Sudanese minister calls to resist attempt to change Islamic laws

April 30, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Gibril Ibrahim, head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Minister of Finance called on the Sufi Muslim leaders to stand against any attempt to change the Islamic laws especially the Personal Status Law. JEM is one of the Darfur armed groups that signed the Juba peace agreement with the transitional government in October 2020. Its leader joined the cabinet as finance minister in…

Ethiopia Detains Tigrayans Amid War

Ethiopia has swept up thousands of ethnic Tigrayans into detention centers across the country on accusations that they are traitors, often holding them for months and without charges, the AP has found. The detentions, mainly but not exclusively of military personnel, are an apparent attempt to purge state institutions of the Tigrayans who once dominated them, as the government enters its sixth month of fighting in the Tigray region. Detainees,…

Sudan: Conflict – Flash Update #18 West Darfur As of 29 April 2021

KEY POINTS The security situation in Ag Geneina town while stable is tense and unpredictable. The government deployed this week a reinforcement of 2,000 Sudan Armed Forces and police. The top needs of the newly displaced population are food, non-food essential supplies, protection, shelter and water. Humanitarian organisations continue to scale up operations, as of 29 April more than 104,000 people had received food, about 65,000 people accessed healthcare services,…

Partner highlights: Saving lives–helping refugees access health care in Uganda during the COVID-19 lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world like no other crisis in recent history. With funds from Member States and other organizations as well as hundreds of thousands of individuals, who have contributed through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, WHO is tackling the pandemic on nine dedicated fronts. But we’re not alone. In this series, we explore how our longstanding partner, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is contributing to the…

Sudan says ready to implement security arrangements

April 29, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the readiness of the security committees to assemble forces in the cantonment sites as provided in the Juba peace agreement. Under the peace agreement signed between the Sudanese government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF)’s factions on October 3, 2020, the assembling of forces should have taken place two months after the signing of the…

South Sudan; statement following attack on IRC staff

Juba, South Sudan, April 28, 2021 — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deeply distressed following an attack on its staff at the IRC compound in Jamjang County in Ruweng Administrative Area on 24th April where up to 20 youth entered the perimeter and physically attacked IRC staff, resulting in multiple injuries. One senior medical staff member was seriously injured and was airlifted to hospital in Juba. Caroline Sekyewa, IRC South…

COVID-19 Vaccination in Tororo District: Ensuring that No one is Left Behind

As of 22nd April 2021, 83% (883 out of 1060) of health workers in both public and private health facilities in Tororo district, had received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine which provides protection against severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization, and possibly death in some instances. This is a resounding success considering that in many districts, the exercise has been hindered by hesitancy, even among health workers leading to poor…

Sudan suspends Red Sea Russian naval facility

April 28, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan has suspended an agreement with Russia providing to establish a military base on the Red Sea, until its approval by the Transitional Legislative Council. Press reports revealed that the Sudanese government instructed the commander of the Sudanese Red Sea Region to prevent Russian ships from entering the Flamingo military base of the Sudanese army. Several Russian military ships arrived during the past days to…
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