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22 Feb 2017 description

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

21 Feb 2017 description
report Medair

Lausanne, 21 February 2017 – East Africa, and in particular the Horn of Africa, has been in a state of crisis for a good part of the 21st century. However, the UN’s official announcement yesterday declaring a state of famine in several areas of South Sudan underlines the extreme severity of the humanitarian situation.

Medair has been active in East Africa for the past 23 years, delivering critical and emergency health and nutrition aid to South Sudan and Somalia.

21 Feb 2017 description

Birungi Machrine

President Salva Kiir today said that improving South Sudan’s international image and mending strained relations with the United Nations are two of his priorities.

“Our relations with the United Nations have not been smooth over the last three years,” President Kiir told the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in Juba.

He recognised the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, as a “pragmatic man,” and added:

“My government pledges to work with him very closely to improve our relationship with the UN system in general.”

21 Feb 2017 description

Statement from International Development Secretary Priti Patel and summary of how UK aid is already helping.

Following the declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan yesterday (Monday 20 February) – the first famine in the world for six years – there has been widespread media coverage including by the BBC, ITV, Sky, Guardian, Times, Financial Times and the Independent highlighting the worsening humanitarian crisis.

21 Feb 2017 description

People are constantly on the move in South Sudan’s Leer and Mayendit counties, where shifting front lines of conflict frequently force residents to flee their homes. Repeated attacks on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Leer have further complicated the situation, necessitating new approaches to health care provision. Here, MSF doctor Philippa Pett describes how her team has adapted to provide health care to people on the move through a flexible network of mobile clinics.

Picking Up the Pieces

21 Feb 2017 description

The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) is a multi-donor pooled fund that supports the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the most critical needs in a strategic and coordinated manner. Through the SSHF:

• Funds are channeled to where they are most needed according to the most urgent priorities within the Humanitarian Response Plan as agreed by the humanitarian community.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Christian Aid

· Humanitarian catastrophe escalating as world watches

· Resilient South Sudanese have ‘exhausted their coping mechanisms’

The international community must do more to resolve the crisis in South Sudan, Christian Aid has warned following the declaration of famine in parts of the country.

The famine – the world’s first since 2011 – was formally announced on Monday in parts of Unity State, where some 100,000 people are facing starvation. A further 1 million are classified as being on the brink of famine.

21 Feb 2017 description

SOUTH SUDAN

100,000 people in Unity face Catastrophe (IPC 5) food outcomes between February and April 2017, up from 80,000 in January. Leer, Mayendit and Koch counties are most affected. Although pockets of famine were previously reported in August and September 2016, the food security situation has since significantly deteriorated, and this is expected to continue until the peak of the lean season in July 2017. Lack of humanitarian access to the affected areas is a further concern.

21 Feb 2017 description

Juba – The protracted conflict in South Sudan’s Mayendit and Leer counties is having a profound effect on the local population. Men, women and children are regularly forced to flee their homes to escape fighting, and struggle to access essentials, including food, water and healthcare. In recent weeks, MSF teams have encountered extremely high levels of malnutrition and have launched an emergency response to treat malnourished children.

21 Feb 2017 description

Today the European Commission has announced an emergency aid package worth €82 million as famine has been declared in South Sudan for the first time since the country gained independence in 2011.

One hundred thousand people are facing starvation in parts of the country while 40 per cent of the population (4.9 million people) is in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

21 Feb 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 21 February 2017 – Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.

Exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon, below-average rainfall is worsening food security and water availability, straining the resilience of communities across the region.

21 Feb 2017 description

A humanitarian crisis is currently unfolding in the besieged town of Yei, in South Sudan, trapping 100,000 people. In response to the crisis, Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) and the children´s aid foundation, Terre des hommes have launched a CHF 1.5 million project, supported by Swiss Solidarity.

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

• Completeness for weekly reporting was 34% IDSR sites and 68% for the IDP sites.

• Malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity in nonconflict areas and IDPs. Transmission in most counties that had experienced upsurge in cases has reduced to expected ranges.

• 10 new measles cases reported from Wau PoC during the week.
Measles IgM positive cases confirmed in Aweil South (4); Gogrial West (4); and Wau PoC (4). 7 Rubella IgM positive cases in Wau PoC.

21 Feb 2017 description

South Sudan - IOM is improving living conditions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the crowded Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Wau, South Sudan. Hosting more than 30,000 IDPs, the Wau PoC site adjacent to the UN peacekeeping base is the most congested displacement camp in the country.

21 Feb 2017 description

IOM conducted biometric verification exercise in Wau Shilluk from 16th to 26th January 2017 covering 5 bomas before it was disrupted due to insecurity in the area. Approximately 90% of the verification was completed with a total of 20,446 individuals / 6,115 households registered, covering 4 bomas out of the 5 bomas. An estimate of 2,000 - 3,000 individuals remained unverified from Padiet/Pathaw boma.

21 Feb 2017 description
report InterAction

by Kristin Myers

South Sudan is right now in the grip of a food crisis that threatens millions of lives. It’s a humanitarian emergency on an enormous scale — but how did it come to this? It’s hard to ignore the numbers: more than 50,000 killed, more than three million forced to flee their homes, and millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. It’s stunning to observe South Sudan’s decline from an American foreign-policy success story to a country on the verge of collapse, so soon after its 2011 independence — and largely out of the spotlight.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/PARIS, 21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years, UNICEF said today as leaders from around the world gather in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.”

20 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

20 février 2017 – La Directrice exécutive du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), Ertharin Cousin, et le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Filippo Grandi, ont exprimé lundi leur préoccupation concernant les graves pénuries d'aide alimentaire qui affectent environ deux millions de réfugiés situés dans 10 pays africains notamment dans la Corne de l'Afrique