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17 Aug 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

As the global community prepares to mark World Humanitarian Day, the joint challenges of conflict and hunger are at the forefront of our minds. Concern’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Caitriona Dowd, shares five things to know about conflict and hunger, and what can be done to break the cycle.

1. Conflict is on the rise and is driving humanitarian needs

16 Aug 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

Concern’s commitment to leaving no one behind has increasingly taken the organisation to fragile contexts, where the devastating consequences of conflict and resulting levels of human suffering have soared in recent years.

19 Jul 2018 description

ECW Annual Results Report: Over 650,000 Children Reached in the Fund’s First Year of Operations

New York, 6 July 2018 – The just-released ECW annual results report shows ECW’s investments have reached more than 650,000 children and youth affected by conflict and natural disasters during the Fund’s first year of operations from April 2017 to March 2018. In total ECW invested US$82 million in 14 crisis-affected countries.

13 Jul 2018 description

A comprehensive response to energy needs and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) within Ethiopia’s refugee population

Working to bring together a broad range of stakeholders committed to safeguarding refugees from protection risks, a comprehensive multi-sector approach; to be prototyped in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region, aims to further access to energy solutions for cooking, and the adoption of coordinated mitigation and response interventions in instances of SGBV amongst the South Sudanese refugee population.

09 Jul 2018 description

Refugees tend to be more accommodating of ethnic differences, which makes them good agents for peacebuilding

BY TSION TADESSE ABEBE AND SELAM TADESSE

Today, 9 July, marks the seventh anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, more than four years of which have been marred by conflict. Disagreement between President Salva Kiir Mayardit (of the Dinka ethnic group) and his rival, former vice president Riek Machar (who is Nuer), led to the outbreak of the conflict in 2013.

29 May 2018 description

JOSHUA MMALI

For many victims of sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan, finding justice can be an uphill task, or a dark abyss, as many of the cases are never reported.

“The key challenge in investigating and prosecuting cases of sexual and gender-based violence is low reporting of such cases,” says Philip Mayot Mariang, South Sudan’s Director of Public Prosecution, castigating cultural practices that impede such reporting.

15 Apr 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 14, 2018 (JUBA) – The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body monitoring the implementation of South Sudan’s peace accord, has been urged to involved women in the ongoing peace process.

The decision was reached on Friday during a meeting which JMEC officials held with a team from the Swedish ministry for foreign affairs.

The team is in South Sudan as part of a study tour to several countries to understand how gender issues are integrated into the United Nation mission’s implementation of its mandate and for its partners.

15 Apr 2018 description

JANET ADONGO

A tall, demure girl weaves her way purposely through the crowd of students seated calmly under a tree in the sweltering heat of Malakal – a growing town in northern South Sudan. When she gets to the front of the crowd, there is pin drop silence as hundreds of people watch her intently, preparing to listen to her. At first, she is barely audible, but the eager audience urges her to speak louder.

06 Apr 2018 description

MANYANG MAYOM

The need to include women and youth in resolving conflicts and peacebuilding has been emphasized at a two-day workshop organized by the Gender Affairs Unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in the Warrap region of South Sudan.

“Women are culturally excluded from intercommunal reconciliation forums or settings,” said Roda Sube, UNMISS Gender Officer in Warrap during the workshop that brought together some 75 participants in Jalwau, county of Wunlit, in Tonj.

30 Mar 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 6.3 million people facing severe food insecurity from February-April 2018 (IPC February 2018)

  • 1.7 million people assisted by WFP in February 2018

  • 1.8 million internally displaced people (OCHA) 2.5 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

  • 202,776 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

Highlights

  • Food insecurity, malnutrition, flooding and Fall Armyworm was noted as the major hazards in the Quarterly multi-hazard early warning bulletin.

21 Mar 2018 description

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) is committed to supporting the prominent role women play in peace building and conflict resolution in South Sudan, Chief of Staff, Ambassador Berhanu Kebede has said.

Speaking during a workshop organized by the Women Bloc of South Sudan and supported by JMEC and UN Women in Juba on Wednesday, Ambassador Kebede said,

21 Mar 2018 description

Years of conflict has impacted South Sudan, an estimated 4 million population has been uprooted including 1.9 million displaced since start of conflict in 2013; with up to 85 percent estimated children and women exposed to protection risks, hunger, diseases, and malnutrition. Armed conflict, economic crisis, and below average harvest contributed to deterioration of food security situation in South Sudan. An estimated 6 million (50 % of population) were severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4, and 5). Localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit counties of Unity state in May 2017.

19 Mar 2018 description

In Numbers

6.3 million people facing severe food insecurity from February-April 2018 (IPC February 2018)
1.6 million people assisted by WFP in January 2018
1.9 million internally displaced people (OCHA)
2.4 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)
203,980 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

Highlights

  • WFP has dispatched a total of around 86,000mt of assorted food commodities so far in 2018

  • The first Logistics Cluster coordinated barge for 2018 arrived in Malakal on 3 March

14 Mar 2018 description
report UN Women

“Time is Now: press for Progress to Transform Women and Girls Living in Rural Areas’’

07 Mar 2018 description

When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16 years old. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan over the last two years, Mandelena and her family have been able to eat only one meal per day. In her community, crops are failing, cattle are dying and children are dropping out of school because of hunger. Women and girls walk four to five hours every day to collect water, and young girls are married off for a dowry of cattle as soon as they hit puberty.

16 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP has delivered 4,000mt of food to over 200,000 people in four counties through the integrated rapid response mechanism (IRRM).

  • The first test barge in 2018 from Renk to Malakal was successfully completed on 13 February.

  • Construction of the road to the Kuajok bridge (Warrap) has been completed.

  • There has been an increase of deliveries from the Northern Corridor in Sudan with convoys carrying 14,700mt of food.

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