- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update December 2014
- Operational Plan 2011-2016 DFID Uganda Updated December 2014
- UNHCR Operational Update for the South Sudan Emergency (11-17 Nov 2014)
Appeals & Funding
South Sudan warring parties agree in Khartoum on a five point plan proposed by the Chinese Government to support the ongoing IGAD peace talks.
The outflow of South Sudanese to Uganda through the Nimule border (Eastern Equatoria State) continued on a small scale.
Returning refugees continue to be registered in Bor town; a total of 91 HHs registered by RRC who are reported to have come from Uganda and Kenya during the reporting period.
One year since armed conflict broke out in South Sudan, almost 5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. More than 1.4 million people are internally displaced and almost 480,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
Thanks to contributions announced recently, WFP has restored full rations in the January distributions in Kenya. In addition, the Ethiopia refugee operation is fully funded until June.
However, WFP still urgently requires USD 56 million in new resources to meet the needs of refugees in Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan for the next six months.
The African Water Facility (AWF) announced on January 9, 2015 that it has offered a €1.97 million grant to the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) to increase water availability for multiple purposes in the Nyimur region of Uganda and South Sudan. The grant will support the improvement of irrigated agriculture and food production, fisheries, electricity generation and sanitation as well as the prevention of flooding and droughts in the region.
● The 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) aims to reach 4.1 million people with humanitarian assistance.
● Roads around the country are beginning to dry out. The latest road access map is available here: http://bit. ly/1Ks0Blm
4.1 million People to be assisted by the end of 2015
2.5 million People facing crisis/emergency levels of food insecurity
1.5 million People internally displaced by conflict since December 2013
The UK will provide emergency food, shelter and sanitation to half a million refugees that have fled the ongoing fighting in South Sudan
With almost a quarter of refugees reaching camps in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya suffering from acute malnutrition, the new £16.4 million package will provide:
18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.
The South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan was launched on 17 December in Nairobi by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in front of an audience of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. The plan requests for USD 810 million to meet the needs of 821,000 South Sudanese refugees expected to have arrived in Ethiopia,
Kenya, Sudan and Uganda by the end of 2015.
Conflict continues to drive food insecurity in many areas of the region
About 12.4 million people in East Africa are in need of humanitarian assistance. As of November, the majority were in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in northeastern Djibouti, eastern and northeastern Ethiopia, northern and eastern Kenya, southern and central Somalia, western and southern Sudan, and the Greater Upper Nile States in South Sudan. Significant populations remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in these countries and in Burundi, Rwanda, and northeastern Uganda.
Almost a full year of conflict (15 December 2013) has devastated the lives of the majority of South Sudan’s people, killed tens of thousands and ravaged key parts of the country. 2014 has been a year of violence, abuse and displacement which has forced almost two million people from their homes. The conflict has been brutal: killings, rape, destruction and the loss of livelihoods have left open wounds which will take much time to heal.
The Devastation of War
On the night of December 15, 2013, shots rang out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. What started as a political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former vice President Riek Machar had reached its boiling point. Forces loyal to Machar broke away from the military and fighting quickly spread throughout Juba and then into other areas of South Sudan.
Thanks to contributions announced this week from Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, the regional shortfall has decreased substantially. However, WFP still urgently requires US$59 million in new resources to meet the needs of refugees in Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan for the next six-months.
Fears of renewed fighting and heightened tension, particularly in Eastern Equatoria, may result in increased number of people crossing into neighboring countries in the coming weeks. Over 500 people crossed into Uganda on 08 December alone.