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22 Apr 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

Children hunting rodents for food. Mothers boiling coconut skins to eat. Life in famine is a life of desperation.

More than 20 million people face starvation across the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. But nowhere is the situation more dire than South Sudan, where the world’s only official famine has taken root.

This emergency is a grave humanitarian crisis — but it also threatens to get worse. Without humanitarian access, an additional 1 million people will be on the brink of starvation in the next three months.

21 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrivals from South Kordofan Continue: From 1 to 15 April, UNHCR registered 588 new arrivals to South Sudan through Yida settlement. Cumulatively, 4,370 new arrivals have been registered since the beginning of the year 2017.

21 Apr 2017 description

Maban, 21 April 2017 - We are devastated by the recent turn of events here in South Sudan.

After five long decades of war with the north, South Sudan became independent in 2011. Soon after that, in December 2013, the current conflict, a full scale civil war this is threatening the very existence of the youngest nation in the world.

20 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Humanitarian Coordinator calls on armed actors to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and ensure the proportionality of their actions.

• Nearly 60 aid workers relocated from Walgak and Waat in northern Jonglei due to intensified armed conflict.

• Cholera spreads to Duk, Ayod and Fangak counties in Jonglei, amidst the longest running outbreak since South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011.

19 Apr 2017 description

The Secretary-General has sent a letter to the President of the Security Council summarising the overall progress of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Secretariat in implementing the recommendations of the independent special investigation into the Juba violence in July 2016 and the actions of the Mission. As you may recall, the special investigation, led by Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert, made recommendations targeting issues unique to UNMISS and those more systemic in nature.

19 Apr 2017 description
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Following the outbreak of hostilities in Juba from 8 to 11 July 2016 and the resulting violence perpetrated against civilians, on 23 August 2016, my predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, ordered an independent special investigation, led by Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert, to examine the actions of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in response to the attacks on civilians that occurred, notably within or in the vicinity of the UNMISS compounds in Juba, including the Terrain Hotel and the adjacent protection of civilians sites.

19 Apr 2017 description

Eugene Owusu

Distinguished friends from the media, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for the time taken to join us at the press briefing. Most importantly, thank you for your outstanding contribution and support to our humanitarian and development work here in South Sudan.

18 Apr 2017 description

Aid organization workers continue to be killed, injured or kidnapped in the world’s most dangerous humanitarian crises. In 2016, there were 150 attacks on aid workers in 20 countries affecting 238 workers of which 88 were killed. In 2017 there were 35 aid workers killed in 22 attacks through March.

15 Apr 2017 description

(Juba, 15 April 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has expressed shock and outrage after being informed of the killing of three workers involved in the delivery of vital food aid in Wau, less than one week after he called for an end to all attacks against aid workers in South Sudan.

14 Apr 2017 description

JUBA – The World Food Programme was horrified to learn that three workers contracted as porters by WFP’s office in Wau, South Sudan, were killed during violence that wracked the city earlier this week

The three men – Daniel James, Ecsa Tearp and Ali Elario, all citizens of South Sudan – appear to have been killed on Monday as they tried to make their way to a WFP warehouse, where they worked as porters. Two died of machete wounds and the third was shot.

14 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Violence in Wau displaces at least 13,500 people

  • Insecurity and attacks against aid workers continue to hinder operations

  • Biometric registration continues in Panyijiar, Unity

12 Apr 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

In February, the humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate, culminating in the declaration of localized famine in Mayendit and Leer Counties in Unity on 20 February. Some 100,000 people are facing starvation. and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine across the country. There are now 4.9 million severely food insecure people in South Sudan and this number is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July.

12 Apr 2017 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Between January 2015 and December 2016, 183 aid workers were reportedly arrested, charged, detained, or imprisoned in 27 events, based on Insecurity Insight’s monitoring of open sources.

12 Apr 2017 description

March 2017 was a dangerous and deadly month for humanitarians in South Sudan. Seven aid workers were killed, including six murdered on 25 March in an ambush on the Juba-Pibor road and a health worker killed in an ambush in Yirol East on 14 March while responding to the cholera outbreak. In Upper Nile, a humanitarian was allegedly arrested and beaten by SPLA soldiers in Malakal town, while in Aburoc aid workers were threatened and beaten by iO officials.

11 Apr 2017 description

SYRIA

Dozens of hospitals have been hit by airstrikes since February 2017 - the Idlib governorate, where a recent chemical attack killed 89, has been particularly affected.

Many hospitals have stopped being functioning due to damage and health care personnel being killed or fleeing - putting an additional strain on the health system.

Some of those injured in the chemical in Idlib attack had to be transferred to hospitals in Turkey for treatment.

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08 Apr 2017 description

(Juba, 8 April 2017): Following a week which saw attacks against both aid workers and civilians, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, demanded that parties to the conflict uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians and ensure the safety and security of humanitarians.

08 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Armed actors ambush humanitarian convoy, killing six aid workers

  • GoRSS suspends proposed international worker fee increase

  • GoS opens new humanitarian corridor from Sudan to South Sudan

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

04 Apr 2017 description

TURKEY

ACAPS now considers Turkey a humanitarian crisis given the increasing deterioration of humanitarian access across the country.

Since the attempted coup in July 2016, several international and national organisations have had their operations terminated. In late March, five Danchurd Aid staff were deported and five other workers are still detained. Its operations had been stopped.

04 Apr 2017 description
report Cordaid

Peter Oomen is Cordaid’s disaster risk reduction and resilience building manager in South Sudan. In his blog posts, he shares more about his work and life in this conflict-ridden country.

Recently one of our colleagues, a Ugandan citizen, was taken into custody in Upper Nile state. Everything was taken from him: passport, money, means of communication and other belongings, without further explanation. I had just planned a visit to Kodok in Upper Nile State.

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