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07 Mar 2017 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kristin Myers

Today, across South Sudan, millions of mothers are facing the dilemma of how to nourish their children when there is simply not enough food to go around.

Atuil Chok is one such mother. Atuil was already struggling to feed her family of six children, all under the age of 10, after her husband, Adim Garang, left to find work. But when her milk dried up and she was no longer able to breastfeed her newborn twins, her situation became much more desperate.

07 Mar 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

For around 20 million people from Africa to the Middle East, severe hunger is a daily reality.

For some, the risk of starvation is even greater. Since late 2016, conditions in Nigeria indicate that famine has occurred and might be ongoing. In South Sudan, famine has been declared, and in Somalia and Yemen there is a high risk of famine in 2017. Without immediate support, 1.4 million of those at imminent risk of death are children.

06 Mar 2017 description

Following the declaration of famine in Leer and Mayendit Counties, Unity State, South Sudan, REACH calculated the areas more likely to have higher shelter needs basing the estimation on the data collected between December and January 2017 with the Area of Knowledge (AoK) approach, using the following methodology.

A simple, composite shelter indicator was created by averaging the percentages of key informants (KIs) reporting on the following indicators for specific settlements:

06 Mar 2017 description


  • Shelter/NFI distributions target IDPs in Unity

  • IOM responds to influx of IDPs in Wau town

  • RRF partners respond to malnutrition in crisis-affected areas

06 Mar 2017 description

Overview of WFP in South Sudan

Despite immense challenges, in 2016 WFP provided food and nutrition assistance to 4 million people across South Sudan—including lifesaving emergency assistance for 2.2 million people and non-emergency food assistance for a further 1.8 million people through our recovery operation. To do so, WFP dispatched more than 265,000mt of food commodities—56,000mt more than in 2015.

06 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

■ Livelihoods were in a precarious state in South Sudan even before the outbreak of the current armed conflict in December 2013. The assumption was that conflict had been the factor driving vulnerability, and that after the civil war recovery would take off. But this recovery largely did not occur, especially in Jonglei, where localized conflict continued.

06 Mar 2017 description

by Birungi Machrine

04 March 2017, South Sudan (UNMISS) -- "We are happy because the United Nations has arrived here to bring us food” said Martha Nyordit, a mother of five in Padeah county of Leer in Unity, one of the areas that has been worst affected by the latest wave of famine.

05 Mar 2017 description

UK leads the charge by stepping up support and urges others to do the same before it is too late.

The International Development Secretary has set out a five point plan to deliver a more effective global response to the unprecedented number of crises the world currently faces.

Before last month, there had been only one certified famine globally since 2000. Parts of South Sudan are now in famine and in 2017 there is a credible risk of another three famines in Yemen, North East Nigeria and Somalia.

05 Mar 2017 description

On 20th February, 2017 the Government declared famine in two Counties of South Sudan — Leer and Mayiandit More than 100,000 people in the two Counties of Unity state are confirmed to be experiencing famine and there are fears that the situation will spread as an additional 1 million South Sudanese may be affected in other areas. The calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and rising economic hardship that almost affected the entire country.

05 Mar 2017 description

(Juba, 5 March 2017): Concluding a two-day visit to South Sudan – two weeks after localized famine was declared in Mayendit and Leer counties – the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, called for immediate and unhindered access to people in need of aid and urgent funding for the humanitarian appeal. “Yesterday, I visited Ganyiel, where I met with people who had fled fighting, fear and famine in Leer and Mayendit, as well as hunger and insecurity in Lakes,” said the Emergency Relief Coordinator.

04 Mar 2017 description


  • WFP and the Ministry of General Education and Instruction celebrated the Africa Day of School Feeding.

  • WFP rapid response teams completed distribution of life-saving assistance for populations facing acute hunger in Koch County.

  • Emergency food distributions are ongoing in Leer where WFP has prioritized its air assets to ensure immediate delivery of required food.

Situation Update

04 Mar 2017 description


The camp population as at 15th February 2017. The figure is inclusive of Kalobeyei population.

Number of South Sudanese new arrivals registered during the reporting period.

The population currently hosted at Kalobeyei Settlement.

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The per capita water consumption per person per in Kakuma refugee.


04 Mar 2017 description

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated dramatically due to the devastating combination of conflict, economic decline and climatic shocks. Insecurity and lack of access have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan, and famine was declared on 20 February. An additional 1 million people are on the brink of famine. By the height of the lean season in July, some 5.5 million people will be severely food insecure across the country.

04 Mar 2017 description

WHO: Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to South Sudan

WHEN: 4-5 March 2017

WHERE*: Ganyiel in Panyyijiar County and Juba