News in Brief 19 February 2015 (PM)

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Young residents at a new settlement occupied only by women and children at the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Faran

Over 41,000 people displaced by conflict in Darfur this year

More than 41,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Sudan's North and Central Darfur region since the beginning of the year, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA points out that the number of newly displaced people in need of assistance and protection may be significantly higher.

Humanitarian organizations have been largely denied access to parts of the Jebel Marra area where some of the heaviest fighting has reportedly taken place between Sudanese government and rebel forces.

Campaign launched to get 400,000 children back to school in South Sudan

A campaign to get children back to school in South Sudan has been launched by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) in Juba.

The agency said that approximately 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict between government and opposition forces in South Sudan will have the chance to return to their studies over the next 12 months.

UNICEF and its partners will provide support to children aged 3 to 18 years, including pre-school and basic education, catch-up programmes for adolescents and psychosocial support in the classrooms.

Contract paves way for construction of premises for Mechanism for tribunals

A contract has been signed in Arusha, Tanzania to pave the way for the reconstruction of new premises of the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals (MICT).

A 12-month construction programme is to start imminently.

The MICT is completing the work of the international tribunals set up to prosecute people accused of crimes committed during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the wars during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

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