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29 May 2017 description

May 29, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

More than 20 million people in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of starvation as a result of severe drought and conflict. South Sudan is experiencing famine, and unless immediate action is taken, others could slide into a similar situation. This is an unprecedented situation.

The Government of Canada is responding to this crisis and will also help Canadians mobilize their own response to a global appeal through the creation of the Famine Relief Fund.

29 May 2017 description

The Government of Canada will match donations from individual Canadians in response to severe food crises in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and surrounding regions dollar-for-dollar through its new Famine Relief Fund.

The announcement was made May 29 in Ottawa by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development.

The fund is retroactive to March 17, and runs until June 30.

29 May 2017 description

In order to improve the living condition for the IDPs the PoCAA, and in coordination with the camp management, IOM Shelter NFI team constructed communal shelters in the new extension area (Zone C). A total of 176 communal shelters with different size (15*5, 12*5, 9*5, 6*5 and 3*5) were constructed in zone C in the 4 main blocks (Block 1, 2, 3, 4) and around 6,520 individuals were relocated. A number of 106 casual labours were hired for the shelter construction. They were all working in the same time to ensure 10 communal shelters were constructed each single day.

29 May 2017 description

Humanitarian Situation in this Area

Inter-Cluster Response Mission (ICRM) lead by UNOCHA went to Mayendit (Southern Unity) on 7th April 2017 to response to families affected by famine, where IOM and PAH, for Shelter and NFI Cluster, participated.

29 May 2017 description

Following the influx of the IDPs to POC AA due to April-2017 conflict which broke out in Wau town, the partners had an assessment to establish the figures and needs of the IDPs new arrivals and as a result of that IOM in coordination with world concern conducted a distribution using WFP ration card.

29 May 2017 description

Responding the to the new influx in the PoC where more than 10,000 people displaced from different places in Wau to the PoC seeking safety and protection, IOM shelter/NFI team were deployed to work with the Camp management to provide a shelter solution to these displaced people. Due to the big number of displacement verse the limited spaces, the team agreed with the camp management to construct 15*5 communal shelters in order to sufficiently use the available space. A number of 73 communal shelter were constructed in GFD area (General Food Distribution site), contingency area and Zone C.

29 May 2017 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites [i]

  • As of 25 May 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 230,482 including 119,139 in Bentiu, 30,559 in Malakal, 38,833 in Juba UN House, 1,956 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 179 in UNMISS base and 39,165 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
29 May 2017 description
  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. The WHO Regional Office is currently monitoring 49 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 38 ungraded events.

29 May 2017 description

The “unsung contribution” of personnel serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been praised by the mission head, David Shearer on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, observed annually on May 29.

Speaking at a commemorative ceremony at UN House in Juba on Monday, Mr Shearer, who is also the United Nations Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral for South Sudan, paid tribute to the men and women of UNMISS. He underscored his expectations that peacekeepers must act in a way that is “robust, calm and appropriate.”

29 May 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide further assistance to the millions of people across Africa forced from their homes, with more than ten million estimated to be on the verge of starvation due to ongoing conflict and widespread drought.

An additional $19.3 million in support will provide emergency food, healthcare, water and sanitation to people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.

28 May 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 27, 2017 (IMATONG) – South Sudan’s armed opposition factions under the overall command of General Patrick Ohiti in Imatong state have reportedly accepted in principle to join the national dialogue.

The move, officials say, came after months of intense negotiations.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir officially launched the long-awaited national dialogue initiative in the capital, Juba on Monday.

28 May 2017 description


  • Humanitarian partners have assisted more than 80,000 people in Akobo, Nyirol and Uror counties.

  • Emergency food assistance has been distributed to more than 17,300 people in Aburoc. Water remains a predominant concern.

  • An attack on Luom, Mayendit County, in May left homes looted, burned and destroyed, and the area’s Primary Health Centre reportedly looted.

  • Eleven months on, the cholera outbreak continues to spread, with counties most recently affected increasingly distant from the River Nile.

27 May 2017 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 19 May 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomed the successful conclusion, on 19 May 2017, of the fourth meeting of the Tripartite Committee of the Joint Approach to the International Community held in Addis Ababa. The Tripartite Committee was established under the Cooperation Agreement of 2012 between Sudan and South Sudan to jointly pursue debt relief, lifting of Sudanese sanctions and economic assistance to Sudan and South Sudan.

26 May 2017 description


​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 21 May - 27 May 2017 and includes updates on influenza, hepatitis A, cholera, Ebola virus disease and Legionnaires' disease.

26 May 2017 description


Security Council
7951st Meeting (AM)

Endless Talks on Ending Violence Pointless as Arms Sales to Criminals, Dictators, Terrorists Continue at Same Time, Says Holy See

Despite 15 years of steadily growing international attention to the question of protecting civilians in conflict situations, life in war zones around the world remained grim, with suffering “pushed to the limits” as cities turned into “death traps”, the Security Council heard today as it held an open debate on attacks against medical personnel and facilities.

26 May 2017 description

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) welcomes the release of George Livio, its national staff member who has been in detention since August 2014 without trial.

The Mission calls for the release of its two other national staff members who are currently also being held in detention without trial since 2014.

UNMISS continues to urge the South Sudanese authorities to respect national laws and the fundamental principles of due process under international human rights law.

26 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 26 May 2017 13:56 GMT

"The refugees are stealing, they stole a goat at night and their foot marks were traced up to the camp"

By Pacato Peter Obwot

PAGIRINYA, Uganda May 26 (Reuters) - Hunger is forcing desperate refugees from South Sudan to steal food from poverty-stricken locals in northern Uganda, residents say, after a funding crisis compelled the United Nations slash rations in refugee camps by half this month.

26 May 2017 description

24 May 2017, Juba, South Sudan – The Government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO) are to establish the first Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) in Juba. The USD 0.45 million project that comprises PHEOC’s infrastructure and equipment comes on top of Japan’s multi-year contribution to scaling up of blood transfusion services. The objective of establishing the PHEOC is to strengthen preparedness and response capacities for public health emergencies in line with the International Health Regulations of 2005.