Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population
Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.
South Sudan has had three turbulent years since gaining its independence in 2011. Violence erupted in December 2013 in the capital, Juba, and quickly spread across the country, forcing people to flee their homes and plunging the country into chaos. As a result of the conflict and displacement, people were largely unable to plant their crops in time for rainy season and now approximately four million people are in a severe state of food insecurity.
Since December 2013, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan has resulted in the death of thousands and displacement of more than 1.1 million people. As of late July 2014, at least 431,045 South Sudanese had fled the conflict and sought asylum in neighboring countries; this number is expected to increase to 715,000 refugees by the end of 2014, according to UNHCR planning for most likely scenario (as of July). To date, only 25% of the US$ 67.3 million that UNICEF requires to meet humanitarian needs of refugees in neighboring countries has been received
As of 31 July, 2014, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan, which began in December 2013, has resulted in the death of thousands, the displacement within the country of more than 1.1 million people, and the cross-border displacement of an additional 431,045 people who have fled to the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. 3 The number of new South Sudanese refugees is expected to almost double by year end.
Over 1.1 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally dis-placed persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.
Nairobi, 12 August 2014: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) has revised its emergency appeal to 6,758,366 Swiss francs to support the South Sudanese Red Cross Society to assist 450,000 displaced people and those living in cholera affected areas.
WFP requires US$104 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals from South Sudan and existing refugees in all four countries.
Cases of malaria are on the increase in the Ethiopia refugee camps following the rainy season. UN agencies are working with the Government and NGO partners to support treatment and malaria control interventions.
Over a million people in South Sudan have been displaced since the violence started in December 2013. Since there was no possibility to cultivate the land, over three million people could be victim of food shortages in the coming months. A famine is feared. ICCO and Kerk in Actie support the people in South Sudan, combining emergency aid and long term programs focusing on livelihood and reconciliation.
Violence broke out in Juba on 15 December 2013 between government and opposition forces and quickly spread to other locations in South Sudan. Nearly eight months later, the situation is still tense, violence is ongoing and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating, with high levels of food insecurity and humanitarian agencies warning of the possibility of famine.
Displacement, disease and malnutrition threaten lives
Eight months into the current conflict the situation in South Sudan continued to deteriorate.
The rainy season is underway increasing the risk of diseases, including cholera. Hunger and malnutrition are also on the rise with millions of people facing emergency levels of food insecurity. Over 1.5 million people have been displaced from their homes.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: