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29 Apr 2017 description
report UN News Service

29 April 2017 – Disturbed by the escalation of violence and subsequent suffering of civilians in South Sudan as a result of the recent government offensive, the United Nations today urged the Government and other warring parties to cease hostilities, uphold their responsibility to protect civilians.

29 Apr 2017 description

The first elements of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have started to arrive in the country.

The RPF Headquarters has already been established in Juba under the leadership of Brigadier General Jean Mupenzi from Rwanda. In addition, an advance party of a Construction Engineering Company from Bangladesh arrived on 20 April bringing essential equipment to begin the preparation of accommodation and working areas for the RPF in Juba. Regional troops from Rwanda will follow in June and July.

29 Apr 2017 description

MESSAGES CLÉS

• Les parties Nord-ouest du pays ont reçu des précipitations normales à supérieures à la normale qui devraient favoriser une production agricole normale pour la saison B, alors que le reste du pays a reçu des précipitations normales à inferieures à la normale, présageant une production agricole de la saison B inferieure à la normale.

29 Apr 2017 description

Conflict drives severe food insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen; early season rainfall poor in the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

29 Apr 2017 description

Below-average rainfall and armyworm infestation threaten harvest prospects

KEY MESSAGES

• First season rainfall has been below average and erratically distributed in most areas. Planting was delayed in eastern and northern bimodal areas and in Karamoja and green harvests are now likely to arrive 3 to 4 weeks later than normal in these areas. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are expected in eastern bimodal areas and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are likely in Moroto, Napak, and Kaabong through July.

29 Apr 2017 description

Food security continues to deteriorate in South Kordofan and Jebel Marra

KEY MESSAGES

  • By March/April 2017, food insecurity among IDPs and poor residents in SPLM-N areas of South Kordofan and new IDPs in parts of Jabal Mara in Darfur has already deteriorated to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and is likely to deteriorate to Emergency (IPC Phase 4) by May/June through September 2017 due to displacement, restrictions on movement and trade flows, and limited access to normal livelihoods activities.

29 Apr 2017 description

The flow of humanitarian supplies and goods is being expedited by the roadwork conducted by the UNMISS Indian engineering company. Since the beginning of 2017, 270 kilometers of road have become operational in Unity State.

The Indian military engineering company maintained the only ground supply route stretching from Juba to Bentiu-Abeimnom-AjakKuac, covering a total of 151 kilometers said UNMISS Bentiu field administrative officer, Mr. Biju George.

29 Apr 2017 description

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa.

Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is not enough,” explains Rozenn Botokro, a Handicap International rehabilitation specialist, and a pioneer of a stimulative physical therapy method which “breaks the cycle” of malnutrition, she explains.

28 Apr 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Apr 2017 description

by Alex de Waal

Stephen O’Brien, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the UN Security Council on March 10 on the famine in South Sudan and the dangers of imminent famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. O’Brien made a clear call to action. His opening words were, however, hyberbolic: “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

28 Apr 2017 description

FAO and WFP urge swift action to prevent hunger deaths in four countries hit by conflict

28 April 2017, Rome - The leaders of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

28 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition.

There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area. The assistance available is not enough to keep up with the need.

28 Apr 2017 description

The world faces one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 30 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — suffering severe acute food insecurity. If no action is taken, millions may die of hunger.

28 Apr 2017 description

Dryness continues to worsen over the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since late February have resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

28 Apr 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

LAMWO, Uganda – Nine mothers stood in a single-file line, cuddling their newborn babies, in a refugee reception centre in northern Uganda. Visibly exhausted and anxious, each had a story to tell about being heavily pregnant, and nearing their expected delivery dates, when they were forced to flee the armed conflict raging in Pajok, a town in South Sudan.

28 Apr 2017 description

Situation analysis

The search for durable solutions to the protracted displacement situation in the region is a key humanitarian and development concern. This is a regional/ cross border issue, dynamic, with a strong political dimension, and which demands a multi-sectorial response that goes beyond the existing humanitarian agenda.

28 Apr 2017 description

After 6 years of activation, ETC South Sudan demobilises

Beach ball satellite terminals and precariously mounted access points have become iconic of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) over the years. The maiden deployment of the then named ‘ETC Response Solution’ was five years ago in South Sudan and since then this combo of equipment has been deployed to provide high-speed internet connectivity to thousands of humanitarians responding to emergencies across the globe.

Five Years of the ETC Response Solution

27 Apr 2017 description

More than 20 million people across four countries risk facing starvation and water shortages within six months. Wars in Yemen, north-eastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated livelihoods and collapsed economies, with famine already declared a reality in parts of South Sudan. Conflict and violence in all four countries have impeded physical and economic access to food, particularly as a result of the disruption of livelihoods and markets, as well as distorted access to land and employment.