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21 Jun 2006 description

On 19 June 2006, peace talks aimed at settling the complex conflict in eastern Sudan were said to have come to a conclusion. With international focus on Darfur, this has been achieved largely away from the glare of the international media.

Following recent improvements in relations between the Governments of Sudan and Eritrea, a climate came into being which has made this potential settlement possible.

19 May 2006 description

For many years Ockenden has been working with internally displaced people (IDPs) in eastern Sudan and in and around the capital Khartoum. We have often sought to convince donors that many of Sudan's five to six million IDPs live in appalling conditions and require assistance.

25 Jan 2006 description

Report on the current and potential impact of displaced people returning to southern Sudan

14 Dec 2005 description

Over the course of the previous two nights security fears have grown in the town of Maridi, southern Sudan, as the rebel Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army(LRA) launched consecutive attacks on the population.

Ockenden International, who are working on capacity and skills based programmes in the area, have been informed that 3 people were abducted on Monday night and a further five on Tuesday.

The LRA are known to be operating in the Western Equatorial province of Sudan having recently been forced out of Uganda and the DRC.

17 Nov 2005 description

Woking charity Ockenden International has been to Sudan to explore ways it can help refugees of the country's bitter civil war.

01 Nov 2005 description

This paper seeks to reflect on the often difficult interplay between humanitarian organisations and the military. It looks primarily at three countries where Ockenden International works: Sudan (south), Afghanistan and Iraq.

17 Oct 2005 description

Following the recent formation of the Government of National Unity (GNU), it is expected that many more internally displaced People (IDPs) and refugees will return to South Sudan. However, two decades of conflict have left the region ill equipped to cater for the needs of such a vulnerable group.

As many articles on this website have highlighted, IDPs, in particular, remain vulnerable for many reasons; not least by the lack of international law classifying their rights and the duties of governments towards them.

28 Sep 2005 description

On Thursday (23 September), Sudan's President, Umar al-Bashir, swore in a new government made up of representatives from both of the existing Khartoum government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), as well as some representatives of other groups.

14 Sep 2005 description

Ockenden International is pleased to announce a grant of £1.3 million over the next two years from the British Department for International Development (DfID) for our work contributing to the sustainable return of refugees and displaced people following the signing of the peace agreement in January 2005.

Ockenden has been working in the eastern part of Sudan for over 20 years. For the past 3 years we have also been working in the south.

13 May 2005 description

The UN Security Council has voted to send 10,700 peacekeepers to Sudan to monitor a peace deal ending the 21-year-civil war, but left contentious issues of sanctions and how best to punish war criminals in the Darfur region for later debate.

The unanimous vote on the US -backed resolution creating the United Nations' 17th active peacekeeping mission is the first significant Security Council action on Sudan since a UN-backed panel declared in late January that crimes against humanity, but not genocide, occurred in Darfur.

The peace deal that the new force will monitor is not …

25 Apr 2005 description

Life skills education is vital for rebuilding South Sudan, explains Africano Mande.

25 Apr 2005 description

Ockenden is retraining thousands of youths left with little or no education in South Sudan, as well as supporting numerous farmers' and womens' groups.

25 Apr 2005 description

War has deprived millions of an education and left them brutalised by the experience. Ockenden's programmes in Western Equitoria help to turn around lives shattered by conflict.

25 Apr 2005 description

With promises of cash coming in, Nick Ryan looks at Sudan's reconstruction and talks to Ockenden's Africano Mande about the issues facing South Sudan today.

25 Apr 2005 description

South Sudan is home to a melting pot of ethnic groups, some of them refugees from as far north as the Nuba Mountains.

28 Mar 2005 description

Stateless Nation -- Life in the South

As the world focuses its attention on Darfur, many have forgotten that a 20-year-old civil war has split northern and southern Sudan.

23 Feb 2005 description

OCKENDEN INTERNATIONAL was today in the Houses of Parliament at the invitation of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Sudan, to launch its latest report, .

21 Feb 2005 description

A peace agreement and renewed fighting in the west bring with it challenges and opportunities in Sudan

07 Feb 2005 description

Demands for greater autonomy in eastern Sudan lead to clashes and fatalities

THERE HAS been considerable international focus on Sudan. Darfur in the west and the peace process between north and south have both recently been in the news. Yet there remain other ethnic tensions, right across the country.

In late January there were serious clashes in the eastern Sudanese town of Port Sudan. Up to 30 people were killed in what appear to have been clashes between government forces and the majority Beja tribe, who are demanding greater autonomy.

01 Feb 2005 description

Violence in the eastern Sudanese town of Port Sudan may threaten an already fragile Sudanese peace process, said displacement NGO Ockenden International today.

Twenty people died on Saturday (29 January) and an estimated 40 or more were injured after police fired on protesters from the Beja community.