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24 May 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • The US$/SSP exchange rates exhibited daily fluctuations for the better part of April 2016. The local currency gained slight ground against the USD in the intervening period of signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in the last two weeks of April, only to resume loosing trends thereafter and was exchanging at SSP 36-39/1$ in third week of May in the black market. The persistent shortage of dollars continued to dis-incentivize imports into the country during the reporting month.

24 May 2016 description
report Government of Sudan

Highlights:

  • Estimated areas to be cultivated for season 2016/ 2017 is 42.1 million feddans .

  • The lean period for this season began in March, unusually due to the impact of El Nino .

  • Cereal prices curve was higher by 25 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, while the prices of animals decreased by 20%.

  • The growing influx of refugees from South Sudan, their number reached 221.322

  • Nutrition situation: high incidence of malnutrition in some States.

24 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura visited South Sudan from 6 to 9 May to encourage the Government to uphold its commitments to addressing sexual violence outlined in the Joint Communique signed in October 2014 and the Unilateral Communique signed in December 2014 by the then SPLA-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar. UNICEF is supporting the Government in developing an implementation plan while continuing to work with civil society actors in prevention and response to sexual violence.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Deepening food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and a worsening economic situation, has been widely witnessed, with Northern & Western Bahr el Ghazal and Eastern Equatoria being the main geographic areas exhibiting the most rapid decline.
    WFP is scaling up its food assistance activities to reach those in need.

  • The Transitional Government of National Unity has been established in line with the Compromise Peace Agreement following the return and swearing in of the first Vice President, Riek Machar.

24 May 2016 description

· As of 19 May 2016, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 177,234 including 105,588 in Bentiu, 40,448 in Malakal, 27,990 in Juba UN House, 2,289 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau.

24 May 2016 description
report Radio Dabanga

Refugees in Yida camp, South Sudan, continue to suffer from the lack of aid. The people who have fled from Sudan's Nuba Mountains are facing the start of the rainy season without shelter and plastic sheets.

On Monday, a number of refugees in Yida, close to the border with Sudan, told Radio Dabanga that the majority of the camp residents have been living in the open during the past days.

“They suffer from the torrential rains and the winds,” one refugee said. “The winds cause a lot of material losses. Most tents have collapsed.”

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

· Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 117 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

· Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.

24 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Provide Justice for Army Abuses in Western Regions

(Nairobi, May 24, 2016) – South Sudanese government soldiers have carried out a wide range of often-deadly attacks on civilians in and around the western town of Wau, Human Rights Watch said today. Soldiers have killed, tortured, raped, and detained civilians and looted and burned down homes.

23 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Approximately 5.8 million people in Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, the 2016 HNO reports

  • Ongoing insecurity continues to constrain access and needs verification in Jebel Marra

  • More than 4 million people will face at least Crisis levels of food insecurity between March and September 2016

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 May 2016 description

Market Highlights

  • Inflation: The minimum cost of food basket increased by 23 percent in the March 2016 compared to the previous month, occasioned by rapidly rising prices, thus limiting many households capacity to afford food.

23 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Last month, WFP reached roughly 1.5 million people with food & nutrition assistance in South Sudan.

  • General food distributions and Food Assistance for Assets programmes help households meet food needs through lean season.

WFP’s Activities

23 May 2016 description

56% Of refugees in Uganda are under the age of eighteen

120,208 Refugees and asylum-seekers living in Adjumani Refugee Settlement, Uganda’s largest settlement

2% Of refugees in Uganda are elderly (over the age of 60)

25,873 Refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Uganda in the first two months of 2016

Solutions Outlook

23 May 2016 description

By Kimberly Flowers

23 May 2016 description
  • 93,054 Total new arrivals from South Sudan

  • 75,056 camp and reception centre population

  • 17,998 non-camp population

23 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is finalising plans to provide Internet connectivity by deploying emergency.lu satellite kits in the humanitarian hubs in Leer and Koch counties.
  • ETC Internet services in Bentiu have migrated fully to the Humanitarian Internet Support Service (HISP) which is a cost-shared mechanism to provide long-term Internet services to humanitarian communities in remote locations.
  • The team is finalizing how to bridge the security telecommunications networks between the Interagency Network, United Nations Mission …