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Sudan: Spike in applications for South Darfur camp school

25 July 2016 - 9:56pm
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

There is a significant increase in the number of students applying for secondary schools in camps north of Nyala in South Darfur, amid a shortage of schools. New displacement from Jebel Marra seems the main driver.

The camp coordinator of Otash camp told Radio Dabanga on Sunday that Otash has only one secondary school for all children in the camp against at least 15 primary schools. He estimated that more than 90,000 people live in Otash.

“The number of students who have been admitted to secondary school this year is far greater than the school's ability to accommodate them. This forces the students to go to school elsewhere in Nyala.”

The daily expenditure per student amounts to about SDG15 ($2.45), which the coordinator said “is not affordable” for the children and their families.

He added that all kindergartens in Otash have been closed owing to the halted support by aid organisations, including Unicef, to the education sector in the camp.

The main cause for the increase in school applications is the fighting that erupted between government and rebel forces in Jebel Marra earlier this year. People have arrived in great numbers in South Darfur camps for the displaced after they fled from southern Jebel Marra.

Displacement numbers

During the first six months of 2016, close to 76,000 people were newly displaced across Darfur according to the UN and partners. Up to an additional 174,000 people were also reportedly displaced, of whom 50,000 have reportedly returned, but the UN and partners are unable to verify these figures because a lack of access to the relevant locations. The UN's humanitarian office (OCHA) reported this month that 20,095 displaced from Jebel Marra in South Darfur have been registered by humanitarian agencies.

South Sudan: WFP South Sudan Market Price Monitoring Bulletin - 1-30 June 2016

25 July 2016 - 9:14am
Source: World Food Programme Country: Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan

Market Highlights

  • The cost of living in South Sudan sustained rising trends during the reporting month. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased in June by 310% year-on-year, the highest in the world and historic ever recorded in the country. The recent fighting in Juba disrupted markets and trade, significantly reducing food availability and consequent remarkable increase in food prices in the capital to as high as 45-80% for legumes, 12-58% for cereals and up to 70-80% for fuel within one week following the cessation of hostilities.

  • The South Sudanese pound (SSP) weakened further against the United States (US) dollar in the black market exchanging at an average 48 SSP/1US$ down from 38SSP/1US$ in May. The SSP lost further ground against the dollar in the immediate aftermath of renewed armed fighting in the capital, exchanging at an all-time high of 60 SSP/1US$.

  • The country is still experiencing acute fuel shortages, characterized by erratic supply and unwillingness of dealers to sell at government controlled price of SSP 22/litre. Accordingly, hoarding and black market sales of fuel at premium prices was on the rise all over the country. Fuel problem was aggravated by the recent fighting in Juba and consequent disruption of Nimule border operations.

  • High cost of transportation, unpassable roads due to seasonal rains and insecurity reversed expected price reduction gains for locally produced cereals following the start of early green harvests in parts of Equatoria, Unity, Lakes and Jonglei. Notably June-July marks the peak of the lean season in many areas in Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile, Northern Bhar el Ghazal and Warrap, partly explaining the price increases for locally produced cereals. Aweil Town in Northern Bhar el Ghazal has the highest (about SSP 100/ 3.5 kg malwa) cereal prices in the country. Prices of most imported commodities also sustained rising trends across the country in line with currency depreciation, dollar shortages and difficult business environment.

  • In the outlook, food prices are expected to increase seasonably in July-August period in line with reduced functionality, low market stocks and poor road access. Households rely highly on markets particularly the urban poor will be the worst hit. The expected early green harvests will bring temporary reprieve for many households in localized net producing areas but the effect will not be widely felt in deficit producing areas due to poor market integration- insecurity and poor roads will prevent trade flows. Beyond August, household food availability and access is expected to improve especially during the main harvest in November-December in parts of Warrap, Northern Bhar el Ghazal and Upper Nile. The recent looting of WFP food and other items in the main warehouse in Juba by armed elements will likely put considerable strain on vulnerable populations in PoCs and IDP camps who rely on humanitarian assistance.

Sudan: Bill allows Saudi Arabia to cultivate Sudan lands

25 July 2016 - 2:00am
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

The Sudanese parliament approved a bill that allows Saudi Arabia to reform and cultivate more than a million acres of land in eastern Sudan. The agreement has sparked criticism from the Nubian society in Sudan.

Sudan will lease the one million feddan* in the north-eastern area of the Upper Atbara and Setit dams to Saudi Arabia for a period of 99 years. (*One feddan is equivalent to 1.038 acres or 0.42 hectares). The decision follows the National Assembly's approval of the framework agreement with Saudi Arabia.

According to the bill approved on Monday, Saudi Arabia would invest $10 billion in the first 10-year phase to build the infrastructure before moving to the next phase that involves land reformation. For this the investors have the right to use the dams' water to irrigate the land.

The Nubian Association against Dams has criticised the parliament’s decision, describing the investment law as a colonial one.

On Monday, the head of the association told Radio Dabanga that they do not oppose the investment. “But we are against the investment that amounts up to the stage of colonialism and against the disregard of the local communities’ rights.”

The head of the association, speaking on the term of anonymity, further said that the Saudi-Sudanese framework agreement was “intended to finance the Dal, Kajbar, and El Shireig dams by farming a million acres in the Upper Atbara River and El Siteit.

“However, the protests and memoranda we launched against this deal forced them to stop investment in these areas.”

He explained that Saudi Arabia's agricultural investment focuses on the cultivation of forage area, “without doing real cultivation in the interest of the Sudanese communities”. He pointed to the risk of a shortage of water resources in the coming years following the increased cultivation.

Upper Atbara and Seteet dams are funded by financial institutions in the Gulf. The combined generation capacity of the two new dams will be 320 megawatts, and provide irrigation water sufficient to cultivate one million feddan.

Sudan: Children die of malnutrition in Lobe, South Darfur

25 July 2016 - 1:58am
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

Two children died of malnutrition on Thursday and many more are in danger among the displaced people taking refuge in the Lobe area, eight kilometres west of Deribat in East Jebel Marra.

About 2,500 people who fled from government attacks on Sorong, Rofta, and Boly in February, are reportedly suffering from difficult humanitarian conditions, with a lack of food and tents. Many of the children are malnourished.

Activists told Radio Dabanga that Hanan Babiker Eisa (8) and Ibrahim Hamid Jaafar (5) are the latest casualties.

The activists said that the displaced people in Lobe area are living in the open with no shelter from the rain. They have received no aid since their displacement in February.

They appealed to humanitarian organisations to speed up the provision of relief to these displaced people.

Sudan: Corporate report: Sudan – Human Rights Priority Country

25 July 2016 - 1:55am
Source: Government of the United Kingdom Country: Sudan


Overall there was no significant improvement in the human rights situation in Sudan during 2015. Ceasefires later in the year led to less fighting compared to previous years. However, ongoing conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile continued, with human rights violations / abuses and international humanitarian law violations by all parties – the majority by the government of Sudan. Humanitarian access continued to be severely restricted, and aerial bombardments by government forces continued. By the end of 2015, there were over 100,000 newly displaced people in Darfur and 3.2 million long-term displaced nationwide. Whilst freedom of expression increased slightly around the launch of Sudan’s National Dialogue, this followed earlier detentions of opposition politicians and record levels of newspaper seizures. Sudan ranks 174th out of 180 on the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. Freedom of religion or belief, sexual violence, and the powers and immunity granted to the security services all remain concerning. The government remains unwilling to acknowledge many of these challenges and has demonstrated little commitment to reform.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a major concern in Sudan, with 87% of women aged 15-49 reporting having undergone some form of FGM in a recent study. However, the national strategy to abandon FGM in a generation (2008-2018) is a positive step.

The UK’s key human rights objectives for 2015 focused on conflict resolution, preventing sexual violence in conflict, humanitarian access, the widening of political space and upholding freedom of religion or belief. We continued to support the African Union-led peace talks, and regularly lobbied all sides to allow full access in Darfur for the peacekeeping mission UNAMID and for humanitarian actors across Sudan.

On 1 June, FCO Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, highlighted our concern over the situation in Blue Nile calling for an end to forced relocations and for humanitarian access. With our Troika partners (the United States and Norway), we also spoke out in April regretting the lack of a conducive environment for elections and calling for the National Dialogue to be comprehensive and inclusive. To help combat sexual violence in Darfur, UK-funded projects provided legal, medical and psycho-social support for over 150 survivors of rape, and contributed to successful prosecutions of members of the police and armed forces. Sudan is also the biggest recipient of UK aid targeting the abandonment of FGM. In support of strengthened civil and political freedoms, we attended four trials and raised cases of concern with the government. Internationally, we supported the renewed mandate of the UN Independent Expert at the UN Human Rights Council. We continued to urge the government to facilitate his work, especially by granting access to Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

In 2016, our human rights priorities will remain conflict resolution and humanitarian access, pressing for greater civil and political freedoms, and tackling sexual and gender-based violence. We will also seek to use the opportunity of Sudan’s forthcoming national strategy on ending child marriage to support improvements on the rights of the child, and continue to work on ending the harmful practice of FGM.

Sudan: Sudan: White Nile State - Refugee sites hosting new arrivals from South Sudan | 1- 15 July 2016

25 July 2016 - 1:45am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: South Sudan, Sudan

Sudan: Sudan: Arrivals from South Sudan | 1 – 15 July 2016

25 July 2016 - 1:44am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: South Sudan, Sudan

Sudan: Hunt for food drives South Sudanese back across border to Sudan

23 July 2016 - 4:05pm
Source: Guardian Country: South Sudan, Sudan

Simona Foltyn in Kiir Adem

Government in South Sudan appeals to its people to stay, as hunger and violence force many to return to Sudan only five years after independence

To survive, there is no other option but to cross the river back to Sudan, says Ajak Adong, a mother of six, as she cooks a lunch of leaves. It’s all the family has been eating since arriving in the border town of Kiir Adem two months ago.

Read the full article on The Guardian

South Sudan: Hunt for food drives South Sudanese back across border to Sudan

23 July 2016 - 4:05pm
Source: Guardian Country: South Sudan, Sudan

Government in South Sudan appeals to its people to stay, as hunger and violence force many to return to Sudan only five years after independence

To survive, there is no other option but to cross the river back to Sudan, says Ajak Adong, a mother of six, as she cooks a lunch of leaves. It’s all the family has been eating since arriving in the border town of Kiir Adem two months ago.

Read the full article on The Guardian

South Sudan: South Sudan situation: Regional Emergency, 11 – 17 July 2016

22 July 2016 - 7:04am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda


847,964 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 30 June (both pre Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

973,000 Total South Sudanese expected by 31 December 2016 (RRP Planning Figure)

266,916 Refugees in South Sudan

1.69 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan

FUNDING (as of 27 June)

USD 573.4 M Requested by UNHCR for the situation


  • In Juba, South Sudan, clashes between government soldiers and opposition troops began Thursday 7 July and continued over the weekend before a ceasefire was declared on the afternoon of 11 July. The ceasefire is holding, however there have been reports of pockets of conflict in other parts of the country.

  • In response to the situation inside South Sudan, all countries of asylum have increased border monitoring and are undertaking preparedness activities should a mass out flow from South Sudan occur.

  • In Uganda, there has been a significant spike in new arrivals, with indications that the size of the influx is set to increase in the days ahead. A total of 1,633 new arrivals crossed into Uganda on Sunday 17 July, which constitutes the highest daily new arrival figures since the fighting began in South Sudan earlier this month, and for 2016.

  • At the regional level, UNHCR and partners launched the revised Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2016 in Nairobi on Friday 15 July. The revised RRP population planning figures were revised based on higher than expected population flows in the first four months of the year and anticipate 973,000 South Sudanese refugees in the region by 31 December 2016. However this figure does not take in to account the recent events in South Sudan. The revised interagency financial requirements total USD 701 million.

Population of concern:
A total of 847,964 South Sudanese refugees as of 30 June

World: Mediterranean Update, Migration Flows Europe: Arrivals and Fatalities: 22 July 2016

22 July 2016 - 4:24am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Eritrea, Gambia, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, United States of America, World

242,179 arrivals by sea in 2016
2,977 dead/missing
published 07:30 CET 22 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

World: Actualización sobre la información en el Mediterráneo - Flujos migratorios en Europa: Llegadas y muertes (18 de julio 2016)

22 July 2016 - 1:23am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Eritrea, Gambia, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, United States of America, World

240.884 llegadas por mar en 2016
2.954 muertos/desaparecidos

publicado a las 10:00 hs. (horario Europa Central) 7/18/16
1.011.712 llegadas en 2015

Yemen: Yemen Crisis: IOM Regional Response - Situation Report, 1 - 30 June 2016

21 July 2016 - 10:50pm
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen


  • Since the beginning of the crisis, IOM has assisted over 73,000 IDPs in Abyan, Aden, Al Dhale’e, Hadhramaut, Hajjah, Lahj, Al Mahrah, Sa’adah, Shabwah, Socotra and Taizz governorates with shelter and non-food item support.

  • In June, 773 migrants living with foster families or hosted at IOM’s Migrant Response Points in Al Hudaydah and Sana’a received daily food assistance from IOM. Since March 2015, IOM has provided nearly 8,000 migrants in Aden, Al Hudaydah, and Sana’a with daily food assistance.

  • Between 1 and 30 June, 214 individuals arrived from Yemen in Bosaso and Berbera, Somalia. As of 30 June 2016, 32,619 individuals fleeing the conflict in Yemen have arrived in Somalia.

Situation Overview

Peace talks continued in Kuwait throughout June 2016. The parties used the Eid holiday to return home for consultations and prepare for a new round of talks, which is scheduled to start in Kuwait on 15 July.

Despite the ongoing ceasefire, fighting continues. In late June, airstrikes were reported in Sana’a, Abyan, Shabwah, and Lahj. Main entrances leading to Taizz governorate remain blocked, preventing aid from entering the Taizz enclave in particular Salah, Mudhaffar, and Al Qahira districts.

The 9th Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM) Report was released on 31 May 2016. This report indicates an IDP population of over 2.8 million individuals, with a further 750,000 individuals identified as IDP returnees who were previously displaced due to conflict. The north western region of Yemen (Amanat Al Asimah, Hajjah, Sa’adah, Sana’a, and Taizz governorates) remains the area with the largest IDP population.

Sudan: Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Reviews Humanitarian File in Sudan

21 July 2016 - 10:44pm
Source: Sudan Tribune Country: South Sudan, Sudan

Khartoum, July.21 (SUNA) - The Humanitarian Aid Commissioner General, Ahmed Mohammed Adam has disclosed that the humanitarian in Sudan includes deep issues of displacement, reintegration , repatriation of the internally displaced people and other files that needs that need solutions , especially, the country is currently witnesses new influxes from the State of South Sudan following the recent incidents in that country.

The Commissioner ,speaking at press conference held, Thursday, at Taiba Press Hall, marking the National Volunteer Day, said the Sudan expects more influxes of refugees into its territories from South Sudan.

He there are 96 foreign organization registered in the commission besides 52 voluntary organization network but the country cannot accommodate these huge influxes of the displaced.

'Its our right, in the United Nations, to ask for help'. he said.

He called for supporting partnership relations with the humanitarian aid partners in humanitarian and youth organizations to back up voluntary work in Sudan.

He commended the support being extended by the Kuwaiti and Qatari humanitarian organizations in the fields of education and provision of water.


Sudan: IOM Sudan Provides Emergency Shelter/Non‐Food Items to Fifty Seven Flood Affected Families in El Koma Locality, North Darfur

21 July 2016 - 3:33pm
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Sudan

July 21st 2016‐ With the generous support of the Government of Canada, IOM Sudan has begun distributing Emergency Shelter/ Non‐Food items (ES/NFI) to 57 of the most vulnerable families whose homes have been completely destroyed in the recent heavy rains and flooding in El Koma locality, North Darfur State.

Heavy rainfall on June 19th and 20th caused flooding in various areas of El Koma locality and on June 22nd North Darfur’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and the State Ministry of Social Welfare reported damage caused by flooding in El Koma to IOM as part of the Weekly Flood Updates initiative. Subsequently, upon their request and with the endorsement of the Area Humanitarian Country Team in El Fasher; an IOM‐Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team, jointly with HAC was deployed to the area to assess and evaluate damage as well asto register the affected population. The assessment was done through door to door household assessments, observation of damaged infrastructure and registration of affected households. Assessment results have been shared with humanitarian partners in Sudan for further assistance.

The assessment shows that there is continued support needed in the locality; as the IOM DTM team registered a total of 581 households, with a total number of 3,327 individuals affected by the floods in El Koma locality. 579 houses were partially or fully destroyed (57 of which were fully destroyed and 522 partially destroyed), and a total of 10 schools were fully or partially destroyed (2 of which were fully destroyed and 8 partially destroyed). The standard Emergency Shelter/Non‐Food Items kits distributed consist of 5 items: plastic sheeting, 2 blankets, a jerry can, 1 kitchen set and 2 sleeping mats.

El Koma locality is situated 80km east of El Fasher town in North Darfur state. It is comprised of three administrative units (El Koma, Um Hejlij / Sari unit, and El Kebeer / Khebbeesh administrative units) and has an estimated population of 82,156 individuals (Source: Darfur census 2008).

IOM’s ES/NFI assistance targets the most vulnerable IDP and returnee households identified using data collected through the Displacement Tracking Matrix or inter‐agency assessment mission reports. Flood response beneficiaries are selected based on their level of vulnerability which in this case comprised of those households that were assessed to be fully destroyed.

For further information, please contact IOM Sudan. Lorena Dos Santos, Tel: +249 9224 06650, Email:

Yemen: Yemen Crisis Response: Movements and Arrival Assistance (As of 30 June 2016)

21 July 2016 - 1:33pm
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen

Kenya: UNHCR Kenya Factsheet - June 2016

21 July 2016 - 11:54am
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda
  • 14,960
    identified unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children
  • 86
    households provided with cash grants since 1st January 2015
  • 1,288,598
    NFIs distributed since January 2015
  • 2,931
    shelters distributed since January 2015
Population of Concern

Total of people of concern 562,357


USD 226,880,884 requested

  • UNHCR Chief Filippo Grandi visited Nairobi Office and Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps for the first time as the High Commissioner for refugees. He met with refugees, host community representatives, government officials, UNHCR staff and partners.
  • The Tripartite Technical Committee met in Nairobi on June 25 and came up with the joint communiqué for voluntary return and sustainable repatriation of Somali refugees:
  • In June, UNHCR inactivated refugees and asylum seekers who have not collected food rations or accessed other protection assistance in Kakuma for a long period of time, as it may be assumed that they are no longer present in the camps. As a result, the statistics for the Kakuma Refugee Camp population has decreased from 192,218 as at the end of May 2016, to the current figure of 156,923 at the end of June 2016. UNHCR will carry out a verification exercise in the near future to confirm the population of the camp and will report the updated figures as soon as possible.
  • On 14th June, UNHCR and partners organized a Market day in Dadaab as part of World Refugee Day commemoration themed “self-reliance/livelihoods, including the integration and enhancement of the economies of refugees and host communities”.
  • World Refugee Day, 20th June was marked in Dadaab, Kakuma and Nairobi jointly with refugees, Government representatives, host community, donors, partner agencies and UNHCR Staff.
  • On 16th June, the Day of the African Child was celebrated in the Dadaab, Kakuma and Nairobi.
  • ECHO mission visited Kakuma to check on the ECHO funded projects. The mission visited the Kalobeyei Settlement site and observed the relocation exercise at the reception centre, Bamba Chakula traders and met with partners.
  • A support mission from UNHCR Headquarters supported the roll-out of the Global Distribution Tool (GDT) process that is to be piloted in Kakuma in July Food distribution at Food Distribution Centre 4.
  • UNHCR continued to conduct border monitoring visits to Nadapal along the Kenya-South Sudan border.
  • Kenya National Commission of Human Rights, alongside Kituo cha Sheria and Amnesty International, have challenged the Government’s directive which disbanded the Department of Refugee Affairs and the government’s intention to close Dadaab Refugee camp. The case has also challenged the revocation of prima facie status for Somali refugees vide Gazette Notice 3017 of 2016.
  • Protection Delivery Unit facilitated travel to Geneva for four refugee youth to participate in the NGO annual Global Refugee Youth Consultations.

World: Rapport sur le Conseil de paix et de sécurité 82, juillet 2016

21 July 2016 - 11:23am
Source: Institute for Security Studies Country: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Libya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Western Sahara, World

Dans ce numéro

■ Coup de projecteur sur le 27e Sommet de l’UA Les droits des femmes et les élections à la Commission de l’Union africaine (CUA) sont en tête de l’ordre du jour du prochain sommet de l’UA qui se tiendra du 10 au 18 juillet 2016 à Kigali.
Les candidats pour le poste de président de la CUA font campagne en vue des élections.
Le président de la CUA a assumé au cours des années un nombre croissant de responsabilités afi n d’impulser des changements en Afrique.
■ Analyse de situation L’UA a la lourde responsabilité de mettre fi n au fl éau que sont Joseph Kony et l’Armée de résistance du Seigneur.

Vues d’Addis
Au cours des six premiers mois de l’année 2016, le PSC a examiné les nombreux confl its qui continuent d’affl iger certains pays africains comme le Burundi, la Somalie, la Guinée Bissau et le Soudan du Sud.

Sudan: Sudan Human Rights Update – June 2016

21 July 2016 - 11:05am
Source: SUDO (UK) Country: South Sudan, Sudan


During the month of June 2016, SUDO (UK)’s network of human rights monitors have reported and verified 53 incidents relating to the abuse of human rights across Sudan involving seven Sudanese states.

Enclosed within the 53 reports, SUDO (UK) has assessed that various forces under the direct authority of the Government of Sudan2 were responsible, as individual entities, for 26 instances of human rights abuses. A further 20 abuses were carried out by groups categorised by monitors as Janjaweed, whilst five such abuses were recorded against “pro-government militias”3 . Four human rights abuses were perpetrated by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), and two such abuses were registered against unknown actors.

The 53 reports detail the following: the death of 42 persons (inclusive of one policeman); the serious injury of 25 civilians; the rape of seven women including four minors; the arrest of seven persons (including one allegation of murder in relation to the aforementioned policeman and one member of a Janjaweed militia) and the death of another detainee within the Sudanese Armed Forces headquarters in Demazin; seven counts of kidnap (possibly another seven though whereabouts unknown following attack on Tor); one incident of aerial bombardment utilising seven barrel bombs; four direct attacks on civilian villages and/or towns; 16 incidents of looting; once incident of preventing the evacuation of injured civilians; and seven incidents pertaining to press freedom and freedom of expression including four court cases (one verdict levelling an SDG 10,000,000 fine) and the confiscation of all print editions of Akhir Lahza newspaper

Sudan: Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin | Issue 29 | 11 - 17 July 2016 [EN/AR]

21 July 2016 - 10:51am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: South Sudan, Sudan


  • Heavy rain and flash floods observed in many states.

  • New sites have been identified for South Sudanese refugees arriving in East Darfur.

  • Funding challenges for clinics reported in South Darfur.

  • 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan for Sudan was launched.


Displaced people in Sudan (as of Dec 2015)
Up to 3.2 million

Displaced people in Darfur (as of Dec 2015)
Up to 2.6 million

GAM burden 2.1 million

South Sudanese refugee arrivals in Sudan - since 15 Dec 2013 (Registered by UNHCR) - as of 30 June 2016 : 232,250

Refugees of other nationalities (Registered by UNHCR) - as of 31 May 2016 : 131,816


211.2 million US$ received in 2016

Heavy rains and flooding across Sudan

Areas of Sudan affected by heavy rains and flash floods include parts of Blue Nile, Kassala, Khartoum, North Darfur, Northern, and South and West Kordofan states. According to the Sudan Meteorology Authority (SMA), above average and average rainfall is expected to continue. Although flooding occurs annually in Sudan, according to the Ministry of Water Resources, the level of the River Nile and its tributaries are already close to alarming levels at this early stage of the rainy season (June to October/ September). Often used as a flooding indicator, the level of the Blue Nile in Ed Deim locality, bordering Ethiopia, has reportedly already surpassed the alarming level.

The government-led National Flood Steering Committee is liaising with key actors to monitor flooding and response, and government authorities and local communities will respond to needs arising as a result of rains and flooding in Sudan. As in earlier years, the international community may need to respond and support flood preparedness and response measures in partnership with national actors.

Flooding affects over 7,000 people in North Darfur

Over 300 latrines and 500 houses were reportedly destroyed and more damaged in Shangil Tobaya locality, North Darfur, affecting over 2,750 people of an estimated 20,500 people in Nifasha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), 75 kilometres from El Fasher, the state capital. As an emergency measure, affected families and those at risk have been relocated to an area which is at a slightly higher elevation, 600 metres from the affected site. The affected families urgently need emergency shelter and household items, and lack of sanitation facilities is reportedly a problem. An inter-agency rapid needs assessment is planned for 18 July. According to the North Darfur Flood Contingency Plan, an estimated 25,000 people may be affected by floods in the state this year.

Local authorities flood response initiated in Khartoum and West Kordofan

Heavy rain in Khartoum State has destroyed 105 houses and damaged a further 124 houses, according to the Sudan Red Crescent Society (SRCS), affecting an estimated 1,145 people, and two people were reportedly killed. Ibrahim Malaik hospital, one of Khartoum's main hospitals, was flooded; emergency services were able to pump the water out, and the hospital is reportedly functional. SRCS and the governmental Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work has mobilised 18 teams to respond to rains and flooding-related emergencies in Khartoum State.

In El Nuhud, West Kordofan State, severe flooding has reportedly killed one person, and a further seven are missing. El Nuhud is 220 kilometres west of El Fula town. The Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) reported that over 1,000 people have been affected. A local flood response committee established by the government is registering the affected people and assessing needs, and more information will be available soon.
Humanitarian partners plan to engage with HAC to facilitate the dispatch of 1,700 essential households item kits to Kadugli as part of the preparedness for the flood response in South and West Kordofan.