No school for thousands in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

… “The humanitarian organisations operating in the camp told us that the lack of financial support forced them to withdraw on 31 December 2015,” an activist reported to Radio Dabanga from the camp. …

Source: No school for thousands in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

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Darfur IDPs complain from severe cold, diseases – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Internally displaced residents of Ottash camp on the outskirts of Nyala have complained from severe cold that caused a rise in stomach disorders.

They said there is an acute shortage of blankets and plastic sheets to protect them from the cold.

IDPs leader in the camp, Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed, told Sudan Tribune they had noted an increase in Intestinal flu among the camp residents, in particular among children and elders.

“Ever since the beginning of this wave of severe cold, we have been suffering from an acute shortages in blankets and plastic sheets to protect us from this stiff cold,’’ he said.

“Children, who constitute 60% of the 123000 camp’s population, are the most affected by the disease,’’ he complained.

Ahmed urged both national and international humanitarian groups to haste with winter requirements to the IDPs.

“The situation might become catastrophic if the state government and aid groups do not provide the IDPs with blankets and plastic sheets to protect them from cold,’’ he said. …

Source: Darfur IDPs complain from severe cold, diseases – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Unicef reports children starving in eastern Sudan | Radio Dabanga

A Unicef Sudan worker measures the upper-arm circumference of a child: a measurement in the red zone means that the child is acutely malnourished (Unicef Sudan)

The UN Children’s Fund stressed the high mortality rate among children in Sudan, in particular children under a year, because of malnutrition and childhood diseases. Unicef plans to open a centre in eastern Sudan, stating that malnutrition there is worse than in the Darfur region. …

He said that the “extensive spread of measles” is a result of the low immunisation coverage, and the increase of malnutrition, weight loss, and stunting diseases. … He added that the budget allotted for Sudan amounts to $130 million, saying it only covers 60 percent of the organisation’s actual needs, and urged partners to continue their support for Unicef programs in Sudan. …

Source: Unicef reports children starving in eastern Sudan | Radio Dabanga

FAO: ‘Delayed planting in Sudan may lead to 50% crop loss’ | Radio Dabanga

Delayed and poor rainfall in a number of Sudanese localities during this year’s rainy season may lead to a significant decrease of yields in the November-January harvest period, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported.

According to a FAO survey, the 25-80 percent reduction in rainfall coupled with a delayed planting period may lead to a 30-50 percent crop loss.

The localities most at risk of poor harvests are concentrated in North Darfur, South Darfur and Central Darfur, as well as Hamashkoreeb locality in eastern Sudan’s Kassala state.

The full impact of a low harvest will be felt most acutely during the traditional lean season between March and June next year. This could increase food insecurity in affected localities, especially among small-scale farmers and pastoralists who make up the bulk of Sudan’s rural poor. …

Source: FAO: ‘Delayed planting in Sudan may lead to 50% crop loss’ | Radio Dabanga

Western Journalism and Sudan: a painful deficit, with growing consequences – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

… with the exception of reporting by Sudanese news organizations such as Sudan Tribune and Radio Dabanga—both publishing electronically in exile—we hear virtually nothing about affected civilians in Sudan, and the brutality of the Khartoum regime that rules Sudan. But regime policies have generated staggering numbers of displaced persons and refugees, pervasive and dangerous malnutrition rates, a disintegrating medical system, and ethnically-targeted destruction in Darfur that amounts to genocide.

And it is not simply Darfur: virtually all of Sudan that suffers; only the riverine elite in Khartoum and its environs, and the regime’s hand-picked cronies, have managed to insulate themselves from these disasters, which threaten to become a tidal wave of catastrophe as the Sudanese economy continues to implode …

Source: Western Journalism and Sudan: a painful deficit, with growing consequences – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Soaring grain prices in Sudan, famine expected | Radio Dabanga

The prices of sorghum and millet are skyrocketing in western and eastern Sudan. The current agricultural season failed in many parts of the country because of the late and poor rainfall this year … The merchants expect a famine, as they are certain that the prices will increase even more because of the failure of this year’s main agricultural season…

Source: Soaring grain prices in Sudan, famine expected | Radio Dabanga

Sudan OCHA bulletin 40: Acute malnutrition in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

Hunger prevails among people in North Darfur’s Ailliet locality, according to findings of a recent screening. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reports in its latest weekly bulletin that the ‘Global Acute Malnutrition’ (GAM) rate for the locality is at 25.3 percent, considerably above the emergency threshold of 15 percent. …

Source: Sudan OCHA bulletin 40: Acute malnutrition in North Darfur | Radio Dabanga

Food security crisis in Blue Nile: 30,000 people at risk of a localised famine — SKBNCU Flash

Lack of rains, after sporadic falls in May 2015, have provoked the substantial disruption of maize and short-term sorghum cultivation in the payam of Wadaka and Chali (Kurmuk county) in Blue Nile. As a result, around 30,000 people living in those areas are at risk of a localised famine. Deaths due to malnutrition and sickness from eating inappropriate wild foods have already been reported from the Koma Ganza area, where around 15,000 people live in critical humanitarian conditions. … For the time being, rains in 2 nearby Yabus payam have allowed people to cultivate. Because of the protracted conflict in Blue Nile (and South Kordofan), the coping strategies of the population in these areas are already exhausted. …

Source: http://www.sudanconsortium.org/darfur_consortium_actions/reports/2015/Flash%20update%20_10-8%20October%202015.%2030,000%20people%20at%20risk%20of%20localised%20famine%20in%20Blue%20Nile.pdf

Treating malnutrition in Sudan’s North Darfur – European Commission

Sudan is among the countries in the world with the highest rate of undernutrition. One in every three children aged under five is stunted and one in six weighs too little for his or her height. Four states, including North Darfur, have acute malnutrition levels. …

Source: Treating malnutrition in Sudan’s North Darfur – European Commission