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08 Mar 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The Gender Affairs Unit at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan contributes to implementation of resolution 1996 of 2011 for Women, Peace and Security.

The Unit provides technical and substantive support and training to all mission components to build and strengthen their internal capacity on gender mainstreaming and facilitate coordination across the mission on gender equality and women's political empowerment.

08 Mar 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States between the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North continues to cause new displacement.

The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee emphasizes the need for humanitarian service delivery in the Abyei Area.

Sudan and South Sudan sign a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate returns of people of South Sudanese origin.

08 Mar 2012 description

The arrest of Joseph Kony, a prominent leader of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), must be carried out in accordance with human rights standards, Amnesty International said today following the massive public response to the Kony 2012 campaign.

Kony and three other LRA leaders have evaded capture since 2005 when they were charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with crimes against humanity and a raft of war crimes, including murder, forcible enlistment of children under the age of 15, sexual slavery and rape.

08 Mar 2012 description

South Sudan is facing a major hunger emergency as drought has ruined food supplies. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says nearly five million people "could suffer from food insecurity in 2012, with an estimated 1 million people severely food-insecure."

Ahnna Gudmunds, a WFP Sudan officer, says, "Households will face significant difficulty obtaining food during this period. Volatile food supply and poor diets are likely to intensify the severity of the hunger season."

08 Mar 2012 description
report European Union

The Spokesperson of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, made the following statement today: «The High Representative calls on Sudan and South Sudan to redouble their efforts to find a negotiated solution to all outstanding post-secession issues, in particular oil, citizenship, borders and Abyei, in the current round of talks being facilitated by the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) in Addis Ababa.

08 Mar 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 7, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A fresh round of talks between Sudan and South Sudan over post-secession issues has hit a snag after Juba accused Khartoum of refusing to discuss the issue of alleged 30,000 southern slaves in Sudan.

In a press conference held Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the venue of the talks, South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum accused Khartoum government of ignoring the issue of 30,000 southern citizens suffering slavery in Sudan.

08 Mar 2012 description

On 9 July, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country and the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) the newest National Society in process of being created. Ongoing support is required to grow a well-functioning National Society that is able to face the numerous challenges in this fledgling country. The IFRC’s South Sudan country office is there to support the National Society at this crucial stage in their development.

08 Mar 2012 description

Every day, approximately 1,000 women die in childbirth or from a pregnancy-related complication. Maternal death can occur at any time in pregnancy, but delivery is by far the most dangerous time for both the mother and the baby. The vast majority of these deaths can be prevented if access to emergency obstetric care is ensured.

08 Mar 2012 description

Highlights:

  • The continued influx of refugees into Upper Nile State is straining the humanitarian operation. Currently there are 80,000 refugees from Sudan’s Blue Nile in the South Sudanese state.

  • The UN Security Council views the recent cross-border violence between Sudan and South Sudan as a threat to international peace and security.

  • The Greater Equatoria region is likely to benefit from above normal rainfall over coming months.

08 Mar 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 6, 2012 (JUBA) – More than five people have been killed and more wounded over a land dispute in Juba. The incident pushed President Salva Kiir to deploy security forces to stop the violence and maintain security and calm in the South Sudan’s capital.

The clashes erupted over two days, on Sunday and Monday, between members of the Bari community and non-Bari, particularly the Dinka and Nuer inhabitants in the capital, north of Munuki area.

08 Mar 2012 description

Summary
- The ETC response solution (consisting of emergency.lu and Ericsson Response WIDER solutions) for internet connectivity and voice telephony services has been deployed in Bentiu, Maban, Pibor and Renk. Services continue to be provided at these locations free of charge to the humanitarian community.
- Relief agencies across South Sudan are prepositioning for the rainy season. The humanitarian situation remains strained, with relief agencies responding to multiple operations across the country.

07 Mar 2012 description

7 March 2012 - A day before the world marks International Women’s Day (IWD), UNMISS held awareness activities at Juba Teaching Hospital targeting pregnant and newly delivered women.

Despite a rise in women seeking antenatal care in hospital, less than 20 per cent actually deliver there, according to Dr. Mergani Abdalla, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

“Eighty per cent are delivering at home,” Dr. Abdalla said. “We have to encourage pregnant mothers to come and deliver in our facilities."

07 Mar 2012 description

SHERKOLE REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, March 5 (UNHCR) – Everyone in this camp seems to be looking for someone. And those who have stopped searching are fighting off tears.

Deng Bullis, 18, is looking for his mother and sister. He was in Kurmuk in South Sudan when the bombs fell in September. And when he heard the explosions he ran home and hurriedly collected his most important possessions: an English dictionary, a bible and a biology book.

07 Mar 2012 description

6 February 2012 – Striving to maintain existing routes and extend its limited road network, Western Equatoria State launched a volunteer “Road Maintenance Crew” today in the capital Yambio.

Organized by the state Ministry of Physical Infrastructure, the 367-member crew will be deployed to camps in five of the state’s 10 counties (Mundri West, Maridi, Ibba, Yambio and Nzara), where they will maintain roads with hand tools.

07 Mar 2012 description
report ACTED

BENTIU, South Sudan [ACTED News] - ACTED and other partner organizations, with UNHCR support, are working to provide secondary school services and vocational training in Pariang refugee camp, South Sudan. Many of the refugees are students who had interrupted secondary school due to the conflict. Currently, 1,062 students have arrived in Pariang and are attending school. ACTED is working to provide vocational training to students. Planning is ongoing to establish tailoring, carpentry, computer skills and agricultural courses.

07 Mar 2012 description
report IRIN

JUBA, 7 March 2012 (IRIN) - Newly independent South Sudan has some of the highest blindness rates in the world. Endemic diseases that have been stamped out in other post-conflict countries are rife, and the only fully functioning eye centre is in the capital, Juba.

"There is only one ophthalmologist in South Sudan and that's me," says Wani Mena, who is also the Ministry of Health's representative for eye care and head of the country's main hospital.

07 Mar 2012 description

Week in Review

UNMACC-SS and its implementing partners including MTI, DDG, NPA, MECHEM, G4S OM, TDI, MAG and SIMAS continued to reduce the threat and impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) throughout South Sudan. Sixteen Mine Risk Education (MRE) and Community Liaison (CL) teams delivered MRE to over 11,000 beneficiaries while thousands of sqm of land continued to be opened allowing for route construction and agricultural development.

Mine Risk Education (MRE)

SIMAS Provides MRE to Nomadic Tribes in Central Equatoria State

07 Mar 2012 description

1 March 2012 - Authorities in a Western Bahr El-Ghazal State county have voiced concern about widespread cases of epilepsy among its residents, according to an UNMISS team on a three-day assessment mission to the area.

“The most commonly known disease that we have is epilepsy, which is widespread in Sopo, Boro-medina and Raja,” said Dr. Yasir Mohamed Biajo, medical director at Raja County Teaching Hospital.

The Raja Catholic Church had previously donated drugs to epilepsy sufferers, but they had since run out, he added.

06 Mar 2012 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing medical assistance to refugees and repatriated persons who left Sudan and have been living in two towns in South Sudan since the country gained independence last July.