April is the start of the lean season in the north of South Sudan, and communities are relying on coping strategies to pull through until the next harvest. Last month, FAO and partners visited Unity state – a state hard hit by conflict, population displacement, and low food availability – to conduct a food security and nutrition assessment. What they found is that a large percentage of the population are internally displaced people (IDPs) and many have very limited food access.
USAID/OFDA announces more than $16.45 million in new FY 2015 funding to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan
Violence escalates in and around Malakal town, Upper Nile State, triggering additional humanitarian concerns
Aid workers continue to face access constraints and dangerous conditions while implementing relief operations in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan
As of 23 April, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 117,604 including 52,908 in Bentiu, 34,420 in Juba UN House, 26,596 in Malakal, 2,374 in Bor, 944 in Melut and 362 in Wau.
The ICRC has launched a new initiative to help thousands of people fleeing the violence in South Sudan. A new web page (http://familylinks.icrc.org/south-sudan) has been set up which enables people to trace family members with whom they have lost contact.
"The web page will allow South Sudanese people living abroad in places like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and France, look for relatives displaced by the violence," said the ICRC's Marc Studer, who is heading the project.
Insecurity in Malakal disrupts operations and investigation into missing staff members.
In addition to movement constraints, insecurity in Malakal this week is also impeding WFP’s ability to pursue information on three staff that went missing while on duty in Akoka on 01 April.
Voucher distributions begin in Mingkaman on 18 April.
The situation in South Sudan remains among the world's biggest humanitarian crises since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
Over 2 million people have fled their homes, including over half a million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries (70% of them are children). At the same time, the country hosts around a quarter of a million refugees, mainly from Sudan.
EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, who is visiting South Sudan, announces that the Commission is requesting new vital support in the amount of €50 million from the European Union for the victims of this humanitarian crisis.
"I have witnessed first-hand the immense suffering of the people of South Sudan. People who have been forced to leave their homes and desperately look for a safe place to live. People who lack the opportunity to earn a living. They have suffered enough!" said Commissioner Stylianides.
April 26, 2015 (JUBA) – Residents in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, say there is no clean drinking water in the city which serves as the seat of the government, citing scarcity of bottled water as the cause.
Since the independence, the country including its national capital still lacks clean drinking water as over 90% of the city dwellers depend on water for drink from the River Nile. Only about 10% have access to running tape water or bottled water.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 10:06 GMT
by Peter MARTELL
South Sudan's warring leaders must strike a compromise deal, the European Union's aid chief said Saturday, warning the international community was running out of patience over the country's civil war.
1,757 children released from Cobra Faction since January
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/NEW YORK, 24 April 2015 – More than 280 children (282 boys and 1 girl) have been freed in the final release of children from the Cobra Faction, an armed group in South Sudan.
The release took place in Labrab, a village in a remote corner of Jonglei State. It is the last chapter in a series of releases that have taken place since January and follows a peace agreement between the faction and the Government of South Sudan.
UNHCR distributed medicines and medical supplies to all refugee camps in South Sudan, which will suffice for the next six months.
There were 772 new arrivals at the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) site, mostly women and children from Rubkkona and Mayom counties (Unity State) who said that they were fleeing inter-communal fighting and lacked food.
The United States announced the commitment of more than $16 million in new humanitarian assistance for nutrition, shelter, water and health services for people suffering from the ongoing effects of the conflict that began in South Sudan in December 2013.
Anyuak refugees get help: UNHCR is coordinating with WFP on a one-month food distribution to 2,500 Anyuak refugees from Ethiopia in the Alari settlement in Pochalla, Jonglei State, starting this week.
Medical supplies delivered: UNHCR has completed distribution of various medicines and medical supplies to all refugee camps in South Sudan, sufficient for the next six months.
• UNICEF continues to provide both financial and technical assistance to partners implementing nutrition programmes, with 38,416 children admitted for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) from January to March 2015, a record admission rate for that time period over the last 4 years. This is due to a number of factors which include the scale up of nutrition services and improved stock availability as well as improved monthly reporting of partners.
In this issue:
- WHO SS Celebrates International Women’s Day in Style
- WHO Trains Rapid Response Teams to Enhance Ebola Preparedness
- Rising to the Challenge: Going the extra mile to save lives
- WHO and Partners Rally to Fight Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in South Sudan
- Global Polio Eradication Initiative Alive and Active in South Sudan
- WHO News in Brief
The UN Mission in South Sudan deeply regrets the continuation of hostilities in the Upper Nile State capital of Malakal and the resulting displacement of the civilian population.
UNMISS received more internally displaced persons at its protection-of-civilians sites in the Mission’s compound outside Malakal today. At the same time, the Mission is adhering to its policy of providing shelter to combatants who surrender their weapons and remove their military uniforms prior to entering one of its protection sites.
23 April 2015 - The top UNMISS official in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal today urged civilians seeking protection at the Mission’s base to maintain peace among themselves, despite resumption of fighting in the town.
“I need this protection site to be quiet. Help me keep the peace,” said UNMISS State Coordinator Deborah Schein as more civilians arrived at the mission’s compound fleeing violence that broke out in Malakal in the evening of Tuesday, 21 April 2015.