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25 Mar 2017 description
infographic World Food Programme

Key facts on the 4 countries:

20m people facing risk of famine

1.4m children are severely malnourished

US$1.2bn needed by WFP for next 6 months

Scaling up to avert possible famine requires:

Humanitarian access

Sustained funding

Integrated response with all partners

25 Mar 2017 description

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Italy

"Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, including 1.4 million children under 5 with acute malnutrition problems".

24 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Above-average harvest reduces food insecurity levels across Sudan

• GoS implements revised humanitarian directives to facilitate relief operations

• Humanitarian actors report improved access in Jebel Marra region

• Relief agencies coordinate to support influx of South Sudanese refugees

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 Mar 2017 description
report Global Communities

The USAID Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program, implemented by Global Communities and Catholic Relief Services, is bringing together communities and strengthening their capacity to drive their own development through harnessing their own resources and supporting the implemention projects that address priority needs.

24 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council

MORNING

24 March 2017

Council Adopts 13 Resolutions, Extends Mandates on Iran, Myanmar, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Sudan, Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Torture and Migrants

24 Mar 2017 description

SIMON KABERA/FILIP ANDERSSON

On Thursday afternoon between 800 and 1,000 civilians ran from Pibor town, seeking shelter at what used to be a protection of civilians (PoC) site next to the UNMISS base. The Mission’s peacekeepers beefed up security to protect anybody in the area against a feared attack which ended up not happening.

24 Mar 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 19-25 March 2017 and includes updates on influenza, Legionnaires' disease and rubella.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Small Arms Survey

Policing in South Sudan

Transformation Challenges and Priorities

24 Mar 2017 description
report World Vision

With famine declared in parts of South Sudan, the hunger crisis in Somalia is on the cusp of becoming a famine, and Kenya experiencing severe drought, the lives of 700,000 children who are suffering severe acute malnutrition are now in the balance.

The situation in Somalia is deteriorating quickly as well, with acute levels of food insecurity increasing each day. World Vision is deeply concerned that hundreds of children could die if they do not get the nutritious food supplements they urgently need, as well as water and food.

24 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 667th meeting held on 17 March 2017, adopted the following decision on the situation in South Sudan:

Council,

24 Mar 2017 description

South Sudan – Communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), present huge risks to communities living in crowded displacement sites or on the run from conflict in South Sudan. For women like Nyayien, who has lived at the protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu since May 2016, diseases are so rampant they often become more severe with the strain of displacement.

24 Mar 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Juliet Okoth Lecturer, International Law, University of Nairobi

The world has become a hostile place for refugees. The narrative often used to justify such actions is national security.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Crop-destroying caterpillars, known as armyworms, have destroyed 63,000 hectares of maize in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since December, causing local maize prices to triple. The 63,000 hectares represent 80 percent of maize production in Haut Katanga province.

24 Mar 2017 description

Nyang Touch/Amanda Voisard

More than seventy women from the greater Upper Nile have attended a one-day multi-ethnic women’s dialogue at the UNMISS Malakal base. The group discussed possible approaches to conflict resolution, laying down the foundation for future dialogue forums between communities in the area.

24 Mar 2017 description
report Médecins du Monde

We are on the precipice of another humanitarian crisis. The famine that is raging in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen is threatening the lives of millions of people. The crisis is urgent, complex and vast. Without swift action, alarming food shortages in Ethiopia, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, and Niger, could also spiral into crisis.

24 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12761
23 March 2017

Permanent Representative Rejects Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Government Forces, Claims Sanctions Will Fuel Tensions

Expressing its deep alarm at the situation in South Sudan, the Security Council today renewed its condemnation of fighting in that country, stressing that there was no military solution to the conflict.