Idlib remains the last rebel stronghold in Syria
Tehran Summit on Idlib between presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia
Russia to supply Syria with air defence system
Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria
Various armed groups are operating in the last rebel stronghold of Idlib. Claims vary hugely and the number of radicals/al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists is estimated to be between 10,000 and 100,000.
Conflict and violence in the middle-belt and northeast region continues
Two attacks by Boko Haram on Nigerian troops
Upcoming elections see competition for presidential power between two Fulanis
Boko Haram militants continue to threaten the security of the northeast region, with reported attacks on civilians and troops
South Sudan could be facing its toughest year yet as a declaration of famine is expected by 2019
UN ambassador expresses concerns over the Cessation of Hostilities agreement in September
Plans for a new state capital to make the seat of government more accessible are under consideration
Rebel leader Riek Machar has returned to Juba more than two years after the collapse of the 2016 peace deal
Azerbaijan controls information released from Nagorno-Karabakh while preventing civil society organisations, journalists and political figures from entering the disputed enclave. Important events and situations are kept out of the public eye, resulting in a lack of factfinding reports and humanitarian updates from the region.
About 58,000 people from the refugee and host communities in ‘open areas’ in Khartoum State will receive assistance, OCHA reports
Annual inflation rate reached 70 per cent by the end of September, leading to a rise in the cost of living
The Foreign Minister of Sudan attempts to promote bilateral relations on European tour
US, UK and United Nations warn against the Rohingya repatriation plan
Christians are under scrutiny as the persecution of religious minorities continues
EU commits $13.7 million to expand peace program in Shan and Kachin States
The global community calls for justice in wake of damning UN genocide report
Who will protect Nigeria’s northern Christians?
Today, Baroness Cox has returned from a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, where thousands of Christians have reportedly been killed in escalating attacks led by Fulani militia. She visited the Anguldi Refugee Camp in Jos, Plateau State, which provides shelter to 2,600 IDPs, and spoke to a number of survivors. Extracts of their testimonies are recorded below.
The scale of suffering:
Our partner Reverend Andrew from the Diocese of Wau in South Sudan has reported an outbreak of violence in the Western Bahr el Ghazal region. On June 12th 2018, conflict broke out between the rebels and government soldiers, violating a ceasefire that has been repeatedly breached since it came into effect in mid-2014. The conflict has displaced thousands of people across three counties, Roch Roch dong, Kuajiena and Bagari.
Since series of armed clashes have been intensified again between Government Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) and Kachin Independence Organization/Army (KIO/KIA) from the beginning of April 2018, over 7,000 civilians have newly displaced at new locations and existing camps.
• People still streaming across border to refugee camps in South Sudan. 70% are children.
• Little relief for displaced by conflict in Wadaka, Blue Nile.
• UN Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan visited Yida and met with partners.
FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE
Boko Haram hostage turns 15 in captivity
Burma Army commits war crimes against Kachin IDPs: blocking access to refuge, using as human shields and minesweepers, indiscriminate shelling, looting
Emergency food aid funded by Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) has been successfully delivered to 9,000 displaced people facing starvation in Blue Nile State, Sudan. HART visited the area in January 2018, and issued an urgent appeal for £50,000 for sorghum (the common grain) and cooking oil for families forced to flee from violent conflict.
“We just want to go home to live our own lives” – South Sudan Visit Report
When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, it also inherited a legacy of violence, inequality and poverty. There was little accountability or justice for crimes committed during the previous war, and insufficient reconciliation to tackle unsolved tensions and grievances.
- Projections for the coming leans season suggest food stocks from the ongoing harvest will last through April in South Kordofan and through March in Blue Nile. This leaves a substantial gap as the next harvest would begin, at earliest, in August.
- There remains little to no access to basic pediatric care or medical supplies in both South Kordofan and Blue Nile, putting the child population at elevated risk of death from treatable diseases.
Baroness Cox has released a Briefing Report today addressing the ongoing attacks against the Christian community in Northern Nigeria. HART shares Baroness Cox’s concerns as we work closely with our partners and communities in Northern Nigeria.
THE GOVERNMENT of Sudan (GoS) is reportedly preparing a fresh offensive against its own Muslim and Christians civilians in Blue Nile State who oppose its extremist Islamist agenda. 300,000 have already fled the country with 38,000 currently displaced within Blue Nile following decades of aerial bombardments, missile attacks and ground offensives by President Al-Bashir’s forces.
The humanitarian situation in Sudan’s Blue Nile state continues to deteriorate. A combination of ongoing violence, flooding, and poor access to food forced 27,000 people to flee their homes in September. The crisis is also forcing people to take more desperate measures, increasing their risk of danger.