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21 Apr 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Over 1.5 million people have been displaced inside South Sudan. Currently, 2.5 million people face severe food insecurity and this number is expected to rise as the lean season unfolds.

The immediate aims of the aid operation are to save lives, protect the rights of the most vulnerable - including their freedom of movement, and to protect, restore, and promote livelihoods. As the planting season approaches, supporting people's freedom of movement and their ability to plant and tend their animals safely is a key priority.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 19, 2015 (BOR) – Hundreds of pupils have resumed their studies in Jonglei state’s Ayueldit and Poktap villages, a year after the country’s rebellion forced them out of school.

Majority of the newly registered pupils are from the Lou Nuer and Garwar communities internally displaced in the two villages.

The reopening of schools was announced by the Duk county education department in March, as parents were urged to comply.

Paul Deng, the head teacher of Poktap primary school, said they had managed to register up to 996 pupils from primary one up to six.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 20, 2015 (JUBA) – Senior officials and military officers from Nuer ethnic group in South Sudan government are advocating for people-to-people dialogue in a bid to unite internal front in support of government plans to resolve the country’s ongoing conflict.

The group comprising of governors from Unity, Jonglei and Upper states, ministers, lawmakers, military officers, religious leaders, civil servants and women groups held a meeting on Sunday at which several resolutions were passed.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

The brutal violence that has plagued South Sudan for more than a year continues after another round of unsuccessful peace talks between government and rebel forces last month. In recent weeks, the population of displaced people living at the UN base in Bentiu has risen dramatically from 53,000 people to 75,000.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Oxfam

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – Skyrocketing inflation, conflict and collapsed markets are pushing people in South Sudan to breaking point as the political deadlock enters its 16th month and families face a second 'lean season' since fighting began, international agency Oxfam warned today.

20 Apr 2015 description

Key Issues:

  • IOM assisted the return of nearly 170 Ethiopians from Yemen. IOM evacuated nearly 300 people from more than 20 countries through the humanitarian bridge to Khartoum. Direct flights from Sanaa to Ethiopia are also expected to begin in the coming days.

  • The Government allocated resources to procure 5000MT of maize to cover shortfalls in the first round relief food ration.

20 Apr 2015 description

As of 16 April, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 117,604 including 52,908 in Bentiu, 34,420 in Juba UN House, 26,596 in Malakal, 2,374 in Bor, 944 in Melut and 362 in Wau.

20 Apr 2015 description

By: Torbjörn Granrot, Swedish Red Cross / Katherine Mueller, IFRC

More than 15 months ago, Anter Gatluak Muon, his wife and seven children ran for their lives, fleeing the erupting conflict in South Sudan, and crossing into the relative safety offered across the border in neighbouring Ethiopia. They walked for five days, in scorching heat, across the barren landscape and settled, along with thousands of others, in the Leitchor refugee camp in the Gambela region of Ethiopia.

20 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP requires USD45 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

  • The rate of new arrivals has recently slowed in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia but is subject to periodic spikes. However, renewed fighting in Upper Nile State has resulted in an increased number of refugees crossing into Sudan. About 5,000 people crossed into Sudan on 13 April alone.

  • Relocation of refugees to more appropriate sites is ongoing in Ethiopia and Sudan.

20 Apr 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2015

20 Apr 2015 description

Humanitarian activities in South Sudan continued to support conflict affected communities in hard to reach areas. However, humanitarian access continued to be hampered by violence against aid workers and assets, interference in implementation, and active hostilities by all parties to the conflict throughout the month of March. Despite these constraints, access remains relatively consistent. Most incidents occurred in Unity, Lakes and Jonglei states.

20 Apr 2015 description

17 April 2015 - It was vital for communities seeking shelter on UNMISS bases to cooperate in maintaining the civilian character of protection sites, a mission official said in the Unity State capital Bentiu today.

UNMISS Civil Affairs Officer Ibishomi Abdulbaqi was speaking at a three-day inter-clan and county workshop organized by the mission to exchange ideas on root causes of problems leading to conflict or impact the civilian character of the protection site.

20 Apr 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

April 18, 2015 (JUBA) – Thousand of people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr Al Ghazal state unless the national government intervenes.

State information minister Wek Kuch Deng issued the warning on Saturday as Juba delivered food relief to Warrap state, another territory threatened by hunger.

Deng said last year’s poor harvest and continued air raids blamed on neighbouring Sudan had caused major disruption to agricultural activities.

20 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

South Sudan: IOM drills two temporary water points in Bentiu until the drilling of two boreholes by UNICEF is complete.

Kenya: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 24,026 refugees.

Sudan: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has registered 67,404 refugees.

20 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • Kenya is a disaster-prone country in need of strengthened emergency preparedness and response capacities.

  • The number of food insecure people has increased from 1.3 million in the beginning of 2014, to now 1.5 million. This is due to the two successive poor rain seasons compounded by localised conflict and high food prices.

  • Insecurity and the associated disruption of markets and income earning opportunities are likely to further worsen the food security and nutrition situation.

20 Apr 2015 description

Over 50 Australian aid agencies are bracing for cuts to aid programs as the Treasurer brings the axe down on Australia’s aid budget, according to the Australian Council for International Development.

$1 billion is set to be slashed from Australia’s aid budget in the upcoming Federal Budget and aid agencies are preparing for the worst, said the ACFID Executive Director, Marc Purcell.

“For over 40 years, Australian Governments have supported the work of Australian aid agencies, alongside generous donations from the Australian public,” Mr Purcell said.

18 Apr 2015 description
report MapAction

Juba, 17 Mar – Two MapAction volunteers are travelling to South Sudan to provide mapping support for the United Nations and humanitarian partners.

This is MapAction’s second deployment to South Sudan, following an earlier mission in 2014. The situation in-country continues to be of acute concern. Many communities are living in precarious conditions, under threat of conflict and without health services or clean water. The United Nations estimates that 1.5 million people have been displaced and 4.1 million will need life-saving support in 2015.