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  • The food security situation in the region continues to improve. The current conditions are better in comparison to the same time last year and as good as has been observed in the 5 years.

  • October to December agro-climatic conditions have been favourable for agricultural and livestock production. A normal cessation to October to December rains is expected.

31 Jan 2013 description

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  • In West Africa, food prices were stable or decreased in December 2012 as staple food availability continued to improve with the ongoing marketing season.

30 Jan 2013 description

In a bid to address recent insecurity in Jonglei State’s Pibor County, a South Sudanese delegation of government officials and local elders visited the affected area today.

The delegation, assisted with transport by UNMISS, were to assess security in the aftermath of violent clashes in Pibor town on 27 January between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and unidentified armed elements.

During their assessment, the delegation met with local leaders and civilians who are still taking refuge at a UNMISS county support base.

30 Jan 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 29, 2013 (JUBA) - The Governor of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state, Louis Lobong Lojore, has appealed to the national government to intervene and avert the looming hunger crisis in his state.

The governor, in a statement, he issued to the press on Tuesday while on a visit to the national capital, Juba, also called on the business people in other states where there is food surplus to trade with Eastern Equatoria state by transporting and marketing food items to the affected population.

30 Jan 2013 description

29 January 2013 – Focusing on vital demining work and its benefits for continued peace in South Sudan, UNMISS held a Mine Action Open Day with partner organizations today in Juba.

The event aimed to bring together mine action partners, the public and civil society to show and share their experiences, said Lance Merlin, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Programme Manager.

“(We are) inviting the families whose husbands, wives, daughters, sons, and relatives work for Mine Action to see how their people are contributing to the development of the country,” Mr. Merlin said.

30 Jan 2013 description

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  • Hepatitis E Surge Confirmed in South Sudanese Refugee Camps

  • Refugee and host community leaders meet to discuss peaceful coexistence

30 Jan 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Blain Biset

ADDIS ABABA , Jan 29 2013 (IPS) - The African Union summit failed to provide a breakthrough in the ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan when it ended on Monday Jan. 28.

President Salva Kirr of South Sudan and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met on the sidelines of the summit, which was held in Addis Ababa from Jan. 27 to 28, to discuss the implementation of agreements the two countries signed in September 2012.

29 Jan 2013 description

Afin de mettre en œuvre divers projets humanitaires d’urgence, dont certains ont été lancés en 2012, l’OIM adresse aux donateurs un appel de 303 millions de dollars E. U. pour des projets humanitaires en 2013.

L’OIM est l'agence chef de file pour le Groupe sectoriel sur la gestion des camps et la coordination des camps (CCCM) dans les catastrophes naturelles. Elle est également l’agence chef de file pour le groupe sectoriel des abris dans une demi-douzaine de pays, et est aussi un acteur majeur dans d’autres groupes sectoriels.

29 Jan 2013 description

Understanding the differing needs of women, girls, boys and men is the responsibility of all humanitarian workers. Without it, we will fail in our responsibility to the people we are seeking to help. Identifying and addressing these distinct needs enhances humanitarian programming. We cannot wait any longer to get this right.

Valerie Amos Emergency Relief Coordinator

29 Jan 2013 description
report UN News Service

28 janvier 2013 – Lors du Sommet de l'Union africaine, qui s'est tenu ce weekend à Addis-Abeba, en Éthiopie, le Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon a appelé les dirigeants du continent à redoubler d'efforts en vue de faire sortir l'Afrique de la pauvreté et des violences récurrentes et d'accélérer son développement.

29 Jan 2013 description

Australia has committed $5 million to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide food, medical assistance, water, shelter and protection for up to 245,000 refugees fleeing Sudan due to ongoing violence.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles announced the assistance while visiting villages along the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

"Many of those who have fled are arriving in refugee camps suffering from dehydration and malnourishment and without the most basic possessions," Mr Marles said.

29 Jan 2013 description

Highlights

The ETC Emergency Response Solution is providing services in the Maban and Yida common operational areas. Support on programming radios for humanitarian organizations is on-going.

28 Jan 2013 description
report UN News Service

28 January 2013 – The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan is sheltering around 2,500 people who fled an outbreak of violence over the weekend in the eastern town of Pibor, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirms that on Sunday, fighting erupted in Pibor market between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and unidentified armed elements,” UN spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey told a news briefing in New York.

28 Jan 2013 description

28 January 2013 – Fleeing clashes that erupted in Jonglei State’s Pibor town yesterday, residents have been taking refugee at two UNMISS county support bases (CSBs) in the area.

Some 2,000 civilians arrived at the new UNMISS CSB yesterday, and 1,000 remained there this morning. Another 400 went to an older CSB the mission had recently transferred from.

UNMISS is providing water and medical treatment for the civilians, and troops are guarding the area where they are staying. UNMISS military is also conducting patrols in and around Pibor town.

28 Jan 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and South Sudan presidents commited themselves to implement the cooperation agreement they signed in September of last year following a meeting held with several African leaders in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir took part in a meeting organised by the Ethiopian prime minister on the sidelines of the African union summit in Addis Ababa attended by presidents of South Africa, Cote d’Ivore, Nigeria on Sunday 27 January four months after the signing of the Cooperation Agreement.

28 Jan 2013 description

In Syria the conflict continues to affect large parts of the country with escalating tensions in Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus provinces. Increased fighting has led to record high levels of new arrivals of refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, where more than 10,000 people arrived between 20 and 24 January alone.

The French-led ground offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali continued on 28 January with armed forces driving Islamic insurgents out of the northern towns of Gao and Timbuktu.

28 Jan 2013 description
report Sudan Tribune

January 26, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan is still faced with challenges of assuring food and drug quality control as the 18-month old country has not yet established facilities to certify the quality of consumable goods.

Tons of expired food commodities or with less quality ingredients as well as fake human and animal drugs are believed to have been finding their ways into the country every year without being detected by the authorities.

28 Jan 2013 description
report UN News Service

27 January 2013 – Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the continent's leaders to boost efforts to lift millions out of poverty and end recurrent cycles of violence to accelerate development in the region.