- South Sudan UNHCR Operational Update 19/2016, 1 - 15 Oct 2016
- OCHA South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 16, 20 Oct 2016
- WFP South Sudan Situation Report #147, 10 Oct 2016
Appeals & Funding
- 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview
- 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan
- IOM South Sudan Consolidated Appeal 2016
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2016
- UNHCR: Revised South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (Jan-Dec 2016)
- UNHCR: South Sudan Situation Supplementary Appeal January - December 2016
- WHO Humanitarian Response Plan 2016
- Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2016 PDF XLS
- Guide to Giving: Key ways of contributing to the crisis response in South Sudan
- OCHA South Sudan
- UNHCR South Sudan Situation Information Sharing Portal
- IOM Humanitarian Compendium
- A man-made catastrophe - A multimedia journey through South Sudan
- Open Data for South Sudan
- International Organization for Migration South Sudan
- Office of the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan
- Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC)
- Food Security Cluster: South Sudan
- Logistics Cluster: South Sudan
Emergencies and crises disproportionately affect girls' access to education. Today, 4 of the 5 countries with the largest gender gaps in education are conflict-affected countries (CAR, Chad, Yemen and South Sudan). For secondary school the gender gap is even greater.
Since fighting broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have fled to neighbouring countries such as Kenya. There are over 85 000 South Sudanese refugees residing at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya. More than 60% of new arrivals are 17 years of age or younger, many are unaccompanied or separated from their families. This places extra strain on the camp’s infrastructure which only has a limited number of education facilities.
The spiral of conflict in South Sudan continues to deteriorate with several more factions declaring war on the current government in the past week. As the situation deteriorates, ethnic divisions are increasingly driving the conflict and civilians increasingly bearing the brunt of its consequences. In Yei (Central Equatoria), around 100,000 people are estimated to be trapped and encircled by government forces. Reports indicate widespread human rights abuses, violent killings, sexual assault and extensive looting of private homes by uniformed soldiers and armed militia at night.
Facts & Figures
Since 3 September, over 17 000 new South Sudanese refugees have arrived in the Gambella region in Ethiopia. Mostly originate from the Upper Nile State in South Sudan and are fleeing insecurity and food shortages.
New arrivals continue to be received at an average 1 000 people per day. As 22 September, over 5 000 people have been registered and over 1 500 unaccompanied and separated children have been identified.
When South Sudan attained its independence in July 2011, after decades of devastating civil war, many hoped that to be a new beginning and a bright future for the children of the new country. But that new day never came; the hope didn’t last even for a couple of years. Since December 2013, civil war has disrupted the lives and education of hundreds of thousands of children. And there is no end in sight as last year’s peace agreement is under threat after renewed fighting.
Against an ever worsening humanitarian situation, WFP has had its flight clearances revoked by South Sudanese authorities for airdrops of food from anywhere into South Sudan. As the food security situation is seriously deteriorating in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and food airdrops were planned for 200 000 people across the state, this is a very disturbing development and WFP is seeking further clarifications.
Facts & Figures
Since fighting erupted in December 2013:
- More than 1.61 million internally displaced people according to UN estimates
- Over 200 000 people seeking refuge at UN Mission compounds (UNMIS)
- Over 831 000 South Sudanese refugees & asylum seekers in neighbouring countries (UNHCR)
- 55 aid workers killed by warring parties (UNOCHA)
- About 4.8 million people experiencing food shortages
- Number of refugees from neighbouring countries in South Sudan: over 263 000 (UNHCR)
The European Commission has today announced €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for people affected by the crisis in South Sudan, bringing the total support from the Commission to €103 million for 2016.
The funding comes as the humanitarian situation worsens in the country, with 15 000 people displaced following the eruption of renewed fighting in the capital Juba earlier this month.
Sexual violence, including rape, by soldiers in uniform continues in Juba. The majority of attacks reported are taking place against women leaving the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in search of food and other life-saving needs, including in the immediate vicinity of the PoC gates. Humanitarian agencies have requested additional foot patrols by UNMISS soldiers.
The flow of refugees from South Sudan to neighbouring countries is increasing. In Uganda, the latest figures show a high increase in the numbers of refugees with 2,647 refugees arriving from South Sudan on Monday 18 July 2016, i.e. nearly double the number of refugees which arrived in previous days. The majority of refugees are arriving from Eastern Equatoria with smaller numbers of refugees arriving from Juba. Over 90% of the refugees are women and children.
Syria - Conflict
• On 15 July, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - expressed alarm about the increasingly desperate situation of civilians trapped in Syrian towns where air and ground military offensives are being carried out.
Harassment and killing of the civilian population remains a serious concern. Soldiers entered Gorom camp (20 km from Juba), harassing refugees and threatening the lives of refugee representatives. Media reports indicate that 5 civilians have been killed in Yei, resulting in the population fleeing into the bush to seek refuge.
In view of fighting in South Sudan, notably Juba, UNHCR has activated preparations to implement the inter-agency refugee contingency plan in Uganda.
Even if the ceasefire continues to hold, spikes in influx between 10 000-30 000 South Sudanese refugees are anticipated.
Currently the passage through the Elegu border appears to be closed on the South Sudan side. This poses the risk that those fleeing enter through other border points, where UNHCR is not present. If the Elegu passage opens there is a high risk of influxes with unprecedented arrival rates.
While the humanitarian situation in Juba is gradually de-escalating, conflict and ethnically motivated attacks continue unabated throughout the country. Along the corridor between Juba and Nimule and at the border with Uganda, civilians continue to be prevented from leaving South Sudan. Though latest reports indicate that people without luggage may cross the border, this only leads to further family separations as people seem to send their children alone to safe areas while staying behind with their belongings.
Although the ceasefire continues to hold in Juba, the UN estimates that as of 13 July, around 34,000 people remain displaced in various locations in the city. Most of the affected people are women, children and elderly. Grave concern is also raised for possible ethnically motivated revenge attacks.
Juba airport remains open and relocation of people continues. However, the Ethiopian Airlines flight scheduled for this afternoon has been cancelled. Furthermore, information gathered from people leaving confirms severe harassment and confiscation of cash from passengers by security forces.
China – Severe weather
• Heavy rain has continued to affect several areas of the country, causing more floods and landslides.
• According to national authorities, as of 12 July the death toll from heavy rain has reached 206 people, while 30 are still missing, over 206 100 have been evacuated, hundreds of thousands have been affected, and over 482 400 houses have been partially or fully damaged in several provinces of the country.