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31 Dec 2014 description

Mohamed Bana fondly remembers life before his home, Blue Nile State, erupted in violence.

“During the harvest season, our village would come to life,” he says. “We used to work hard in the fields and cultivate various crops and vegetables. I used to have a small flock of sheep and goats.

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31 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

Preparations are underway for a meeting between the Sudanese government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) to discuss the cessation of hostilities in the country.

The leader of the National Umma Party (NUP), El Sadig El Mahdi, said in an interview with Radio Dabanga, of which the second part was broadcast on Wednesday, that the signatories of the Paris Declaration, the SRF and the NUP, welcome the idea of a preparatory meeting with the Sudanese government.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

El Doroshab Criminal Court in Khartoum North acquitted ten Darfuri students of the University of Bahri on Tuesday.

“The cases filed by the security apparatus against them were closed, as the prosecution could not provide any evidence about their presence at the Kadaro campus during the raids,” the Darfur Bar Association (DBA) said in a statement, issued after the court session.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 31, 2014 (MAPEL) – A Sudanese warplane raided South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding seven others, a local official disclosed.

“On Tuesday at 1:30AM [local time], Sudanese military aircraft released several bombs on the civilian populated area of Dem-Jallab, which is about 35 miles west of Raja town killing two people and wounding seven others,” Raja county commissioner James Benjamin Mardama told reporters in the state capital, Wau on Wednesday.

He said those wounded are admitted in Raja hospital.

31 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

31 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his strong opposition to Sudan’s decision to expel from the country two senior UN officials, calling on the Government to reconsider the ruling and allow for essential work to be carried out.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Government of Sudan declared the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and the UNDP Country Director as persona non grata

  • Areas in the north of the Abyei area lack basic services including water, healthcare, education and civil infrastructure

  • The yellow fever vaccination campaign has reached an estimated 4.8 million people in Sudan.

  • DFID gives US$17.7 million to WFP humanitarian operations in Sudan.

FIGURES

Displaced people in Sudan 3.1 million

31 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

TAWILA / KABKABIYA

The residents of Tawila locality and Kabkabiya town in North Darfur are living in great fear, as large groups of paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) settled in the neighbourhood. The Sudanese Air Force continues bombing the area between Tabit and Shangil Tobaya.

“Government jets started bombing the areas again near the villages of Dady, Khor Mali, Sabi, and Fanaga at 1:15 pm on Tuesday,” a villager reported to Radio Dabanga from Dady.

31 Dec 2014 description

This is the second edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 167 countries. This year’s Index also includes an analysis of what governments are doing to eradicate modern slavery. The Index increases our understanding of the contextual factors that make people vulnerable to modern slavery.

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2014 SUMMARIZED

Dorcas takes action to help people in need and deep poverty irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, gender or political convictions. Inspired by Matthew 25:31-46 to care for the poor and oppressed, Dorcas has been working for 35 years to provide relief and development projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For this it can count on the enthusiasm of thousands of volunteers, entrepreneurs and donors in the Netherlands.

31 Dec 2014 description

Strategic Overview

Period January – December 2015

Current Population 478,109 persons Population Planning Figure (15 December 2013 to 31 December 2015) 821,000 persons

Target Beneficiaries South Sudanese refugees displaced since December 2013

Financial Requirements USD 809,913,788

Number of Partners 39

REGIONAL STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

31 Dec 2014 description

The aim of this project is to ascertain how businesses and governments in eight global cities are contributing towards the integration of migrant and refugee populations, either through specialized outreach programmes, the provision of services or targeted funding of nongovernmental organizations, and to what extent these contributions can be deepened or expanded. Perhaps a more important goal is to determine whether and how business and cities are currently working together to create opportunities for migrants and refugees and deepen their integration into society.

31 Dec 2014 description

EDITOR’S NOTE

I’m pleased to introduce the December issue of Voices of Darfur, which, like other issues of Voices, contains news, features and interviews not only about unique aspects of life in Darfur but also about UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to facilitate lasting peace in the region.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents

Africa

Central African Republic

10 December - An INGO vehicle was ambushed by armed men while transporting a patient to the hospital. The driver and the patient suffered serious stab wounds.

Somalia

3 December - A UN convoy was attacked by al Shabaab in Mogadishu.
At least three Somali security personnel were killed when a car bomb, targeting the convoy, exploded near the airport. CNN, Aljazeera, BBC Americas

Cuba

31 Dec 2014 description
report Caritas

Reduce poverty

Caritas aims to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. There is no single solution to poverty and it can take many forms. Each response must be context-specific and often multifaceted. Caritas’ approach places people at the centre of development and seeks the good of every person and the whole person. It is community based, and recognises the importance of family and community in a person’s life.

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Key Messages

  • In West Africa, markets were well supplied with staple foods in November as regional harvests progressed. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

30 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

Elements of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) ambushed a commercial convoy of three lorries in Tawila locality, North Darfur, on Monday. They seized two of the vehicles, and took 60 passengers with them to an unknown destination.

A passenger of the third vehicle expressed his concern about the fate of the kidnapped people, fearing that they may be subjected to maltreatment and torture.