- WFP: South Sudan Situation Report #61, 26 Jan 2015
- OCHA South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 71 (as of 22 Jan 2015)
- UNMISS: Attacks on Civilians in Bentiu & Bor April 2014
Appeals & Funding
South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan 2015 South Sudan Consolidated Appeal 2014-2016 CHF (Common Humanitarian Fund) Guide to Giving: Key ways of contributing to the crisis response in South Sudan
• More than 20,700 new IDPs have been verified by humanitarian organisations in parts of North Darfur State.
• A hospital operated by MSF in SPLM-N area in South Kordofan was bombed, with one MSF staff and one patient injured.
• An outbreak of measles, with close to 600 cases confirmed, has been reported in Kassala and Gedaref states, according to UNICEF.
• UNHCR says refugee influx from South Sudan continues and by 22 January the number had passed the 120,000 mark.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
Considering the substantial scale-up in activities from 2013 through 2014, there is a relatively low number of access incidents constraining the current operation. However, humanitarian access continued to be hampered by violence against aid workers and active hostilities throughout the month of December. The majority occurring in Lakes, Central Equatoria and Unity States.
Impact on humanitarian response
When fighting erupted in Bentiu one year ago, more than 400,000 people ran from the violence in just the first month. Mercy Corps staff, most of whom are from South Sudan, were among those forced to flee — leaving their homes and the office behind. Just like their neighbors and friends, many Mercy Corps team members have been victims of this war.
On 14 January, a national staff member working for an international NGO was abducted in Nyala, South Darfur by armed men.
Humanitarian organisations have assessed and verified about 18,400 new IDPs in a number of locations in North Darfur.
An estimated 119,950 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since violence erupted in South Sudan mid-December 2013, according to the UNHCR.
Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.
4.2 million children in Sudan require urgent humanitarian assistance today. This makes Sudan one of the worst humanitarian crisis for children in the world.
A polio immunisation campaign was successfully conducted targeting 2.8 million under five children in twelve high risk statesfollowing new cases of the disease recorded in South Sudan.
Snapshot 17 December – 6 January
Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno and neighbouring states have resulted in more than 80 deaths, 225 kidnapped, hundreds of homes burneds and thousands displaced.
Central African Republic: Nearly 200,000 people need nutrition assistance. Over 36,000 people are trapped in seven enclaves across the country; a group of 474 Fulani who fled to Yaloke months ago and now cannot leave are in particular need.
January 4, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – A spokesperson in the office of the former vice-president and leader of the SPLM-In-Opposition, Riek Machar, said the movement was looking forward to an arrangement in which it would directly deal with relief agencies operating in the rebel-controlled areas in South Sudan.
This comes after 9 staff members, including some women, working for a local relief organisation in Unity state were detained for three weeks in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. The local staff work in both government and rebel-controlled areas.
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December 2014 Kenya is currently hosting some 574 000 refugees and asylum seekers, a number which continues to grow rapidly due to the refugee influx from South Sudan.
On 5 November 2014, WFP, together with UNHCR, formally informed the donor community that a 50% rations' cut would take place from the second distribution cycle in November and would be likely to last until the end of January 2015.
"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.
A dengue fever outbreak in Sudan’s Darfur region had resulted in 137 reported cases as of December 14.
Hostilities continue to result in deaths and injuries in Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N)-controlled parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Conflict-affected individuals from South Sudan continue to arrive in Sudan.
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
• Relative calm returned in Malakal PoC, Upper Nile State after a tumultuous month.
• Aid agencies called for $600 million by February to take advantage of the dry season and plan to reach more people with humanitarian assistance in 2015.
• UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief asked for peace, scaling up of aid in South Sudan after a three-day mission to the world’s newest country.
• South Sudan Crisis Response Plan is one of the best funded globally, but continued support is needed to sustain the aid operation.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.
Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.
● Calm returned in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal, enabling partners to resume aid operations this week.
● Tensions remained high in the northern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, where sporadic fighting has been reported.
● The third round of the nationwide polio immunization campaign reached 3,431,592 children aged 0 to 59 months, according to preliminary reports.
● The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign was launched in some part of the country.
Distinguished members of the AU Peace and Security Council,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to thank you for the great opportunity to brief you on the humanitarian challenges affecting the region and on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan and other conflict situations in Africa.