- WFP: South Sudan Crisis - Regional Impact Situation Report #56, 15 May 2015
- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin | Biweekly Update 15 May 2015
- UNMISS statement on the ongoing violence in Unity State, 11 May 2015
Appeals & Funding
- South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan 2015
- CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund)
- Guide to Giving: Key ways of contributing to the crisis response in South Sudan
· Evacuations continued as a result of violence in the Greater Upper Nile region. Last week, 44 humanitarian workers were relocated by UNHAS from Upper Nile, in addition to the 84 relocated the preceding week. Violence continued as conflicting parties attempted to gain control before rains decrease accessibility.
Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.
People are in “dire need” of help after recent fighting in South Sudan, the Red Cross has warned.
Some 100,000 people were forced to flee the northern town of Leer in the last week due to a rise in violence.
Residents have begun to return home, but have little or no food, and are in urgent need of medical care. Several houses have been burnt to the ground.
The violence forced the Red Cross to suspend relief work and withdraw some staff from Leer, in Unity State. It is now the first humanitarian organisation to return to the town.
Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region
Nairobi, 22 May 2015
JUBA – In the midst of a fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan, World Vision has called on all parties in the conflict to ensure the safety of humanitarians so that aid organisations can reach those in need, especially children.
High-level visit to Yambio: The UNHCR Representative and the Government’s Commissioner for Refugee Affairs visited Western Equatoria State on 11-13 May. The Representative expressed his appreciation for the generosity and hospitality of the people and local government, as well as UNHCR’s commitment to support both refugees and host communities.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Thursday 5/21/2015 - 10:23 GMT
Medics in South Sudan's war zone state of Unity described Thursday sheltering in swamp water with their patients to avoid intense gunfire as government troops retook a key rebel enclave.
South Sudan's army took the town of Leer from opposition forces, the information minister said late Wednesday, after an almost month-long assault marred by accusations of rampant human rights abuses.
CAFOD and Trocaire are gravely concerned about the attack on the town of Melut in South Sudan.
The international aid agencies have been forced to withdraw their staff and halt their life-saving humanitarian work with vulnerable communities who have been caught up in nearly two years of conflict between government and opposition forces.
Jane Andanje, Country Representative for CAFOD and Trocaire, gave the following report:
In response to the statement by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Mr. Toby Lanzer, regarding violations of International Humanitarian Law in Leer and Malakal, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director Zlatko Gegic said:
“We are alarmed and deeply concerned by reports of eyewitness accounts of targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children. The deliberate targeting of civilians and the destruction of homes and hospitals is in clear contravention of international law.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemns the recent upsurge in fighting which has a direct impact upon UMISS, especially as seen yesterday in Melut.
Two mortar bombs landed within the UNMISS compound and the protection of civilians’ site yesterday evening, resulting in the deaths of 4 civilians, including a woman and a child and severely injuring another 8 civilians who are currently receiving treatment for their wounds.
Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.
18 May 2015 – Gravely concerned at the ongoing violence in South Sudan, the Security Council has condemned both the renewed Government-led offensive in Unity state, as well as a recent large-scale attack by opposition forces on the war-torn town of Malakal, threatening to impose sanctions on all those threatening the country’s peace, security and stability.
Juba, 18 May 2015: “Military operations in Unity and Upper Nile states over the past three days in particular have again devastated countless lives. Eyewitness accounts report targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children. The offensive in Unity has left thousands of homes burnt and Leer hospital is again under threat of destruction. In Malakal, armed groups have engaged in combat next to the United Nations protection of civilians site and as a consequence, civilians trying to stay out of harm’s way have been injured.
· WFP reaches about 1.17 million people in the month of April. Distributing a total of 14,204 mt of food, WFP reached more than 439,000 people under its Emergency Operation and nearly 731,000 people through its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation activities in April alone.
· Aid workers evacuated from locations in Unity and Upper Nile. Armed conflict led to the evacuation of humanitarian workers, including four WFP staff and a WFP contractor, from Ganyiel, Leer, Mayendit, Nyal, Thaker (Unity) and Pagak (Upper Nile) this week.
15 May 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- According to reports filed by the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Team-MVT, United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations on ground, Government forces have been conducting full-scale military offensive against opposition forces in Rubkona, Mayom, Guit, Koch and Mayendit counties in Unity State since 27 April 2015.
JEWI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, May 15 (UNHCR) – The night after Nyadal Dak arrived in Nip Nip refugee camp from South Sudan with her three children and an orphaned niece, it began to rain. Soon the place was flooded. That was August 2014 and the 26-year-old recalled: "Every time it rained in Nip Nip, I feared that the place would be flooded again."
UNHAS has augmented its fleet to 15 aircraft with 2 helicopters, 1 17-seater LET 410 aircraft and 1 Dornier in preparation for the rainy season when air transport becomes the only means to access remote locations.
From early April, ten new destinations have been added to the weekly schedule namely; Mogok, Mankien, Jazeera, Ngop, Kuach, Nimni, Toch, Labrab, Koch and Nhialdu, while Kaldak, Kurwai, Haat, Nyanapol and Menime were removed due to reduced activities in the locations.
Medair was forced to relocate its international staff from Leer where they had been treating more than 1,400 malnourished children in the county and surrounding areas.
Medair is among a number of international humanitarian organisations who have withdrawn international staff from Unity state. Consequently, according to the UN, more than 300,000 people do not currently have full access to life-saving assistance, including food aid and medical services.
Snapshot 6–12 May 2015
Iraq: Conflict has escalated in a number of locations. In Anbar, fighting has displaced more than 47,000 in Karmah district, and more than 133,000 around Ramadi. Clashes between Islamic State and government forces have intensified around Baiji oil refinery, in Salah al Din.
Since intensified military activities began in Unity State on 20 April, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has grown increasingly concerned about continuing and consistent reports coming from Guit and Koch counties of towns and villages being burned, killings, abductions of males as young as 10 years of age, rape and abduction of girls and women, and the forced displacement of civilians.