By Jonathan Rozen
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 2016 (IPS) - Nearly one month after UN Security Council members visited troubled South Sudan, disagreement reigns over even the limited outside measures proposed to try to bring the security situation in the world’s newest country under control.
“To fix South Sudan you will need 250,000 soldiers, you will need four or five billion dollars per year. Who is going to do that? Nobody.” Berouk Messfin, Senior Researcher with the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa, told IPS.
During its informal consultations on 16 September 2016, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan was briefed by the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on South Sudan, in connection with the Panel’s 120-day report, and by Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 12 attacks in August 2016 in which they abducted 20 civilians. All 20 abductees escaped or were released within days of being abducted, in most cases after being used to porter looted goods. August was the second consecutive month of relatively low levels of LRA violence following spikes in activity in January, February, and June 2016.
LRA abductions concentrated in eastern CAR
Between 3 and 22 September, an estimated 17,000 new refugees arrived from South Sudan. An estimated 1,000 people are arriving each day, fleeing insecurity and food shortages.
An outbreak of Rift Valley fever has affected at least 60 people and killed 23 in the border region with Mali. The disease has spread to 28 villages in three communes in Tchintabaraden, Tassara, and Abalak. Pastoralists are particularly vulnerable to infection.
Preparations for the Cost of Hunger study in DRC are underway. The official launch of the study is scheduled to take place on 14 September.
The Ituri province authorities have set up administrative measures to facilitate humanitarian activities, including removing barriers setup by the military.
September 26, 2016 (YAMBIO) – Thousand of people in Ezo county of South Sudan’s newly created Gbudue are in dire need of humanitarian assistance after returning home from the bush, an official said.
Most of them fled to neighbouring Congo after the fighting between armed youth and government forces intensified.
The commissioner of Ezo county, Arkangelo Bakinde said thousands of citizens have returned and resumed their normal life, but still live in dire situation conditions without food, non-food items and medicines.
5,625 people fled to Uganda from South Sudan on the 23rd, 24th and 25th September. The average rate of new arrivals from South Sudan for September is 2,854 per day, compared to 1,594 and 1,727 per day in August and July respectively.
A new settlement areas has been opened in Adjumani district to accommodate new arrivals. Ajogo settlement is expected to have capacity to host up to 3,000 refugees. The capacity will be confirmed once site planning and demarcation of plots has been completed.
UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites
As of 22 September 2016, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 201,997 including 101,350 in Bentiu, 32,719 in Malakal, 39,438 in Juba UN House, an estimated 1,231 IDPs in Tomping, 2,004 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau, in Western Bahr El Ghazal adjusted area 24,336.
Sectors of assistance
CCCM 79,247 Approximate numbers of IDPs
15.5 Litres per person per day (UNMISS Site) 25 Repaired in Wau Municipality, 229 Individuals per tap
504 Vulnerable IDPs relocated over the last 7 days
4,009 Consultations provided at the three sites in the last 7 days
• A four-day general food distribution (GFD) exercise took place at the Wau PoC during the week.
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Over248,780 persons have arrived in Sudan from South Sudan - Sudan hosts an estimated 350,000 Southern Sudanese individuals following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan
- Abyei PCA Box is estimated to have received 2,496 (IOM)
The UN Refugee Agency hails the decision of South Sudan to accede to the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. The instruments of accession were deposited at the African Union in Addis Ababa on 19 May 2016 and the Convention has now entered into force in South Sudan.
In addition to becoming the 46th country to have ratified the 1969 AOU Convention, South Sudan adopted national legislation on refugees in 2012 and established a Commission for Refugee Affairs to coordinate the government response to asylum matters.