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27 Feb 2017 description

In Numbers

1.89 million internally displaced people (OCHA)
1.5 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)
223,926 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)
4.9 million people facing severe food insecurity from Feb-April 2017 (IPC, Feb. 2017)

Highlights

  • Latest IPC update warns that as many as 5.5 million people—about half the population—could face severe food insecurity over the coming months.

27 Feb 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

260,868 Refugees in South Sudan

1.853 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

US $172 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2017

US $125 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2017

OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

1,569,792 South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries (as of 15 February, 2017):

26 Feb 2017 description

South Sudanese families caught up in famine are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile.

THONYOR, South Sudan, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

26 Feb 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

260,868 Refugees in South Sudan

1.853 M IDPs in South Sudan, including 223,994 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site US

$172 million Funding requested for comprehensive needs in 2017

US $125 million Funding requested for priority needs in 2017

OUTSIDE SOUTH SUDAN

26 Feb 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Famine declared in parts of former Unity State

  • About 5 million people estimated to be severely food insecure until July 2017

  • Crop production declines due to insecurity and displacement of farmers

  • Food prices at exceptionally high levels

Famine declared in parts of former Unity State

25 Feb 2017 description

Just north of the South Sudanese capital Juba lies Terekeka state, home to the Mundari, one of South Sudan’s 64 ethnic groups. Mundaris are predominantly cattle keepers but also practice small-scale agriculture and fishing along the Nile, whose water levels rise and fall according to the seasons. The area includes five natural lakes hidden in the swatches of land and inspiring the name Terekeka, which translates as “forgotten” in the local dialect.

24 Feb 2017 description

Switzerland has pledged to take direct action to help populations facing starvation, especially in South Sudan. The decision follows a call issued by the United Nations Secretary-General on 22 February 2017. Swiss Humanitarian Aid, a department of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is to release CHF 15 million from its fund for humanitarian emergencies for countries hit by famine in the beginning of this year.

24 Feb 2017 description

GENEVA/KHARTOUM (22 February 2017) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has called on the Government in Khartoum to protect the rights of civilians in war-torn Darfur.

The region has been engulfed in a civil conflict since 2003 with hundreds of thousands of displaced people still living in camps.

Mr Nononsi was speaking at the end of a 12-day mission during which he held talks with people living in the village of Adi Kong in western Darfur state.

24 Feb 2017 description

South Sudan - IOM is providing emergency health care and shelter assistance to South Sudanese forced to flee their homes due to violence in volatile areas of the country, including Unity and Central Equatoria.

IOM, in coordination with Mercy Corps, is conducting an emergency shelter and non-food item (NFI) kit distribution from 22 February – 3 March for over 9,400 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nyal, Unity. The kits will include blankets, nylon and rubber rope, plastic sheeting, a kanga (cloth) and a large carrying bag.

24 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Dabanga

More than 600 people have been left homeless, destitute, and without food after a fire that broke out at camp El Neem north of Ed Daein in East Darfur destroyed 100 homes on Wednesday.

One of the camp sheikhs explained that the intense wind helped the fire to spread. Provisions and agricultural crops were also destroyed, however no injuries or loss of life were reported.

The sheikh appealed to the authorities and organisations to speed up the provision of aid to those affected.

24 Feb 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

February 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, Thursday, has directed his government to provide the necessary support and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and relief supplies to the needy civilian in the neighbouring South Sudan.

South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since December 2013, is now Africa’s largest refugee crisis and the world’s third largest behind Syria and Afghanistan.

24 Feb 2017 description

Church leaders from South Sudan have called on the international community to assist millions of people who are facing starvation in the country. Bishops from England and Wales have backed their call for peace and urgent action to alleviate suffering and save lives.

In a pastoral letter released by the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference on 23 February 2017, the Bishops said:

24 Feb 2017 description

On 23 February 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) will discuss ‘protecting children from fighting adult wars’. This will be an opportunity for the PSC to look at its own tools to intervene in conflicts such as in South Sudan, where child soldiers are prevalent. Thanks to the efforts of the United Nations (UN), almost 2 000 child soldiers have been released in South Sudan in the past few years, but a lot more can still be done.

24 Feb 2017 description

23 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – In an effort to rapidly contain the resurgence of cholera in South Sudan, WHO has secured oral cholera vaccine to vaccinate the communities in Leer Town and other areas. The 20 February integrated food security phase classification (IPC) identified Leer and Mayendit. With Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates that exceed 30% in the two locations. Co-morbidity with cholera will result in rapid spread and high fatality rates.

24 Feb 2017 description

February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – The World Health Organization (WHO) with support from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have delivered essential medicines and supplies to the communities affected by the cholera outbreak in the Islands of Jonglei and Greater Lakes.