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31 Dec 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

Eastern Chad (30 Dec .) - Four women from Darfur were raped in Gaga refugee camp in Eastern Chad on Sunday, a source has told Radio Dabanga.

The women ventured out of the camp to fetch firewood in the early afternoon when they were attacked by four armed gunmen. A fifth woman suffered a beating but managed to escape.

The police said they that were unable to trace the perpetrators, leading to panic amongst the residents.

The refugees ask for international bodies to protect them, or move them to more secure camps, said the source.

30 Dec 2011 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· Three aid workers on a monitoring mission in Mataban, Hirran Province, Somalia died when a gunman opened fire on 23 December.

· Latest reports from UNICEF and KRCS indicate that flood waters in Kenya are subsiding, with most displaced communities returning to their homes.

· Inter-communal conflict in Moyale leaves 37 people dead, thousands displaced.

· Two grenades thrown at a club in Wajir district in north-eastern Kenya near the Somali border wounded at least seven people on 24 December.

30 Dec 2011 description
report Miraya FM

South Sudan's army claims airstrikes have killed 40 people in Raja County of Western Barh El Ghazal State since December 26th.

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson Philip Auger claimed the airstrikes are being carried out by the Sudan Armed forces (SAF).

Raja county commissioner Mr. Rizig Dominic on Friday told Radio Miraya that 17 of the 40 people killed were SPLA soldiers.

He added that two people were also seriously wounded from the three aerial attacks that started from the 26th of December.

30 Dec 2011 description

UNITY STATE, South Sudan, December 30 (UNHCR) – Bombs fell from the Southern Kordofan sky and Zahara* could hear them as they crashed into her village. The 20-year-old heard the explosions and she grabbed her two children and ran. She ran from her home in Lehemid in the Nuba mountains and to the next town.

30 Dec 2011 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

The World Food Program reports it is scaling up its humanitarian operation in South Sudan next year to support 2.7 million people affected by hunger and conflict. WFP says crop failure brought about by little and erratic rainfall this year is worsening food insecurity in this newly independent country.

War is raging along the border between South Sudan and Sudan, its northern neighbor. This is adding to the misery already felt by the nearly eight million people living in this newly independent state.

29 Dec 2011 description
report Voice of America

The U.N. refugee agency continues emergency airlifts to aid thousands of refugees fleeing fighting in Sudan.

The fighting between government forces and rebels is taking place in two Sudanese states – Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan. As a result, many civilians have sought safety in South Sudan.

UNHCR spokesperson Vivian Tan said the refugee crisis is getting worse in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State.

29 Dec 2011 description

El Fasher, 30 December 2011--On the occasion of the New Year, which coincides with Sudan’s Independence Day, and on behalf of the African Union and United Nations, I would like to extend my sincere wishes to the people of Darfur and the Government of Sudan for a happy and peaceful new year.

29 Dec 2011 description

Key Points

• People in South Kordofan State continue to be affected by ongoing fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N). The humanitarian community in Sudan are concerned about reports of declining food security and growing health concerns in SPLM-N held areas.

• According to media reports on 25 December, fighting between SAF and the armed Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in the west of Northern Kordofan State have reportedly resulted in the leader of JEM being killed.

29 Dec 2011 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 28, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir appointed Tuesday the members of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), five months after the signing of a peace deal with the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) last July in the Qatari capital.

In accordance with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), the DRA is tasked mainly with the implementation of the peace accord. It also has to coordinate the post-conflict development projects with the federal government and different states in Darfur.

29 Dec 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

Nyala (28 Dec.) - The prices of consumer goods are increasing sharply in South Darfur, particularly in the city of Nyala, said a citizen to Radio Dabanga.

The road from Khartoum passing Ad Daein to Nyala is being heavily regulated by the security services and government forces, causing a blockade of commerical vehicles along the route, similar to the situation reported recently in North Darfur.

29 Dec 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

Damazin (28 Dec.) - On Tuesday, air strikes and heavy artillery were reported in Bao locality, Blue Nile state, killing 84 residents including 24 children, said Hashim Orta, humanitarian relief secretary of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) for Blue Nile.

Orta said the aerial bombardment targeted gatherings of innocent civilians resulting in the massacre.

29 Dec 2011 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 22 December 2011: The African Union High‐Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan convened the Government of the Republic of Sudan (GoS) and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS) in a two‐day meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to review the status of outstanding issues in the negotiations between the two States.

The meeting, held on 19 and 20 December 2011, was chaired by former President Pierre Buyoya, member of the Panel.

28 Dec 2011 description

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR JAPAN) has been providing mine risk education in Kadugli District, South Kordofan in Sudan since 2007. This past June, however, a violent gunfight broke out between the Sudanese government army and rebel groups. During that crisis, AAR JAPAN’s office was looted, and we were forced to suspend our activities. Fortunately, however, all AAR JAPAN’s staff members were in the end safe and unharmed. Even after the independence of South Sudan on July 9th, armed conflict did not cease, making it difficult for us to continue our activities.

27 Dec 2011 description

American Tom Prichard founded Sudan Sunrise to promote religious harmony and build schools in the new nation of South Sudan.

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.

27 Dec 2011 description
report Radio Dabanga

El Fasher ( 27 Dec .) -Following clashes between the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and government forces last week, resulting in the death of the JEM leader, reports of air strikes and clashes continued over the weekend, and into this week. Bombing was witnessed in North and South Darfur, there were clashes between the SLM-AW and government forces in West Darfur and unknown militias mounting attacks in South Darfur.

Shelling causes displacement in South Darfur

27 Dec 2011 description
report Miraya FM

Over one thousand returnees arrived in Juba on Tuesday from Sudan. The Chairman of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Duer Tut Duer, told Radio Miraya that they are planning to repatriate the last batch of returnees from Sudan by air.

However Duer said the commission is concerned over the living condition of the rest of the returnees who are still stranded in Kosti.