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15 Mar 2017 description
report Theirworld

Drought and conflict are causing massive hunger emergencies - against a backdrop of one in four children in developing countries already suffering chronic malnutrition that could affect their development.

The world is watching in horror as yet another humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding.

15 Mar 2017 description

Following a phone call with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (12 March):

15 Mar 2017 description

Ajay Garg/Filip Andersson

The Malakal-based Indian Battalion of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has conducted a much-needed, two-day veterinary camp for locals and nomadic cattle owners alike. Two similar activities in other Upper Nile locations are scheduled.

The first camp took place on 10-11 March some 5 kilometres north of the UNMISS log base, along the road to Melut. Ongoing grazing in the area meant that it was attended by approximately 650 needy animals, including cows, goats, donkeys and camels.

15 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON
14 March 2017

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. It also started its general debate on human rights situations requiring the Council’s attention.

15 Mar 2017 description

Since December 2013, South Sudan has been the scene of an on-going conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar. In July 2016, armed fighting escalated and ethnic tensions rose drastically amid a sharply deteriorating food security situation, triggering an increasing number of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

15 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP has classified the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa as a Level 2 Emergency. Some 2.9 million people in Somalia and 5.6 million people in Ethiopia are categorized as being in either crisis or emergency (Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) levels 3 and 4), and require urgent humanitarian assistance. In Kenya, 2.6 million people also require emergency food assistance, of whom, 2.2 million are in IPC Phase 3.

15 Mar 2017 description
report World Vision

World Vision (WV) is seeking US$92 million to provide life-saving assistance to 2.2 million drought affected people in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia between February 2017 – July 2017

KEY MESSAGES

• Tens of thousands of children could starve to death as famine, starvation, food and water shortages affect 22 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.

15 Mar 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

• Tens of thousands of children could starve to death as famine, starvation, food and water shortages affect 22 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.

• International aid is urgently needed before the window of opportunity to help closes. The crisis is not getting the attention it needs to ensure children and their families are protected from a looming catastrophe.

15 Mar 2017 description
report World Vision

Nairobi, March 13th

Aid agency, World Vision is launching an appeal for USD92m to respond to the needs of 22 million people – half of them children – across East Africa who are facing a humanitarian hunger crisis that could result in the deaths of thousands of children if action is delayed.

The appeal has been launched to address the rapidly deteriorating crisis that is a result of a deadly mix of drought, conflict, economic shocks and migration.

15 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • 200 Youths benefited from life skills and business training in February 2017

  • 142,520 Refugees and IDPs received non -food items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in February 2017

  • 9,123 Refugees living in Pamir camp as of 28 February 2017

  • 1,737 New arrivals from Sudan registered in South Sudan in February 2017

15 Mar 2017 description

Leading UK aid agencies today [Wednesday 15 March] announced a joint fundraising appeal to help millions of people facing hunger in East Africa.

More than 16 million people in the region do not know where their next meal will come from and children are at risk of dying from starvation.

In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, drought and conflict have left millions of people in immediate need of food, water and medical treatment.

14 Mar 2017 description

Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen, South Sudan, and Somalia.

I would like to begin by thanking Stephen for his briefing. As well as for his initiative and stamina in confronting the toughest humanitarian challenges that the world present. And through him, may I pay tribute to all humanitarian workers responding to these humanitarian challenges, which are of a scale so unprecedented, so unacceptable that it’s almost unimaginable.

14 Mar 2017 description

Mr President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, I present this report to the Council on behalf of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan. I am joined by my fellow Commissioners, Godfrey Musilla and Ken Scott.

14 Mar 2017 description

On 20 February 2017, the Government of South Sudan declared famine in some parts of the country, specifically Leer and Mayendit counties, which were designated as priority locations by the Humanitarian Coordinator. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) results indicate that over 100,000 people are currently being affected, with up to five million people at risk of famine in various locations throughout the year.

14 Mar 2017 description

The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) supports the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to respond to the most critical humanitarian needs across South Sudan in a strategic, coordinated, and strictly prioritized manner:

• Funds are channeled to where they are most needed according to the most urgent priorities within the Humanitarian Response Plan as agreed by the humanitarian community.

14 Mar 2017 description

SOUTH SUDAN

As of 9 March, lack of drinking water is reported by 30,000 recently displaced people in Kodok area in Upper Nile. People are drinking untreated water, concerning as cases of cholera were confirmed in Malakal this week. The cholera outbreak has spread to more areas this year and is lasting longer than previous outbreaks.

South Sudan is experiencing deteriorating food security and nutrition countrywide and humanitarian operations are limited as the government has increased work permit fees from USD 11 to USD 10,000.

14 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

“The children and the elderly, they slaughtered them…. I've seen children tied to their dead mother and thrown in the river”

After a UN report warned “a process of ethnic cleansing was under way” in South Sudan and famine was declared in Unity State, refugees have described the horrors that forced hundreds of thousands of women and children to flee to sanctuary in Uganda.

14 Mar 2017 description

Recent contextual development in Central Unity:

According to the most recent IPC analysis, released on February 20, 2017, approximately 4.9 million (about 42% of population) people are estimated to be severely food insecure (IPC Phases 3, 4, and 5), from February to April 2017. This is projected to increase to 5.5 million people, (47% of the national population) at the height of the 2017 lean season in July.