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30 Nov 2018 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 810TH meeting held on 22 November 2018, adopted the following decision on the situation in the Horn of Africa:


  1. Takes note of the briefings by Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security on the developments in the Horn of Africa, as well as the statements made by the representatives of the countries of the Horn of Africa, namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan;

30 Nov 2018 description

Abdulrahman Ismail is passionate about education. The retired primary school teacher, turned cleric, is also concerned about changes to the environment he has witnessed in Bakhiet village of Sudan’s East Darfur State where he has lived since his early childhood in the 1970s.

29 Nov 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Eastern and Southern Africa is home to more than 60 per cent of children and adolescents living with HIV. This is the region where most progress in the HIV response has been made. Coverage of maternal antiretroviral treatment for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV reached 93 per cent in this region in 2017. Sustaining these gains and continuing to reach children, adolescents and women at risk and living with HIV is critical. In 2017, an estimated 120,000 adolescents aged 10–19 years and 94,000 children aged 0–9 years were newly infected with HIV.

29 Nov 2018 description


As the United Nations plane heads towards the town of Renk, the pilot informs all those on board that he needs to do a quick flyover of the airstrip to ensure it is in good enough shape to accommodate a landing.

He expertly steers the aircraft down towards the ground so that he can do a low sweep along the runway checking for any potholes or subsidence.

Once the check is complete and he is satisfied it is safe, he veers back up into the skies doing a sharp turn to circle the area before lining up the runway again and touching down safely.

28 Nov 2018 description


During the first half of 2018, some 15,000 people have been newly displaced in Darfur, as compared to 10,000 in 2017, and 152,000 in 2016. All the new displacement in Darfur in 2018 was in and from Jebel Marra. About 386,000 people have returned to their areas of origin in Sudan since 2015, mainly in Darfur. The UN and partners continue to work with the Government to further verify the returnees.

28 Nov 2018 description

17,400+ Refugees and IDPs received material support across South Sudan in October 2018.

2,200+ Assorted tree seedlings planted in Upper Nile in October 2018.

900+ Newly arrived refugees registered in October in South Sudan 2018.

Working with Partners in 2018

■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

28 Nov 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Martin Plaut, Senior Research Fellow, Horn of Africa and Southern Africa, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study

Early in 2019 the Eritrean government will take over the chair of the key Africa and European Union (EU) forum dealing with African migration, known as the Khartoum Process.

27 Nov 2018 description

Current major event

Chikungunya update: Sudan

Sudan has had a major outbreak of Chikungunya since July 2018. A total of 20,110 cases have been reported since the outbreak began. No new cases of the disease were reported during the week ending 11th November 2018.

Editorial note

27 Nov 2018 description

South Sudan’s violent conflicts continue to plague its people. An estimated four million South Sudanese have been forcibly displaced since December 2013, and more than a million have sought refuge in Uganda where communities have largely reassembled without their traditional or customary leaders. Customary Authorities Displaced examines the consequences of conflict and displacement on traditional forms of authority among refugees from former Western Equatoria state.

27 Nov 2018 description

Climate change has hit Sudan hard. UN Environment and the European Union have jointly launched the second phase of a water catchment project. This project is expected to boost agricultural production and relieve communities facing low rainfall in Kafod, North Darfur.

The Wadi El Ku Catchment Management Project builds on a successful first phase, spreading seasonal water to increase agricultural productivity and reduce soil erosion.

27 Nov 2018 description

Abyei, 26 November 2018 - A workshop on gender parity was conducted by UNISFA to sensitize its personnel on gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence. The workshop attracted over sixty female participants drawn from the military, police and civilian including national staff components of the mission with the aim to provoke discussions amongst participants on how best to promote gender equality, integrate gender perspective in all mission’s operations and reduce the current disparity.

27 Nov 2018 description

Khartoum, Nov.26 (SUNA) - The 16 day-National Campaign for Combating Violence against Woman in the different Sudan’s states which is sponsored by the State Minister, at the Ministry of Social Security, Mona Faroug was launched, Sunday.

The State Minister addressing SUNA Forum has attributed the growing violence against woman to the absence of punishment and silence over the woman crisis, calling for raising the awareness and issuance of the related laws and legislations to curb the phenomenon.

26 Nov 2018 description

In Tunisia, UNHCR aims to support the establishment of a national asylum system, and to build national capacity for refugee protection.

UNHCR identifies, assists and protects refugees in a context marked by mixed migration movements. UNHCR also maintains preparedness efforts in view of a potential major influx.

UNHCR commends Tunisia’s continued policy of saving lives through rescue at sea, and its humanitarian response, permitting disembarkation in Tunisia.

Working with Partners

26 Nov 2018 description

Persons of Concern Total: 1185
Registered refugees: 997
Asylum-seekers or others of concern: 188

26 Nov 2018 description


The West and Central Africa Mobility Mapping report is a compilation of maps showing various mobility trends and mobility factors for movements to and from the West and central Africa region (forced displacement, transhumance, labour movements, etc.) This work is based on multiple data collection activities implemented by IOM and other actors (UNDESA, Ministries of Interior of various countries) and showcase the complexity of mobility in the region.

26 Nov 2018 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 25 Nov 2018): 22,923
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 25 Nov 2017): 116,297

Total arrivals 1 Nov - 25 Nov 2018 968
Total arrivals 1 Nov - 25 Nov 2017 4,900

Average daily arrivals in November 2018 so far: 39
Average daily arrivals in October 2018: 32

Dead and missing in 2018 - Central Med (as of 25 Nov) 1,262
Dead and missing in 2018 - Mediterranean Sea (as of 25 Nov) 2,075

Dead and missing in 2017 - Central Med (as of 25 Nov) 2,872
Dead and missing in 2017 - Mediterranean Sea (as of 25 Nov) 3,081

26 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

11,457 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 1.6 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 45.8 m six months (December 2018 - May 2019) net funding requirements

1.8 m people assisted in October 2018

Operational Context