- WFP: South Sudan Crisis - Regional Impact Situation Report #56, 15 May 2015
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin | Biweekly Update 15 May 2015
- UNMISS statement on the ongoing violence in Unity State, 11 May 2015
Appeals & Funding
- South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
- Guide to Giving: Key ways of contributing to the crisis response in South Sudan
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Loej, visited Pibor Town today and met with senior local officials, recently released child soldiers and UNMISS staff members assigned to the Mission’s county support base.
Snapshot 22–28 April 2015
Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
In bi-modal rainfall areas, late and erratic rains affected first season crops in central and southern districts
Prices of matooke and beans increased by 20-40 percent between February and March in most markets
Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region
Prospects for 2015 first season crops are uncertain in bi-modal areas due to erratic seasonal rains
April is the start of the lean season in the north of South Sudan, and communities are relying on coping strategies to pull through until the next harvest. Last month, FAO and partners visited Unity state – a state hard hit by conflict, population displacement, and low food availability – to conduct a food security and nutrition assessment. What they found is that a large percentage of the population are internally displaced people (IDPs) and many have very limited food access.
Over 133,626 persons have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan
78,214 persons have received humanitarian assistance (specific assistance only)
Sudan hosts an estimated 350,000 Southern Sudanese individuals following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan
* Abyei PCA Box is estimated to have received 2,496 (IOM)
USAID/OFDA announces more than $16.45 million in new FY 2015 funding to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan
Violence escalates in and around Malakal town, Upper Nile State, triggering additional humanitarian concerns
Aid workers continue to face access constraints and dangerous conditions while implementing relief operations in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan
As of 23 April, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 117,604 including 52,908 in Bentiu, 34,420 in Juba UN House, 26,596 in Malakal, 2,374 in Bor, 944 in Melut and 362 in Wau.
The ICRC has launched a new initiative to help thousands of people fleeing the violence in South Sudan. A new web page (http://familylinks.icrc.org/south-sudan) has been set up which enables people to trace family members with whom they have lost contact.
"The web page will allow South Sudanese people living abroad in places like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and France, look for relatives displaced by the violence," said the ICRC's Marc Studer, who is heading the project.
Insecurity in Malakal disrupts operations and investigation into missing staff members.
In addition to movement constraints, insecurity in Malakal this week is also impeding WFP’s ability to pursue information on three staff that went missing while on duty in Akoka on 01 April.
Voucher distributions begin in Mingkaman on 18 April.
By: Torbjörn Granrot, Swedish Red Cross and Katherine Mueller, IFRC
They fled conflict in South Sudan and are now committed volunteers as part of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society’s efforts to support the vulnerable refugee population. They clean toilets and keep the camp in Gambela, Ethiopia, where 48,000 fellow refugees have settled, clean to help reduce the spread of disease.
The situation in South Sudan remains among the world's biggest humanitarian crises since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
Over 2 million people have fled their homes, including over half a million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries (70% of them are children). At the same time, the country hosts around a quarter of a million refugees, mainly from Sudan.
EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, who is visiting South Sudan, announces that the Commission is requesting new vital support in the amount of €50 million from the European Union for the victims of this humanitarian crisis.
"I have witnessed first-hand the immense suffering of the people of South Sudan. People who have been forced to leave their homes and desperately look for a safe place to live. People who lack the opportunity to earn a living. They have suffered enough!" said Commissioner Stylianides.
Chile - Volcanic eruption
• Calbuco volcano erupted on 22 April, with volcanic ash reaching a height greater than 15 km, pyroclastic flow within a range of 7 km and lahars travelling 15 km through riverbeds. As of early morning on 24 April, gas emission from the erupted crater continue.
• As of 24 April, the aviation colour code over the volcano remains Red. The 20 km restriction zone around the crater remains in effect, while a total of 4,514 evacuees have been recorded and 12 shelters have been opened in the surrounding communes.
April 26, 2015 (JUBA) – Residents in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, say there is no clean drinking water in the city which serves as the seat of the government, citing scarcity of bottled water as the cause.
Since the independence, the country including its national capital still lacks clean drinking water as over 90% of the city dwellers depend on water for drink from the River Nile. Only about 10% have access to running tape water or bottled water.
In 2015 humanitarian organizations will target assistance to an estimated 5.4 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan. This vulnerability is primarily driven by conflict-induced displacement, and chronic food insecurity and malnutrition. Some 3.1 million people in Sudan are internally displaced; most in Darfur, while a further 0.7 million people are refugees displaced from their country of origin or South Sudanese who are unable to move to South Sudan.