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16 Oct 2018 description

Alert is a quarterly magazine published by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-USA) that features compelling stories and photography from our work in the field. Below is an excerpt from MSF-USA Board President John P. Lawrence's introduction to the Fall 2018 issue (Vol 19. No. 3).

How we treat migrants and refugees making the journey from Central America to the United States has become a focus of public attention in this country and abroad.

16 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The Uganda Ministry of Health and partners have intensified preparedness and response interventions following a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in Tchomia health zone, near Lake Albert where the Democratic Republic of the Congo borders with Uganda.

• Over 2,200 reports and questions on Ebola were received via SMS from U-Reporters. Most U-Reporters confirmed that they had heard about Ebola through radio, television, community awareness campaigns and posters.

16 Oct 2018 description
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Summary

The present report, submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions, is the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in South Sudan. It contains information on the six grave violations against children that occurred between 1 October 2014 and 30 June 2018, the context in which they took place and identifies, where possible, the perpetrators.

16 Oct 2018 description

In September, an estimated 6.1 million people (59% per cent of the population) were projected to be severely food insecure, including nearly 1.7 million on the brink of famine. Meanwhile, the total number of internally displaced people in South Sudan increased to 1.96 million. There was renewed fighting in Yei, Central Equatoria, that displaced civilians multiple times while in Kuda and Rokon, inter-communal violence and cattle raiding reportedly caused displacement of nearly 8,800 people.

16 Oct 2018 description
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CONTEXT AND METHODOLOGY

Kapoeta town is located in Kapoeta South County, Eastern Equatoria State, near Eastern Equatoria South Sudan’s border with Kenya. Since the beginning of the crisis in South Sudan in December 2013, Kapoeta town has been the gateway through which most internally displaced persons (IDPs) have passed on their way to refugee camps in Kenya.

15 Oct 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

15 Oct 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

"Access to education is a fundamental human right. It is essential to the acquisition of knowledge and to the full development of the human personality, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states. More than that, education makes us more resilient and independent individuals."
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

15 Oct 2018 description

Over 100,000 people fleeing ethnic violence have been displaced in BenishangulGumuz (mainly in Kamashi Zone) and Oromia regions (mainly East Wollega and West Wollega zones). There are indications that displacement is rising, though the size of the displaced population is not clear. Urgent humanitarian needs are reported, including food, shelter, NFI and health (The reporter Ethiopia 06/10/2018, La Vanguardia 13/10/2018, Voa News 02/10/2018, OCHA 10/2018, The reporter Ethiopia 06/10/2018).

12 Oct 2018 description

JACOB RUAI

Residents in Bentiu are calling for action against human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan. Citizens are demanding that perpetrators of such crimes committed during the country’s 5-year civil war be held accountable.

“For us to live in peace, all perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions,” said Nyayuot Yoach, a 35-year-old woman and mother of five children.

“We suffered a lot during the conflict. Many of us were raped by armed groups and killed. Children were recruited by the army,” she added.

12 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • At mid-year, Ethiopia was faced with an unprecedented caseload of 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by conflict and drought, mainly along the Oromia regional border with Somali and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) with children constituting more than half of the displaced population. In line with these changes, UNICEF has revised its Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) for 2018 and raised the resource envelope to US$ 123.8 million.

11 Oct 2018 description

Situation

  • Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has continued to provide asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. As of June 2018, approximately 1.4 million refugees and asylum-seekers had sought shelter in Uganda—the largest refugee population on the African continent—including more than 1 million South Sudanese and over 288,000 Congolese. An estimated 60 percent of these refugees are younger than 18 years of age.

11 Oct 2018 description

Total number of Sudanese IDPs in need: 1.997 million

Total number of South Sudanese Refugees (15 Sep 2018): 761 889
Including:

  • Pre-December 2013 352 212
  • Post-December 2013 409 677

Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers in Eastern Sudan: 131 816
Including:

  • 118 035 Eritrean
  • 13 781 Ethiopian

People living at crisis or emergency level of food insecurity (HNO 2018): 4.8 million

IPC: 6 million people in Crisis (IPC 3) and Emergency (IPC 4) phases in July 2018

11 Oct 2018 description

Background

In April/May 2018, Uganda operation successfully concluded two Sub-national Protection Dialogues covering the major refugee emergency operations in Western (DRC/BRI) and West Nile regions (South Sudanese). The events took place from 23 to 25 April 2018 in Mbarara and 2 to 4 May 2018 in Gulu. The protection dialogues took place alongside other ongoing efforts by UNHCR to strengthen the refugee protection response.

10 Oct 2018 description

Near Verbatim Transcript of

Media Briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix; the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui; the co-chair of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe; and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Juba Conference Room

UNMISS Tomping Base, Juba - 09 October 2018

Opening Remarks:

10 Oct 2018 description

Ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October, we share preliminary findings from our recent research trip to South Sudan and call for a renewed focus on reintegration support for girls returning from the long-running conflict.

London, 10 October 2018 - Girls associated with armed groups in South Sudan risk missing out on vital reintegration assistance as they are either unaware of available support or are overlooked as they don’t fit the profile of a ‘child soldier’.

10 Oct 2018 description

Between May 2016 and September 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, with technical support from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), developed and delivered a 2 stage project in 5 different countries targeted at supporting opportunities for women’s equal and meaningful participation in camp governance structures.

10 Oct 2018 description

As part of a global-level project aiming at reducing gender-based violence (GBV) risks in camps and camp-like settings, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Global Cluster sought to understand how women’s participation in governance structures could contribute to reducing risks of GBV. Increasing women’s participation is an important path to improving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

10 Oct 2018 description

This report outlines findings from an endline study conducted in September 2017, to explore what change, if any, had occurred in how women and girls participate in the camp life and camp governance and how they relate to their perceptions of safety, as a result of these pilot strategies.

At the time of the endline study, Bentiu PoC site hosted 115,020 IDPs (20,067 households), of whom females made up 50 percent and children under 5 made up 38 percent of the total population.