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28 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

By Stella Madete, Oxfam in South Sudan.

On the west bank of the White Nile lies Terekeka, a small bustling town in Central Equatoria state in South Sudan. The town centre rises with the sun, with vibrant sounds and excited chatter marking the start of the day. A myriad of shops selling goods from sandals to phone chargers are setting up for the day’s trade. Loyal patrons are already breaking bread at their favourite restaurants, their voices raised and heavy with expectation for the coming hours.

28 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• HAC takes lead of the humanitarian response in East Darfur, sending relief items for 24,000 people to Abu Karinka.

• New displacements from East Darfur arrive in North Darfur and West Kordofan states.

• Severe weather hits five villages near Abyei town, leaving 210 households in need of assistance.

• Fighting in South Sudan expected to cause influx of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, where many refugee sites face overcrowding.

FIGURES

Displaced people in Sudan 3.1 million

28 May 2015 description

Nairobi/Juba, Wednesday 27 May 2015:

HelpAge International and its partner Islamic Relief, on Wednesday 27 May 2015, launch a three year programme in Juba, South Sudan to support badly malnourished older people in Warrap State.

Funded by the German Government, the project will target to provide food vouchers and/or food baskets to older people in one of the most affected States by the ongoing internal conflict that has left more than 1.4 million people displaced.

27 May 2015 description
report Trócaire

Trócaire has been forced to evacuate three staff members from an area of South Sudan as a result of heavy fighting. Three staff members, who are all South Sudan nationals, spent three days taking shelter in a UN compound before being evacuated.

Our office in Melut, which is in the north of the country, has been broken into and badly looted as government and anti-government forces fight for control of the region. We have been forced to suspend our humanitarian programmes in the region, which had been delivering aid to 20,000 people in two towns.

27 May 2015 description
report Oxfam

Some 40 percent of people in South Sudan are expected to be severely hungry by the end of July, a figure higher than ever before projected.

OXFAM // 27 May 2015 (JUBA): Responding to the latest Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) or food analysis report for South Sudan, Oxfam South Sudan Country Director, Zlatko Gegic said:

“A frightening number of people in South Sudan are already severely hungry and 800,000 more are expected to join them as fighting prevents many from getting the help they urgently need.

27 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

JUBA, South Sudan, 27 May 2015 – The lives of nearly a quarter of a million children are at significant risk as food and nutrition security rapidly deteriorate in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF said today. The crisis comes as a result of ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a shrinking economy.

27 May 2015 description

JUBA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that South Sudan is facing the worst levels of food insecurity in the young country’s history because of a combination of conflict, high food prices and a worsening economic crisis.

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, released today, confirmed fears that unrelenting conflict and the onset of the lean season are intensifying alarming levels of hunger – both in conflict-affected areas and in other parts of the country.

27 May 2015 description

The recent IPC analysis, conducted at the end of April 2015 in Nimule, indicates a further deterioration in the number of people facing severe food insecurity from 2.5 million people in January - March 2015 to around 4.6 million people during the lean period of May - July 2015. Compared to May in most previous years, the lean season started two months earlier due to diminished household food stocks, high food prices and long-term effects of the conflict.

27 May 2015 description

Highlights

· 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.

27 May 2015 description

Nairobi/Juba, HelpAge International and its partner Islamic Relief, on Wednesday 27 May 2015, launch a three year programme in Juba, South Sudan to support badly malnourished older people in Warrap State.

Funded by the German Government, the project will target to provide food vouchers and/or food baskets to older people in one of the most affected States by the ongoing internal conflict that has left more than 1.4 million people displaced.

27 May 2015 description

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.

27 May 2015 description

Highlights

 In Pibor (Jonglei State), the ETC installed an emergency.lu and Ericsson Response internet response solution for UNICEF, which will allow to share internet connectivity with all humanitarians responding in this area.

  • The ETC is concentrating its efforts on providing emergency response data connectivity and security telecommunication services to priority locations as mandated by the Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG) in response to the ongoing complex crisis.
27 May 2015 description

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNMISS Head of Mission Ellen Margrethe Loej

On the occasion of the commemoration of Africa Day 25 May 2015

27 May 2015 description

The IGAD Mediation Support Unit (MSU) and Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) are co-convening a training on Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Peace Messaging for South Sudanese Journalists from 18-22 May 2015 in Juba.

The training brings together over 21 participants representing Television, Radio, Newspaper and Web-based media outlets from across South Sudan.

27 May 2015 description
report British Red Cross

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.