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10 Apr 2018 description

N’Djamena, 10 April 2018 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has worked in Chad since 2006 with the aim of serving, supporting, and defending Sudanese refugees who left their homes when the ongoing conflict first broke out in 2003. With the chronic nature of the conflict in Sudan, different UN agencies and NGOs gradually began to reduce aid, channelling it to other, more recent conflicts. The return of refugees to Sudan is virtually impossible for the time being and within this context, promoting the autonomy and integration of refugees in Chad has become a priority.

10 Apr 2018 description

GENEVA (10 April 2018) – The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, is visiting the country from 14 to 24 April to assess the implementation of recommendations made to the Government by human rights mechanisms.

“My fifth mission to Sudan aims to examine the steps undertaken by the Government to comply with its international human rights obligations, and to discuss possible areas for technical cooperation,” noted Mr. Nononsi.

10 Apr 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

Three separate fires on Sunday and Monday caused the destruction of dozens of houses in two camps for displaced people and a cotton production site in Darfur and El Gedaref.

A fire broke out in Kalma camp in South Darfur on Sunday, destroying 51 houses. Dozens of families are left in the open without shelter, a Sheikh in the camp reported.

Mubarak Mohamed Ahmed told Radio Dabanga that the fire broke out in Block 8 at 11 am. Twelve other homes were partially destroyed. “The damages are still being counted. The cause for the fire has not yet been identified.”

10 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

April 09, 2018 3:00 PM
Salem Solomon

Uncertainty reigns for African migrants in Israel a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned a plan to resolve the country’s refugee crisis, just one day after announcing it.

In the agreement with the United Nations’ refugee agency, half of Israel’s roughly 32,500 African migrants would have remained in the country as legal residents, while the other half would have resettled in Western countries, with U.N. help.

10 Apr 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

On Sunday, representatives of the Sudanese government, the AU and the UN met in Khartoum for the 25th meeting of the Tripartite Coordination Mechanism on the UN-AU peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

In their opening remarks, the representatives of the Sudanese government, the AU, and UN reflected a spirit of cooperation and readiness to continue working together as Tripartite Coordination Mechanism, to ensure the effective implementation of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate in Darfur, UNAMID reported in a statement on Sunday.

10 Apr 2018 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The government’s Strategic Reserve Corporation has prepositioned 160,151 metric tons (MT) of sorghum in Kassala and North Darfur.

  • A joint mission to Otash IDP camp in South Darfur assessed the needs of some 1,200 IDPs from East Jebel Marra.

  • UNHCR and COR have distributed non-food items to over 6,300 South Sudanese refugee families in Khartoum.

  • Japan donates $1.2 million to assist returnees, South Sudanese refugees, IDPs and host communities.

FIGURES 2018

09 Apr 2018 description

(9 April 2018. New York)

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has received a contribution of USD 9.3 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action (UN VTF) from the Government of Japan to undertake critical humanitarian mine action programming in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. Japan is one of the largest donors to the UN VTF providing over USD 132 million since 2010. In addition to its financial support, UNMAS benefits from the provision of Japanese in-kind personnel.

09 Apr 2018 description

(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees): After more than 10 years of hosting Chadian refugees in Central Darfur, Mukjar refugee camp in Central Darfur is set to close, as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) assisted the last refugees to return to their home country.

09 Apr 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

Last week, the residents of Kalma camp in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, briefed a US government delegation about the situation of the displaced in the region and the reasons why they still cannot return to their areas of origin.

“The American delegation met with the camp administration in the presence of the deputy director of Unamid in South Darfur,” Yagoub Abdallah, the general coordinator of the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association told Radio Dabanga.

09 Apr 2018 description

Sudan signed the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 1986, but more than 30 years later, it is yet to ratify the Convention despite repeated government commitment to do so.

09 Apr 2018 description

METHODOLOGY

• Desk review and key informant interviews prior to mission to formulate and adapt adequate assessment tools and identify locations.

• Briefing of mission and response plan objectives for the area with local government, community representatives and (I)NGOs on the ground.

• Mixed focus group discussions with community leaders and representatives.

• Technical sub-group discussions and key informant interviews on relevant themes as well as general overview of living conditions

09 Apr 2018 description

Operational Context

Chad is an arid, low-income and land-locked country, suffering from chronic food insecurity, denoting alarming levels of hunger. The Global Hunger Index for 2017 places Chad second last out of 119 countries. The economy entered recession and GDP fell from almost USD 14 billion in 2014 to less than USD 10 billion in 2016 due to a sharp decrease in oil prices.

09 Apr 2018 description

METHODOLOGY

The mission, its preparation and follow-up relies on the methodology listed below:

  1. Desk review, UNHCR rapid assessments and key informant interviews prior to mission to formulate and adapt adequate assessment tools.

  2. Briefing meetings with local Authorities, Community Leaders and representatives of the returnees in both Songo Admin unit and Dafag villages.

  3. Community meetings and mixed focus group discussions with community leaders and representatives.

09 Apr 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The secretary general of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Ali al-Haj Mohamed has expected the Sudanese government and the rebel movements to reach a peace agreement soon.

The Sudanese government and two armed groups from Darfur region (Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Movement Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) will meet in Berlin on 16 and 17 April to negotiate a pre-negotiation agreement.

09 Apr 2018 description

On 3 April 2018, senior Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) officers attended a UNAMID-supported training on protection of children in armed conflict and promoting local ownership of child protection.

The one-day workshop, held in Nyala, South Darfur, was organized by the Mission’s Child Protection Unit (CPU) and is part of ongoing efforts to sensitize parties to the conflict on issues pertinent to child rights and child protection. The objective is to minimize grave violations against children including preventing and ending the recruitment of children into armed activity.

07 Apr 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The government of Central Darfur State has embarked on planning the villages of the voluntary return, said the state’s Minister of Urban Planning Muddather Adam

He told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) that every village would be fully planned, saying the government has earmarked 2 billion Sudanese pounds to meet the needs of the voluntary return villages.

According to Adam, a higher committee chaired by the Central Darfur government has been set up to oversee the planning of the villages.

06 Apr 2018 description
report Radio Dabanga

The Sudanese government and two armed Darfuri movements are expected to meet in Germany to discuss a pre-negotiation agreement. This deal would pave the way for talks on a ceasefire before moving on to negotiations on peace and political issues.

The German special envoy for peace called on the Sudanese government, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minawi (SLM-MM) to meet in Berlin on April 16 and 17, to reach a pre-negotiation agreement.

06 Apr 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 15,289 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 95 days of 2018, with about 44 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (33%) Spain (23%) and Cyprus (less than 1%).

This compares with 31,060 at this point in 2017, and with 172,089 at this point in March in 2016.

IOM Rome’s Flavio Di Giacomo on Thursday shared data released this week in Italy concerning the top 11 countries of origin where arriving migrants are coming from (see chart below).