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Ethiopia + 1 other
Leitchuor Camp Profile August 2014

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Contextual Background

Historical background
- Established at the onset of the emergency in South Sudan (mid-December 2013). Refugees began arriving at Ethiopian border entry points (Akobo, Pagak, Burbiey, Pochalla) and were relocated to Leitchuor Camp.

Areas of Origin
- This camp caseload comprises refugees mainly from South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

Cultural Background - The refugees are predominantly ethnic Luo-Nuer with an Anuak minority population.

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Information in the Midst of Crisis: Addressing the Information Needs of Internally Displaced Persons at the Tong Ping Protection of Civilians Site, Juba, South Sudan

As a result of the most recent fighting that started on December 15, 2013, South Sudan has one of the highest concentrations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world today. There have been serious concerns over the ability to meet the information needs of IDPs while coordinating and generally improving the communications strategies of the various agencies involved.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin | Monthly Update - July 2014

Highlights

• Partners reached 2.4 million people with some form of assistance by July 2014. This represents 63 per cent of the 3.8 million people planned to be assisted by the end of 2014.

• While the cholera outbreak was relatively contained in the month of July in Central Equatoria, the disease spread to new locations in Eastern Equatoria and Upper Nile states.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Easing the burden of life by providing firewood to refugee women in Ethiopia

Nyahok, 27, a mother four, has lined up for firewood along with other South Sudanese refugees at the Leitchour refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, about 900 kilometres west of Addis Ababa. Despite the circumstances, she still has to feed her family.

Even though families receive food rations, they need firewood to cook. For most, just like in many rural settings in Africa, they can only use firewood as they lack stoves. People have to walk up to five kilometres to fetch firewood. This is particularly difficult for the old, disabled, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

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Heavy floods displace hundreds in Mapel town

Report
Sudan Tribune

August 6, 2014 (JUBA) – Heavy floods have displaced more than 200 hundreds of households in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

Residents of Jur River county’s Mapel town were forced to leave their homes and seek refuge on higher ground after heavy rains caused widespread flooding in the region.

Heavy flowing flood waters left a trail of destruction through local villages, with livestock and crops swept away.

Health officials in the town have also reported an outbreak of malaria among children, which they believe is linked to poor living conditions.

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South Sudan + 4 others
ACAPS Briefing Note: South Sudan: Deteriorating humanitarian situation

Crisis Overview

  • Violence broke out in Juba on 15 December 2013 between government and opposition forces and quickly spread to other locations in South Sudan. Nearly eight months later, the situation is still tense, violence is ongoing and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating, with high levels of food insecurity and humanitarian agencies warning of the possibility of famine.

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UNMISS Update, 7 August, 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 5 August, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 95,532, including 31,940 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,119 in Malakal, 4,123 in Bor, 40,574 in Bentiu, 563 in Wau, 1,174 in Melut, 28 in Nasser, and 11 in Rumbek.

Activities in Protection Sites

Juba, UN House and Tomping sites

Tomping

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South Sudan on brink of “humanitarian catastrophe”, warns senior UN official

An estimated 1.5 million people have been uprooted in fighting that started in mid-December 2013. The conflict has also sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UN bases around the country.

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Sudan + 1 other
Humanitarian Bulletin Sudan Issue 31 | 28 July – 3 August 2014[EN/AR]

The Floods Task Force – co-chaired by the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission and OCHA – has been activated to respond based on identified needs, prioritizing and targeting the most vulnerable people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Warring Twic East clans sign peace accord

Report
Sudan Tribune

August 5, 2014 (BOR) – The warring Dacuek and Ayuel clans of Jonglei state’s Twic East county have signed an inter-clan peace accord in Wanglei village.

The agreement, which was reached on Sunday, was brokered by the Twic East county administration with the help of church leaders.

Hundreds of youths and elderly people from both clans shared a meal together, exchanging ideas on future development.

The peace accord follows decades of tensions among the two tribes in Nyuak payam (district).

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Seasonal Monitor South Sudan August 6, 2014

Despite above average rains, reduced harvests are expected across Greater Upper Nile

Key Messages

Moderate to heavy rains continued across South Sudan during the thrid dekad of July, with pockets of below-average rainfall in central and western areas of the country, and above- average rains in localized areas in the East. Cumulative rainfall since April has been above average for most of the country, with more than 750 millimeters (mm) in some areas.

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Pibor returnees facing critical food shortages across region

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Sudan Tribune

August 4, 2014 (BOR) – Ongoing food insecurity continues to make life difficult for returnees to Jonglei state’s Pibor county.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) county coordinator, Beko Konyi, told Sudan Tribune by phone from Pibor on Monday that 3,757 people have returned to Pibor from Juba, Kenya and Uganda.

However, many returnees are struggling to cope with the harsh conditions in the region, which is severely affecting their ability to rebuild their lives.

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Much-needed food rations distribution to displaced families goes on in Juba, South Sudan

JUBA [ACTED News] - Seven months since the start of the crisis in South Sudan, more than 14,000 displaced people continue to seek refuge at Tongping UN base in the country’s capital Juba. Alongside its site management activities, ACTED has been distributing monthly rations of sorghum, lentils, vegetable oil and salt to the population of displaced people at the site.

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UN evacuates staff, aid workers in South Sudan

The troops from the UN mission were expected to continue evacuations on Thursday from Bunj, in Upper Nile State, where a local militia was blamed for the killings of six relief workers.

Agence France-Presse:

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Warring Parties in South Sudan Must Embark on Path of Reconciliation or Risk Humanitarian Catastrophe, Senior Official Warns Security Council

Security Council

SC/11510

7235th Meeting (AM)

Reiterating Government’s Commitment to Peace Process,
Permanent Representative Urges Armed Groups to Show ‘Seriousness and Faithfulness’

After three years of independence, South Sudan was on the “brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict”, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official warned the Security Council this morning.

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Nigeria + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, August 7 – August 13, 2014

- Below-average rains observed across western Sahel during late July.

- Wetness continues in Eastern Africa.

1) Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been both suppressed and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria leading to a strengthening of moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.