South Sudan: Clearing the remnants of war
9 July, 2013
For almost three decades, the small town of Rokon in South Sudan was deserted because its residents had fled the conflict between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). But since the signing of a peace agreement in 2005, more than 4,000 people have returned to...
Sudan: Local humanitarian capacity crucial
2 July, 2013
“I trained as a midwife to help my community,” says Fatima, a volunteer community health worker at a clinic in Hammeida, rural Kassala state in eastern Sudan. Fatima’s clinic is run by Talaweit, a Sudanese NGO. The clinic is the only primary health care facility for many...
South Sudan: “We have seen things stabilize or even improve”
28 June, 2013
A harvest that was better than expected, and fewer refugees and returnees than expected, have contributed to an overall improvement in the situation in South Sudan and have allowed the humanitarian community to reduce its appeal for funding by 9 per cent. At the beginning of 2013, aid...
Aid worker diary: the price of gold in DRC
26 June, 2013
OCHA’s Philippe Kropf provides a snapshot of the crisis in South Kivu, on a journey with his colleague Desire Mirindi to the mining town of Kamituga, where fighting between the rebel group Raia Mutomboki and government forces has displaced and terrorized thousands of people.
DRC: Humanitarian agencies fight child exploitation
12 June, 2013
“Quite a few of the most beautiful homes in Bukavu are built on the sweat of children working in the mines,” says a child protection officer who works in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He can rattle off the names of dozens of artisanal mines that surround South...