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Chad

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, Stephen Tull, called for urgent funding to meet the humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable populations in eastern Chad, including Sudanese refugees, Chadian returnees who were previously refugees in Sudan, and local populations.

18 May 2018 description

• People still streaming across border to refugee camps in South Sudan. 70% are children.

• Little relief for displaced by conflict in Wadaka, Blue Nile.

• UN Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan visited Yida and met with partners.

FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE

18 May 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva

Date: 18 May 2018

(1) Guatemala

We are concerned about what appears to be a deteriorating climate for the defence of human rights in Guatemala. Over the past 10 days, three human rights defenders working with indigenous and peasants’ rights organizations were murdered.

18 May 2018 description

Operational Updates

  • Lean season preparation: WFP continued to prepare for the lean season response, which will target 700,000 vulnerable people in the Sahelian belt. In the Wadi Fira region, where assistance is set to start on 15 May, WFP pre-positioned 3,108 mt of commodities (1,130 mt received during April) and trained first-line implementers. Partner NGOs concluded the targeting exercise of 186,445 most vulnerable people. These activities will continue during May in the remaining regions, where distributions will kick-off in June.

18 May 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 26,026 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 136 days of 2018, with about 41 per cent arriving in Italy and 38 per cent to Greece, with the remainder (21%) arriving in Spain.

This compares with 55,479 arrivals across the region through the same period last year and about 189,075 at this time in 2016.

18 May 2018 description

But staying in the camp at times also has its costs

Two years ago fighting erupted in Jebel Marra forcing nearly 160,000 people to look for protection. Over 23,000 settled around the small village of Sortoni and clustered together to form an IDP camp. But many are still reluctant to return home despite the difficulties of life in the IDP camps.

Elmounzer Ag Jiddou, MSF´s head of mission in Sudan, has both lived and worked in this part of Darfur and explains the daily challenges of life in this overcrowded camp.

17 May 2018 description

(N’Djamena, 17 mai 2018) : Au terme d’une mission conjointe des Nations Unies et des partenaires techniques et financiers à l’est du Tchad, à laquelle ont pris part l’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis, l’Ambassadeur de France, l’Ambassadeur de Turquie, ainsi que des représentants de l’ambassade des PaysBas au Soudan, de l’Union Européenne, du Royaume-Uni, de la Banque Mondiale, de GIZ et des agences des Nations Unies, le Coordonnateur Résident du Système des Nations Unies et Coordonnateur Humanitaire au Tchad, M.

17 May 2018 description

KHARTOUM, Sudan - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is temporarily suspending its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan in connection with two ongoing investigations launched in February and March by the organization’s independent Inspector General’s Office.

A separate anti-fraud and integrity support mission is expected to deploy shortly.

17 May 2018 description

“We believe that the protection of the child is a very important agenda globally. And this is something that we decided to advance also in Sudan.” Hans Henric Lundquist, Swedish Ambassador to Sudan and co-chair of the Group of friends of CAAC in Sudan

Following the signature of an Action Plan in March 2016 between the United Nations and the Government of Sudan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, Canada and Sweden, two long-time advocates of the CAAC agenda *, teamed up with UNICEF to establish the Group of Friends of CAAC in Sudan.

17 May 2018 description

UNHCR Jordan has one of the largest refugee helplines in the world, answering nearly 150,000 calls per month. Since its inception in 2008, staff on the helpline have responded to over 1.7 million calls. The system uses Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology, where automated information is delivered on key topics, while 14 dedicated staff are available for more complex and emergency calls.

17 May 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir vowed to meet all demands of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) expressing keenness to achieve peace and amend the social fabric in Darfur.

Speaking at a meeting with the General Directorate of IDPs and Refugees in Darfur on Tuesday, al-Bashir said the government would work to dismantle the IDPs camps, renewing keenness to provide the basic services for the residents.

He stressed the disarmament campaign would continue, saying the illicit weapons have become the major problem in Darfur.