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22 May 2013 description

By Andrew O'Connor

VIDEO: Refugees unable to find rental accommodation (7pm TV News WA)

It is a measure of her desperation that Mary Deng would prefer a tent in a refugee camp in strife-torn Sudan to homelessness in Perth.

Three years after arriving in Australia, Ms Deng, her four children and her brother still have no house to rent.

26 Nov 2012 description

A new study has found the majority of refugees from Sudan who arrived in Australia over the past decade want to return home.

Many of those surveyed experienced isolation and reported being discriminated against, particularly when it came to employment and housing.

Nyok Gor is one of around 23,000 Sudanese refugees who fled to Australia over the past decade.

He arrived in late 2003 as one of the "lost boys of Sudan".

He began studying at university, but found it difficult to get work and accommodation.

01 May 2012 description

By Africa correspondent Ginny Stein

As famine spreads across Africa's Sahel region, aid agencies are warning they are now facing a multi-million-dollar shortfall in dealing with the crisis.

A lethal mix of sporadic rains, soaring food prices, regional conflict and chronic deepening poverty has left more than 13 million people short of food in the drought-ridden region.

07 Jan 2011 description

Tens of thousands of southern Sudanese are making the pilgrimage home in order to vote in the upcoming independence referendum.

Millions had fled to the country's north to escape decades of violence, but many are now returning in fear of being left on the wrong side of the border if Sudan is split after Sunday's poll.

They have been drawn by promises of a better life and driven by fears of citizenship rights in a divided Sudan.

Today thousands of people have gathered in the southern city of Juba to be given a food assistance pack containing oil, maize and lentils.

Ludya …

29 Jul 2004 description

By Africa correspondent Sally Sara

The African Union has announced it is preparing plans to send a peacekeeping force to the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

The union has strongly criticised the Sudanese Government for failing to stop the bloodshed, which has killed more than 30,000 people.

Union delegates meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Adaba, have decided to prepare plans for the mission.

However, no final decision has been made.

The African Union is calling on the Sudanese Government stop Arab militias known as the Janjaweed from terrorising civilians.

More …

26 Jul 2004 description

By Sally Sara in Bahai on the Chad border

Aid agencies in Chad are bracing for the arrival of more refugees from Sudan's devastated Darfur region.

The United Nations estimates that up to 200,000 refugees have already crossed into Chad from Sudan and fears that as many again are on their way.

Many of the refugee camps are overcrowded, with some families living in makeshift shelters in the bush.

Aid workers are trying to reach all the people in need before the peak of the wet season and trucks are being used to take stranded refugees to camps along the border.

The …

11 Jan 1999 description

The human rights group, Amnesty International says children have become deliberate targets of war.

25 Aug 1998 description

The United Nations Security Council has taken NO decision on a Sudanese request for a UN investigation to verify that a factory destroyed by US missiles produced chemical arms.

24 Aug 1998 description

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs says most of the Australian aid workers in Sudan and Pakistan are making arrangements to leave the countries.

A spokesman says the department has maintained regular contact with 24 Australians in Sudan and eight Australian aid workers in Pakistan.

The Department has advised all Australians to avoid travelling to Sudan and Afghanistan.

It says Australians should also defer travel to Pakistan, warning the situation may deteriorate.

04 Aug 1998 description

The Sudanese government has declared a ceasefire to allow aid to reach all parts of famine-hit southern Sudan.

In a statement, the Sudanese Council of Ministers said the government would observe a unilateral, full and comprehensive ceasefire in all parts of south Sudan starting from Tuesday.

The A-F-P Newsagency reports the government hopes the ceasefire will be backed by the United Nations, the Organisation of African Unity, the Arab League and other organisations.

The Sudanese army and rebels began observing a truce two weeks ago in some of the worst-hit parts of the south to …

16 Jul 1998 description

The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army has declared a unilateral and unconditional ceasefire in southern Sudan to allow aid to reach vast numbers of famine victims.

The United Nations World Food Program, one of several agencies involved in a massive relief effort, estimates that 1.2 million southern Sudanese are at high risk of starvation in areas hit hard by drought and Sudan's 15-year-old civil war.

A spokesman for the SPLA, says the ceasefire will last for three months and he urged the Khartoum government to reciprocate.

The ceasefire is linked to a proposal for road, …

04 May 1998 description

A United Nations official has welcomed permission by Sudan for four more U-N transport planes to fly relief supplies for thousands of starving people in the south of the country.

The government in Khartoum says it will co-operate in transporting the relief on the extra flights, without imposing any conditions.

Aid agencies say a humanitarian catastrophe is looming in southern Sudan, where relief supplies are being held up by continued fighting between Khartoum government forces and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army.

Ten-thousand tonnes of sorghum is available in …

18 Dec 1997 description

(5:42pm AEDT)
The Australian Government is to give nearly 3-million dollars in aid to Sudan.
The money will fund programs to improve basic living conditions, with a focus on primary health care, access to safe water and basic education.
The Parliamentary Secretary on Foreign Affairs, Kathy Sullivan, says public services in Sudan are in urgent need of rehabilitation because of the effects of 13-years of civil war.
They money will be distributed through non-government organisations and a United Nations agency.

11 Jun 1997 description

(9:25pm AEST)

The Australian Government has allocated more than four-million dollars in food aid and refugee assistance for victims of conflict and drought in southern Sudan and central Africa.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Afffairs, Andrew Thompson, says the combined affects of conflict, drought and floods have have devastating consequences for people living in the region.

11 Jun 1997 description

(9:25pm AEST)

The Australian Government has allocated more than four-million dollars in food aid and refugee assistance for victims of conflict and drought in southern Sudan and central Africa.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Afffairs, Andrew Thompson, says the combined affects of conflict, drought and floods have have devastating consequences for people living in the region.

04 May 1997 description

Thousands of people in southern Sudan are reported to be on the brink of starvation unless humanitarian help reaches them quickly.

The alarm has been raised by Roman Catholic missionaries who have travelled to the town of Rumbek which they say is packed with people returning to the town.

The Sudan Catholic Information Office in Nairobi says between 10,000 to 15,000 people have returned since the Sudan People's Liberation Army took the town from government troops at the end of April.