Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.
The refugees are arriving in dire condition, seriously lacking food and drinking water, and have been mostly concentrated at border points with limited assistance before being relocated to camps. 90% of the arriving population are women and children (WFP 12/08/2014).
As a result of the most recent fighting that started on December 15, 2013, South Sudan has one of the highest concentrations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world today. There have been serious concerns over the ability to meet the information needs of IDPs while coordinating and generally improving the communications strategies of the various agencies involved.