaria, and the deadly parasite has long been neglected by donors and governments.

This week, East African health officials met in Nairobi to discuss efforts to combat the disease.

23 Sep 2011 description

On July 9, South Sudan not only became the world’s newest country, but its newest fragile state.

12 Sep 2011 description
report Government of Kenya

Friday, Sept 09, 2011

Leaders from the Horn of Africa region have resolved to develop the Horn of Africa Regional Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Strategy Framework to reduce the impact of disasters in the region.

In a Joint declaration issued at the end of a one-day Summit on the Horn of Africa Crisis that was read by Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula at the United Nations Complex at Gigiri, the leaders also agreed to create and support a Multi-donor Trust Fund for drought and other disasters that will be anchored in the IGAD secretariat.

01 Aug 2011 description

(1 August 2011) The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has set aside some US$60 million for underfunded humanitarian operations in ten countries across the globe where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease, or conflict.

15 Jul 2011 description
report Logistics Cluster

Objective:

Assess current viability of logistics operations using the Sobat river corridor from Ethiopia to service Malakal, Upper Nile, humanitarian programmes.

Key Findings:

1) Organisations operating in Upper Nile with supporting/partner programmes in Ethiopia may be well placed to take advantage of alternative Upper Nile transit corridor to Ethiopia for logistics operations.

12 Jul 2011 description
report IRIN

MALAKAL, 12 July 2011 (IRIN) - After fleeing attacks by government soldiers [http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=53602 ] at his home in Gambella region of Ethiopia when he was in high school, Obang Ojulu, 29, has lived most of his adult life as a refugee. Since leaving home in 2003, Ojulu has married and has a child and acquired a driver's licence but he remains at a way station in Malakal, capital of South Sudan's Upper Nile state, with about 80 other Anuak families.