Drum Humanitarian http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian EssentialAfrica Drum Humanitarian en 60 French troops free aid workers kidnapped in northern Mali http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27072986 French troops in Mali have freed five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country in February. The five were released in a raid near the northern town of Timbuktu and were in good health, the French and Malian presidents said in a joint statement. Four of ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15579 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:48 +0200 UN struggles with South Sudan IDPs http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/un-struggles-rehouse-south-sudan-refugees-201431982844274250.html Decision to give internally displaced people sanctuary probably saved lives, but it has also caused problems for the UN. About 77,000 people have sought refuge at several United Nations bases in South Sudan since December. Some people who took shelter three months ago are building homes, setting up businesses and ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15566 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:03:09 +0100 UN Says Almost All Muslims Have Fled CAR Capital http://www.voanews.com/content/un-says-almost-all-muslims-have-fled-car-capital/1866869.html The United Nation's humanitarian chief says almost the entire Muslim population of the capital of the Central African Republic has fled after a campaign of violence by largely Christian militias. U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says about 900 Muslims remain in Bangui. That is less than one percent of ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15554 Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:18:57 +0100 Christian Aid confirms famine risk in South Sudan http://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/christian-aid-confirms-famine-risk-in-south-sudan/ An estimated seven million South Sudanese are at risk of severe food insecurity this year, with the UN Security Council now warning that the deteriorating humanitarian situation and continuing violence could result in famine at the beginning of 2015. Humanitarian agencies, including Christian Aid’s local partners, are struggling in a ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15552 Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:15:30 +0100 Interview: ‘We’re trapped inside UN base in Bor’ https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/interview-‘we’re-trapped-inside-un-base-bor’ Reverend William Tut, a leader of the Nuer community in Bor, the capital of Jonglei, says that nobody from his community can leave the UN base because people have been killed when they tried to do so. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15545 Mon, 3 Mar 2014 07:56:11 +0100 Ex-UN aid chief says without urgent relief South Sudan ‘heading toward abyss’ https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/ex-un-aid-chief-says-without-urgent-relief-south-sudan-%E2%80%98heading-toward-abyss%E2%80%99 Jan Egeland, the former top United Nations aid official, says that without a ‘herculean effort’ to bring in relief supplies over the next two months, millions of South Sudanese potentially will be pushed ‘over the brink’ into hunger or starvation. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15538 Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:16:51 +0100 Doctor Thomas Lul remembered for ‘last heroic act’ in Bor https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/doctor-remembered-%E2%80%98last-heroic-act%E2%80%99 Thomas Lul, a South Sudanese-Canadian physician who was working in Bor during the initial fighting there in mid December, has been commended for staying behind to save lives even as the town was overrun by defected soldiers. Lul was one of three Canadian-South Sudanese doctors who initially refused to leave ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15508 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:51:21 +0100 When will the donor floodgates open for Madagascar? http://www.irinnews.org/report/99637/when-will-the-donor-floodgates-open-for-madagascar There is an air of expectation that with the recent presidential elections deemed free and fair, the donors will return, as will trade. The imposition of sanctions, and donor nations freezing all but emergency assistance to the aid-dependent government, saw poverty rates among its 22 million people spiral from about ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15506 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:42:45 +0100 Key humanitarian updates: UN declares ‘level 3’ emergency in South Sudan https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/key-humanitarian-updates-un-declares-%E2%80%98level-3%E2%80%99-emergency UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has declared the crisis in South Sudan a ‘Level 3 emergency,’ a designation that represents the highest level of humanitarian crisis. Three other crises in the world are currently sharing the same emergency status: Syria and the Central African Republic, where there are also ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15501 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:20:33 +0100 South Sudan conflict: 3.7m in 'need of food', says UN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26004268 The United Nations has said it estimates 3.7 million people are in acute need of food in South Sudan as a result of the civil conflict there. The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer told the BBC $1.3bn (£790m) was needed to deal with the crisis. Violence broke ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15459 Sun, 2 Feb 2014 08:10:58 +0100 Red Cross says asked to suspend work in Sudan http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/02/red-cross-says-asked-suspend-work-sudan-201421124386428.html Spokesman says official letter from Humanitarian Aid Commission ordered agency to halt its activities. "We have received an official letter from the HAC [Humanitarian Aid Commission] informing us to suspend our activities with effect from today," Rafiullah Qureshi, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sudan [ICRC], ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15458 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:56:31 +0100 WFP Struggles to Avert Starvation in Zimbabwe http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-wfp-struggling-to-avert-starvation-in-zimbabwe/1841902.html The U.N. World Food Program said it might have to scale back its efforts to ease food shortages in Zimbabwe as international funding for the exercise has fallen short. Zimbabwe -- once the breadbasket of southern Africa -- is entering the peak of its so-called "hunger season," which this year ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15455 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:36:38 +0100 South Sudan: MSF workers 'flee into bush' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25988109 The medical charity MSF says 240 of its staff have been forced to flee into the bush in South Sudan because of continuing insecurity. MSF said the workers were among thousands of people trying to escape fighting in Unity State between government forces and rebels. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15452 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:30:19 +0100 Armed men kill aid workers, loot properties in Jonglei http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49714 At least three aid workers were killed by unidentified armed elements who also looted and destroyed several properties for the United Nations and other non-governmental organisations in South Sudan’s Jonglei state. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15385 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:14:24 +0100 South Sudan officials block evacuation of aid workers from Lakes State https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/south-sudan-officials-block-evacuation-aid-workers-lakes-state UN efforts to evacuate about 100 aid workers from eastern Lakes State have been blocked by local authorities, according to NGO and UN sources in Yirol and Juba. National and foreign aid organizations have been working to provide medical, sanitation, shelter and other services in Awerial County for a huge ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15380 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:16:14 +0100 UN expert: CAR risks spiralling into genocide http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/01/un-car-risks-genocide-2014122231835239576.html Official "shocked" by level of hatred between Muslim and Christian communities in country wrecked by months of fighting. The UN chief's special adviser on genocide prevention has warned of a "high risk of crimes against humanity and of genocide" in the Central African Republic. Adama Dieng and other UN officials ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15339 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:29:58 +0100 Over 2,500 killed in Bor devastation, claim Jonglei MPs http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49672 t least 2,500 people have died Bor, the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, following its three week occupation by rebels who have been fighting government for over a month, local MPs claimed after visiting the area on Tuesday. Deng Dau Deng, the chairperson of Greater Bor Members of Parliament ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15309 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:41:00 +0100 Looting, fighting and remoteness block aid to 300,000 in South Sudan – U.N. http://www.trust.org/item/20140120141215-lkgwn/?source=hptop Looting, fighting and the remoteness of displaced people have prevented aid reaching 282,000 South Sudanese displaced within the country during the last month, the United Nations said on Monday. Humanitarian agencies have reached just over 40 percent of the 494,000 internally displaced in South Sudan since conflict broke out in ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15285 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:31:27 +0100 UN accuses South Sudan army, rebels of stealing aid http://www.newsyaps.com/un-accuses-south-sudan-army-rebels-of-stealing-aid/88469/ United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday accused South Sudan’s army and rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar of stealing food aid and vehicles used to deliver humanitarian relief as the country teeters on the brink of civil war. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15159 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:29:57 +0100 Long wait for stranded foreigners at Yida airstrip https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/long-wait-stranded-foreigners-yida-airstrip Dozens of stranded foreigners at Yida refugee camp face a long wait for a flight out as they fear the situation in the area could potentially worsen yet again. In spite of the resumption of some flights last week, bringing in returning aid workers, many other people still waiting to ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15129 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:10:15 +0100 Field Diary: Children caught in violence in the Central African Republic http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/car_71761.html As insecurity in the capital of the Central African Republic continues to threaten the lives of children, UNICEF is helping support those providing protection and medical treatment for the youngest victims of violence. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15125 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:18:15 +0100 Hunger looms in South Sudan as fighting threatens to disrupt agriculture, UN warns http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46919&Cr=south+sudan&Cr1= United Nations food agencies are ramping up their relief efforts in South Sudan, warning that the fighting there threatens to increase hunger and unravel the modest gains made in food security in the two years since the country seceded from Sudan and became the world’s youngest nation. A major concern ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15118 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:44:01 +0100 Kenyan envoy Macharia Kamau to head Unicef board http://www.nation.co.ke/news/diaspora/Kenyan-ambassador-UN-Unicef-board-Macharia-Kamau/-/2107720/2145260/-/cnph8z/-/index.html Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Macharia Kamau has been appointed as the new president of the agency's Children Fund. A statement from the organisation’s headquarters in New York says the envoy will serve in the new capacity for a period of one year. “We are delighted to have ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15116 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:19:43 +0100 WFP says 10% of its food stocks in South Sudan looted https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/wfp-says-10-its-food-stocks-south-sudan-looted The UN World Food Programme says that about 10% of its total stocks in South Sudan have been looted since the outbreak of conflict in mid December, making it more difficult to assist the 400,000 people displaced by violence. WFP had pre-positioned food stocks at nearly 100 sites in South ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15113 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:08:15 +0100 UN protests restriction on operation, demands end to lootings http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49538 The United Nations mission in South Sudan has protested restrictions authorities have enforced on their movement, specifically their inability to respond to humanitarian operations in areas worst-hit by nearly a month of violence in the country. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15068 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:54:41 +0100 SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS: Humanitarian Snapshot 10 January 2014 http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Hum_Snapshot_10_Jan_2014.pdf Active hostilities centred largely in Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states since fighting broke out on 15 December 2013. At least 352,000 people are estimated to have been displaced, with the majority concentrated in Jonglei and Lakes State, and inside 10 UN bases across the country http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15063 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:35:44 +0100 Greening: clean water and shelter for South Sudan crisis https://www.gov.uk/government/news/greening-clean-water-and-shelter-for-south-sudan-crisis Britain will provide a new package of humanitarian aid for those fleeing violence in South Sudan. International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced that Britain will provide a new package of clean water, shelter and urgent medical care for more than 150,000 people fleeing violence in South Sudan. Leading British ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#15020 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:37:20 +0100 ICRC president says ‘can’t cope’ with influx of wounded in South Sudan https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/icrc-president-says-%E2%80%98can%E2%80%99t-cope%E2%80%99-influx-wounded-south-sudan he head of the International Red Cross says that the severity of the fighting in South Sudan coupled with the poor existing medical infrastructure has overwhelmed hospitals with wounded and sick. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer pointed to a “constant inflow of wounded by violence” ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14979 Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:53:42 +0100 Aid workers narrowly escape death in Dadaab explosion http://www.nation.co.ke/news/-/1056/2138522/-/13sede4/-/index.html A convoy of aid workers and their police escort Wednesday morning narrowly escaped after a landmine exploded at IFO 1 in Dadaab refugee camp. Police spokesperson Zipporah Gatiria Mboroki said: “There have been other explosions at a distance of 10 meters apart but there are no injuries resulting from the ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14967 Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:45:19 +0100 UN warns CAR on brink of catastrophe http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/01/un-warns-car-brink-catastrophe-20141751958619907.html About 2.2 million people in Central African Republic need assistance according to the UN political chief. UN officials are warning the Security Council that Central African Republic is on the brink of a catastrophe, with half the population made homeless since ethnic warfare broke out. UN political affairs chief Jeffrey ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14930 Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:42:53 +0100 Desperate situation at UN camp in Bentiu https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/desperate-situation-un-camp-bentiu An estimated 8,000 people are living in desperate conditions inside the UN base in Bentiu. Sudanese traders who sought shelter there are calling on their government to send a plane for evacuation, saying they face hunger and disease and still fear for their lives. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14925 Tue, 7 Jan 2014 06:51:53 +0100 Briefing: The humanitarian cost of South Sudan’s continuing violence http://www.irinnews.org/report/99412/briefing-the-humanitarian-cost-of-south-sudan-s-continuing-violence As the conflict in South Sudan continues, aid agencies are struggling to provide assistance to the thousands of people caught up in the violence. As of 29 December, an estimated 180,000 people had been driven from their homes by the fighting, 75,000 of whom are seeking shelter in UN compounds. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14904 Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:47:25 +0100 MSF forced to reduce its operations at Bangui airport CAR http://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/msf-forced-to-reduce-its-operations-at-bangui-airport-car/ MSF has had to drastically reduce its medical activities in Bangui airport following two days of shooting close to MSF’s clinic at the airport which has resulted in two young children being killed and 40 wounded arriving at MSF’s clinic. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14876 Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:04:31 +0100 Brad, Angelina Gave $1 Million to Eradicate TB in Ethiopia @showbiz411 http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/12/27/brad-angelina-gave-1-million-to-eradicate-tb-in-ethiopia Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie continue to put their money where they say it will go. Their Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated just under $1million in 2012 to eradicate tuberculosis in Ethiopia. The foundation made three separate donations of $500k, $300K, and $166K to centers named for their children in that country. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14856 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:37:08 +0100 Aid agencies: Cooperating or compromising? http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2013/12/aid-agencies-cooperating-compromising-2013121075851848578.html As a new report shows aid groups paid for access in Somalia, Al Jazeera asks if picking sides in a conflict helps their cause as a new report has detailed how aid groups in Somalia had to pay armed fighters for access to areas under their control. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14730 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:18:24 +0100 Aid agencies 'paid Somalia's al-Shabab' during famine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25295821 Aid agencies paid Somalia's al-Shabab militants for access to areas under their control in the 2011 famine, according to a joint report by two think tanks. In many cases al-Shabab insisted on distributing the aid and kept much of it for itself, the report says. Some of the groups are ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14710 Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:48:15 +0100 South Sudan’s NGO Bill http://thoughtsonthesudans.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/south-sudans-ngo-bill/ The National Assembly is currently considering new regulation of national and international NGOs active in South Sudan. The Non-Governmental Organizations Bill, 2013, now at third reading, would replace the New Sudan-era Non-Governmental Organizations Act, 2003. The draft bill can be read here: NGO Bill Third Reading 2013. It is clearly ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14708 Sun, 8 Dec 2013 13:36:02 +0100 Malawi’s Failed Subsidy Programme Left Millions to Starve http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/global-news/africa/malawi/4274-failed-programme.html FISP has failed to change the status of most poor farmers in this southern African nation, 70 percent of whom are women http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14504 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:05:43 +0100 UN: Hunger can be eradicated in Africa by 2025 http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/UN-Hunger-can-be-eradicated-in-Africa-by-2025-20131123 The head of the UN's food and agriculture agency says eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025 is achievable - if Africa's leaders champion it and promote improved crop production and healthy eating. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14491 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:16:43 +0100 Unspeakable horrors in a country on the verge of genocide http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/22/central-african-republic-verge-of-genocide Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children's throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles. What needs to happen before the world intervenes? http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14480 Sat, 23 Nov 2013 08:01:15 +0100 Congolese nun named winner of prestigious Nansen Refugee Award http://www.unhcr.org/523709cc9.html The UN refugee agency on Tuesday announced this year's Nansen Refugee Award is being presented to Sister Angélique Namaika, who works in a remote north-east region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14354 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:42:40 +0200 Cameroon Struggles with Thousands of Nigerian Refugees http://www.voanews.com/content/cameroon-struggles-with-thousands-of-nigerian-refugees/1744122.html Thousands of people have fled northeastern Nigeria since mid-May when the Nigerian military began an offensive against the militant Islamist sect, Boko Haram. Neighboring countries like Cameroon have been confronted with a double challenge as they try to meet the needs of civilians fleeing violence, while also trying to prevent ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14347 Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:08:02 +0200 Risks and compromises for aid workers: when is enough, enough? http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/aug/28/risks-compromises-aid-workers-somalia MSF's withdrawal from Somalia this month raises important questions about what constitute acceptable conditions to work in. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14332 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:41:21 +0200 Analysis: What future for private sector involvement in humanitarianism? http://reliefweb.int/report/world/analysis-what-future-private-sector-involvement-humanitarianism The private sector's involvement in humanitarian action has risen steadily in the last decade and is likely to play an even larger role in the post-2015 development agenda. "In the face of diminishing resources and increasing disasters and crises… it is imperative to bring in innovative resources," said Mamissa Mboob ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14318 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:19:59 +0200 Warring parties in eastern DR Congo must protect civilians, UN agencies urge http://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2013/08/25/warring-parties-in-eastern-dr-congo-must-protect-civilians-un-agencies-urge/ United Nations humanitarian agencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) strongly condemned the attacks that killed and wounded a number of civilians today as fighting flared between Government and rebel forces near the eastern city of Goma, and urged the parties to take all precautions to avoid such ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14308 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 06:05:13 +0200 Conflict gives rise to food crisis in northeast Nigeria http://www.irinnews.org/report/98618/conflict-gives-rise-to-food-crisis-in-northeast-nigeria The Nigerian government has stepped up its emergency food aid in response to severe food insecurity and child malnutrition in the northeast, where the military has been running a sweeping offensive against Boko Haram (BH) Islamists since June. http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14305 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:56:11 +0200 Guidance for Collaborating with Formal Humanitarian Organisations http://www.cdacnetwork.org/public/news/guidance-collaborating-formal-humanitarian-organisations The Guidance for Collaborating with Formal Humanitarian Organizations is a welcomed resource by the digital humanitarian network. Targeted at volunteer and technical groups (V&TCs), it provides valuable information on the humanitarian system and ways to improve collaboration between V&TCs and humanitarian organisations. It follows an earlier publication Guidance for Collaborating ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14297 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:45:52 +0200 Sudan says floods situation does not amount to "disaster" http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47675 The Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby called on member states to provide urgent humanitarian relief to the victims of floods and heavy rainfall that hit large parts of Sudan this month. In a statement issued Thursday, Elaraby appealed to Arab countries and their affiliated organizations as well ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14285 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:54:27 +0200 MSF closes operations in Somalia over 'extreme attacks' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23697275 Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is closing all its programmes in Somalia after 22 years working in the war-torn country. It said in a statement that the decision had been taken because of "extreme attacks on its staff". It said armed groups and civilian leaders increasingly "support, tolerate or ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14282 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:55:24 +0200 Sudan flood victims hits 150 000 and rising: UN http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/2013/08/13/sudan-flood-victims-hits-150-000-and-rising-un The number of people affected by this month's flooding in Sudan has climbed to around 150 000 and is expected to rise further, the United Nations said on Monday. More than half the victims, 84 000, are in the area around the capital Khartoum, said the UN's Office for the ... http://www.essentialafrica.com/drum-humanitarian#14276 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:21:29 +0200