Based on the IPC South Sudan Technical Working Group results:
As of January 2017, 3.8 million were estimated in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).
As of February-April 2017, the number of people estimated in need of humanitarian assistance (IPC phase 3 and above) has increased to almost 5 million, out of which 100,000 are facing famine conditions.
The highest proportions of populations in Crisis, Emergency and Catastrophe are observed in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (61%) and Unity (61%) States.
People facing famine or risk of famine are located in Leer, Mayendit, Koch and Panyijar counties of Unity State.
The most affected populations are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are dispersed and the host communities affected by the on-going conflict.
Conflict and insecurity are the main drivers of acute food insecurity compounded by the coming lean season and resulting in devastating effects on livelihoods and the nutrition situation. In conflict areas, humanitarian assistance has become people’s main source of food and it is now insufficient to meet all their needs, mainly due to severe humanitarian access restrictions. Acute malnutrition is a major public health emergency in the country. Evidence shows that, in the Southern part of Unity State, one in three children is acutely malnourished. This represents an unprecedented situation requiring immediate action.
FAMINE DECLARATION: Famine is declared in Leer and Mayendit counties of Greater Unity State. Famine is likely to happen in Koch County and can be avoided in Panyijiar County only if the humanitarian assistance is delivered as planned. The South Sudan IPC Technical Working Group has reached these conclusions in consideration of all currently available data, including planned humanitarian response and based on the professional judgment of the IPC Emergency Review Committee (ERC) but not in full accordance with the minimal evidence requirements of the IPC standard protocols. (IPC, 20 Feb 2017)
"Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, including 1.4 million children under 5 with acute malnutrition problems".
• Above-average harvest reduces food insecurity levels across Sudan
• GoS implements revised humanitarian directives to facilitate relief operations
• Humanitarian actors report improved access in Jebel Marra region
• Relief agencies coordinate to support influx of South Sudanese refugees
With famine declared in parts of South Sudan, the hunger crisis in Somalia is on the cusp of becoming a famine, and Kenya experiencing severe drought, the lives of 700,000 children who are suffering severe acute malnutrition are now in the balance.
The situation in Somalia is deteriorating quickly as well, with acute levels of food insecurity increasing each day. World Vision is deeply concerned that hundreds of children could die if they do not get the nutritious food supplements they urgently need, as well as water and food.
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 667th meeting held on 17 March 2017, adopted the following decision on the situation in South Sudan:
23 March 2017
Permanent Representative Rejects Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Government Forces, Claims Sanctions Will Fuel Tensions
Expressing its deep alarm at the situation in South Sudan, the Security Council today renewed its condemnation of fighting in that country, stressing that there was no military solution to the conflict.
Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, has been told by community leaders in Torit.
Mr Shearer was visiting Torit on Thursday, his first mission to the capital of the state.
Torit has largely been spared the worst of the 2013 outbreak of conflict in South Sudan but since July 2016 has been considered a flashpoint by the UN after heavy fighting between the government SPLA and opposition forces.
Appeal Target: US$ US$ 9,161,771.54
Balance Requested: US$ US$ 8,337,142.54
THE CRISIS: Famine Crisis in South Sudan
The camp population as at 28th February 2017. The figure is inclusive of Kalobeyei population.
Number of South Sudanese new arrivals registered in the month of February 2017
The population currently hosted at Kalobeyei Settlement.
USD 65M Requested for Kakuma operation.
- UNHCR distributes relief items to IDPs in Western Bahr el Ghazal: In Wau, UNHCR distributed non-food items (NFIs) to 4,483 most vulnerable IDPs including 1,175 at Nog-lima, 1,262 at Ngisa 2,046 at the Episcopal Church (ECS) of Sudan premises outside Wau town. NFIs included dignity kits for women of reproductive age, pieces of soap, secondhand clothes, jerry cans, and buckets. This intervention comes after the government granted access to the Baggari area, which has been inaccessible to aid agencies since 2016.
Cáritas Perú distribuye en las últimas semanas 89 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria a 2.000 familias afectadas a causa de «El Niño»
Las Cáritas de Sudán del Sur, Etiopía, Somalia y Kenia afrontan la crisis de alimentos creada en el Cuerno de África por efecto de «La Niña»
By UNICEF South Sudan
As starvation and food insecurity grip many parts of South Sudan, UNICEF is working with partners to provide a range of nutrition services. Hear the story of a mother and her daughter who received life-saving treatment at an outpatient centre.
AWEIL STATE, South Sudan, 21 March 2017 – In South Sudan, an estimated one million people are on the brink of starvation.
Iman Diing’s baby daughter Alakii is one of them.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for East Africa has raised more than £30 million in its first week, with donations continuing to pour in from the UK public.
Prolonged drought and conflict have left 16 million people across East Africa on the brink of starvation.
Mothers are going without food as they give what little they have to their children, but with 800,000 children under five years old needing lifesaving treatment for acute malnutrition there just isn't enough food to go around.
The ICRC is appealing for $400m to help those most affected by the humanitarian crises in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. The funds will ensure 5 million vulnerable people receive essential aid.
Speaking at a news conference in Geneva today, ICRC director of operations, Dominik Stillhart, warned a massive scaling up of aid was needed to avert a further spiralling downwards in these countries.
by Joe English
South Sudan is a country in crisis – violence has displaced millions of people; a food crisis has left parts of the country in famine; and a deteriorating economy has left many families with no means to support themselves.
The worsening water crisis, fuelled, in part by the conflict and economic collapse, is just one more challenge families in Juba have to face on a daily basis.
As the humanitarian crisis worsens in South Sudan, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, President of Caritas South Sudan and Bishop of Yei, has warned the country is in a state of collapse with millions of people facing mass starvation.
Bishop Tombe and senior officials from Caritas South Sudan gathered in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the operational challenges and to scale up the global Catholic aid network’s urgent response in the country where famine has been declared in the midst of civil war.
UNMISS Spokesperson – Daniel Dickinson:
So, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, my name is Daniel Dickinson spokesperson for UNMISS and I have met many of you before. I would like to welcome you and the listeners of Radio Miraya to this press conference with the Undersecretary General for Department of Peacekeeping Operation of the UN Hervé Ladsous am sure many of you have met before, and our USG designate Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
68,858 South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 11 March 2017)
356,304 Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 11 March 2017) – This is an estimated figure; confirmed numbers will be provided at the end of the month
FUNDING (as of 7 March 2017)
USD 160.8 M Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia
811,555 Number of refugees registered in the country
17,919 Number of refugees newly registered in January and February 2017
9,839 Number of refugees newly registered in February
42,109 Number of unaccompanied and separated children
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