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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.

18 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Food security levels in the country remain critical, with famine declared in southern Unity state at the end of February. Access restrictions to affected areas is limiting the ability of the humanitarian community to respond. UNICEF and WFP dispatched five rapid response teams to southern Unity in late February/early March to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance to affected populations.

16 Mar 2017 description

Region-Country:
Africa and Middle East / South Sudan

Switzerland – IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, today condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy in South Sudan on 14 March, which resulted in the death of two people and left three others injured.

“I unequivocally condemn the attack on IOM staff, health workers and civilians, who were assaulted during a lifesaving humanitarian mission in Yirol East County, South Sudan,” said Ambassador Swing.

14 Mar 2017 description

Mr President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, I present this report to the Council on behalf of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. I am joined by my fellow Commissioners, Godfrey Musilla and Ken Scott.

11 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12748

Security Council
7897th Meeting (AM)

Twenty million people across four countries faced starvation and famine if the international community did not act quickly, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned the Security Council today, expressing alarm at the funding gap to meet the needs in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria.

10 Mar 2017 description

10 March 2017

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Mr. President, Council members,

Thank you for inviting me to brief on my visits to countries facing famine or at risk of famine: Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. I will also briefly mention the outcomes of the Oslo Conference on the Lake Chad Basin.

10 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• More than 338,000 people in Leer, Mayendit, Koch and Panyijiar have received humanitarian assistance since localized famine was declared in Leer and Mayendit in South Sudan.

• Cholera cases have been confirmed in Malakal town, bringing the number of counties affected countrywide to 14.

• Heavy clashes between armed groups in Jonglei’s Uror and Nyirol counties forced thousands of civilians to flee.

09 Mar 2017 description

In February 2017, 70 humanitarian access incidents were reported in South Sudan. The incidents had a substantial impact on humanitarian operations, due to relocations of aid workers including from famine-affected Mayendit County, and suspension of operations in multiple locations. About 52 per cent of the reported incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets, as there was an increase in armed attacks (6% of 64 incidents in January vs 11% of 70 incidents in February).

07 Mar 2017 description

Summary

In the present report, submitted to Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 31/20, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan gives an overview of the situation of human rights in South Sudan, and assesses the implementation of the provisions on transitional justice of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan signed by the parties to the conflict in August 2015.

06 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Shelter/NFI distributions target IDPs in Unity

  • IOM responds to influx of IDPs in Wau town

  • RRF partners respond to malnutrition in crisis-affected areas

04 Mar 2017 description

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated dramatically due to the devastating combination of conflict, economic decline and climatic shocks. Insecurity and lack of access have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan, and famine was declared on 20 February. An additional 1 million people are on the brink of famine. By the height of the lean season in July, some 5.5 million people will be severely food insecure across the country.

03 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Famine declared in two counties in South Sudan’s Unity State

  • UN calls for improved humanitarian access amid ongoing insecurity

  • Health actors record more than 5,300 suspected cholera cases

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

01 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 20 February, famine was officially declared in parts of Unity state.
    This is the first time in six years that a famine has been declared anywhere in the world. Approximately 100,000 people are currently facing starvation, with an additional one million close to famine.

  • A recent assessment mission by UNICEF, WFP and Oxfam to Kapoeta,
    Eastern Equatoria found that drought has significantly affected water access and food security. A multilateral response is planned and underway.

28 Feb 2017 description
report Save the Children

February 28, 2017, Juba – Save the Children strongly condemn the looting of is compound and warehouse in Waat former Jonglei State, allegedly by both armed groups and members of the community in the area.

28 Feb 2017 description

Insecurity forces relocation of 28 aid workers from famine-hit Mayendit

(Juba, 28 February 2017): A week after localized famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Eugene Owusu, has appealed to all parties to ensure immediate, safe and unhindered access across the country.

23 Feb 2017 description

South Sudan

Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, ongoing violence in South Sudan poses an imminent threat to populations who may be targeted on the basis of ethnicity and presumed political loyalties.

BACKGROUND:

23 Feb 2017 description

27 humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan have warned that unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground, organisations will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months. The statement follows Monday’s declaration of famine in parts of the country.

22 Feb 2017 description

14 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan - Despite the ongoing complex humanitarian crises in South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and partners are responding to the latest cholera outbreak in the former Jonglei and Lakes States. The outbreak of cholera was first detected in June 2016 and since then 5 006 cholera cases and 99 deaths (CFR 1.98%) have been reported from 12 Counties in nine states countrywide.