NORTH DARFUR: Sudan The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)has exprerssed deep concern about recent attacks on three different internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Central Darfur state, which took place between 21 and 23 May 2018, resulting in a number of civilian fatalities and injuries among IDPs. Recent incidents were reported at Khamsa Dagaig, Ardayba and Jedda IDP camps. While the prime responsibility of protecting civilians rests with the Government of Sudan, UNAMID shall continue to collaborate with the relevant government authorities The Mission reminds all parties involved that IDP camps are considered humanitarian space which should be free of weapons, where displaced people must not be subjected to threats, harassmen
GENEVA, Switzerland The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is temporarily suspending its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan in connection with two ongoing investigations launched in February and March by the organization’s independent Inspector General’s Office. A separate anti-fraud and integrity support mission is expected to be deployed shortly. “At present we are still dealing with allegations, based on reports that have come from refugees. Nonetheless these are worrying and the integrity of the Sudan resettlement programme has to be assured beyond any doubt,” said UNHCR Representative for Sudan Noriko Yoshida. “Should wrongdoing be confirmed, those responsible can expect the consequences to be severe.” Resettlement is one of the three main soluti
JUBA, South SudanUp to 150 peacekeepers are being rapidly redeployed to the Unity region to boost the UN Mission’s efforts to protect civilians being deliberately targeted by warring parties. “What we are witnessing on the ground is the deliberate killing of civilians as well as the sexual violation and abduction of women and children. Homes and livelihoods are being systematically destroyed in a way that prevents families returning to their homes and being able to support themselves,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer. He added “Our fresh deployment will enable peacekeeping troops to patrol deeper to reach remote villages where the worst atrocities are taking place to create a protective presence
KHARTOUM, SudanAt the end of a three day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need across Sudan is critical for the delivery of relief. During his mission, Mr. Lowcock met Government officials and humanitarian partners, and visited settlements for internally displaced persons in Murta and Kulba in South Kordofan. “Millions of people face serious and growing humanitarian needs. Many have suffered for the past 15 years, but we cannot let them slide back into a situation where they become completely depe
JUBA, South SudanThe United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called upon all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country. When I asked them what they needed most, the word I heard most frequently from them was: ‘peace’ During his two-day visit, Mr. Lowcock met with Government officials, members of SPLA-in Opposition, humanitarian agencies, and partners. He also visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Yei Town and Mundu. The latter is an SPLA-iO controlled area. “The conflict in South Sudan is now in its fifth year. Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so fa
KHARTOUM, SudanAt the end of a three-day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need across Sudan is critical for the delivery of relief. During his mission, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Lowcock met Government officials and humanitarian partners, and visited settlements for internally displaced persons in Murta and Kulba in South Kordofan. “Millions of people face serious and growing humanitarian needs. Many have suffered for the past 15 years, but we
NEW YORK, United States of America The United Nations Special Representatives on Sexual Violence , Children and Armed Conflict, and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng have condemned the recent escalation of violence in former Unity state and urge all parties to end the attacks against civilians, especially women and children. In the last two weeks, reports from the former Unity state indicate intense fighting between Government forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA-in Opposition (SPLA-IO) allied to former vice president Riek Machar. Preliminary investigations by the United Nations have uncovered alarming patterns of serious human rights violations and abuses, including killings, pillaging, abductions, rape and gang-rape
JUBA, South Sudan President Yoweri Museveni has advised warring factions of the South Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) to drop violence as a means of conflict resolution, saying it is inappropriate. "When it comes to a political disagreement like we have here (South Sudan), we must have a scientific approach to its resolution," said President Museveni. "Should it be resolved by force or other ways? Force should be reserved for the enemy. A disagreement among brothers should not be resolved by force," The President said this while addressing the Fourth Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) National Liberation Council Meeting in Juba, capital of South Sudan held on 3rd/ May/ 2018. The colorful function, punctuated with music and dance, was held at the Freedom Hall...