28 aid workers killed in South Sudan in 2017: U.N

January 21, 2017 (JUBA) – At least 28 aid workers were killed in war-torn South Sudan in 2017, the United Nations said in a statement. The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said there were also several incidences aid workers were involved in while doing their work, with violent related cases recorded, including killings, looting and threats.
“In 2017, 1,159 humanitarian access incidents were reported by aid agencies in South Sudan. This is the highest number (…)


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Sudan’s cabinet to approve tripartite agreement on refugees return to Darfur

January 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Ministry of Interior on Sunday said the governance and administration sector at the Council of Ministers have approved the tripartite agreement on the voluntary return of Sudanese refugees from Chad.
On 31 May 2017, Sudan, Chad and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) signed two separate tripartite agreements on the voluntary return of Sudanese refugees from Chad and Chadian refugees from Sudan.
The agreements provide that any repatriation should be voluntary (…)


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13,000 Sudanese refugees return from Ethiopia: governor

January 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Governor of the Blue Nile State Hussein Yassen Hamad said 13,000 out of 55,000 Sudanese refugees have returned to their home areas from Ethiopia.
He told the official news agency SUNA that his government in coordination with the Humanitarian Aid Commission has provided food, clothing and medicine to returnees after they settled in their villages of origin.
Hamad added that a number of rebel fighters have also laid down their arms and returned to the state (…)


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Growing numbers of IDPs return to Jebel Marra: official

December 29, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The government of Central Darfur State on Friday said increasing numbers of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their home areas especially in Jebel Marra following the successful implementation of the disarmament campaign.
The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) quoted the humanitarian aid commissioner in the Central Darfur State Ismail Adam as saying the collection of illicit weapons has accelerated the return of the IDPs and stability (…)


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UK contributes $43,5 million to WFP operations in Sudan

December 27, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday said the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) will contribute $43.5 million in support of its operations in Sudan over the next two years.
In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, WFP said it has signed a multi-year funding arrangement with the DFID that will enable it “to continue to support internally displaced people in Darfur who have not had regular access to food for many (…)


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IOM, USAID improve access to clean water, safe sanitation in S. Sudan

December 21, 2017 (JUBA) – The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Organization for Migration, have launched a large-scale project to provide equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services for people affected by the crisis in South Sudan while strengthening prevention of gender-based violence (GBV).
South Sudan has one of the world’s lowest rates of access to safe sanitation, with 90% of the population living without access, according to (…)


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Missing aid workers in South Sudan “now safe”: UN

December 20, 2017 (JUBA) – The United Nations said six aid workers who went missing after clashes broke out in South Sudan days ago, have safely returned.
In a statement issued Wednesday said the workers are with two international groups, HealthNet and Solidarity International, and one local aid group.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou commended all those who worked to ensure the safe return of the non-governmental organisation staff and particularly the efforts (…)


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UN urges return of aid workers abducted in South Sudan

December 19, 2017 (JUBA) – The United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan on Tuesday called for safe return of six aid workers abducted in Raga and Wau towns of South Sudan.
In a statement, Alain Noudehou said one international and five national aid workers went missing on Sunday while travelling between Raga and Wau, where they operated from.
Solidarites International said it “lost contact” with three of its workers, but it could not be independently verified if they were (…)


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Seven aid workers kidnapped in war-torn S. Sudan state

December 18, 2017 (WAU) – Seven aid workers were abducted by unknown gunmen in Raja town of South Sudan’s Lol state on Sunday, officials said.
“The rebel’s loyal to Riek Machar attacked four commercial trucks coming from Aweil near Mogayat in Raja, and at the same time there were two NGO vehicles coming from Raja,” the state minister of information, Omar Isahaq told Sudan Tribune Monday.
The abducted aid workers, the minister said, were from HealthNet and Solidarity International.
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UN and partners launch $1.7 bn appeal for South Sudan

December 14, 2017 (JUBA) – As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a $1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger.
“There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” Alain Noudéhou, the UN (…)


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Nine aid workers killed in S. Sudan in November: UN

December 13, 2017 (JUBA) – A total of nine aid workers were killed in South Sudan in November alone, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Six of the aid workers, the UN humanitarian affairs body (OCHA) said, were killed in South Sudan’s Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria and Lakes states.
“Incidents of violence, some of which led to the death of aid workers, substantially disrupted aid operations, forcing the suspension of response activities in multiple locations,” OCHA said in a report.
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South Kordofan forms 5 committees to meet needs of returnees

December 13, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in South Kordofan has established five committees to coordinate efforts to meet the needs of growing numbers of returnees from rebel-held areas.
The Sudanese army has been fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, also known as the Two Areas since 2011.
The HAC commissioner in South Kordofan Zahra Hassan Faris told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) (…)


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South Kordofan provides humanitarian assistance to returnees

December 2, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) in South Kordofan has revealed the distribution of 2,780 bags of sorghum for the returnees from the rebel-held areas of Al-Buram, Heiban and Dalami.
The Sudanese army has been fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, also known as the Two Areas since 2011.
HAC commissioner in South Kordofan Zahra Hassan Faris told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) (…)


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WFP says plan to feed 1.7m South Sudanese in 2018

November 30, 2017 (JUBA) – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said plans to feed 1.7 million people in South Sudan after its identified a new route in Aweil, a town in the Bahr El-Ghazal region.
The agency, in a statement issued Wednesday, said 19 trucks it had contracted and loaded with 500 tonnes of sorghum left El Obeid in Central Sudan on 22 November and arrived five days later in Aweil.
“This strengthens our ability to move large amounts of life-saving food assistance by (…)


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Ethiopia embarks on ambitious road map to protect refugees

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
November 30, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Government of Ethiopia on Wednesday formally launched the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which effectively paves the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the leaders’ summit on refugees that was held in New York in September last year.
Through the pledges, which serve as a vehicle for implementing the CRRF in the country, Ethiopia seeks to promote refugees’ self-reliance through an improved and (…)


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New South Sudanese refugees arrive in Sudan’s White Nile state

November 27, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Local authorities in Sudan’s White Nile State said a new influx of South Sudanese refugees has arrived in the state pointing out that 176 refugees have reached the wait points earlier this week.
The Humanitarian Aid Commissioner at the White Nile Abdel-Gawi Hamid told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) that 30 refugees have been received at Al-Radis 2 wait point while 146 others were hosted at Um Sangour wait point.
Hamid expected that additional (…)


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Sudan plans to attack IDPs camps in Darfur: SRF

November 24, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF) led by Minni Minnawi has warned against government plot to attack the IDPs camps in Darfur under the pretext of the disarmament campaign.
Last August, the Sudanese authorities launched a six-month disarmament campaign to eliminate illegal weapons in the conflict-affected areas in Sudan, particularly in Darfur region.
On Monday, a joint government force raided Abu Zar camp for IDPs in West Darfur state as part of the (…)


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Fourth humanitarian route from Sudan to S. Sudan to open this month: UN

November 24, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations said a fourth corridor would be opened in late November to deliver humanitarian assistance from Sudan to the needy population in South Sudan.
“A fourth humanitarian corridor from El Obeid to Aweil, enabling the movement of humanitarian assistance from Sudan to South Sudan, will become operational in late November for the first time,” said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its weekly bulletin.
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