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21 Mar 2017 description

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.

21 Mar 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

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

HIGHLIGHTS

21 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

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

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

21 Mar 2017 description

Patricia Okoed/Filip Andersson

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian assistance to reach communities in need.

Ladsous arrived in the country this morning and met with First Vice President Taban Deng Gai in Juba.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the UN Peacekeeping chief said that aid delivery can only resume fully when there is no fighting.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • The economic context is dramatic: the crashing currency and out-of-control inflation are not ideal circumstances for relying on markets.

  • Traders face difficulties on both sides – importing from Uganda is risky and uncertain, while demand is sluggish.

  • Supplies from Sudan may partially offset these challenges, but they are highly constrained by the official border closure and seasonal factors.

  • Cautious implementation of CBT may be feasible although it will be extremely challenging given the circumstances.

21 Mar 2017 description
report Oxfam

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan, it is a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives Oxfam warned today.

The annual rainy season, which starts in April or May, will make conditions even more difficult for the people in need of help and the aid agencies trying to reach them. Flooding makes roads and airstrips impassable, communities sheltering from the conflict on islands even more isolated, and causes a rise in cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Oxfam is calling for more funding to help reach those in need before it is too late.

20 Mar 2017 description
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More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and 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.

NIGERIA - EMERGENCY

An elevated risk of famine persists in the north-east. Some areas remain inaccessible to humanitarians, leaving affected people in life-threatening conditions.

SOUTH SUDAN - FAMINE

20 Mar 2017 description
  • Response to famine, drought and conflict in South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today (Monday) announced new funding of €11 million to assist people suffering as a result of famine, drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa, specifically in South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan.

20 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

Jason Patinkin

The declaration of famine in two counties of South Sudan last month led to immediate pledges of aid. Grave editorials called on Western governments to prioritise relief efforts to the needy, despite the shortcomings of the government and the ongoing civil war.

Read more on IRIN

20 Mar 2017 description

In Numbers

1.89 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

1.6 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

223,926 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

4.9 million people facing severe food insecurity from Feb-April 2017 (IPC, Feb. 2017)

Highlights

  • WFP teams completed a first round of emergency food distributions in Leer County for 48,480 people facing acute hunger.

20 Mar 2017 description

International Development Secretary Priti Patel today visited the offices of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Euston to meet aid workers from six of its member charities recently returned from the crisis areas.

Aid workers from CAFOD, CARE International, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Plan International UK and Tearfund discussed the impact of the generous donations of the British public, UK Aid and the life-saving work that the DEC’s 13 member charities carry out on the ground.

20 Mar 2017 description

The state of famine was declared at the end of February in South Sudan. 4.9 million South Sudanese - 42% of the county’s population - need food aid. 100,000 people are in direct mortal danger. Beyond providing a vital emergency help, a long-term assistance will be unavoidable.

20 Mar 2017 description

PORT SUDAN – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), today welcomed the second of two recent shipments carrying urgently required food assistance for Sudan and South Sudan.

20 Mar 2017 description

This bi-monthly update brings together innovative policy, practice and partnerships from the Southern and Eastern African region that aim to strengthen the engagement of disaster-affected communities in humanitarian action. The aim of the publication is to create awareness about these initiatives and share good practice. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks and to share their contributions.

South Sudan: How sunshine is bringing radio to remote parts of South Sudan

20 Mar 2017 description

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

· As of 16 March 2017, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 223,019 including 120,607 in Bentiu, 30,559 in Malakal, 38,942 in Juba UN House, 1,976 in Bor, 681 in Melut and 200 in Wau, in Western Bahr El Ghazal adjusted area 30,054.

Highlights of the week:

19 Mar 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Foreign aid groups are facing pressure in several African countries to hire more local workers. But South Sudan's recent move to increase work permit fees to up to $10,000 could spell disaster for the war-torn country.

18 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Food security levels in the country remain critical, with famine declared in southern Unity state at the end of February. Access restrictions to affected areas is limiting the ability of the humanitarian community to respond. UNICEF and WFP dispatched five rapid response teams to southern Unity in late February/early March to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance to affected populations.

18 Mar 2017 description

March 17, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canadians have always helped in times of crisis, and Canada’s humanitarian assistance reflects the best of Canadian values.

As a result of conflicts in northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as a devastating drought affecting Somalia, more than 20 million people are facing extreme food insecurity, with famine already declared in parts of South Sudan.