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18 Feb 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

The World Food Programme (WFP) has accomplished a historical feat by delivering a first load of aid by boat. The barge transported some five hundred metric tons of food on the Nile River from Renk to Malakal for further distribution in other Upper Nile areas struck by food shortages.

The four-day inaugural trip is considered a success by the head of the UN agency’s office in Upper Nile, Callixte Kayitare, who says there is more to come.

16 Feb 2018 description

UK, US and Norway statement on Phase 2 of the High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan.

16 Feb 2018 description

MOSES YAKUDU AND LENI KINZLI

Orphans in Torit can now drift into their dreams on new bunk beds donated to them on Thursday. The 40 beds were handed over to the Faith Ministry International Orphanage Centre by German Military Liaison Officer Sven Lindner, who works in Torit for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

The robust donation, which was done on behalf of a Germany organization called Lachen Helfen (which literally means Laughing and Helping), will help the orphans sleep peacefully, enabling them to concentrate on their studies.

16 Feb 2018 description

13th February 2018, Mombasa, Kenya: The period between March and May (MAM) constitute an important rainfall season over the equatorial parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) region. The prediction of MAM 2018 season indicates increased likelihood of near normal to enhanced rainfall over much of the Greater Horn of Africa. However, near normal to depressed rainfall is likely to occur over much of Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia and eastern Kenya.

16 Feb 2018 description

JACOB RUAI The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is financing the renovation and expansion of the airstrip in Rubkona County in the Unity region. When completed, the airport will greatly facilitate the access of humanitarian partners to assist the population in the area.

More than 100,000 people are sheltering at the UN protection of civilians site in Bentiu, where they are receiving food and other essential support from a variety of humanitarian actors.

16 Feb 2018 description

South Sudan media stakeholders have used the occasion to commemorate the 2018 World Radio Day to call for use of radio to encourage local sports for peaceful coexistence in the country.

The event under the theme “Radio and Sports” took place on 13 February at the University of Juba Play Ground.

It was marked with speeches from different radio stakeholders and government officials graced with a football match between radio journalists and local football coaches as well as traditional dances from different cultural groups.

16 Feb 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

Plans for joint police patrols in Malakal, involving UN and South Sudanese officers, are welcomed by people staying both in town and in the peacekeeping mission’s protection site. Capacity building of South Sudanese police officers is also on the cards.

“I have heard that they are patrolling but I have not seen them yet. I have heard that after curfew at night, police officers patrol in Malakal town to maintain peace and order. If UNMISS joins these patrols I believe even more people will feel safe to go out into town,” says Chuol Kun Rai, adding:

16 Feb 2018 description

Juba, 15 February 2018 – WHO and partners are responding to an influx of more than 15 000 returnees from Uganda and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bungu, Kuli-Papa, Kagwada and Katigiri Counties, former Central Equatoria State South Sudan, since the influx was reported in late January 2018. The influx is stretching the existing humanitarian resources and primary health care services. Since clashes in mid-2016, humanitarian needs in the area have remained high.

15 Feb 2018 description

15 February 2018, Juba — A consultative workshop on a newly developed policy framework of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, with financial and technical support from UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law project, closed sessions on Wednesday after examining existing laws, and advocating for changes in the legal system with the aim of enhancing justice and efficiency in the justice sector.

15 Feb 2018 description

Juba, 14 February 2018 – Following the detection of a suspected Rift Valley fever outbreak in the Eastern Lakes State of South Sudan by the National Ministry of Health, World Health Organization supported the establishment of multi sectoral rapid response to investigate and prevent further spread of the disease. WHO established a temporary Incident Management System in Yirol East County to support the State authorities with coordination, surveillance, risk communication, case management and logistics.

15 Feb 2018 description
  • Due to ongoing conflict in Ituri and the instability in North Kivu, two provinces in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the daily rate of arrivals in Uganda has drastically increased. In just three days, from 10 to 13 February 2018, 13 799 new refugee arrivals entered Uganda from the DRC.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children calls for greater protection for children and accountability for perpetrators ahead of Munich Security Conference

More children than ever before—at least 357 million globally—are now living in areas affected by conflict, a new report by Save the Children reveals.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Gift Friday

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — More foreign troops arrived in South Sudan's capital as part of the U.N. Security Council-mandated Regional Protection Force (RFP). But a South Sudanese analyst says the additional peacekeepers will have no impact on the country's deadly conflict if they are not deployed outside of Juba.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The number of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan’s White Nile State has reached 150,000, said the chairman of the technical coordination committee for refugee affairs in the state, Altayeb Mohamed Abdallah.

He told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) the South Sudanese refugees have been accommodated in two camps in Al-Gabalain area and six camps in Al-Salam area.

Abdallah pointed out to new flows of refugees which require the establishment of additional camps in areas that need to be provided with the basic services.

15 Feb 2018 description

Nairobi, 15 February 2018- Sometimes, the choices migrants make is dependent on the information, or lack of it, that is available to them. Being informed in a timely and accessible manner remains vital if migrants are to make the right or informed decisions. To ensure this, IOM, the UN Migration Agency has rolled out a mobile app called MigApp to empower migrants in East and Horn of Africa.

14 Feb 2018 description

FILIP ANDERSSON

As we fly from Bor towards Pibor, we can see her from afar. The whiff of freshly laid tarmac may have been imaginary, but the dirt and gravel road snaking and careening its way through the flat, harsh bush-land below us is very much real, and immensely appreciated.

14 Feb 2018 description

LIATILE PUTSOA

It took Aliza an eleven-hour-long dangerous walk to reach the nearest health care centre.

Arriving in Tonga in northern South Sudan, she and her sick daughter are met by a looted facility.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is looking into ways of addressing the needs of this opposition-controlled area.

Aliza Nyaluit Lowai, a 27-year-old single mother of four, is tired and desperate.

“My baby is ill. I hope we will be able to get some medication because we came from far away,” she says.

14 Feb 2018 description

Resourceful and enterprising refugees from South Sudan have set up a successful market in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

From food to furniture, clothing to haircuts, the bustling market in the settlement of Meri in the rural northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a colourful example of refugees’ resourcefulness and how they can contribute to the local economy.

14 Feb 2018 description

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering over 900,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 January 2018.

In January 2018, 7,895 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan (5,960) and Eritrea (1,639)

Ethiopia formally launched the CRRF in November 2017, paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York