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South Sudan Crisis Blog #1

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Islamic Relief

Amir Manghali, Regional Desk Coordinator for East Africa, blogs from Juba on the conditions facing displaced families in Mahad camp.

On 20 August, I visited Mahad IDP camp, together with Rose Juru Joushua, our Senior Programme Officer in Islamic Relief South Sudan.

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 34 (21 - 27 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHT

The new IOM Clinic in Bentiu is close to opening. Supplies and furniture have been moved to the new site

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 447,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 123,000, Kenya 42,000, Ethiopia 189,100 and Sudan 93,500). There are currently 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #37, 20 - 26 August 2014

Highlights

  • Further heavy rains in Bentiu have meant that most PoCs are now flooded, with people moved from PoC4 to PoC6 where the flooding has been less severe. It has become difficult to find dry land on which latrines can be established. While access to safe water through boreholes and water treatment plants have been maintained, the flooding has caused further latrines to collapse, meaning that there is now one latrine for every 100 people, compared to one latrine for 72 people before the flooding began.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees receive cholera vaccine

The mass immunisation campaign will protect South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, as well as the host community, against the risk of cholera spreading across the border.

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South Sudan: Combating the spread of cholera

Hand-in-hand with the South Sudan Red Cross, the ICRC is working to combat the spread of the disease in key locations, in particular those affected by recent violence. In this video we see how the South Sudan Red Cross in Lul and Kodok, in the Upper Nile State, are treating patients who have contracted cholera, and preventing spread of the disease by educating people about how to protect themselves.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 August 2014

KEY EVENTS

  • The number of nutrition hotspot priority one woredas increased by 64.5 per cent from 76 to 125 between April and August of this year.

  • WFP will face critical funding shortfalls for its refugee operation from the end of September onwards. US$42 million is urgently needed to cover needs until January 2015.

KEY FIGURES

  • South Sudanese refuge arrivals (since mid-December) 187,206 Source: UNHCR

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan: Humanitarian Dashboard (15 Dec. 2013 to 22 Aug. 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

People to be assisted Violence broke out in Juba on 15 December, and quickly spread to other states. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and many more wounded. Some 1.8 million people have been uprooted from their homes, and 3.9 million people face alarming levels of food insecurity. The nutrition situation is deteriorating. With the crisis showing no sign of abating, partners have extended the Crisis Response Plan to December to address the massive humanitarian consequences of the conflict.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #52 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Government (USG) provides additional $180 million to support food assistance in South Sudan

  • U.N. World Food Program (WFP) barge convoy arrives in Upper Nile State

  • Insecurity persists in Unity State, including near the civilian protection site in Bentiu town

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 50 (as of 21 August 2014)

Highlights

● Preliminary analysis of food security in conflict-affected areas shows that while the situation remains dire, it has not worsened.

● Humanitarian barges continued their progress, arriving at Malakal on 19 August and now continuing to Melut, for final offloading.

● Some 2.7 million people have been reached with some form of emergency assistance as of 31 July.

● Thirteen humanitarian aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict began in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Gambella, Ethiopia - Displacement, 22 August 2014

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Crisis Overview

  • Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, more than 188,000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into the western Gambella region of Ethiopia. This influx has stretched local capacity and several camps have reached full capacity.

  • The refugees are arriving in dire condition, seriously lacking food and drinking water, and have been mostly concentrated at border points with limited assistance before being relocated to camps. 90% of the arriving population are women and children (WFP 12/08/2014).

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How to Prevent Total Disaster in South Sudan

Argument in Foreign Policy on 21 August 2014 by Rajiv Shah, Valerie Amos, Kristalina Georgieva and Børge Brende

After half a year of fighting, the world's newest country is barreling toward calamity. But its leaders can pull it back from the brink -- if they choose to do so.

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IOM South Sudan Humanitarian Update 33 (14 - 20 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

Heavy rains in Malakal have resulted in standing water within the PoC

The South Sudan CCCM-DTM Round IV report was released on August 20th

OVERVIEW

Over 1.3; million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

International Organization for Migration:

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #36, 13 – 19 August 2014

Highlights

  • There has been heavy fighting in Bentiu this week, including very close to the PoCs. The fighting is slowing the humanitarian response in the area, and has stopped supply movements, including essential supplies such as therapeutic foods to treat acute malnutrition.

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South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #29, 15 August 2014

Highlights

  • Health partners are supporting the Ministry of Health with preparedness in Ebola case detection and management Health partners have reported a decline in both cholera cases and deaths.

  • By 11 August 5,697 cases and 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) had been reported since April 2014.

  • As of 11 August, altogether 5,697 cholera 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) have been recorded in South Sudan since the outbreak began on 23 April 2014.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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OFDA Marks 50th Anniversary, Supports IOM Delivery of Clean Water, Sanitation in South Sudan

USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), which this year marks its 50th anniversary, is helping IOM to provide clean water and sanitation services to 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltering in a UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan.

In the eight months of South Sudan’s latest humanitarian crisis, over 1.3 million people have been displaced. Of these, some 95,000 have sought shelter inside over-crowded UN PoC sites throughout the country.

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