African Union, UN approve UNAMID termination by end of 2020

(KHARTOUM) - The African Union and the United Nations have recommended the termination of the hybrid peacekeeping operation in Darfur (UNAMID) paving the way for the deployment of the political support mission to Sudan (UNITAMS).Initially, the UNAMID withdrawal was planned to take place by the end of June 2020. But, in October 2019 Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister requested to align the drawdown of the hybrid force with the peace process…

2.3 million children in Tigray region of Ethiopia need humanitarian assistance, as thousands flee across border into Sudan

“Since armed conflict broke out in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia earlier this month, close to 30,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring Sudan. UNICEF estimates that some 12,000 children – some of them without parents or relatives – are among those sheltering in camps and registration centres and are at risk.   “Conditions for these children are extremely harsh. We are working with our partners to urgently provide much…

Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of Ethiopian children fleeing into Sudan and UNICEF’s response

This is a summary of what was said by Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Sudan – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.   “The first thing that we noticed is that about 45 per cent of refugees are children under 18 years old.   “The second thing is that people left with little. Even though some have…

World Bank approves $61.5 million education grant for Sudan

(KHARTOUM) - The World Bank has approved a $61.5 million grant toward reforming Sudan’s education system as part of the country’s biggest education financing project, according to the bank’s statement.The grant, funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), includes a project which will support the improvement of public schools by cutting down tuition, purchasing educational equipment, and increasing sanitation.The Sudanese education minister welcomed the support of the World Bank…

Second Committee Approves 15 Resolutions, including One Emphasizing Pandemic’s Adverse Impact on Markets, Global Supply Chains

The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today approved 15 draft resolutions, voting on five of them, including one emphasizing the disruption COVID-19 has had on open market functioning, global supply chains and the flow of essential goods, as well as services.Further to that draft, on “International trade and development”, the General Assembly would call on States to emphasize the importance of supply chains in ensuring unimpeded flows of medical and…

More than 1,000 killed, 400 abducted in South Sudan: UN

(JUBA) – Over 1,000 people have been killed and more than 400 abducted in the past six-months in intercommunal violence in South Sudan, a top United Nations official said.Speaking to reporter in Juba on Tuesday, David Shearer, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, warned of increased risk of conflict with the start of dry seasons in the country.“I think we can anticipate increased tensions”, he remarked.The top…

Implementation of peace agreement lacks good will: Akol

(JUBA) – There is a goodwill deficit in South Sudan’s peace deal implementation making the whole process “slow, sluggish and selective”, an opposition leader said.Speaking at a two-day workshop on the Permanent Constitution Making Process in South Sudan on Wednesday, the National Democratic Movement (NDM) leader, Lam Akol said 71 activities that should have been implemented in the last nine months of the transitional period are still outstanding.“We need to…

Heartbreaking stories from refugees fleeing Ethiopia violence

In a briefing to journalists on Thursday, a senior UN humanitarian official in Sudan recounted moving testimony from refugees who are crossing the border from Ethiopia in their thousands, fleeing fighting in Tigray province."Many of the refugees left behind children, and parents. They did not have time to assemble their families and leave together", said Babacar Cissé, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan. "They arrived at the camps…