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21 Aug 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 19, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese authorities have vowed to protect aid workers and facilitate the transportation of humanitarian supplies by providing adequate security to aid organizations.

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba, humanitarian affairs and disaster management minister, Hussein Mar Nyuot, acknowledged the difficulties aid workers and organizations face while delivering help to South Sudan.

21 Aug 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

August 21, 2017 (GAMBELLA) - The Governor of the Gambela region, Gatluak Tut Khot has urged South Sudanese refugees to return to Pagak, a former rebel stronghold within South Sudan’s Mawut state.

Gatluak, on Saturday, met several South Sudanese Nuer refugees in Kuergeng, an Ethiopian town located about 5 kilometers from Pagak town.

The refugees, South Sudan’s Consul in Gambella noted in a statement, vowed to return home since Maiwut was now liberated.

19 Aug 2017 description

1,986,025* Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 31 July (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

560,688* South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 31 July

275,187 Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 31 July

Regional Highlights

19 Aug 2017 description

Overall Findings

  1. Majority of IDPs intend to stay in their current place of displacement

  2. There are no health facilities in Pading center or the three IDPs sites

  3. 2 functional boreholes in Pading center. No boreholes in the three IDPs sites

  4. Use of stagnant water for drinking, cooking and washing across the three IDP sites

  5. No schools accessible to IDPs living in Pading center or the three IDPs sites

INTRODUCTION

19 Aug 2017 description

17,367 IDPs registered in Ajio, Kerwa and Logo sites

79% of IDPs intend to stay in their current place of displacement

21% of IDPs intend to return to their place of origin

BACKGROUND

19 Aug 2017 description

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a biometric verification exercise in the Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site from 1 – 11 August 2017, covering four sectors and 48 blocks of the PoC site. A total of 24,402 individuals, or 9,184 households, were verified.

The previous verification was conducted in February 2017, with 30,551 individuals, or 10,230 households, verified, indicating a significant decrease of approximately 6,000 individuals.

18 Aug 2017 description

A man storms into the operating theatre. He is angry and carrying a gun. His wife just died while giving birth despite all efforts by the doctors to save her. He raises his weapon and starts shooting.

Rita Dominic Kiyawa tells her story as if it happened yesterday, even though four years have passed since the attack on Wau Teaching Hospital (WTH), where she has been working as a nurse since 1989. She likes her job, but after witnessing an attack that could have taken her life, she almost resigned from her career that she considers her destiny.

18 Aug 2017 description

(Juba, 18 August 2017): On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim (a.i.) for South Sudan, Serge Tissot, called for an immediate end to attacks against civilians and aid workers as conflict continues in South Sudan. “We continue to witness increasing, deliberate and unprovoked attacks against civilians and aid workers in South Sudan. This should not be accepted as the norm,” said Mr. Tissot. “We urge the public make an overarching call to action: Civilians and Aid workers are #NotATarget.”

18 Aug 2017 description
report IRIN

More than a million South Sudanese refugees have now crossed the border into Uganda in what is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Analysts say the chances of forging peace are becoming slimmer and so the war and the flow of desperate people is set to continue, further straining an already struggling aid operation.

Read more on IRIN

17 Aug 2017 description

ACHIEVEMENTS

• IOM, with the support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), received approval to expand comprehensive HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) treatment to PoC sites. Currently, only prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) services are available in the PoC sites, while anti-retroviral treatment (ART) is not available to the general population. This expansion provides the necessary resources to expand ART provision.

17 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Insecurity and poor rains threaten harvests from the current cropping season.
• Food insecurity reported in Mvolo, many people surviving on wild food.
• Youth hard hit by the South Sudan violence and humanitarian crisis.
• Fighting and insecurity disrupt provision of humanitarian assistance and displace thousands in Upper Nile.
• Looting of humanitarian compounds and supplies increased in July.

In this issue

17 Aug 2017 description

With 20 million women, children and men struggling to find food and safe drinking water in parts of Africa and Yemen, Canadians donated more than $8 million to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies during the Stop Famine Together joint campaign.

Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund, which matched eligible donations, even more relief aid is available to those in need.

17 Aug 2017 description

Fresh moves are underway to revive the stalled integration of thousands of former rebel fighters into South Sudan’s regular military forces in a bid to transform the troubled town of Yambio from a culture of war to one of peace.

About 4000 former members of the South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM), the former so-called Arrow Boys or South Sudan People’s Patriotic Front (SSPPF), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – In Opposition, surrendered more than a year ago following the Government’s promise to reintegrate them into the ranks of regular forces.

17 Aug 2017 description

Juba (ICRC) - The president of the ICRC arrived in South Sudan today to view the devastating effects that the country's continued violence is having on the millions of residents on the brink of extreme hunger.

The numbers associated with South Sudan's violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. Of the country's population of 12 million, one in three residents has been displaced, while one in two is severely hungry and in need of food assistance.

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights W31 2017

Surveillance

Completeness for IDSR reporting at county level was 56% . Completeness for EWARS reporting from IDP sites was 77% .

Alert

A total of 15 alerts were reported, of which 27% have been verified. 0 alerts were risk assessed and 0 required a response.

Response

A total of 102 new cholera cases and 1 death (CFR 1.0% ) were reported.
The cumulative total since the start of the current outbreak on 18 June 2016 is 19,742 cases and 355 deaths (CFR 1.8% )*.

17 Aug 2017 description

Since the current cholera outbreak began in South Sudan in June 2016, IOM health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) teams, as well as Rapid Response Fund (RRF)* partners, have responded in outbreak areas in close coordination with partner agencies. IOM and RRF teams have worked in multiple locations across 16 counties, providing case management care and conducting preventive measures, such as hygiene promotion, improving access to safe drinking water and conducting oral cholera vaccine (OCV) campaigns.

17 Aug 2017 description

written by:

Fai Hassan

For years, South Sudan has struggled with the instability brought on by conflict. Displacement, lack of access to education, sexual gender-based violence, inflation—the list goes on. On top of that, in February 2017, the United Nations announced a famine in South Sudan. One affecting upwards of 50% of the population, including a million children.