News Round Up 18/08/2017

18 August 2017


Hart News Round Up – 18th August 2017


Saturday 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a global campaign advocating for aid workers who risk their lives to work in war-torn countries, and innocent civilians whose lives and communities are ripped apart by conflict. HART’s partners work in impossible circumstances, working against the odds to bring stability, education and healthcare to their local communities. The theme this year is #NotATarget. Click here to join the campaign.



Half of all IDPs in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine are children. That’s 97,900 children displaced by armed conflict. Children are not a target.



Canadian arms due to be exported to Azerbaijan (RCI/ Levon Sevunts)



A page of a diary kept by girls abducted from Chibok by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. The girls’ diaries describe their experiences of being abducted after a robbery went wrong. (Reuters)


South Sudan

  • Warnings continue to be issued about the arrival of fall armyworm in South Sudan (affecting maize, sorghum, millet, vegetables and other such crops) which could worsen food insecurity in the war-torn country which is currently facing an unprecedented food crisis for an estimated 6 million people.
  • “The UK will not forget the people of South Sudan, Humanitarian aid workers are not a target and they must be able to go on delivering lifesaving assistance in South Sudan.” – That’s the message of Fiona Ritchie, Deputy Head of the UK’s Department for International Development – DFID in South Sudan.
  • South Sudan’s army is once again in the spotlight for alleged mistreatment and harassment of civilians in Yei River State in Central Equatoria. The reports come from a catholic clergy based in southwest town of Yei town, who say once again this is destroying trust and confidence between the troops and area residents.
  • South Sudan’s President Kiir on Monday urged armed and political opposition groups to stop the fighting and to prepare themselves to take part in the general elections after the end of the transitional period.
Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers. A catholic clergy base is accusing the army deployed in the Yei region of assaulting innocent civilians (East African)



The disarming of illegal weapons in Darfur (Prensa Latina)


Timor Leste

  • Three weeks after its parliamentary election, Timor-Leste remains leaderless and could be heading for a minority government. Fretilin, which won most seats in the July 22 poll, has so far failed to form a government with its former coalition partner — the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT). A decision must be reached before 22 August when new members of parliament are sworn in.
After receiving international praise for conducting peaceful and democratic elections, Timor Leste’s future is becoming uncertain as parties have not yet reached a coalition agreement




South Sudanese refugees in Uganda (UNHCR)


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