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23 Apr 2017 description

A severe food crisis is advancing across East Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. In this interview, Xavier Duvauchelle, Handicap International’s desk officer for the East African region, explains the scale of the disaster and how our teams on the ground are responding.

22 Apr 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

Children hunting rodents for food. Mothers boiling coconut skins to eat. Life in famine is a life of desperation.

More than 20 million people face starvation across the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. But nowhere is the situation more dire than South Sudan, where the world’s only official famine has taken root.

This emergency is a grave humanitarian crisis — but it also threatens to get worse. Without humanitarian access, an additional 1 million people will be on the brink of starvation in the next three months.

21 Apr 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

81,720
South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 12 April 2017)

370,000
Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 12 April 2017)

FUNDING (as of 29 March 2017)

USD 160.8 M
Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia

HIGHLIGHTS

21 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

829,925 refugees registered in the country
38,434 refugees newly registered so far in 2017
20,515 refugees newly registered in March
44,453 unaccompanied and separated children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

  • The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) is UNHCR’s main government counterpart with which close cooperation is maintained to ensure the protection of refugees in Ethiopia.

21 Apr 2017 description
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More than 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are experiencing famine or the risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and their humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.

21 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrivals from South Kordofan Continue: From 1 to 15 April, UNHCR registered 588 new arrivals to South Sudan through Yida settlement. Cumulatively, 4,370 new arrivals have been registered since the beginning of the year 2017.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights
- The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda has increased, with a total of 27,930 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 1st of April and 15th of April, compared to 15,474 in the last two weeks of March. A daily average of 1,862 refugees crossed the border from South Sudan into Uganda.

21 Apr 2017 description

Maban, 21 April 2017 - We are devastated by the recent turn of events here in South Sudan.

After five long decades of war with the north, South Sudan became independent in 2011. Soon after that, in December 2013, the current conflict, a full scale civil war this is threatening the very existence of the youngest nation in the world.

21 Apr 2017 description

Rainfall remains well below-average during peak rainy season in the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Light, uneven rainfall since late February has resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

20 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Humanitarian Coordinator calls on armed actors to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and ensure the proportionality of their actions.

• Nearly 60 aid workers relocated from Walgak and Waat in northern Jonglei due to intensified armed conflict.

• Cholera spreads to Duk, Ayod and Fangak counties in Jonglei, amidst the longest running outbreak since South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011.

20 Apr 2017 description

Niki Clark

This week, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation pledged $75,000 ($25,000 each) to three organizations working on multiple fronts to address the current famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen: Mercy Corps, Oxfam and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

19 Apr 2017 description
report ACTED

ACTED has been mobilised in the Sud and Grand’Anse departments since hurricane Matthew hit the region on 4 October 2016 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations. In all sectors, needs reached high levels: Matthew caused terrible damages, casualties and losses, destroying houses, infrastructure and crops, and leaving 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.

19 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Several donor missions as well as the Emergency Directors from eight IASC agencies were visiting WFP operations in South Sudan.

  • WFP released a graphic novel focusing on the situation in South Sudan.

  • WFP has completed 63 percent of its commodity prepositioning plan in preparation for the rainy season.

Situation Update

19 Apr 2017 description

Eugene Owusu

Distinguished friends from the media, Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for the time taken to join us at the press briefing. Most importantly, thank you for your outstanding contribution and support to our humanitarian and development work here in South Sudan.