Assessment / Verification Location Information
State: Upper Nile
Bomas: UNMISS PoC 3
Lat N 9°34’11:54
Long E 31°40‘31.88
As of 27 August, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 201,911 including 121,194 in Bentiu, 28,663 in Juba UN House, 48,840 in Malakal, 2,289 in Bor, 723 in Melut and 202 in Wau.
Situation and Response Overview
The rate of inflation continues to be high in South Sudan. In July 2015, the consumer price index (CPI) increased by 51.9% compared the corresponding month in 2014. This trend was underpinned by increasing CPI for food and non-alcoholic beverages (+60.6%) and for health services (+76.2%).
The exchange rate of SSP against the US dollar has reached a low of 12.25 SSP to 1 US Dollar in month of July due to shortage of hard US$ currency. This is accompanied by heavy increase in the fuel prices.
A peace deal signed by South Sudan’s president last Wednesday brings new hope to its people. But are words enough?
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation. However since December 2013 a war has been raging, marked by ethnic killings, gang rapes and child soldier recruitment. Around seven ceasefires have been called, however each shattered within days or hours.
Today, six new cholera cases have been reported in Juba County. As of 29 August 2015, a total of 1,681 cholera cases including 46 deaths (CFR 2.74%) have been reported in South Sudan. In Juba County, a total of 1545 including 45 deaths (CFR 2.91%) from seven Payams (Table 1). In Bor, 136 cases including one death (CFR 0.74%) have been reported from Malou in Makuach Payam and other areas within the County. Table 1 and Figure 1.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 -14:45 GMT
South Sudan rebels on Sunday accused the army of violating a ceasefire just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river.
"A military convoy -- two barges, seven gunboats -- has been moving from Bor to Panijar. Whenever they see our positions on the banks, they shell," said rebel spokesman Dickson Gatluak.
"The cessation of hostilities started at midnight on Saturday but the government has broken it. They are not committed to it," he added.
JUBA, South Sudan – 30 August (UNHCR) – Japan's Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko, wrapped up a one-day visit to Upper Nile's Maban County on Thursday to show solidarity with the refugees and appreciate the impact of Japan's aid contribution on refugees' living conditions. He was accompanied by UNHCR Country Representative, Ahmed Warsame, and a delegation of local authorities and partner organizations.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Saturday 8/29/2015 - 21:40 GMT
A ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal civil war in South Sudan came into effect Saturday evening hours after fresh clashes between government forces and rebels, which sparked concern for a hard-won peace deal.
The truce brokered by the regional eight-nation IGAD bloc, along with the United Nations, African Union, China, Britain, Norway and the United States, came into effect at 2100 GMT (midnight in South Sudan's capital Juba).
But it was unclear whether it would hold.
7515th Meeting (PM)
Welcoming the 26 August signature by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on the agreement to resolve the conflict in that country, as well as earlier signatures by other parties, the Security Council this afternoon confirmed its intention to move swiftly to update the mandate of the United Nations Mission there, known as UNMISS, to support implementation of key tasks in the accord.
Today, two new cholera cases have been reported in Juba County. As of 27 August 2015, a total of 1,668 cholera cases including 46 deaths (CFR 2.76%) have been reported in South Sudan.
In Juba County, a total of 1538 including 45 deaths (CFR 2.93%) from seven Payams. In Bor, 130 cases including one death (CFR 0.77%) have been reported from Malou in Makuach Payam and other areas within the County. Table 1 and Figure 1
August 27, 2015 (GANYLIEL) - South Sudanese rebels say they twarted attempts by pro-government forces (SPLA) to recapture Taiyar port in Payinjiar county, south of Unity state.
The rebel-appointed commissioner for Payinjiar county, John Tap Puot said their forces pushed back the enemy on Thursday.
“Our forces have repulsed the attackers, and we are still speedily pursuing them towards Shambe port,” he told Sudan Tribune over satellite phone from Ganyliel payam.
South Sudan is a landlocked country of approximately 640,000km2 . It was formed in 2011, gaining independence from Sudan. It is bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. Abyei region is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan, with its final status pending negotiations between the two countries (CIA Factbook, 2015). The country is divided into 10 states, with the capital being Juba.
GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has welcomed the signing of the South Sudan peace agreement this week which comes as refugee and IDP figures have passed the 2.6 million mark, a marked increase on the number reported at the time of the fourth anniversary of the country's independence.
Daily arrival rates in Ethiopia remain high, with almost 200 new arrivals registered per day, while in other receiving countries, most notably Sudan, the rainy season has reduced the number of new arrivals in August compared to June and July.
27 August 2015 - Christian Aid welcomes the signing of the South Sudan Compromise Peace Agreement, and calls on all parties involved to observe the Cessation of Hostilities, which is to be implemented within 72 hours of the signing, starting from Saturday this week.
Millions of civilians have been affected by the 20 months of violence in the world’s newest country, with many now needing access to food, shelter and clean water.
On 26 August, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has signed the peace agreement endorsed by other South Sudanese parties in Addis Ababa earlier in August 2015. This commitment to engage in a political process is a crucial step towards the end of 20 months of civil war in one of the world's most fragile countries.