News in Brief
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, preparatory talks for a national dialogue were started by facilitator Edem Kodjo on August 23 in order to relieve the political tensions in the country.
However, few key members of the opposition attended and the “Rassemblement” umbrella called for a nationwide “ville-morte”.
The call was answered in some parts of Kinshasa, but ignored in other big Congolese cities. During the demonstrations in Kinshasa, two people were injured and 32 people were arrested.
WFP is supporting the establishment of hot meals in newly opened settlements in Pagirinya (Adjumani District), and Bidibidi (Yumbe District) to respond better to the refugee influx.
Due to funding funding, WFP is implementing 50 percent ration reductions for refugees who arrived in Uganda before 01 July 2015, with the exception of malnourished children under five years, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Kampala-24/08/16 - The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence,prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic.
2,700 people have fled to Uganda over the past two days, 1,386 on Monday and 1,314 on Sunday.
Oraba continues to be the main border crossing point, and is now receiving nearly twice as many new arrivals on a daily basis than Elegu. This reflects the fact that most people arriving in Uganda in recent days are fleeing from Central Equatoria.
• On World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian community pays tribute to 59 aid workers killed in South Sudan since December 2013.
• Armed clashes and ambushes prevent humanitarians from reaching displaced people in Greater Equatoria.
• Humanitarian organizations strive to meet growing needs as the number of internally displaced people increases in Wau town.
• Intermittent fighting has forced thousands of people to flee their homes in central and southern Unity.
Anna Heard and Annette N. Brown
South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 14 Aug)
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 14 Aug (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Total South Sudanese expected by 31 December 2016 (RRP Planning Figure)
Refugees in South Sudan
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan
FUNDING (as of 02 August)
1.1 Food security situation
Overall food security classification shows that half of the population in Karamoja (50%) is food insecure, of which 12% were found to be severely food insecure. While these findings suggest a marginal increase in food insecurity at regional (Karamoja) level since June 2015, there were marked district level variations:
Significant deterioration in Kaabong, Kotido, Napak & Abim districts;
Marked improvement in Moroto & Nakapiripirit districts;
This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.
During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.
Overwhelmed aid agencies in Uganda are armed with insufficient resources to respond to South Sudanese refugees spilling across the border, after renewed violence pushed over 85,000 people into Uganda’s West Nile region since July.
272.1 M required for 2016 including special situations
72.3 M contributions received, representing 27% of requirements
199.8 M overall funding gap for Uganda
3,405 people have fled to Uganda over the past four days, 1,447 on Thursday, 683 on Friday, 389 on Saturday and 886 on Sunday.
6,734 people crossed in to Uganda last week, compared with 8,403 and 17,369 in the week starting 8 August and 1 August respectively.
Uganda Red Cross Volunteers on June 26th braved the night, cold and bloody boarder of Nimule – Connecting Uganda to South Sudan in rescue of refugees fleeing uncertainty when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan forcing thousands of people to flee to Uganda. The situation has since been tense and alarming. Hundreds of lives have been claimed in the fights and many more rescued because of the presence of Humanitarian support from key players like Uganda Red Cross.
1.61 million internally displaced people (OCHA estimates)
751,397 South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR estimates)
169,418 people seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS estimates)
4.8 million people in emergency or crisis level food insecurity
Inflation rate hits historic high of 661.3% year-on-year
Airdrops out of Ethiopia commence, accelerating the pace of deliveries to Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal