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19 Dec 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13633

At its seventy-sixth meeting, on 18 December 2018, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, in connection with the examination of the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in South Sudan (document S/2018/865) agreed to convey the following messages through a public statement by the Chair of the Working Group.

19 Dec 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13631

8431ST MEETING (PM)

With September’s Revitalized Peace Agreement Behind Schedule, Permanent Representative Blames ‘Technical Challenges’ for Delays

A window for peace has finally opened in South Sudan, with more political progress made in the last four months than over the last four years, the head of United Nations peacekeeping said today, telling the Security Council that the fragile situation in the country will continue to require international support.

18 Dec 2018 description

Following the declaration of EVD outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the threat of cross-border spread, South Sudan has therefore been categorized as a priority 1 country alongside other countries like Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi to enhance preparedness and operational readiness based on the proximity to the outbreak area as well as the capacity to manage EVD outbreaks.

18 Dec 2018 description

Milscent Moyo
MSF Midwife and Maternity and Neonate Supervisor
Milscent Moyo, from Zimbabwe, just completed a six-month assignment at Aweil State Hospital, South Sudan, where MSF operates one of the few maternity wards where a woman can safely give birth in former Northern Bahr El Ghazal State.

18 Dec 2018 description

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) have agreed to work together towards peace in the country by using their stronger partnership to address peacekeeping as key to reach food and nutrition security.

They signed an agreement this month to leverage opportunities brought about by their enhanced partnership, which follows a dialogue to explore areas of collaboration toward ending hunger and building peace, justice and strong institutions and global partnerships.

18 Dec 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Impunity Fueling Roadside Attacks on Women, Girls Around Bentiu

(New York) – South Sudan’s government should urgently investigate rape and other sexual violence against women and girls traveling in the former Unity state and provide protection and services to survivors. Investigations should focus not only on the individual crimes, but also on whether the crimes were coordinated, and they should lead to arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

18 Dec 2018 description

The conflict has forced an estimated 4.2 million people from their homes, about 2 million inside and 2.2 million outside the country

By Isabelle Gerretsen

LONDON, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As South Sudan's civil war enters its sixth year, conflict has lessened following a peace deal but violence prevents 1.5 million people receiving aid and famine is possible in 2019.

18 Dec 2018 description

Introduction

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, faces a massive internal displacement crisis due to inter-communal violence and conflicts. The displacement crisis started in autumn 2017 and has escalated and spread in the second half of 2018. Meanwhile, there is dramatic political change brought about by the arrival of a new prime minister in 2018, an ongoing refugee influx from South Sudan and Eritrea, and millions of Ethiopians who need emergency food assistance and support to rebuild their livelihoods.

18 Dec 2018 description

OLIVIER NDIKUMANA/FILIP ANDERSSON

“People in our area have been accused of those sexual assaults. We will lead the fight and find those who abused our women, says Laraka Machar, Deputy Governor in Northern Liech.

17 Dec 2018 description

Jean-Marc Olivé, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Group, reflects on what needs to be done to end polio in the Horn of Africa.

From the 27 – 29 November, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met in Nairobi to review the outbreak response in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, and preparedness measures in Yemen, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti in case of international spread.

17 Dec 2018 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

As of 13 December 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 194,916 including 114,469 in Bentiu, 29,190 in Malakal, 32,113 in Juba UN House, 2,284 in Bor, and 116 in UNMISS base and 16,744 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

17 Dec 2018 description

BEATRICE MATEGWA

Arriving at a partly run-down building just after 8 a.m. with files in hand, Bentiu’s new mobile High Court officials immediately settle down to their business of the day – studying cases they have scheduled to start on a Tuesday afternoon.

For the first time in more than four years criminal trials will be heard in Bentiu town, located in South Sudan’s remote north.

At the directive of the country’s Chief Justice, the court will, for two weeks, try 27 serious criminal cases of suspects from a United Nations Protection of Civilians (PoC) site.

17 Dec 2018 description
report European Union

Bruxelles, le 12 décembre 2018

La Commission européenne a adopté onze nouveaux programmes en faveur de la Corne de l'Afrique au titre du fonds fiduciaire d'urgence de l'UE pour l'Afrique.

17 Dec 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

December 15, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government pledged to share with the UN Commission on Human Rights the findings of its investigation into the recent sexual attacks outside Bentinu of Northern Liech State in South Sudan

On 30 November, the international medical non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontihères (MSF) reported that at least 157 women and girls have so far sought treatment for sexual violence suffered at one of its clinics.

17 Dec 2018 description

Juba, 12 December 2018 – To improve immunization and surveillance strategies, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) officers and field supervisors of all states, gathered from 11 to 13 December 2018 to review the Expanded Programme on Immunization program performance in 2018, the accountability system and its impact on staff performance.

17 Dec 2018 description

FILIP ANDERSSON

Every big journey starts with a small step. The first such steps, crucial ones at that, towards a happy family reunion have been taken by three young boys. Abducted in 2017, they have been released, and on Friday 14 December they arrived, from Bor, in Juba on board a helicopter belonging to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

16 Dec 2018 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 13 December 2018: On 25 September 2018, the AU High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) wrote to the Signatories of the Roadmap Agreement proposing that the Agreement be revised to focus on the forthcoming constitution making process and the 2020 national elections.

The Signatories of the Roadmap Agreement are: the Government of Sudan, the National Umma Party, the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement – Minni Minawi, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North.

16 Dec 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

31 October - 01 November 2018: In Batangafo town, Ouham prefecture, armed men looted and burned down three IDP camps, destroying them completely and leaving around 27,000 persons homeless. This incident prompted NGOs to suspend their activities at the IDP sites and forced some 5,000 IDPs to seek refuge in a nearby hospital. Sources: MSF, Reuters, RJDH and Thomson Reuters Foundation

14 Dec 2018 description

by Annie Rubin

Humanitarian aid organizations, while providing lifesaving assistance, must also navigate the web of ethical and logistical challenges inherent to conflict-affected environments. It is often required, for example, that humanitarian actors be escorted within a country by parties to a conflict. Talking with armed groups—especially terrorist groups—even in the context of helping civilians, can be perceived as legitimizing them. Furthermore, it is not always clear whether resources that organizations provide are reaching those they are intended for.