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31 Dec 2013 description

UNHCR is extremely concerned about the tens of thousands of people caught up in or uprooted by the fighting in South Sudan. Since deadly clashes between competing factions within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM and SPLA) broke out in Juba on December 15, more than 180,000 South Sudanese have fled their homes and some 10,000 have crossed into neighbouring countries. Continued fighting and insecurity make access to these people challenging, and in some cases impossible.

31 Dec 2013 description
report Kids for Kids

151 small children in Abu Nahla, a village 40kms from El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, not only go to school every day, they go by school bus - carts pulled by strong donkeys! KIDS FOR KIDS, which has been transforming the lives of children living in remote villages in North Darfur since 2001, despite ongoing violence, has opened its first Kindergarten! A Festival of Music and Dance will be performed by local people at the Official Opening in January, when the biannual Rotation of Goats, (healthy kids are passed on from one family to another) will also take place.

31 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

GIREIDA (30 Dec .) - Ten women of the Abdoze camp for the displaced in Gireida, South Darfur, were seriously injured on Sunday by militiamen.

A relative of one of the women reported to Radio Dabanga that the women had left on Sunday morning to collect firewood and straw in the area of Abu Hamra and Moshrou, northwest of the camp. At about 11am, government-backed militiamen in military uniforms, on camels and horses, assaulted the women with the aim to rape them. When the women resisted, the gunmen tortured them, beating and whipping them alternately for eight continuous hours.

31 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

KONDOBE (30 Dec .) - Militiamen seriously injured two women of the Kondobe camp, Sirba locality in West Darfur on Sunday.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the spokesperson for the Sirba camps reported that four women, aged 15, 17, 25 and 30, were attacked on Sunday morning by two government-backed militiamen while they were collecting firewood and straw in the area of Kudo, north of the camp. The militiamen attempted to rape the two youngest, but the two elder women beat the assailants with sticks and threw stones at them, giving the two younger women the opportunity to flee.

31 Dec 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Alex Duval Smith

A migrant, a refugee and now a returnee to her native Chad, a mother fleeing violence with her children is still unable to return home.

31 Dec 2013 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11235
AFR/2786
PKO/391

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gérard Araud (France):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack by unidentified armed assailants on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in Greida, South Darfur, on 29 December, which resulted in the deaths of a Jordanian and a Senegalese peacekeeper.

31 Dec 2013 description

Egypt

Towards Egypt:

Israel reported that 36 iregular migrants had been intercepted trying to enter Israel from its southern border with Egypt in 2013 in comparison to over 10,000 intercepted in 2012, 17,000 in 2011 and nearly 15,000 in 2010. Mass migrant/asylum seeker protests were reported in December 2013 and January 2014 bemoaning a 1 year detention law and agitating for the adjudication of asylum and protection claims by migrants/asylum seekers.

31 Dec 2013 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The 2012/13 comprehensive food security assessment was conducted in December 2012. The primary objectives of the assessment are to update food security and vulnerability situation of the Darfur population, to assess risk factors for food insecurity and vulnerability, and to identify pockets of vulnerability where assistance and targeting may be required in the future programmes.

30 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

Ten women of the Abdoze camp for the displaced in Gireida, South Darfur, were seriously injured on Sunday by militiamen.

A relative of one of the women reported to Radio Dabanga that the women had left on Sunday morning to collect firewood and straw in the area of Abu Hamra and Moshrou, northwest of the camp. At about 11am, government-backed militiamen in military uniforms, on camels and horses, assaulted the women with the aim to rape them. When the women resisted, the gunmen tortured them, beating and whipping them alternately for eight continuous hours.

30 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

The 90,000 residents of Murnei in West Darfur are facing an acute shortage of drinking water because the water pumps need to be repaired. The hospital of Murnei is short of medicines too.

30 Dec 2013 description

Current major event

Dengue in Pakistan

The dengue fever (DF) outbreak in Khy-ber Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, reported in weekly epidemiol-ogical monitor (Volume-6, issue-37, dated 15 September 2013), has subsided. This was one of the major outbreaks of den-gue fever reported ever from this prov-ince in the country. As of November 2013, a total of 8,494 laboratory-confirmed cases of DF were reported from this province. As reported earlier, the district of Swat was the most af-fected area in the province.

30 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

29 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a “cowardly” attack on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) that left two peacekeepers dead, and called on the Sudanese authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

29 Dec 2013 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The humanitarian community in Sudan is getting ready to provide humanitarian assistance initially to an estimated 350,000 people from South Sudan
  • An estimated 6.1 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, according to the UN Strategic response plan for 2014.
  • Some 4,700 Sudanese refugees who have returned to Central Darfur from Chad in December are receiving assistance.
  • Some 1,000 people have fled their homes as tension between farmers and nomads increases in East Darfur.
28 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

MERSHING

A group of militiamen stormed El Tom Kitir camp for the displaced in Mershing locality, South Darfur, shot a camp resident and looted his shop in the early hours of Friday morning.

“Four government-backed militiamen on camels attacked the camp at about 3a.m. on Friday and fired into the air,” said camp sheikh Adam Ahmed. They shot shop owner Abdelmunim Ahmed Basi before they looted his shop, taking everything they could carry and fled.

28 Dec 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • Since March 2013, 30,000 Sudanese refugees and 22,000 Chadian returnees have been registered in and around the eastern remote and border town of Tissi (in more than 18 sites). The region is characterized by chronic instability since 2004. UNICEF is conducting emergency interventions in all sectors. A Field Antenna has been set up in Tissi.

28 Dec 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The leader of Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi has warned against toppling the regime by military force and called for making peaceful change through national consensus.

The former prime minister said in a talk show broadcasted by the state-run Radio Omdurman on Friday that "Sudan is at crossroads", stressing that any attempt to overthrow the regime by force would lead to an endless cycle of violence.