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.

3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year

2.7 million People reached with humanitarian assistance

1.3 million People internally displaced by violence

448,000 People have fled to neighboring countries

Situation overview

The security situation in Bentiu, Unity State deteriorated sharply, with clashes breaking out in areas surrounding the city. Humanitarian flights were suspended but have now resumed. A child was wounded by stray gunfire within the site. Also in Bentiu, tensions remained high within the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site over poor living conditions and fears of attack. Humanitarian organizations were working closely with community leaders to mitigate tension.

In Malakal, Upper Nile State, troop movements were reported over the previous weekend, with potential clashes feared.

In Lakes State, the security situation remained calm but tense. There was a reported increase in criminality, revenge attacks, gender-based-violence, and cattle raids throughout the state. Meanwhile, partners reported that poor road accessibility (45 per cent of roads are inaccessible to trucks) has contributed to sharply increasing food prices. Assessments on the Rumbek-Wulu road showed some 200 trucks and light vehicles stranded there.

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