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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.

06 Mar 2012 description
report UN Security Council

Presidential Statement Urges Governments to Reach Border Demarcation Agreement, ‘Implement and Respect’ 10 February Memorandum of Understanding on Non-Aggression

Gravely concerned by reports of violent cross-border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan, the Security Council today demanded that all parties, including proxy forces, cease all military operations in the border areas and put an end to the cycle of violence.

06 Mar 2012 description
report Tearfund

Today’s announcement that the number of people without access to safe water has halved is welcomed by Tearfund, a Christian relief and development agency serving people in more than 50 countries.

According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, this achievement is well in advance of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 deadline. In 2010, 89 per cent of the world’s population - 6.1 billion people - used improved drinking water sources, exceeding the MDG 88 per cent original target.

06 Mar 2012 description
report Small Arms Survey

Landmines have been used in South Sudan for decades. During the conflict between north and south, both the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) planted thousands of landmines to secure their military positions. Today, mines buried during the war terrorize local populations, who often live close to areas that have not yet been cleared. The problem has been exacerbated by rebel militia groups who planted new anti-personnel (AP) and anti-tank (AT) mines on roads in Unity and, to a lesser extent, in Jonglei last year.

06 Mar 2012 description

Joint Effort Provides Opportunities for Economic Development in Local Neighborhoods

06 Mar 2012 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 5 March 2012

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, notes that the negotiations between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan on outstanding issues between the two countries will resume in Addis Ababa, on 6 March, under the facilitation of the African Union High‐Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

06 Mar 2012 description

Renewed clashes in the disputed border areas between Sudan and South Sudan are prompting more people to seek safety in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state and in western Ethiopia.

Last week, UNHCR staff registered 2,287 new arrivals in the Doro and Jammam refugee sites in Upper Nile, bringing to more than 80,000 the total number of registered refugees in this region. The refugees are crossing into South Sudan from Sudan’s troubled Blue Nile state. They say they fled because of bombardments and the fear of more violence.

06 Mar 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

By Ngor Arol Garang

March 5, 2012 (JUBA)

The South Sudan army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has announced its readiness to conduct the ”peaceful” collection of illegal arms from the civil population across the country but primarily in Jonglei, Unity, Lakes and Warrap states; all of which have recently been subject to increased tribal conflict.

06 Mar 2012 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 5, 2012 (KHARTOUM)

The security and humanitarian situation in Sudan’s war-battered state of South Kordofan has worsened, sources said, as rebel fighters claimed attacking a major town on Monday.

Sudan’s border state has been the scene of a flaring conflict between government forces and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) since June last year. The fighting spread to Blue Nile state in September.

06 Mar 2012 description
report International Alert

Summary:

This paper uses Alert’s peacebuilding framework to explore questions about peace and peacebuilding in South Sudan and Sudan.

Important underlying factors of conflict remain unaddressed within both countries, and the paper makes three broad recommendations to those in South Sudan and Sudan who are concerned to build a more comprehensive and more stable peace, and to those in the international community wishing to support their efforts.

05 Mar 2012 description
report IRIN

CAIRO, 5 March 2012 (IRIN) - Thousands of registered refugees in Cairo are no longer receiving a monthly US$33-66 per person living allowance from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after Caritas, one of UNHCR's service providers in Egypt, closed its office on 7 February.

Caritas, which assists UNHCR with the payment of allowances and health services, was forced into the move after the Egyptian government withheld its funds.

05 Mar 2012 description

KHARTOUM, Sudan, March 5 (UNHCR) – After months of living in limbo, some 1,400 southern Sudanese recently started the long journey to South Sudan on board the year's first southbound train from the Sudan capital of Khartoum.

Frisella Achul, a 38-year-old mother of three, was among the crowd that gathered anxiously at Soba train station in eastern Khartoum last Thursday. As dust swirled around the station, people of all ages loaded their luggage onto the passenger cars or waited in long lines to fill up with water for the ride to Wau in South Sudan.

05 Mar 2012 description
report Miraya FM

The Minister of Interior, Alison Monani Magaya, called on Sunday the South Sudanese who wish to remain in the Sudan to first obtain their nationalities and passports in South Sudan before April 8th.

Speaking to Radio Miraya on Sunday, Monani said his Ministry is suspending sending migration teams to Sudan that might give an opportunity to non-South Sudanese in obtaining these documents.

Under South Sudan law any ethnic group member, or people with ancestors born in South Sudan, is eligible for nationality.

05 Mar 2012 description

By decision of Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has granted humanitarian aid appropriations totalling 67.6 million euros to people suffering from the world’s crises. Finland directs humanitarian assistance to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.