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31 Dec 2013 description

Poor water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in Internally Displaced Persons camps, a looming risk of disease outbreaks.

31 Dec 2013 description

UNMISS is gravely concerned about mounting evidence of gross violations of international human rights law that have occurred in South Sudan during the past 15 days. Extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers have occurred in various parts of the country, as evidenced by the discovery of large numbers of bodies in Juba, as well as the Upper Nile and Jonglei state capitals of Malakal and Bor, respectively. Massive displacement and arbitrary detentions of civilians have been observed.

31 Dec 2013 description

UNHCR is extremely concerned about the tens of thousands of people caught up in or uprooted by the fighting in South Sudan. Since deadly clashes between competing factions within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM and SPLA) broke out in Juba on December 15, more than 180,000 South Sudanese have fled their homes and some 10,000 have crossed into neighbouring countries. Continued fighting and insecurity make access to these people challenging, and in some cases impossible.

31 Dec 2013 description

Britain will provide emergency healthcare, shelter and other vital supplies to thousands who have fled their homes in South Sudan, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced. The £12.5 million commitment will provide immediate supplies and support to key organisations operating in South Sudan, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and UN agencies.

The UK has also activated the Rapid Response Facility to provide swift additional support through a number of pre-approved organisations.

31 Dec 2013 description

Situation:

According to OCHA as of 27 December, 2013, the estimated number of people displaced by in the current crisis in South Sudan has risen to 121,600. Given the limited access to civilians outside population centres, the number is likely to be significantly higher. According to the Humanitarian Coordinator, there are fears that those who have lost lives could number thousands and those displaced hundreds of thousands.

31 Dec 2013 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 31 December 2013 (IRIN) - As the conflict in South Sudan continues, aid agencies are struggling to provide assistance to the thousands of people caught up in the violence. As of 29 December, an estimated 180,000 people had been driven from their homes by the fighting, 75,000 of whom are seeking shelter in UN compounds.

31 Dec 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 Violence in South Sudan displaces an estimated 180,000 people since December 15.

 Relief agencies provide limited humanitarian assistance to approximately 106,000 people both in and outside UNMISS bases.

 The U.N. reports $209 million is required to meet urgent humanitarian needs in South Sudan through March 2014.

31 Dec 2013 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 411th meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government, in Banjul, The Gambia, on 30 December 2013, adopted the following decision on the situation in South Sudan:

Council,

  1. Takes note of the report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the situation in South Sudan [PSC/AHG/2(CDXI)], as well as of the statements made by representatives of members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (France, Rwanda, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union (EU);

31 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

30 December 2013 – The United Nations moved on the diplomatic and military fronts today to douse the flames of conflict in South Sudan, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging the Government to free political prisoners to facilitate talks with rebels and the Security Council holding a crisis meeting on latest efforts to reinforce UN peacekeepers in the world’s newest country.

31 Dec 2013 description

Despite growing evidence on the impact of psychosocial support interventions, there is an urgent need for a stronger evidence base on approaches that effectively support children affected by armed conflict. To contribute to this evidence base, and building on a pilot study conducted in Uganda in 2009, War Child conducted an exploratory outcome evaluation of its psychosocial support intervention ‘I DEAL’ in South Sudan and Colombia in 2012.

31 Dec 2013 description

This publication is a collection of three submissions by War Child Holland to the Children and War Conference 2013. The submissions include a study on the reintegration of war affected children in five of our field offices, an examination of the detention of children and young people in East Jeruslam, and an assesment of our psychosocial intervention, I DEAL, in South Sudan.

31 Dec 2013 description

Egypt

Towards Egypt:

Israel reported that 36 iregular migrants had been intercepted trying to enter Israel from its southern border with Egypt in 2013 in comparison to over 10,000 intercepted in 2012, 17,000 in 2011 and nearly 15,000 in 2010. Mass migrant/asylum seeker protests were reported in December 2013 and January 2014 bemoaning a 1 year detention law and agitating for the adjudication of asylum and protection claims by migrants/asylum seekers.

30 Dec 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An estimated 180,000 people have been displaced across South Sudan, with 75,000 taking refuge on UN bases
  • IOM is co-leading the recently activated Camp Coordination and Management Cluster
  • IOM is assessing needs at the UN base in Malakal in support of the WASH Cluster response
30 Dec 2013 description

Juba, 30 December 2013 - Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have arrived in Awerial, in Lakes state, after fleeing violence in Bor, says the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). With thousands more people arriving each day, living conditions are verging on the catastrophic, says MSF, and there is an urgent need for increased medical and humanitarian assistance.

30 Dec 2013 description
report Save the Children

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Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153

Juba, South Sudan (Dec. 30, 2013) — Thousands of children are likely to have been separated from their families as a result of the latest violence in South Sudan, with many surviving on their own in very remote and hard-to-reach areas. Many have witnessed their parents being killed and their homes looted or destroyed. Save the Children is highly concerned for their safety and welfare.