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15 Mar 2012 description
report World Bank

Situation Update (31 January 2011 to 10 February 2012)

  • The total number of food insecure people in the Horn of Africa as a result of the drought is estimated at 9.59 million (a decline of 3.7 m from the peak of drought which had affected 13.3 m people).

  • In Ethiopia the number of drought affected food insecure people is estimated at 3.3 million; in Kenya 3.75 million, in Somalia 2.34 million, and in Djibouti 0.2 million.

15 Mar 2012 description
report Radio Dabanga

Rango Tass ( 14 Mar .) - Security authorities in Azum locality threatened to prevent the movement of camp leaders and students from Rango Tass displaced camp in central Darfur.

The leaders and students oppose the re-planning of the market within the camp which will be followed by the creation of a model village on the camp's site, said a Rango Tass leader to Radio Dabanga.

They fear this will begin the dismantling of the camp and leave camp residents without displaced status as they will be seen to be living in a village.

15 Mar 2012 description

Highlights:

• A framework agreement was initialed by South Sudan and Sudan in Addis Ababa ensuring free movement and residence of their nationals in one another’s territory. An agreement was also initialed on the demarcation of the common boundary.

• Multiple inter-communal attacks were carried out simultaneously on cattle camps in areas bordering South Sudan and Ethiopia.

• The national army signed an agreement with the United Nations on 12 March to remove children from its ranks.

15 Mar 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By David Elkins

WASHINGTON, Mar 14, 2012 (IPS) - Less than a year since South Sudan's independence, thousands of people in the region continue to face the stark realities of secession.

As an impending famine and daily violence grow in severity, the governments in Juba and Khartoum remain mired in disputes over borders and oil revenues.

14 Mar 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

JUBA, Mar 14, 2012 (IPS) - It is late afternoon and a group of men and women begin to converge under the shade of a huge mango tree in Yambio town, the capital of South Sudan’s western Equatoria state. The group is not gathering for an ethnic, political or religious meeting. They are here to listen to the radio.

14 Mar 2012 description

The Government of Japan and UNESCO concluded an agreement under which USD 4.8 million will be allocated by Japan to UNESCO to support its post conflict and post disaster response in education in South Sudan, Liberia, Egypt and Libya, and Iraq and in tackling drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

14 Mar 2012 description
report World Bank

Press Release No:2012/322/AFR

Juba, March 14, 2012 – The nascent country of South Sudan will receive its first World Bank grant to help create jobs and increase access to finance for entrepreneurs, especially youth and women. The grant agreement of US$9 million was signed today by the National Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Hon. Kosti Manibe Ngai, and Laura Kullenberg, Country Manager for the World Bank in South Sudan.

This landmark agreement is the first World Bank grant that South Sudan is receiving as a sovereign

14 Mar 2012 description

13 March 2012 - Thousands of Jonglei State residents celebrated International Women’s Day in the capital Bor today with speeches, songs, traditional dancing and military parades.

The scene of recent inter-communal conflict, Jonglei commemorated the Day (celebrated worldwide on 8 March) under the theme “Women of South Sudan working together to end inter-tribal violence”.

14 Mar 2012 description

Dr. Kirrily de Polnay is working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the Jamam camp in an isolated region of South Sudan, where thousands of refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile State are currently seeking sanctuary and the coming rainy season threatens to make delivering humanitarian aid even more challenging than it is now. Here, she talks about the situation in Jamam:

14 Mar 2012 description
report ACT Alliance

As peace between the countries of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan flounders, the humanitarian consequences of this political brinksmanship are expected to mount in the coming months.

The UN estimates that at least four million people -- half the population -- will need food assistance, and a 20% increase in child mortality is anticipated if immediate action is not taken. Heightened insecurity has left less time for farming initiatives and resulting food production. Below average rainfall in some areas of South Sudan is also contributing to food shortages.

14 Mar 2012 description

Organization has helped over 3,000 women and is expanding its efforts to help provide agriculture opportunities and income generation Women for Women International announced today their continued support for the women of South Sudan, who have been deeply affected by ongoing violence and growing food insecurity, and for efforts to establish lasting peace in the war-torn region. Women for Women International’s Executive Director of Global Programs, Karen Sherman, said, “Women are victims of violence but they are also drivers of change.

14 Mar 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 13, 2012 (JUBA) - The Juba-based National Legislatively Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved 50 million SSDG (US$18.7 million) needed by the country’s humanitarian affairs and disaster management to facilitate the return of over 700,000 South Sudanese who remain in the north Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Speaking at the National Assembly on Tuesday, Joseph Lual Acuil, minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, said the need to return South Sudanese in the neighbouring Sudan needs to be addressed as an “urgent matter” because the 8 April deadline given by the Sudanese …

14 Mar 2012 description

Juba/Brussels, 14 March 2012 – The lives of tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan depend on the scaling up of humanitarian aid now, warns the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders). The scale up must take place in the short and rapidly closing window of opportunity before the rainy season starts in late April.

14 Mar 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Siddartha Shrestha and Julius Uma

JUBA, South Sudan, 13 March 2012 – The United Nations and Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) on Monday signed an agreement in which the army renewed its commitment to release all children from its ranks.

13 Mar 2012 description
report UN News Service

United Nations and government officials from central Africa will meet in Uganda next week to finalize a comprehensive regional strategy on combating the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group that gained notoriety for its atrocities in Uganda, but which has in recent years extended its violence to neighbouring countries.

13 Mar 2012 description

Chep Makur Chuo spent 12 years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to Australia in 2005 to study engineering. He recently contacted WFP via Facebook to say thank you for the food assistance he received during his time at Kakuma camp. He says it allowed him to build a future for himself and his family.

ROME -- Chep Makur Chuo was so grateful for his chance to study abroad that he contacted WFP a few weeks ago to say thanks. Intrigued, we asked him to tell us his story. He agreed and, over the phone, gave us this interview.

13 Mar 2012 description

Juba, 13 March 2012 – On 9 March 2012, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) received reports indicating that attacks took place by unknown armed attackers against several Lou Nuer cattle camps in areas bordering South Sudan and Ethiopia.

UNMISS dispatched patrols with medical teams to Akobo and Wanding areas to determine the circumstances of the clashes and to provide medical aid.

13 Mar 2012 description

By Simon Harragin

The Jonglei Study explores how people living in parts of Twic East and Bor counties of South Sudan understand ‘protection’. What do they value, and how do they go about protecting themselves and their families, and communities?

Key points from the study

13 Mar 2012 description

12 March 2012 - South Sudanese women could point to specific achievements six months after independence, but they had a long way to go in obtaining full rights, a group of national women’s rights and advocacy groups said today.

Attending a workshop organized by the UNMISS Public Information section to celebrate International Women’s Day, 20 participants representing a dozen groups said a series of laws, attitudes, and societal perceptions must change before South Sudanese woman can mark further tangible progress.