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"At Night I Lie Awake Thinking of Those Who Did Not Survive"

More than 1.5 million people are currently displaced from their homes in South Sudan after conflict swept through the country in the wake of a political crisis in December 2013. Many displaced families in remote areas have no access to health care and humanitarian relief is scarce. In September, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical specialist Maartje Hoetjes flew by helicopter to one of South Sudan’s more remote areas to meet displaced families and assess their health status. She tells their stories here.

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South Sudan escapes official famine, but even without a name hunger still kills

World Vision

South Sudan’s food insecurity crisis hasn’t worsened to the point of famine, but the threat still looms large with meagre crops potentially only delaying life-threatening hunger.

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South Sudan's Bentiu camp still a draw for IDPs


BENTIU, 24 September 2014 (IRIN) - The 47,000 people who have fled to the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, lack most things. In some parts of the camp, 158 people are forced to share one latrine. Women and children swelter for hours waiting for their turn at a borehole. August downpours destroyed mattresses and clothes and replacements are virtually impossible to come by.

The only thing there is too much of is the toxic green water - left over from last month's rain - a stagnant pool across much of the camp that flows into people's homes with each new storm.


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Uganda + 1 other
Two children have been killed and four others wounded as tensions continue to rise along the South Sudan-Uganda border

Miraya FM

Officials from both countries are expected to meet in Kajo-Keji tomorrow in efforts to smoothen relations between communities of Kajo-Keji and the Madi in Uganda’s Moyo district.

Kajo-Keji County Commissioner Henry Kala Sabuni says there was more violence last night that left two children dead.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
ACAPS Briefing Note: Gambella, Ethiopia - Displacement, 22 August 2014


Crisis Overview

  • 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).

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August


The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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South Sudan's New War: Abuses by Government and Opposition Forces

A new report documents how widespread killings of civilians, often based on their ethnicity, and mass destruction and looting of civilian property, have defined the conflict.

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Information in the Midst of Crisis: Addressing the Information Needs of Internally Displaced Persons at the Tong Ping Protection of Civilians Site, Juba, South Sudan

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.