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22 May 2015 description


  • In a statement issued on 20 May 2015, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.

19 May 2015 description

Key planning figures

12.1 6 million food insecure people in crisis and emergency phases (Apr-15)
6.62 million people displaced internally (Mar-15)
2.3 million refugees in the region (Mar-15)
950 million US$ funded (May 2015)

Key drivers of crisis in the region

Conflict and Insecurity

18 May 2015 description


ETHIOPIA: On 8 May the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR launched the relocation of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone Leitchuor and Nip Nip camps to the new Jewi camp, some 18 km from Gambella. The first convoy had 1,376 refugees and the second (9 May had 1,279 refugees. UNHCR and ARRA welcomed the refugees and assured them that they would have protection and better humanitarian services in the new camp. The relocations will continue on a daily basis and as of 14 May 13,388 refugees have been relocated.

17 May 2015 description

Displacement and population movement

Renewed fighting in Unity and Upper Nile states has affected hundreds of thousands of people - nearly 300,000 people were affected by the upsurge of conflict in the first days of May alone. The number of displaced from the latest surge of conflict is not reflected as such, due to the fluid dynamics and lack of verified information. The ongoing conflict continues to affect millions of people across South Sudan.
Some 1.52 million people have fled their homes, many of them multiple times.

17 May 2015 description


  • WFP requires USD 43 million for the next six months to meet the needs of all refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

  • In Uganda, WFP plans to implement ration cuts in July for refugees who arrived before June 2013 in order to stretch available resources.

  • The arrival rate of new refugees from South Sudan has increased in the recent weeks, particularly in Uganda and Sudan. This is as a result of renewed fighting in Unity and Upper Nile States.

11 May 2015 description


  • Kenya: Number of arriving refugees drop due to heavy rains.
  • Ethiopia: IOM is on standby to relocate refugees from Nip Nip and Leitchour Refugee camps to Jewii Refugee Camp.
  • South Sudan: IOM, in collaboration with UNMISS, conducted a training for health providers in Bentiu PoC on HIV counselling and testing.

Situation Overview

08 May 2015 description


  • “Since the beginning of May, military activities south of Bentiu (Unity State) have forced up to 100,000 people from their homes. This comes at the peak of the traditional planting season, when people need to be able to move freely and safely to be able to tend to their crops.” (Statement by Mr. Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, 8 May 2015, Juba)

06 May 2015 description


  • Kenya: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 24,361 refugees

  • South Sudan: Since the beginning of the crisis, over 66,799 households have been supported with Non Food Items, and 2,905 households supported with shelter materials.

Situation Overview

01 May 2015 description


  • On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.

27 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • The situation in South Sudan remains among the world's biggest humanitarian crises since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
    Over 2 million people have fled their homes, including over half a million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries (70% of them are children). At the same time, the country hosts around a quarter of a million refugees, mainly from Sudan.

27 Apr 2015 description
report European Commission

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, who is visiting South Sudan, announces that the Commission is requesting new vital support in the amount of €50 million from the European Union for the victims of this humanitarian crisis.

"I have witnessed first-hand the immense suffering of the people of South Sudan. People who have been forced to leave their homes and desperately look for a safe place to live. People who lack the opportunity to earn a living. They have suffered enough!" said Commissioner Stylianides.

24 Apr 2015 description


  • UNHCR distributed medicines and medical supplies to all refugee camps in South Sudan, which will suffice for the next six months.

  • There were 772 new arrivals at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) site, mostly women and children from Rubkkona and Mayom counties (Unity State) who said that they were fleeing inter-communal fighting and lacked food.