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27 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12766

During its informal consultations on 21 March 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan was briefed by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

27 Mar 2017 description

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of six humanitarian aid workers in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday, 25 March. This is the third serious attack against aid workers this month alone. Since the start of the conflict in December 2013, attacks against aid workers have continued with impunity and at least 79 aid workers have lost their lives. This is completely unacceptable and must stop now, especially at a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels.

27 Mar 2017 description

Zenebe Teklewold/Filip Andersson

Swift, well-coordinated actions by different components of UNMISS saw two separate outbreaks of fire in the Bentiu protection of civilians site being taken care of without any resulting deaths or injuries. The fires, occurring over the weekend, destroyed a total of 117 shelters.

“The coordination between different components of UNMISS was really commendable and that was what made a timely and effective response possible,” says Anastasie Nyirigira, Acting Head of the UNMISS Bentiu Field Office.

27 Mar 2017 description

Jacob Ruai/Amanda Voisard

Ghanaian peacekeeping troops (GHANBATT) serving under the UN Mission in South Sudan are providing desperately needed medical services to the local population in Leer County in Southern Unity state.

Health facilities in the region have been subject to looting during the on-going conflict. In addition, several local health partners were evacuated, leaving the county without a functioning health facility to provide basic services.

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Highlights

  • Distributions through mobile teams in Leer County and the broader Greater Upper Nile continue, as WFP also prepares for a seasonal relief scale-up in Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria states.

  • Market price monitoring highlights dramatic increases in food prices. In January 2017, a food basket in Juba cost five times as much as the year before.

  • WFP has completed 20 percent of its commodity prepositioning plan in preparation for the rainy season.

Situation Update

27 Mar 2017 description

Press release 56/2017 27 March 2017

By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s humanitarian aid will amount to EUR 61.4 million, of which approximately EUR 20 million will be channelled to the famine-hit countries in the Horn of Africa and to Nigeria and Yemen.

27 Mar 2017 description

ROME, ITALY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a donation of US$6 million from the Republic of Korea that will allow WFP to enhance innovative food security monitoring systems in ten countries in Africa, enabling the organization to hear directly from people in need. The funding was raised through Korea’s air-ticket solidarity levy, which is collected from each international flight passenger departing Korea. Known as the “Global Disease Eradication Fund,” it is part of Seoul’s commitment to ending global disease, poverty and hunger.

27 Mar 2017 description
report African Union

H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), accompanied by Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security and Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs, travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the Special Summit of IGAD on Somali Refugees, on 25 March 2017 and then to Juba, South Sudan, on 26 and 27 March 2017.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inflation: According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the South Sudan inflation rate measured by the changes in consumer price indices stood at 371.8% while the inflation rates were 345.8% and 303.9% respectively for Juba and Wau in January 2017.

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UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 23 March 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 214,979 including 117,654 in Bentiu, 30,559 in Malakal, 38,833 in Juba UN House, 1,956 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 171 in Wau, in Western Bahr El Ghazal adjusted area 25,155.

Highlights of the week:

Bentiu/Juba: The National Secondary Examinations ended successfully on 17 March.

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The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is warning that six million school children in East Africa will have their education disrupted if funds aren’t raised and aid fails to be delivered.

On Wednesday, the DEC, made up of 13 leading UK aid agencies, launched its East Africa Crisis Appeal to raise money for the 16 million people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya who are at risk of starvation. Today the committee is highlighting the devastating impact drought and famine is having on children and their education.

27 Mar 2017 description

Phillip Mbugo/Felix Katie

Over thirty senior military officers from former armed groups in Western Equatoria have attended an UNMISS-led two-day training in Yambio on protection of children and vulnerable groups during armed conflict.

Koliab Nahataba, the UNMISS Head of Field Office in Western Equatoria, said that the training is very important for armed personnel in order to acquire the necessary knowledge to end grave violations against vulnerable groups in conflict situations.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

by Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, Gender, Health and HIV, UNDP

Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatized and under-reported.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, in charge for humanitarian emergency aid, announced that the federal government will double the population's donations to the campaign “Famine 12-12”. Minister De Croo has also planned international demarches. He will look, together with the United Nations, into a way to better tackle the structural causes. “We cannot look away when children are dying of hunger”.

26 Mar 2017 description

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer has urged the South Sudanese government to investigate and apprehend the killers of six aid workers on Saturday.

The staff from a national non-governmental organization were reportedly ambushed in their vehicle in a government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road on Saturday morning. Their bodies were found on the road by others members of the convoy who were some way behind.

26 Mar 2017 description

(Juba, 26 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the killing of six aid workers in an ambush on 25 March. The aid workers were travelling from Juba to Pibor.

“I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder yesterday of six courageous humanitarians in South Sudan,” said Mr. Owusu. “At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are trying to help are being attacked and killed.”

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Khartoum, 26 Mar 2017. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ms. Marta Ruedas, today welcomed the decision by the Government of Sudan to open a new humanitarian corridor for food aid to be delivered by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) from El Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu, a town in Unity State, South Sudan, where 100,000 people are enduring famine amid a deepening humanitarian crisis across the country.