UN-backed polio immunization campaign under way in Southern Sudan

A United Nations-backed polio immunization campaign is under way in Southern Sudan, targeting children under the age of five in a region that experienced an outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease in 2008 after being free for the previous three years.

Efforts to disarm Sudanese ex-combatants making headway, reports UN official

The United Nations reports that progress is being made in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of soldiers in north and south Sudan, a key component of the 2005 agreement that ended the country’s 21-year civil war.

UN refugee agency seeks funding to help refugees return to South Sudan

The United Nations refugee today launched an appeal for $11.9 million to help assist the return of refugees, mainly from camps in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, to South Sudan.

UN agency steps up pace of refugee returns to southern Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency is accelerating its programme for the voluntary repatriation of tens of thousands of people to southern Sudan from neighbouring countries.

Nearly $89 million needed to respond to floods in Southern Africa – UN

The international relief aid community is seeking nearly $89 million to help hundreds of thousands of people in flood-hit parts of Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Number of returning southern Sudanese refugees tops 140,000 – UN agencies

More than 140,000 southern Sudanese refugees have returned home since the north-south civil war ended at the start of 2005, but almost twice as many remain in neighbouring countries, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today.

UN food agency welcomes $55 million contribution from Southern Sudan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a $55 million contribution from the Government of Southern Sudan for the agency's rebuilding projects in the region, which is recovering from a 21-year conflict.

UN winds up repatriation scheme from Central African Republic to southern Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency has wrapped up its voluntary repatriation programme for southern Sudanese who had been living in the Central African Republic (CAR), with almost 10,000 people having returned home since early last year to try to rebuild their lives.

New UN routes help Sudanese refugees return to celebration and song

Elders, women and youth sang and danced, a cow was slaughtered and officials spoke as the United Nations refugee agency opened two new repatriation corridors from western Ethiopia to south Sudan at the weekend to pave the way home for thousands of Sudanese who fled two decades of civil war that uprooted some 4.5 million people overall.

As southern Africa faces hungry holiday season, UN agencies call for urgent aid

As more than 9 million southern Africans face hunger over the holiday season while much of the rest of the world feasts, United Nations agencies today pleaded for immediate donor aid to continue feeding the hungriest.