Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching
8 February 2016, Juba - South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people — nearly 25 percent of the country's population — remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.
Highlights: An estimated 2.8 million people (IPC Phases 3, 4 and 5) or 23% of the population will face acute food and nutrition insecurity between January and March 2016. The bulk of this acutely food insecure population (57 per cent) is located in the Greater Upper Nile states of Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile. Unity State remains the most affected because of continued fighting that has displaced large populations and disrupted their livelihoods.
The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) the UN Mission in South Sudan’s Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu as of 31 January 2016 is 119,476. The second January 2016 population count was held in Bentiu PoC from the 29th to the 31st of January, 2016.
Khartoum, Feb.6 (SUNA)-A leading member of parliament, from the White Nile state, has commended the president decision on reopening of border crossing points with South Sudan, allowing for movement of people and goods.
Nur Eddaim Ahmd al tayyeb, member of the state's Council legislatures and a leader within the Umma Leadership Group Party, said the decision will have positive economic impact on both the Sudan and South Sudan.
South Sudan, February 05 2016 – A delegation from the Government of Japan led by HE Ambassador Masahiko made a visit to the UN-Habitat project in Gureii to inspect the ongoing work to provide clean water and sanitation, livelihood to over 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), community residents and measures to mitigate the perennial flooding. This is one of the two UN-Habitat project sites in South Sudan in support of the reintegration of IDPs, the other location is in Wau one of the largest cities in South Sudan.
04 February 2016 - Strengthening the capacity of traditional leaders in conflict management is necessary to promote social cohesion and create an environment conducive for peaceful co-existence, an UNMISS Civil Affairs official said.
Joint Press Release
Juba, South Sudan, 4 February 2016 – The Government of Japan, based on its commitment to support the people of South Sudan and through partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), delivered three ambulances to health facilities in three conflict-affected locations where there are 250,000 women of reproductive age in need of obstetric services.
(Juba, 5 February 2016): Following the adoption of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Bill by the National Legislative Assembly, the humanitarian community has called on the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to ensure that the Bill is submitted to a process of public consultation following the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).
The South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) is a multi-donor pooled fund that supports the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the most critical needs in a strategic and coordinated manner.
Through the CHF:
• Funds are channeled to where they are most needed according to the most urgent priorities within the Humanitarian Response Plan as agreed by the humanitarian community.
Large areas of Greater Upper Nile continue to face Emergency (IPC Phase 4)
In Ethiopia, the number of new arrivals from South Sudan has significantly dropped and on average one refugee arrives in Gambella daily. The new arrivals enter thorough Pagak, Burbie, Akobo or Raad.
The total number of new arrivals from South Sudan since 15 December 2013 is 226,473 individuals (221,280 in Gambella and 5,053 in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region). 71% of the adult refugee population are women and girls and 68% are children. The cumulative number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia is 281,205.
February 4, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Leadership of the armed opposition faction led by former Vice-president, Riek Machar, said they wished a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) would have been formed in the first week of February as called for in the recent communiqué of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), but said it was too soon and unrealistic.
04 February 2016 - Youth groups from the five payams of Yambio attended a three day training on good governance and conflict resolution designed to equip them with the skills to manage conflict in the community.
The workshop was organized by the Community Empowerment for Rehabilitation and Development Organization (CEFORD), and was held just days after clashes between SPLA soldiers and armed youth in Yambio.
February 2016, blog by Aleida van der Wal
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Thursday 2/4/2016 - 10:54 GMT
South Sudan lawmakers have passed a controversial bill restricting numbers of foreign aid workers, sparking fears it will hinder efforts to help millions in need in the war-torn young nation.
The Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) bill, passed by parliament on Wednesday, means no more than a fifth of aid workers can be from abroad, a level many humanitarians believe is simply not viable.
UNHCR supports South Sudan's Directorate of Nationality, Passport and Immigration to identify and persons who are at risk of becoming stateless, and issue them identity documents. Such people may have difficulty proving their links to South Sudan, particularly if they were born in Sudan before South Sudan’s independence and had no means to get identity and nationality documents or were ignorant about how important it was to be able to prove their nationality
• Completeness for weekly reporting was 41% for the non-conflict affected states and 54% for the IDP sites.
• Fifteen new suspect measles cases were reported from Tambura (3), Juba (3), Mayom (5), Adoc (2) and Bentiu PoC (2) in the reporting week.
• One new suspect meningitis case involving a 6 year old male from Nhialdu was treated in Bentiu PoC.
Special focus on malaria
• Malaria remains the major cause of morbidity in both non-conflict affected states (37%) and IDP sites (27%) (Fig. 1a, 1b).