As of 21 May, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 130,486 including 61,976 in Bentiu, 34,420 in Juba UN House, 30,410 in Malakal, 2,374 in Bor, 944 in Melut and 362 in Wau.
South Sudan - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing travelled to South Sudan 23–24 May to visit IOM’s largest emergency operation and call attention to the urgent humanitarian needs of conflict-affected and displaced populations across the country.
“IOM remains committed to saving lives in South Sudan as civilians continue to bear the horrific consequences of this crisis,” he said, noting the upsurge in violence in South Sudan in recent weeks.
23 May 2015 – During her visit to Bentiu, UNMISS Chief, Ellen Margrethe Løj, appealed to the Unity State Government for full cooperation with UNMISS and humanitarian agencies to reach vulnerable people in villages.
“Unless we can reach the villages where people are in need, I fear more people will seek assistance at the protection of civilian sites”, the UNMISS SRSG stated while meeting the Unity State Acting Governor and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing.
May 25, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government on Monday said it welcomed the decision by the East African regional bloc of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which requested the neighbouring Sudan to play a leading role in resolving the ongoing internal conflict in South Sudan.
South Sudanese foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said his government would welcome Khartoum’s mediation’s process which would address root causes of the conflict and respect for sovereignty of the new independent state.
Juba/Geneva (ICRC) - Residents slowly returning to the South Sudanese town of Leer, in the aftermath of fighting in and around the town last week, say they have little or no food and need advanced medical care.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which had to put its regular activities on hold a week ago, is the first humanitarian organization to return to Leer, which some 100,000 people have been forced to flee.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 15:48 GMT
South Sudanese troops are back in full control of the strategic northern oil town of Malakal, after days of fierce fighting with rebel forces, the government claimed Monday.
The town, already in ruins after repeatedly swapping hands since South Sudan's civil war broke out in December 2013, is the state capital of Upper Nile and the gateway to the country's last remaining major oil fields.
21 May 2015 - A newly constructed security fence at Juba River Port will play a key role in facilitating humanitarian assistance, UNMISS Japanese Engineering contingent commander Col. Nishimur Osamu said in the national capital today.
Col. Nishimur, who was speaking at the hand-over ceremony of the fence constructed by his contingent to the South Sudanese government, said it will enhance the efficiency of UNMISS operations and humanitarian activities.
20 May 2015 - UNMISS Police Commissioner Fred Yiga today visited the Western Equatoria State capital Yambio, on his last leg of a trip to three states in South Sudan.
Mr. Yiga had on earlier visited the Warrap State capital Kuajok and Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State capital Aweil on 18 May and 19 May respectively.
Speaking to Radio Miraya journalists in Aweil, the UN Police chief said he was in the state to follow up on how UN Police Advisors were implementing the Mission’s protection of civilians mandate, and to ensure better cooperation with State Authorities.
Juba, 24 May 2015: The Director General (DG) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing, accompanied by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, traveled to Bentiu on Saturday 23 May.
Juba, South Sudan | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 03:43 GMT
Soaring inflation and a likely currency collapse are adding to South Sudan's woes after 17 months of civil war characterised by brutal attacks on civilians.
The latest battles between government and rebel forces have centred on the country's last remaining functional oil fields.
19 May 2015 - As part of continued efforts to achieve peace, it is vital for local authorities to ensure that abducted children and women as well as raided cattle are returned to their families and owners, the Greater Pibor Administrative Area chief said in Jonglei State’s Bor County today.
David Yau Yau was speaking at a ceremony during which he handed over four children aged between two and six years to county authorities. The children were abducted from Kulnyang payam in February 2014.
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 510th meeting held on 22 May 2015, in Swakopmund, Namibia, was briefed by the Commission on the recent developments on the situation in South Sudan.
By Simon Peter Apiku
As the onset of the rainy season threatens a rise in malaria cases in South Sudan, UNICEF is helping to protect families with insecticide-treated bed nets and medication.
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 May 2015 – A young woman secures her baby tightly on her back with a piece of cloth and bends down to pick up a package on the ground in front of her.
But this is no ordinary package.
· The situation in South Sudan has drastically deteriorated in the past two weeks, with heavy fighting on-going across Unity and Upper Nile states. 100,000 people have been displaced and 650,000 have been cut off from aid as humanitarian organizations have been forced to withdraw from affected areas.
GENEVA (22 May 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday warned that the escalation of fighting in recent weeks between Government and opposition forces in South Sudan has resulted in alarming gross violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law and taken a terrible toll on civilians.
HIGHLIGHTS IN SOUTH SUDAN
In a statement issued on 20 May 2015, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.