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23 Dec 2013 description

Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 23 December 2013: “Aid agencies are now responding to the needs of thousands of civilians affected by the recent armed violence affecting South Sudan – including an estimated 20,000 people in two UN peacekeeping compounds in Juba.

23 Dec 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 22, 2013 (RUMBEK) - More than 20,000 people displaced from the conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei state are currently within different locations of neighbouring Lakes state, local authorities and agencies said.

The Yirol West county commissioner said 2,000 internally displaced people fled Jonglei capital, Bor where defected South Sudan army (SPLA) general Peter Gadet launched a rebellion against pro-government forces last week.

23 Dec 2013 description

Juba: Twenty traditional leaders from across South Sudan’s ten states were trained in customary and statutory law systems, providing them with basic training on principles of human rights and women’s rights. The three-day workshop focused on providing a better understanding of customary law and identifying inconsistencies for alignment with principles of statutory courts and the Bill of Rights of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan. The workshop specifically focused on the status of women and children under customary law practices and gender imbalances.

23 Dec 2013 description

The entire SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL team is in shock following the probable assassination of one of our south sudanese team members at Ajong Tock in South Sudan on December 21st, 2013.

The charity has been working in this country since 2006, where it carries out large-scale projects to provide access to water, hygiene and sanitation. All these projects have been suspended due to the sudden upsurge of violence in the country during the last week.

23 Dec 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/JUBA, South Sudan, 22 December 2013 – All of South Sudan's friends, who have such high hopes for the future of the world's youngest nation, are deeply concerned at the escalating violence across the country.

We at UNICEF hope that those who are involved in the violence, and those who have influence over them, will do everything possible to protect children, and make every effort to stop the fighting.

23 Dec 2013 description

Four New Zealand nurses are helping treat those wounded in violent clashes in South Sudan.

All four are seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), two in the capital Juba and two in Malakal in the north of the country.

New Zealand Red Cross international operations and emergencies manager Andrew McKie says all four nurses are safe and the ICRC is assessing the security situation daily.

23 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

22 December 2013 – Amid escalating tensions and deadly clashes between military factions in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in the country today announced that it has begun relocating staff from the capital, Juba, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded that South Sudanese political and military leaders end all hostilities and targeted attacks against civilians.

23 Dec 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 The U.N. reports that violence has displaced approximately 62,000 people since December 15, including 20,000 sheltering at U.N. bases in Juba.

 The security situation in Juba has stabilized, while conditions have worsened in Jonglei and Unity States. Fighting in Akobo resulted in the death of two U.N. peacekeepers and at least 20 civilians.

23 Dec 2013 description

SOUTH SUDAN – Conflict

• Relocation and evacuation of humanitarian staff by UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has continued in several places (Unity, Jonglei, Juba). It is estimated that at least 62 000 people have been displaced due to the violence across the country (OCHA).

• Some 42 000 have sought refuge in UNMISS bases in Bentiu, Bor, Pibor and Juba. Provision of assistance is a major challenge, notably outside Juba. In Juba, the humanitarian response is under way.

• Situation in Juba: tense but stable.

22 Dec 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 21, 2013 (JUBA) – At least 30 South Sudanese civilians and two Indian peacekeepers lost their lives when the United Nations base in Akobo, in the far east of Jonglei state, was attacked on Thursday, according to South Sudan’s foreign minister. One Indian peacekeeper was also injured.

Speaking during a memorial ceremony for the Indian soldiers in the capital Juba, South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Benjamin Marial deplored the "cowardice" of those who carried out the attack.

22 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

BENTIU (21 Dec.) - South Sudan’s army has lost control over the 4th Division in the oil-producing Unity State after the commander of the force defected and declared himself military governor of the state. Mutineers clashed with troops loyal to President Kiir inside the barracks of the SPLA 4thDivision in Bentiu since about 7:00 p.m. Friday, Radio Tamazuj has learned. Heavy fighting over four hours resulted in the retreat of the loyal forces from the barracks, according to a source in the city who requested anonymity.

22 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

NAIROBI (22 Dec.) - The conflict in Darfur since 2003 has severely affected the production and trade of groundnuts, gum arabic and sesame, by displacing farmers and creating insecurity, according to a new report on cash crops trade in Darfur.

22 Dec 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By JOINT REPORT The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Igad last week convened an emergency meeting in Juba to find ways of rescuing Africa’s youngest nation. The foreign ministers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda with the help of Rwanda are leading the process.

  • Kenya as the guarantor of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement is the permanent chair of the Igad sub-committee in Sudan, which explains why the Kenyan foreign Secretary Amina Mohammed had to fly to South Sudan to kick-start the negotiation process.

22 Dec 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By JULIUS BARIGABA The EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Uganda deployed an unconfirmed number of its soldiers to Juba, as the situation in the capital and Jonglei state remained volatile following the coup attempt of December 15.

  • The significance of South Sudan today to Uganda is as a trade partner and key market for Ugandan exports and services, rather than a mediator of a peace process. Thus, other than concern for its citizens’ safety, there is no public relations image or political interests for Uganda to salvage.

22 Dec 2013 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By DAVE OPIYO

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the military to evacuate Kenyans trapped in South Sudan, as the government confirmed that at least two Kenyans had died and six others injured in the deepening crisis.

The President issued the orders yesterday as it emerged that at least 1,600 Kenyans are still stranded in the restive South Sudan, but thousands of others have made their way out through Uganda.

22 Dec 2013 description
report ACTED

SITEREP 21 December 2013 - Following the ongoing clashes in South Sudan, including in the capital city of Juba, ACTED teams have deployed to conduct rapid needs assessments since 19th December 2013. In Juba alone, there are a total of approximately 30,000 IDPs residing in 2 settlements of UN compound: one settlement hosts about 20,000 people feeling the violence and the remaining stay in the smaller settlement. Many other civilian populations are displaced North of the country and facing dire basic needs as well as looking for immediate protection.

21 Dec 2013 description

Highlights

  • Increasing numbers of people seek refuge in UN peacekeeping (UNMISS) bases in South Sudan, or move to other places of relative safety in South Sudan as clashes continue in several states.

  • Registration of the people displaced in the two main UNMISS bases in Juba will begin on 22 December.

  • Aid agencies are providing healthcare and water and sanitation assistance to displaced people, and are preparing to begin distributions of shelter supplies, household items and basic food assistance on 22 December.

21 Dec 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

(WASHINGTON) - The United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he is sending the special envoy to the Sudans Donald Booth to Juba in order to hold discussions with officials there on ways to end the conflict which has claimed hundreds of lives so far.

Kerry disclosed that he spoke on the phone with South Sudan president Salva Kiir to convey the US concern on the situation.

21 Dec 2013 description

Honouring two Indian peacekeepers who lost their lives protecting civilians during an attack on its base in Akobo, Jonglei State, UNMISS held a memorial ceremony today in Juba.

UNMISS and government officials laid wreaths on the coffins of Warrant Officers Dharmesh Sangwan and Kumar Pal Singh amid military salutes and mourners observed two minutes of silence.

21 Dec 2013 description

By Carl Odera

JUBA, Dec 21 (Reuters) - African mediators sought on Saturday to meet rivals to South Sudan's president in a bid to end fighting that threatens to drag the world's newest country into an ethnic civil war.

Hundreds of people have been killed in nearly a week of clashes that spread from the capital Juba and have reached vital oilfields, deepening the most serious internal crisis since the state won independence from Sudan two years ago.