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November 19, 2017

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No return of IDPs to their areas despite violence reduction in Darfur: UN official

November 15, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – An international official deplored that the decline of clashes with the rebels groups and inter-communal violence did not help to create a conducive environment for the return of displaced people to their area of origin.
“The armed groups in Darfur today had largely been defeated, the ferocity of inter-communal violence had declined, and there had been no new large-scale displacements, Bintou Keita,” Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, (…)


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U.S lauds S. Sudan’s decision to allow free access for aid groups

November 15, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – The United States administration has welcoming a pledge from the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to allow free movement for humanitarian agencies that have struggled to reach some of the war-torn country’s needy people.
The decision made by the South Sudanese government comes barley a month after Nikki Haley, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations visited the East African nation and held talks with President Kiir in the capital, Juba.
During her (…)


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Kalma IDPs call to task UNAMID with weapons search operation

November 14, 2017 (NYALA) – The residents of South Darfur largest camp for displaced people have rejected a forcible arms collection campaign the authorities plan to carry out in Kalma during the upcoming days and called to leave the operation for the hybrid peacekeeping mission (UNAMID).
The IDPs are reacting to a meeting held at the Sudanese presidency to discuss ways to conduct the campaign in the IDPs camps in Darfur including Vice President Hasabo Abdel Rahman, South Darfur Governor (…)


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UN welcomes S. Sudan’s directive on humanitarian access

November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – A United Nations official has welcomed South Sudan’s decision to allow free, unimpeded and unhindered movement of humanitarian organizations in the country.
Alain Noudehou, the UN humanitarian coordinator, said ensuring unhindered humanitarian access is essential for saving lives of those in need of aid.
“South Sudan’s humanitarian partners appreciate the step that President Kiir has taken to ensure the free movement of supplies and personnel, particularly at a (…)


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South Sudan not using food as weapon of war, says official

November 13, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday dismissed a United Nations report, which claimed is government was deliberately using food as a weapon of war to starve thousands of its population.
A confidential report from UN monitors presented to the Security Council blamed South Sudan government for allegedly blocking life-saving aid in some areas, causing sufferings to the displaced people.
The UN report faults President Salva Kiir’s government for food insecurity situation in a nation (…)


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Sudan to deliver food aid to South Sudan through N. Kordofan

November 12, 2017 (EL-OBEID) – Local officials in North Kordofan state Sunday said all arrangements have been completed to resume relief operations in South Sudan through a new route connecting the state with the neighbouring country.
Three United Nations agencies declared an outbreak of famine in the young nation in February, saying an additional 1 million people were are the brink of starvation.
In July 2014, Juba and Khartoum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a (…)


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Sudan to deliver food aid to South Sudan through N. Kordofan

November 12, 2017 (EL-OBEID) – Local officials in North Kordofan state Sunday said all arrangements have been completed to resume relief operations in South Sudan through a new route connecting the state with the neighbouring country.
Three United Nations agencies declared an outbreak of famine in the young nation in February, saying an additional 1 million people were are the brink of starvation.
In July 2014, Juba and Khartoum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a (…)


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S. Sudan government using food as weapon of war: UN report

November 11, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government uses food as a weapon of war to target civilians by blocking life-saving aid in some areas, a United Nations report to the Security Council has revealed.
According to the confidential report seen by Reuters, between 2016 and 2017, a campaign allegedly carried by government troops in South Sudan’s Wau state and areas in Western Bahr el-Ghazal targeted civilians on ethnic grounds, displacing more than 100,000.
“The government has during much (…)


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UN monitors accuse South Sudan army of blocking humanitarian assistance

November 10, 2017 (JUBA) – United Nations monitors have accused the South Sudanese government of preventing humanitarian assistance to reach the civilians in the war-affected areas located in Western Bahr el-Ghazal region, adding they are perceived as hostile to the regime.
“The government has during much of 2017 deliberately prevented life-saving food assistance from reaching some citizens,” says a report to the U.N. Security Council’s South Sudan sanctions committee submitted by UN (…)


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Former WFP local workers protest in North Darfur over unpaid dues

November 8, 2017 (EL-FASHER) – Dozens of former Sudanese staff at the World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday have protested in El-Fasher, North Darfur state capital demanding payment of financial dues that amounts to $20 million.
They handed over the WFP programme director in North Darfur a memo containing details of their financial dues since 2011.
The spokesperson for the former workers, Khalid Mohamed Adam, told Sudan Tribune the WFP laid off hundreds of security guards contractors (…)


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Food situation to worsen – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics has warned of looming food insecurity. It says according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification report, the worsening situation is due to the prolonged conflict that affected farming activates…

Ethiopia begins civil registration for refugees

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
October 27 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Sunday began accepting applications from refugees for civil registration, in a new programme launched and is expected to be held country-wide.
Under this programme, refugees are now able to have vital life events, such as birth, death, marriage and divorce, recorded in the national registry.
They will also receive a certificate to document the event, identical to those (…)


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EU announces $124 million in humanitarian aid for Sudan

October 26, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The European Union has announced a $124 million humanitarian and development aid package for Sudan.
The donation, the EU Commission said Monday, would go towards urgent food, water, sanitation, health and education needs, as well as supporting people who have been forced from their homes and the communities that host them.
EU’s commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, Christos Stylianides, said the aid was necessary to meet the needs of (…)


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UN celebrates 72nd anniversary across war-torn S. Sudan

October 24, 2017 (JUBA) – United Nations personnel across South Sudan on Tuesday came together with local leaders and communities to celebrate UN Day and the work the organization is doing to protect civilians, build durable peace, and create stability and development within the young nation.
Speaking at a UN Day event in Juba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer paid tribute to the professionalism, commitment and courage of the thousands of staff working for (…)


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Lifting of sanctions enables foreign aid groups to enter Sudan: COR

October 18, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Commission Of Refugees (COR) Wednesday said the lifting of U.S. sanctions would positively impact on the refugee situation saying it will allow international aid groups to enter the country.
The deputy refugee commissioner Adel Daffallah told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) that donor countries would meet their obligations towards the refugees after the lifting of the economic embargo.
He pointed to the resumption of international banking (…)


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ICRC demands access to those wounded in S. Sudan town

October 7, 2017 (JUBA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday expressed concern about the fate of people wounded in the fighting around Waat, in South Sudan’s Bieh state, and requested all sides to allow the wounded access to health care.
ICRC, in a statement, reminded all sides involved in the South Sudanese conflict to to respect and protect those not taking part in the fighting, including wounded combatants.
“The ICRC has been able to evacuate several wounded (…)


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