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Sudan: Militiamen kill one, rape two, surround North Darfur camp

16 August 2014 - 3:46am
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

SHANGIL TOBAYA (15 Aug .) - A large number of heavily armed pro-government militiamen surrounded a camp for internally displaced people in Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur, today (Friday). A shepherd was killed by militiamen in the same area yesterday. The militia members surrounding the camp today have raped two displaced women who were fetching firewood outside the camp.

A witness reported to Radio Dabanga that about 250 militia elements on camels and horses, heavily armed and wearing military uniforms, still surround Shangil Tobaya camp as we speak. It has sparked panic amongst the displaced people living in the camp. They have reported the surrounding of the camp to the police in Shangil Tobaya, which assured the displaced people that the militias are on a mission to East Jebel Marra, but are waiting for support from other groups.

Two women, aged 18 and 25 years old, went outside Shangil Tobaya camp earlier today to fetch firewood. They were raped in the forest by seven militia members upon their return to the camp, the witness reported. They sustained serious injuries, however, the people inside the camp could not reach them because of the militiamen surrounding the camp. The camp residents reported this incident to the police as well.

In the same area on Thursday, pro-government militiamen killed a shepherd in East Jebel Marra. A source told Radio Dabanga that Mahjoub Abdel Majid Saleh was shot dead by six militia members in military uniforms and riding on camels in the area of Caja. After killing him, the militiamen looted Saleh's 45 cows.

Sudan: Flood Waters Over Shendi, Nile State, Sudan (As of 13 August 2014)

15 August 2014 - 4:17pm
Source: UNOSAT, International Charter Space and Major Disasters Country: Sudan preview

This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of flood affected land as detected in satellite imagery acquired by the WolrdView-2 satellite on 13 August 2014 in Shendi, Nile State, Sudan. Imagery shows the presence of overflowing on the Nile River. The town of Shendi was inundated by floods caused by heavy rains. Agricultural fields surrounding the town are also affected by varying levels of water and saturated soils. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks, and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used. This analysis has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR /UNOSAT.

World: Global Weather Hazards Summary August 15-21, 2014

15 August 2014 - 3:38pm
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Burkina Faso, Chad, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, World, South Sudan preview

Severe dryness persists in Latin America and Haiti, with flooding in Sudan and South Sudan

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, abnormally dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

  2. Although much of western Ethiopia has received favorable amounts of rainfall during the last two months and rainfall has recently increased in eastern Ethiopia, poorly distributed rain in parts of eastern Amhara, eastern Tigray, and northern Oromia have been consistently below average since June.

  3. A poor start to seasonal rainfall across much of Senegal has led to poor ground conditions and increasing early season rainfall deficits since June. Little rain is forecast for the next week, with increasing rainfall deficits potentially hurting cropping activities.

  4. A delayed start of seasonal rains has hurt cropping activities along the Mauritania-Mali border. Light to moderate rains are forecast in southern Mauritania next week, which could maintain moisture deficits over local areas.

  5. Heavy rains during the past two weeks in the Darfur and Kordofan regions of Sudan caused flooding that destroyed shelters and flooded producing areas. Moderate to heavy rain forecast for next week are likely to cause additional flooding.

  6. Heavy rains during the past two weeks have caused flooding that displaced people across Unity State in South Sudan. The moderate rains forecast for next week may worsen the situation.

  7. Heavy downpours during the past two weeks have caused flooding, infrastructure damage, injuries, and have displaced people across the Khartoum, River Nile, and Al Gazeira States of Sudan. Flooding remains likely as heavy rains are forecast to continue

Nigeria: Global Weather Hazards Summary (August 15-21, 2014)- Severe dryness persists in Latin America and Haiti, with flooding in Sudan and South Sudan

15 August 2014 - 3:38pm
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Country: Burkina Faso, Chad, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Sudan
  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, abnormally dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

  2. Although much of western Ethiopia has received favorable amounts of rainfall during the last two months and rainfall has recently increased in eastern Ethiopia, poorly distributed rain in parts of eastern Amhara, eastern Tigray, and northern Oromia have been consistently below average since June.

  3. A poor start to seasonal rainfall across much of Senegal has led to poor ground conditions and increasing early season rainfall deficits since June. Little rain is forecast for the next week, with increasing rainfall deficits potentially hurting cropping activities.

  4. A delayed start of seasonal rains has hurt cropping activities along the Mauritania-Mali border. Light to moderate rains are forecast in southern Mauritania next week, which could maintain moisture deficits over local areas.

  5. Heavy rains during the past two weeks in the Darfur and Kordofan regions of Sudan caused flooding that destroyed shelters and flooded producing areas. Moderate to heavy rain forecast for next week are likely to cause additional flooding.

  6. Heavy rains during the past two weeks have caused flooding that displaced people across Unity State in South Sudan. The moderate rains forecast for next week may worsen the situation.

  7. Heavy downpours during the past two weeks have caused flooding, infrastructure damage, injuries, and have displaced people across the Khartoum, River Nile, and Al Gazeira States of Sudan. Flooding remains likely as heavy rains are forecast to continue

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15 August 2014 - 2:17pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Sudan

Sudan: UNOSAT rapid mapping activated over flooding in Sudan

15 August 2014 - 1:54pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Sudan preview

15 August 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - The rainy season in Sudan has begun with severe flooding in Sudan including the capital city. The last devastating floods of 2013 are still fresh in the memory of the Sudanese and the humanitarian community and yet the new rainy season has brought more displacement and destruction right from its start.

The heavy rains that set in in the last week of July have continued during August. The impact has resulted in over 126,000 people affected and thousands of houses destroyed. According to humanitarian agencies, heavy rains and flooding have also affected thousands of displaced people in the camps in West, North and Central Darfur.

UNOSAT rapid mapping has been activated early in the emergency by OCHA and has prompted also the triggering of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. As of 5 August UNOSAT experts have been receiving data free of charge from the Space Agencies part of the Charter mechanism. The Charter operations for this emergency are coordinated by the China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA).

The imagery and radar data received via the Charter mechanism are used at UNOSAT to produce the information required by the humanitarian entities active during the emergency, including the national response services in Sudan. Six maps have been delivered by UNOSAT in 9 days. Data from radar satellites from Canada and Germany have been used to outline the extent of the flooded areas on the ground.

In addition to the rapid mapping products, UNOSAT released a rainfall anomaly map. The map shows how parts of Khartoum state have been hit by above-average precipitation. The map is based on a study of satellite data over a time span of 10 years for the same seasonal period. The study used data from NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission.

Sudan: UNOSAT rapid mapping activated over flooding in Sudan

15 August 2014 - 1:54pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Sudan preview

15 August 2014, Geneva, Switzerland - The rainy season in Sudan has begun with severe flooding in Sudan including the capital city. The last devastating floods of 2013 are still fresh in the memory of the Sudanese and the humanitarian community and yet the new rainy season has brought more displacement and destruction right from its start.

The heavy rains that set in in the last week of July have continued during August. The impact has resulted in over 126,000 people affected and thousands of houses destroyed. According to humanitarian agencies, heavy rains and flooding have also affected thousands of displaced people in the camps in West, North and Central Darfur.

UNOSAT rapid mapping has been activated early in the emergency by OCHA and has prompted also the triggering of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. As of 5 August UNOSAT experts have been receiving data free of charge from the Space Agencies part of the Charter mechanism. The Charter operations for this emergency are coordinated by the China Center for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA).

The imagery and radar data received via the Charter mechanism are used at UNOSAT to produce the information required by the humanitarian entities active during the emergency, including the national response services in Sudan. Six maps have been delivered by UNOSAT in 9 days. Data from radar satellites from Canada and Germany have been used to outline the extent of the flooded areas on the ground.

In addition to the rapid mapping products, UNOSAT released a rainfall anomaly map. The map shows how parts of Khartoum state have been hit by above-average precipitation. The map is based on a study of satellite data over a time span of 10 years for the same seasonal period. The study used data from NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission.

South Sudan: South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 49 (as of 14 August 2014)

15 August 2014 - 1:06pm
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Sudan, South Sudan preview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operations were scaled up to respond to emergency levels of malnutrition in Longochuk, Upper Nile State.

  • The South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will allocate up to US$500,000 from its emergency reserve to mitigate flood effects in Bentiu Protection of Civilians sites in Unity State.

  • Estimates from partners indicate some 1.29 million people have been internally displaced by the conflict. The increase was due to improved reporting from remote areas.

3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
2.4 million People reached with humanitarian assistance***
**1.3 million People internally displaced by violence

442,600 People have fled to neighboring countries

Situation overview

Heavy fighting was reported around Nasir, Upper Nile State. The town was reportedly deserted. In Jonglei, the security situation was stable, but unpredictable. In Maban, Upper Nile State a fragile calm remained. Some civilians who fled Bunj last week during the fighting have returned, and flights to Maban have resumed. Meanwhile, cattle raiding and related revenge attacks were reported in parts of Lakes State.

The situation in Bentiu is still dire, with extremely poor living conditions for those seeking shelter in the protection of civilians (PoC) sites within the UN peacekeeping base.

While new arrivals are being registered, there are reports that the recent flooding and resulting deterioration in conditions has caused some people to leave the Bentiu PoC. There are as yet no new official registration figures. These departures raise protection issues, as people may attempt perilous journeys on foot to Sudan or elsewhere.

The UN Security Council visited South Sudan on 12 August. They were briefed by the UN peacekeeping mission and political leadership as well as humanitarians, and toured the UNMISS PoC site in Malakal, where they met with displaced people. Estimates from partners indicate some 1.3 million people have been internally displaced by the conflict since December. The change indicates an improvement in reporting mechanisms rather than an increase in people displaced.

Sudan: UN rights expert urges Sudan to free all political detainees to enable an inclusive national dialogue

15 August 2014 - 11:17am
Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Sudan

GENEVA (15 August 2014) – The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, has called for the immediate release of the deputy leader of the Sudan National Umma Party, Meriam Al-Mahdi, the leader of the Sudanese Congress Party, Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, and all other political detainees.

The human rights expert’s appeal comes after Ms. Al-Mahdi’s arrest and detention on Monday 11 August, and Mr. Al-Sheikh’s continued detention since 8 June 2014. “The arrest and detention of Ms. Al-Mahdi and Mr. Al-Sheikh are not conducive to realizing an inclusive national dialogue proposed by the Government of the Sudan,” he said. “The authorities should show their good faith in taking the national dialogue forward positively.”

“It is imperative to ensure the guarantee of fundamental civil liberties and freedoms of all political leaders to encourage confidence in the proposed national dialogue,” Mr. Baderin stressed. “A fully inclusive national dialogue is the only reasonable and positive way forward for addressing the constitutional and political challenges in the Sudan.”

“I urge the Government and its security agents to desist from any further arrest and detention of political leaders and to fully ensure the right to liberty and freedom of individuals in the Sudan, in order to facilitate the necessary political confidence and conducive atmosphere for taking the national dialogue forward,” Mr. Baderin concluded.

The mandate of the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan was created by the UN Human Rights Council on 18 June 2009. In September 2013, the mandate was renewed for a period of one year. Mashood Adebayo Baderin, is Professor of Law at SOAS, University of London. As Independent Expert, he serves in his individual capacity, independently from any government or organization.

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South Sudan: IOM South Sudan Situation Report 32 (30 July – 13 August 2014)

15 August 2014 - 11:07am
Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, South Sudan preview

OVERVIEW

Over 1.1 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally dis-placed persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

The security situation remains tense, especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states where over 95,000 people are sheltering in UNMISS Protection of Civilian PoC) sites. On 4 August, fighting broke out in Maban County (Upper Nile State) and six humanitarian staff were killed. IOM and other agencies have evacuated key staff members that could be targeted and the situation remains on high alert.

Peace talks resumed on 4 August in Addis Ababa. The fifth session of the IGAD led mediation will focus on the finalization and signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Implementation Matrix and continued negotiations towards the creation of a government of National Unity.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)Bentiu PoC site, that hosts more than 40,000 IDPs, has flooded following a week of heavy rain. Thousands of shelters have been destroyed and humanitarians are prioritizing the movement of IDPs to developed areas.

Since the declaration of the cholera outbreak on 15 May, a total of 5,697 cholera cases including 123 deaths (case fatality rate is 2.2%) have been recorded as of 13 August. In Eastern Equatoria 897 cases have been recorded including 17 deaths. 64 Cholera cases and 2 deaths were recorded at the Malakal Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.

Sudan: Man killed, students assaulted, women raped in Kutum, North Darfur

15 August 2014 - 1:49am
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

KUTUM LOCALITY (14 Aug .) - In a series of attacks on Monday and Tuesday on citizens in Kutum locality, North Darfur, militiamen killed a man, injured two others, assaulted passengers of five lorries, and raped seven of them.

“Government-backed militiamen shot dead a citizen known by the nickname of Ishkal in his home in Kutum town on Monday,” a resident of Kutum reported to Radio Dabanga.

He added that on Tuesday gunmen raided a boarding house for students in Kutum’s El Taghyeer district. “They beat the students, and broke Mohamed Tibin Abdallah’s leg. They then robbed the students of their mobile phones and money, stole food from the boarding house, and fled.”

The source said that the same militiamen on Tuesday ambushed five lorries en route from Kutum town to the village of Dor, in the area of Abdel Shakur.

“The Janjaweed beat all the passengers. Amani Mohamed was seriously injured. They selected seven young women among the passengers and raped them, after which they seized all the luggage and goods from the vehicles, and fled.”

Sudan: Tribal conflicts hamper East Darfur State govt. formation

15 August 2014 - 1:44am
Source: Radio Dabanga Country: Sudan

ED DAEIN (14 Aug .) - Since the beginning of this year, tribal conflicts between the Rizeigat and Ma'aliya have frustrated the formation of a new government in East Darfur State.

“The insecurity in the state, caused by the continuous tension and erupting clashes between the Rizeigat and Ma'aliya, has sparked an administrative crisis in East Darfur’, a young activist reported to Radio Dabanga from the state capital of El Daein.

“The administrative imbalance in East Darfur since the beginning of this year is turning into a real crisis, affecting the entire state and its population. The Governor of East Darfur State has been unable to form a government so far, owing to his incompatibility to arrange for reconciliation between the two tribes.”

The activists warned that “the security, economic, and humanitarian crises in the state may lead to a disaster, if the problems are not addressed promptly”.

Central African Republic: Kony's LRA still holding on in Central Africa

15 August 2014 - 1:01am
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Uganda

08/15/2014 04:01 GMT

by Hervé BAR

LIBREVILLE, August 15, 2014 (AFP) - Down, but not out, the guerrillas of the Lord's Resistance Army, led by one of Africa's most brutal militia leaders Joseph Kony, are holding on in the Central African Republic with support from the rebels who temporarily seized power last year.

"Each week, the LRA raids a village in the bush, steals, rapes, kills and kidnaps," said Guillaume Cailleaux, a coordinator with the US group Invisible Children.

Kony, who is sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC), is "still active" in the southeast of the Central African Republic (CAR) at the head of Africa's oldest surviving rebel group, responsible for eight to 10 incidents per month, Cailleaux said.

"But the LRA no longer has any political or religious vision. It is in survival mode ... and has never been so weak."

One of the factors keeping the group alive, said Cailleaux and other analysts, is the support of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group that took power in the CAR last year for nine months.

The LRA first emerged in northern Uganda in 1986, where it claimed to fight in the name of the Acholi ethnic group against the regime of President Yoweri Museveni. But over the years the LRA has roved across the porous borders of the region.

It moved from Uganda to sow terror in southern Sudan before shifting to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, finally crossing into southeastern CAR in March 2008.

Combining religious mysticism with an astute guerrilla mind and bloodthirsty ruthlessness, Kony has turned scores of young girls into his personal sex-slaves while claiming to be fighting to impose the Bible's Ten Commandments.

While battling the Ugandan government, he and a dwindling band of expert guerrilla fighters earned a grim reputation for the abduction of children and mutilation of civilians.

But under growing pressure, the LRA is now split up into small groups of five or 10 combatants, operating in the Haut-Mboumou province -- an immense territory where they are still tracked by the Ugandan army and around 100 members of US Special Forces.

They also take refuge across the border in DR Congo, where the Ugandan army said on Wednesday it had freed 45 women and children from the hands of the rebels.

  • Hit by defections -

"The number of fighters carrying weapons is now estimated at between 180 and 220," said Cailleaux, but each militia cell is accompanied by captives forced to work as porters, cooks and sex slaves.

Defections have increased over the past few months to around four of five a month, according to Invisible Children.

"In 2003, the LRA had around 3,000 fighters, compared to 200 now. Every month, there are defections. The LRA is on the point of disappearing. And yet, it survives," said Jose Carlos Rodriguez, an expert on the movement.

"There are several reasons for this. First of all, Kony has an extraordinary ability to adapt. He knows how to change strategy according to circumstances."

Secondly, "they didn't choose southeastern CAR by accident: it's an ideal refuge, a territory as large as Rwanda and Burundi combined, forest-covered, with a population of barely 40,000".

The region is also close to the enclave of Kafia Kingi in neighbouring Sudan, where Kony has previously fled and can still count on the support of the dictatorial Sudanese regime, said Rodriguez.

  • Seleka support -

Last but not least, the LRA has benefited in recent months from the backing of Seleka rebels, a mostly Muslim group that overthrew the CAR government in March 2013 and held power until it was forced out by international pressure in January.

Although Seleka's support for the LRA is "limited" and "opportunistic", said Rodriguez, there have been numerous contacts between the groups.

In November, the head of Seleka and then president of the country Michel Djotodia claimed he was "in the process of negotiating" Kony's surrender, but also revealed his government had given provisions, including food, to the LRA.

"There were certainly contacts between the former rebels and the LRA at Bakouma" in southeastern CAR, said Rodriguez. "These contacts were led by Seleka general Zaccaria Damani and Otto Ladeere of the LRA. They continued later."

"Seleka occasionally provides ammunition, medicine, food" to the LRA, confirmed Cailleaux.

This assistance is given in exchange for labour in mining areas, with LRA captives forced to work as "diggers" for the Seleka.

Seleka military chiefs would have seen the opportunity to gain a foothold in southeastern DR Congo, Rodriguez added.

The Ugandan army has reacted angrily to this collaboration and particularly to the arrival of a Seleka column in its southeastern province of Nzako at the end of June.

According to the official account of the incident, the Ugandan military opened fire after confusing the Seleka militia for the LRA.

Rodriguez said this was unlikely, saying the Ugandan army "knew perfectly well" what it was doing when it killed 16 Seleka rebels, including a colonel.

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Chad: WFP Welcomes Japan’s Contribution To Support Fight Against Hunger In Chad And C.A.R.

14 August 2014 - 11:34pm
Source: World Food Programme Country: Central African Republic, Chad, Japan, Sudan

N’DJAMENA/BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of 640 million JPY (US$6.25 million) from the Government of Japan to provide vital food assistance to refugees and displaced people in Chad and in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

WFP Chad will receive 400 million JPY (US$3.9 million) to strengthen the resilience of the Sudanese and Central African refugees currently residing in eastern Chad. These people are unable to return home due to a number of factors and rely solely on WFP food assistance.

“At a time when donors have to prioritize one humanitarian emergency over another, we are extremely grateful to the people of Japan for their timely support. In Chad, we have already reduced food rations for refugees due to funding constraints, and this new contribution provides some relief,” said WFP Regional Director of West Africa, Denise Brown.

WFP has received only half of its budgetary requirements to respond to the food needs of Sudanese and Central African refugees in the eastern part of Chad. Recently WFP was forced to cut the food rations of more than 300,000 refugees by 60 percent, leaving them vulnerable to food insecurity, exploitation and abuse.

In the Central African Republic, Japan’s contribution 240 million JPY (US$2.34 million) will help to purchase various foods including corn soya blend flour, used in programmes to help prevent malnutrition. More than 500,000 people are internally displaced in C.A.R. and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

“The world should not forget the refugees who fled the horrors of the Darfur crisis several years ago as well as the people in the Central African Republic who have been displaced and have no access to their fields or any source of income. They all depend on the support and solidarity of the international community. Our provision of life-saving assistance will, I hope, support people who are forced to live in these harsh conditions,” said H.E. Mr. Tsutomu Arai, Ambassador of Japan covering both Chad and CAR.

In 2014, WFP plans to assist 1.2 million people under a relief and recovery operation in addition to supporting other vulnerable groups in Chad. For this, WFP requires US$11.5 million for the next six months.

Inside C.A.R., WFP is assisting around 500,000 people per month in more than 100 locations. The Government of Japan has provided more than US$32 million to WFP Chad over the past five years and US$19.1 million to C.A.R.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

For more information, please contact (email address: firstname.surname@wfp.org):

Keiko Egusa, Embassy of Japan in Cameroon, Tel +237-2220-6202
Hiroko Konno, Embassy of Japan in Cameroon, Tel +237-2220-6202
Arnold Kawuba, WFP/N’djamena, Mobile +235 66 99 34 20
Djekorkeme Mbaihilamgue , WFP/N’djamena, Mobile +235 66 20 1541
Fabienne Pompey, WFP Regional Bureau/Dakar, mobile + 221 77 637 59 64

Sudan: Flood Waters Over Central Region of Sudan (as of 13 August 2014)

14 August 2014 - 5:00pm
Source: UNOSAT Country: Sudan preview

This map illustrates satellite-detected areas of flood affected land as detected in satellite imagery acquired by the MODIS Terra satellite on 13 August 2014 in Khartoum State, Nile State, White Nile State and Al Jazeera State in Sudan. The area surrounding Khartoum City was inundated by floods caused by heavy rains. UNOSAT analysis detected some remaining pounds south of Khartoum. The fields in the area of Sandi have also been affected by flood, resulting in the overflowing of the Nile. Notes: The exact limit of flood waters is uncertain because of the low spatial resolution of the satellite data used for this analysis. Detected water bodies likely reflect an underestimation of all flood-affected areas within the map extent. This analysis has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR /UNOSAT.

Sudan: UNAMID concerned about security raids in South Darfur, takes mitigating measures

14 August 2014 - 3:38pm
Source: UN-AU Mission in Darfur Country: Sudan

El Fasher, 14 August 2014 — The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is concerned about the security raids, recently conducted by the Government of Sudan on internally displaced people (IDP) camps in Nyala and surrounding localities in South Darfur; due to their possible impact on the civilian population. The Mission has taken measures to mitigate the impact of such operations on the civilian population of these camps.

Following a security raid conducted on Al Salam IDP camp on 5 August when individuals were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, weapons and ammunition, UNAMID monitored the trials of those arrested during the operation; most of whom have since been released. UNAMID has been engaging relevant state authorities on the conditions of those still being detained.

Other security raids have been conducted in Otash and Dereig camps and are part of a wider campaign by the South Darfur authorities to address the high level of criminality in the State, especially around Nyala.

The security raids have generated alarm and anxiety amongst IDPs in Kalma camp, who are anticipating a similar operation at their camp and have expressed their concerns to UNAMID.

In a recent statement to the media, the African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said that while the Sudanese law enforcement authorities have the right to pursue criminals and apprehend them, as is the case in any other sovereign state, the Government has to guarantee that these activities are carried out respecting human rights and observing international humanitarian law; especially in the vulnerable IDP communities.

Likewise, the JSR reminded the camp population that harbouring, aiding or abetting offenders who possess weapons contravenes international humanitarian law and that such weaponry should not be stored, handled or trafficked in IDP camps.

Consequently, UNAMID has engaged the local authorities in South Darfur, in accordance with its protection of civilians’ mandate, and demanded that if there were a need for such selective searches, these should be conducted in coordination with the camp leaders and the Mission.

The Mission has also met with IDP leaders, including women and youth, in Kalma to explain the measures taken by the Mission to reduce the impact of such raids on the civilian population, were they to take place and that the Mission continues to conduct 24/7 patrols at the camp and monitor the situation closely.

World: 14 August 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

14 August 2014 - 2:05pm
Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Chile, China, Guinea, Israel, Liberia, Mexico, occupied Palestinian territory, Sierra Leone, Sudan, World preview

Sudan: Sudan: Humanitarian Snapshot (31 July 2014)

14 August 2014 - 11:11am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan preview

An estimated 6.9 million people need humanitarian assistance in Sudan. Most are in Darfur, where at least 2.4 million people are internally displaced. In the first half of 2014, an additional 399,000 people have been displaced following hostilities.

Fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile also continues to have dire humanitarian consequences; a total of 116,000 peopled have been newly displaced of which the majority have fled to areas with no access. Close to 255,000 refugees have fled into South Sudan and Ethiopia and humanitarian actors are unable to access the worst affected areas in the two states.

Meanwhile more than 85,700 people have crossed the border from South Sudan since December 2013. Heavy rains and floodings that began in late July have affected some 44,000 people across Sudan according to the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission.

Sudan: Sudan: Humanitarian Dashboard (31 July 2014)

14 August 2014 - 11:06am
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Sudan, South Sudan preview

OVERVIEW

A total of 6.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan. Since the beginning of 2014, fighting between Government security forces and armed movements have led to the internal displacement of an estimated 399,000 people in Darfur. Ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to an estimated 85,700 people crossing the border into Sudan. Heavy rains and floodings that began in late July 2014 have affected some 44,000 people across Sudan.

Sudan: Voluntary Repatriation in South Kordofan Stopped because of Rainfall

14 August 2014 - 10:34am
Source: Sudanese News Agency Country: Sudan

Kadugli (SUNA) - The Commissioner for Voluntary Repatriation in South Kordofan State, Khalifa Ibrahim, has announced stoppage of the voluntary repatriation process in the state due to rainfall, indicating that the voluntary repatriation season will be resumed after the rain season.

He said in a statement to SUNA that the plan for voluntary repatriation aims for conducting repatriation from Sudan states and rebellion areas to South Kordofan.

Ibrahim pointed to the recent repatriation of the returnees at Abu-Karshola, Kadugli and Al-Rashad localities and providing them with food materials, shelter and seeds for cultivation.

He pointed to joint work being conducted by the commission with the Commission for Humanitarian Aid and organizations to provide food materials for 42,000 returnees at Abu-Karshola area. He affirmed prevalence of security and stability currently all over South Kordofan State. MO/MO