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30 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 24–30 June 2015

Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.

South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.

30 Jun 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The objective of this overview is to support the development of national-level response and preparedness plans and facilitate joint priority actions in the areas of advocacy, resource mobilization, and coordinated engagement in cross border areas.

There has been a step change in the threat level in the region in 2015. There is an increasing concern about the confluence and compounding impacts of these threats, both at the national and the regional level. The outlook presented here will be updated on a bi-monthly basis.

29 Jun 2015 description
report The New York Times

By MARC SANTORAJUNE 27, 2015

WAU SHILLUK, South Sudan — It had been more than a month since Theresa James had seen her two small children.

She was only 13 miles away from them, across the Nile River, in what used to be a hamlet of 3,000 people. Then the town was bursting with 50,000 men, women and children seeking refuge from a civil war that continues to tear the country apart.

Read the story on the New York Times

23 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 17–23 June 2015

Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.

23 Jun 2015 description
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We are proud of the work we accomplished and we hope you enjoy reading about it.

22 Jun 2015 description

In the past months, South Sudan has continued to experience a pattern of failed political negotiations, internal political struggles and economic decline. Coupled with ongoing active hostilities by the parties to the conflict in Greater Upper Nile as well as inter-ethnic violence in other States, this dynamic has perpetuated the existence of a fragile and turbulent protection and security environment for the people of South Sudan.

19 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Government (USG) announces $133 million in new FY 2015 funding to the crisis in South Sudan

  • Approximately 7,000 South Sudanese refugees arrive to Sudan between June 1 and 4

  • The international community condemns the expulsion of UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) Toby Lanzer from South Sudan

18 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Africa, Kenya and AU put forward own peace plans and initiatives for South Sudan in addition to new IGAD proposal.

  • Fighting in South Sudan now affecting five out of the ten states. Over 28,000 South Sudanese refugees (a 40 per cent increase since April) received in neighbouring countries in the last two months.

  • Food security expected to deteriorate in eastern parts of the Horn region from JuneAugust while average August harvests are expected in the western sector of the Horn.

16 Jun 2015 description

As delivered

This is my first opportunity to talk to you about the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. But it’s the third or fourth time that many of you have attended such an event.

And that is at the heart of this emergency: the failure to end the violence that is fuelling humanitarian needs.

16 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 10–16 June 2015

Ebola in Sierra Leone and Guinea: Weekly Ebola case incidence has risen for two consecutive weeks. Guinea recorded 16 new cases in the week to 7 June, five from unknown chains of transmission. Sierra Leone recorded 15 cases, the highest weekly total since late March. It has extended the state of emergency for 90 days.

15 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Violence in Blue Nile’s Bau Locality and East Darfur’s Abu Karinka Locality results in property destruction and population displacement

  • USAID/FFP provides approximately 47,500 metric tons (MT) of emergency food assistance to Sudan in late May

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

14 Jun 2015 description
report African Union

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. The present report is submitted as a follow-up to communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.1 (CDLXXIV) adopted by Council at its 484th meeting held on 29 January 2015, at the level of the Heads of State and Government. The report provides an update on the evolution of the mediation efforts led by the Inter‐Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the prevailing situation on the ground, as well as on the efforts of the AU in support of IGAD. It concludes with observations on the way forward.
14 Jun 2015 description

It is with great sadness that Norwegian People's Aid reports that Omote Okwier Okoth, employed at the NPA’s base in Pochalla, East in Southern Sudan, was shot and killed when he was caught in crossfire during food distribution today.

The inciden happened when a group of young men arrived to the area yesterday in connection with the distribution of food. The group wanted to take over the food and during the dispute shots were fired. Says Per Helge Persen, Country Director for Norwegian People's Aid in South Sudan.

14 Jun 2015 description

Changes in context and Needs

Economic downturn is compounding the consequences of conflict

• Intensified violent conflict is destroying the viability of communities and generating new and recurrent displacements of vulnerable populations.

• Economic stress is generating inflation and shortages of critical goods and services.

• Deepening austerity is further threatening publicly managed social services, including the public health system.

13 Jun 2015 description
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Highlights

· Update on 15 trucks impounded in Yei. The trucks remain in Yei, detained there since 25 May. WFP continues its efforts to secure their return to Juba. A 16th truck was left in Mundri in the course of fighting there on 22 May because keys went missing. Authorities have given WFP permission to send a recovery mission to Mundri, which will take place this weekend.

· Arrival of WFP South Sudan’s new Deputy Country Director (Support Services). This week, Maria Bautista-Owen arrived in Juba to officially assume her role as the DCD of Support Services.

12 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian access remains constrained, particularly in the areas where fighting is concentrated. Large populations remain in hiding, unable to access health services.

  • The safety of humanitarian workers on the ground has become an increasing concern following the shooting of health workers in an ambush in Tonj South, Warrap State.

  • One cholera case has been confirmed at UN House PoC after testing positive to laboratory tests (Culture).

09 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 3-9 June 2015

Yemen: 20 million people, close to 80% of the population, are estimated to need humanitarian aid. 500,000 people were displaced in May, bringing the total displaced since 26 March to more than 1 million. The escalation in the conflict has meant two million more people are food insecure, and six million more lack access to healthcare, and 9.4 million lack access to safe water.

09 Jun 2015 description

Posted by Tom Staal and Linda Etim on Monday, June 8th 2015

News that the Government of South Sudan expelled the United Nations’ top humanitarian official in the country on May 29 has sparked outrage.

04 Jun 2015 description
report Christian Aid

4 June 2015 - Increased fighting in South Sudan’s Unity State has forced a Christian Aid partner in the area to stop temporarily giving aid to those in desperate need. There are reports of targeted attacks on civilians, rapes and child abduction as the conflict heats up once more.

People are fleeing their homes again and moving into swampland to escape the violence. They are compelled to eat wild food and drink dirty swamp water. The risk of disease, malaria and malnutrition is high.