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31 Dec 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund


1. EDUCATION
GIRLS' EDUCATION

To continue to build the capacities of teachers, and in specific efforts to promote girls' education, the Community Girls Special Project (CGSP) was given a boost when an education expert from the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) conducted a teacher training in Nyal. 15 participants attended this training, which is aimed at ensuring quality education for girls.

LIFESKILLS

31 Dec 2003 description
report Government of Sudan

Some media accounts and international views about the situation in Darfur have been flawed by inaccuracy, requiring the following clarifications:

31 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

EL FASHIR, 31 December (IRIN) - The decades-long conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has its roots in constant neglect and tensions between sedentary farming communities and nomads. These have been compounded by a local drought and desertification, an expanding population and the manipulation of ethnic rivalry.

30 Dec 2003 description

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Sudan, the largest country in Africa and one with the most precarious humanitarian situations, is experiencing a long-term civil war since 1983 between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and opposing armed factions controlling many areas in the South. The human cost of this conflict is extreme: over 2 million deaths, about 4 million of Internally Displaced People (IDPs), as well as a substantial number of refugees. The chronic lack of basic services has made large numbers of Sudanese highly vulnerable and, therefore, dependent on emergency relief aid.

30 Dec 2003 description


The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

29 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

YEI, 29 December (IRIN) - Just about everyone in Yei, a sprawling rural town in southwestern Sudan, is talking about prospects for peace these days. You can scarcely walk through the town's bombed-out streets without overhearing vendors, for example, discussing their hopes for an agreement at ongoing peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya, between representatives of Sudan's government and rebels.

28 Dec 2003 description

KHARTOUM, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Sudan's four-year-old state of emergency could end if a peace deal is signed to end two decades of civil war in the south, the official Sudan News Agency SUNA reported on Sunday.

The war has killed two million people, mainly through famine and disease, but both sides have said they hope peace talks in Kenya will come up with a comprehensive deal by early 2004.

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir imposed a state of emergency in Africa's largest country in December 1999.

24 Dec 2003 description
report Government of Sudan

An Eu Troika, led by the Italian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Alfredo Mantica, representing the EU Presidency, met with representatives of the Government of the Sudan, led by the Minister of For Foreign Affairs, Dr.Mustafa Osman Ismail, in the framework of the EU-Sudan Political dialogue, initiated in November 1999

24 Dec 2003 description

Amman (dpa) - Jordan has rejected a U.N.

23 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA, Dec 23 (UNHCR) - As large numbers of Sudanese refugees continue arriving in eastern Chad, the UN refugee agency today announced plans to move an initial group of 10,000 from the volatile border to a safer site further inland.

22 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 22 December (IRIN) - There is growing evidence that kala-azar, a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of the sand fly, is spreading at alarming rate in southern Sudan threatening thousands of already-vulnerable people, the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres warned on Monday.

22 Dec 2003 description

ARU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dec 22 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency has registered more than 6,000 Sudanese refugees in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a bid to improve assistance and prepare the ground for possible repatriation.

22 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

Addis Ababa, 22 December (IRIN) - Police have arrested 56 people after fighting erupted in western Ethiopia last week leaving at least 30 people dead, officials said.

22 Dec 2003 description

MSF says growing evidence requires a concerted response to the upsurge in this fatal disease

19 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

YEI, 19 December (IRIN) - The Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) organisation has launched an assessment into the extent of the minefields created by both sides during Sudan's 20-year conflict with a view to starting a comprehensive clean-up programme after the peace deal is signed.

19 Dec 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Uganda, (5) Sudan, (6) Eritrea, (7) Ethiopia, (8) Somalia

C) West Africa: (1) Mauritania, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone, (4) Liberia, (5) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Mozambique, (8) Swaziland, (9) Lesotho, (10) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) Bhutan, (2) Indonesia, (3) DPR Korea

18 Dec 2003 description


Summary

A completed analysis of the Annual Needs Assessment (ANA), carried out in 25-30 counties in southern Sudan in September-November, is expected by mid January. The ANA is expected to project the food security conditions and provide food aid estimates for 2004.